How to choose the right neoprene wetsuit size ?
Struggling to choose the right wetsuit's size for you ? You will find here advices from experts to correctly choose your wetsuit.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO SELECT THE PERFECT SIZE ?
To stay warm
Goal number 1, protect your body from cold ! The wetsuit keeps a thin layer of water that stay warm due to your body temperature. With a fitted wetsuit, the thermic efficiency is optimal and the loss of heat reduced to minimal. We recommend that you opt for a fullsuit, ideal for protection from very low temperatures.
To be comfy
With a fitted wetsuit you will be comfortable and agile for hours. Perfect to stay a maximum of time into water. The wetsuit will act as a second skin without any rashes or scratches, usually induced by an oversize wetsuit full of folds.
To save time
Putting on and off your wetsuit has to be easy! If the wetsuit is right sized and if you get used to it, you will save time before and after every session. You also need to find the zip that suits your morphology best, to make it easier for you. Check out our article comparing the front zip system to the back zip system to find out which one is right for you.
To make your wetsuit last longer
If you use an undersized wetsuit you will force seams, enlarge the neoprene and reduce elasticity. If you don’t want to shorten its lifetime, you need to wear the perfect size. To discover our entire range of men's and women's wetsuits as well as the size guide specific to each model, click here.
CHOOSING YOUR WETSUIT SIZE IN A SHOP
Don't worry, we know it's never piece of cake. 100% of the time you will sweat into the fitting room !
It’s totally normal to feel oppressed when you try a dry wetsuit, even more with thick and warm neoprene. Water will loosen the material.
Don’t oversize : If you choose a wetsuit too large, folds will make it uncomfortable, irritating and thermic insulation will be compromised (water ingresses).
Don’t undersize : If you choose it too small, tensed neoprene will damage the seams faster. Result is the same; it could reduce efficiency of thermic protection.
Be careful, the most comfy wetsuit, easy to fit and to pull out, is not always the best one ! If the wetsuit is too stretchy, it will impact the warmth and could last less longer.
CHOOSING OUR WETSUIT'S SIZE ONLINE
To buy a wetsuit online is becoming more and more common because it's easy to send, light and not fragile. It also feels safer as you can easily send your product back if something is wrong.
To be certain of selecting the perfect size, take your measurements (chest, waist and weight) with a tape measure right on the skin, and take a look at our size chart.
Important : if your size doesn’t fit exactly with the grid : Focus on your weight and chest measurements.
If you have any question, it will be a pleasure for us to help you. Do not hesitate to contact us.
Once you chose your wetsuit, order it and receive it within a few days.
Try it and contact us to send it back if the size is not right, it’s free.
Keep in mind that you need to wear it adjusted. When dry, it’s normal to feel a bit too squeezed; it will disappear as soon as you enter the water.
WETSUIT SIZE CHANGES WITH TIME
After a few sessions, neoprene tends to get extended because of stretch components, you will never feel as squeezed as during the first session. That’s why it’s good to choose a wetsuit reasonably tight, instead of one with folds.
MAINTENANCE OF A NEOPRENE WETSUIT
The caring of your wetsuit is the key to make it last. It’s essential to keep some key points in mind to preserve its elasticity :
- When you pull it out, don’t drag it on the floor, use a waterproof bag that is also useful to carry it.
- Rinse it with fresh water after every session, in and out generously (insist on the inside that is a real nest for micro organisms)
- Every 3/4 sessions, clean it with a special neoprene sanitizer, then, rinse abundantly
- Dry it flat like on a clothe rack (not on a hanger, it will damage the shoulders), and don’t live it under the sun because UVs could deteriorate colours.
- Don't put it in the dryer, neither iron it.
- If you don’t use it for weeks, stock it lied on a flat surface to avoid the stretching of seams and create folds.
Recycling a neoprene wetsuit
Even high quality wetsuits suffer from the effects of time, seams and neoprene get worn down. Most of wetsuits are made of neoprene from petroleum products, or from limestone like ours products. Do you wonder if a neoprene wetsuit is sustainable ? Click here to check !
This material has to be recycled, instead of being thrown away. You can find below some solutions to upcycle it :
- If you made a hole or a tear inside, you can go to a shop to fix it. It also will be cheaper than to buy a new one.
- Send us your old wetsuit back to be recycled into a computer case ! This is the NEOCYCLE project. You'll also get 15% off for the purchase of a new wetsuit. Good for the planet, and for your wallet ;)
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