How to choose the right wetsuit size
A wetsuit is a tight fitting flexible garment which is specifically designed to keep you warm in cold water. In order for a wetsuit to do its job, it is of great importance the wetsuit fits your body like a second skin. In contrast to your everyday clothes most wetsuit brands offer a wide range of wetsuit sizes to fit many different body types. Wetsuit sizes are built up by combining body height and chest and waist width.
Example: Wetsuit size Medium vs. Large Short
For instance, a wetsuit size Medium means you are a medium in length and a medium in chest and waist width. But imagine you’re medium in body height but you’ve been working out lately. A medium might feel too tight in the shoulders, chest and waist. You’re actually a Large in body width. In that case you might want to try an LS (Large Short). Which is a fancy name for a Medium in height but a Large in width.
Your normal clothing size will give you a first indication of what wetsuit size to choose. But to make sure you choose the right wetsuit size we advice to carefully measure your body sizes.
What is my wetsuit size?
SRFACE has developed an intuitive Size Finder to determine the right wetsuit size. Start out by measuring your body length and input your body weight. In most cases these two variables will give you a good indication of the right wetsuit size for you.
Your body weight is a good indicator to estimate your chest and waist width. For instance, if you’re 183cm tall and weight 85kg you’ll most likely need a size L (Large). But be careful, your body weight is not a guarantee for a perfect fit. Body weight is distributed differently for every individual. To be 100% sure you get the right size wetsuit we need two more measurements: Your chest and your waist circumference (your width measured around your body).
How to measure your chest circumference
To find the right size wetsuit, measure around the widest part of your chest, just under your armpits at the nipple line. Input your chest width into our wetsuit Size Finder. For instance, your chest might measure 105cm. Your measurements might be influenced by breathing in and out. To correct this use the average of a full inhale and a full exhale.
How to measure your waist width
The last step to finding the perfect wetsuit size is measuring your waist. Measure around your waistline, just above your belly button and below your rib cage. For instance, your waist might measure 86cm. Which means you’re almost 100% a size L (Large)!
Not sure what wetsuit size to get?
In roughly 90% of the cases the SRFACE wetsuit size finder finds the right wetsuit size. In some cases you might match some of the variables but not all of them. For instance, you’re 176cm tall (S, M or LS height), you weigh 80kg (LS weight) but your chest measures 100cm in width (which falls in the Medium size range of M and MT).
In these cases we offer personal and free wetsuit size advice. Get in touch with our experienced customer support team run by surfers and we’ll walk you through finding the right wetsuit size. In these rare cases it’s often better to choose a wetsuit that fits your width rather than your height. The arms and legs might be a bit shorter / longer, but at least the wetsuit is able to do its job by keeping your core warm. It’s always better to buy a wetsuit that fits very snugly than a wetsuit that’s too wide.
Wetsuit brand size converter
If you already own a wetsuit that fits you well you can use the SRFACE wetsuit size Brand Converter to find your size match. In most cases SRFACE wetsuit sizes correspond with sizes from other brands. In some cases there are slight differences and overlaps between sizes. Keep in mind every brand uses its own unique patterns, so wetsuit fit will vary between brands. SRFACE patterns are neatly tailored to fit many different body types. Now sure what wetsuit size to buy? Chat with our customer support team!
Fitting a wetsuit
Now that you’ve found the right wetsuit size with our Size Finder, it’s time to try your wetsuit on! In most cases the wetsuit feels very snugly and tight the first time you try it on. It’s important to note that this is normal! Of course, you should be able to move freely and breathe normal, but the neoprene material is flexible and will stretch after you’ve used your wetsuit for a couple of times, just like a new pair of jeans.
Your wetsuit should show no ‘air bubbles’, wrinkles or excess material under the arms, shoulders and crotch. These air bubbles might fill itself with water and will drastically influence the wetsuits’ performance.
If you’re not sure about the size, send a picture of you in the wetsuit to our customer support team and we’ll walk you through a couple of questions.
Always make sure that;
- Your neck is sealed tightly
- The arms and crotch fit tightly
- You’re able to lift your arms without too much resistance
- You’re able to bend down and forward without too much resistance
Now that you’ve find the right wetsuit size, enjoy your SRFACE wetsuit! Try it on, paddle out, cut back, get tubed. You can try any of our products for 30 days from the day you receive them. This post-purchase, risk-free 30 day trial serves as our return policy. If you decide your SRFACE wetsuit isn’t for you, return it in the original SRFACE bag. Simply use the returns label from the original packaging (Netherlands only) or visit www.srface.com/returns to request your pre paid return label (rest of Europe). 100% of your original payment will be refunded.