What if my wetsuit is too long?

Author: Malika Gutkowski  |  Last update: Saturday, November 20, 2021

If the suit is too big, it might be easy to get into, but in the water it's not going to function properly. All the gaps and extra material will allow more water into the suit, making your body work much harder to stay warm.

Can you shorten a wetsuit?

I have cut my wetsuits down for years and never had any issues. Just use a sharp pair if scissors and cut straight. It's neoprene so you won't have fibers fraying like you would a pair of cut off shorts.

Is it OK if a wetsuit is a little big?

Absolutely! If you size your wetsuit too tight, not only will it be a total battle to get in and out of, but it'll also restrict circulation, making you fatigue faster and lose coordination. You need blood flowing into your arms and legs in order to keep them warm.

Can you alter a wetsuit?

Can a Wet Suit be Altered or Repaired? “Absolutely yes, wetsuits can be altered!” ... We can alter your neoprene wet suit, microprene, Lavcore or Polartec suit. Generally, making a suit smaller is less expensive than making it larger, because we don't have to add more material.

Can you make neoprene shrink?

The good news here is that you can use your dryer to get your neoprene fabric nice and dry. BUT, you will need to use a low or no heat setting when you do this. High heat will shrink neoprene as it does many other synthetic fibers. ... Do not put your neoprene material or wetsuit in the direct sunlight.

A Review on Wetsuit Sizing And Wetsuit Fitting

Can you cut the neck of a wetsuit?

I did cut the neck out of my very old Performance brand shortie last year. It worked great - zero complaints - although I was wearing it just for buoyancy and didn't care too much about cold water. I used it a few times.

How do I know if a wetsuit is too big?

A simple test is to check whether a wetsuit is too big, is to see if you can reach around and zip it up easily yourself. If you can, then the chances are it is too large for your frame. Another method is to tug gently on the lower back, if there is no give then the fit is correct.

How tight should a wetsuit fit?

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.

Do wetsuits get looser over time?

First, you have to remember that wetsuits are made for the water. ... Also, if you buy a wetsuit in the wrong size, it isn't going to stretch to fit you better. Sure, after many years of wear, the wetsuit might stretch out a bit, but you want to buy a wetsuit in the right size to begin with.

Should I cut my wetsuit?

Yes, you read correctly–take a pair of scissors and cut your wetsuit. ... Don't worry it will not ruin your wetsuit. It might make the resale value drop a bit. But who likes to buy used wetsuits anyway given what we know people do in their wetsuit at the start line of races when the line to the portajohn is too long.

Why does my wetsuit fill up with water?

Sounds like the wetsuit may be too big. A swimmers wetsuit should fit like second skin with no bagginess anywhere in the suit. If water is getting in and filling the legs then there is too much water coming into the suit and the suit is not tight enough that water can gather in the legs.

How loose is too loose for a wetsuit?

A wetsuit should fit like a second skin, it should not be too loose or too tight. Like Cinderella's glass slipper, it must fit just right. When a wetsuit is too tight it can feel like you are being suffocated or squeezed into a sausage casing.

Do you wear anything under a wetsuit?

It is a common question, and the answer is no, a wetsuit is not waterproof! You must bare this in mind when deciding what to wear under a wetsuit, as anything under the suit will get wet. Some thicker suits are knows as “Semi-Dry” suits, but again, whatever you wear, will get wet!

Should you go up a size 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.

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!

Can you cut the legs off a wetsuit?

Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the arms and/or legs to the desired length. We recommend cutting parallel to original cut on the wetsuit (note: the ankles are cut diagonally to maintain a bigger opening to aid you in getting your wetsuit on and off)

How do I find the right size wetsuit?

Sizing for Full Wetsuits and Springsuits:
  1. Height and chest are the most important measurements.
  2. Measure your chest at the widest point, with the tape gently snug.
  3. Regarding length, it's generally OK if the suit is a little on the long side. ...
  4. If in between two sizes, take the larger size.

How do you trim neoprene?

  1. Lay the neoprene sheet, with the nylon fabric facing up, on a large flat cutting surface like a work bench or piece of plywood.
  2. Place your pattern on the neoprene and trace its outline with a piece of white chalk.
  3. Remove the pattern and steadily cut along the inside of the line with a sharp pair of scissors.

Do neoprene wetsuits shrink over time?

The neoprene which most wetsuits are made of does degrade in rigidity and flexibility due to various factors. Eventually, it will need to be replaced. However, this shrinkage is a very slow process. Your wetsuit won't shrink or lose its elasticity in just one season unless you use it incorrectly.

Can you put your wetsuit in the dryer?

You can dry wetsuits by hanging them up (using a padded hanger) in a well-ventilated place out of the sunlight. ... Never put a wetsuit in a commercial tumble dryer. These are too hot and will damage the synthetic neoprene rubber.

Can I put neoprene in the dryer?

Even in the absence of sunlight, heat is not good for neoprene. Under no circumstances should you ever put neoprene in the dryer. Even leaving it in a hot car can begin the process of deterioration. The best way to dry your wetsuit (after a freshwater rinse, of course!) is to hang it in open air, in the shade.

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

If you are wet or sweaty, trinewbies.com suggests cooling off and towel drying before attempting to put on your wetsuit, as wet or sweaty skin will make it “extremely difficult to slip the wetsuit on and could lead to excessive pulling on the suit and possible tearing.” Find a cool, shady spot or, better yet, if the ...

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