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.
Do wetsuits stretch out over time?
Wetsuits fit Tight.
Keep in mind that neoprene stretches when it gets wet, and also stretches with use over time. If you’re in doubt about what size is correct or in between sizes, go with the snugger wetsuit.
Can you loosen a wetsuit?
Whether you consider this a break-in period for the wetsuit or just an improvement in your comfort level while wearing it, be sure to try it a few times before giving up (and either not wearing one or buying a new one). Each time you get in or out of your wetsuit, you will stretch it out just a little bit.
How do you loosen a new wetsuit?
Place a plastic grocery bag around your foot before sliding it into your wetsuit. Once your foot is through the wetsuit leg, remove the bag and repeat the process with the other foot, and then each hand. The plastic bag helps the neoprene to slide easily over your skin. This trick requires a willing dive buddy.
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.
How do you know if a wetsuit is too small?
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 wetsuit be around the neck?
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.
How do you soften a wetsuit?
Warm water is much more effective than cold for this. Personally I would not put any wetsuit in a top loader. A front loader would give it a good safe workout. You can find fans of Listerine, Softener, Simple Green, Woolite and even wetsuit shampoo.
Should I wear a bra under a wetsuit?
For women you can wear a sports bra and some sort of compression shorts, or you can wear a swimsuit. You do not want to wear something cotton-based which holds water because it will increase your chaffing. Also, do not wear underwear. Underwear will not dry out and will cause a sore saddle.
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.
Is it better for a wetsuit to be too big or too small?
It’s because of the way neoprene works that it is vital the wetsuit is not too big. If there is too much space inside, the suit will allow water to flush in and out preventing that layer of warm water insulation from ever forming.
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.
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.