Why are wetsuits so tight?

Why is tightness so crucial for a wetsuit to function properly? Because wetsuits only work if they’re tight enough to trap a thin layer of water between your body and the suit. This layer of water is warmed by your body, which prevents you from losing too much heat while in the water.

Should a wetsuit be really tight?

It should be tight, but it should not cut off your circulation or restrict your range of motion. A Wetsuit should fit similarly to compression shorts – snug with a little pressure. It may feel weird at first to have such a tight-fitting garment, but it will keep you warm and buoyant.

Will a wetsuit loosen up?

Although all neoprene stretches a little, the higher the grade the neoprene, the more it will stretch. Inexpensive, standard neoprene will stretch a bit. “Superstretch” neoprene can stretch up to 300%, which will have the least restrictions on the wearer.

Are wetsuits supposed to be tight around the neck?

The fit around the neck should feel comfortable but tight. Ideally, you should be able to fit one finger in-between your neck and the suit. The secure neck stops excess water falling into the suit. Extra tip: Fastening the neck properly is also vital to stop any wetsuit rub and sore skin!

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How do you know if your wetsuit is too small?

A well fitting wetsuit should feel tight…

This means you shouldn’t see any creases or air pockets, or too much bunching in the arms or legs but you should still be able to move freely. Move around, stretch, swing your arms and get a feel for it.

Should you size up in wetsuits?

In short, no. You will find that it does not make too much difference whether you are buying a winter or summer wetsuit in terms of sizing. The only difference is the thickness – a winter wetsuit will feel tighter than a summer version, but the fit should be exactly the same.

How do you break in a wetsuit?

Roll the suit up your leg slowly, and repeat with the other leg, the torso, and finally the arms. If convenient, jump into the water with the wetsuit and pull the suit on in the water. Whenever the suit sticks, pull it away from your body to allow water to break the seal between the suit and your body.

How tight should a swimming wetsuit be?

A properly fitting wetsuit should be very snug against your entire body with no bagginess or gaps. The wetsuit should feel like a second skin with little to no wrinkles across the major areas of the suit (torso, length of arms, thighs) and little to no gathers in the underarms or crotch areas.

How tight should a new wetsuit feel?

How Should a Wetsuit Fit? In general, a wetsuit should fit snugly, like a second skin but not so tight that your range of motion is limited. The sleeves (if full-length) should fall at the wrist bone and the legs just above the ankle bone, and there should be no gaps, pockets, or rolls of neoprene.

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Do wetsuits get tighter or looser in water?

Try on your wetsuit before your first swim or surf session, just to make sure you are fairly comfortable. It will always feel tighter when you are out of the water. Remember that it will feel a little bit looser once it fills with water.

Is it easier to put on a wetsuit wet or dry?

Both can be good if you and your wetsuit are both wet or dry. So if you try to slip in a dry wetsuit with a sweaty or wet body it will be harder than if you and the wetsuit are both wet. The same goes for when you and your wetsuit are both dry.

Should you be able to bend in a wetsuit?

You don’t need to bend over to touch your toes or do a squat in your wetsuit. The important thing is that you should be able to go through the motion of swimming relatively easily on land. Remember that once wet, the suit will fit better.

Do you wear anything under a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are designed keep you warm without anything special worn underneath. Here’s what most people do: Surfing & General Watersports: Most surfers and riders wear boardshorts or a swimsuit. It’s easy, convenient, and flexible.

Can you stretch neoprene?

Yes, you can every time you stretch the neoprene to its maximum it will slightly stretch out. It can help if your wetsuit is a bit too tight around your neck. You can overstretch the neoprene a couple of times to make it a bit wider permanently.

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