As most of us know when it comes to clothing size can vary from store to store and brand to brand. The same is true for wetsuits. You may be an 8 in an Aqualung, but a 10 in Bare. Aqualung usually fits a little large whereas Bare is definitely the opposite in women’s wetsuits. Sometimes brands will change their sizing when they come out with new lines. The best bet is to consult the size charts attached to each product and take (or have someone help you take) a few key measurements. Wetsuits should fit like a second skin in order to move with you properly and keep you warm.
So, you’re on the edge between two sizes and aren’t sure which to get? You can always consult our fabulous staff, but even we can’t try every model of every suit. And everyone’s body is different. We can give you our best advice and help you interpret size charts, but ultimately, there’s a chance you’ll end up in a size that is just a little too snug or too loose. Not to worry. Contact us as soon as possible after receiving the suit and we can likely arrange a one-time exchange, including expedited shipping, due to sizing issues. Our full return & exchange is available here.
When in doubt always err on the side of a thicker suit. Overheating while on a dive is rarely an issue. If you’re going to be doing a lot of dives on a trip or in your local environment the exposure protection that might seem adequate at first will likely seem to underperform as you get acclimatized. This is true for snorkellers as well. If you’re torn between a 3mm or a 5mm, it is usually best to opt for the 5mm.
Don’t forget to accessorize.
In all seriousness, if you are getting a wetsuit for thermal protection, don’t forget your hands, feet and head. Just like wetsuits, gloves, boots and hoods come in varying thicknesses and sizes – appropriate for varying water temperatures and applications. And you’d be surprised the difference a hooded vest makes when combined with a 3mm, 5mm or even 7mm suit.