1. All suit manufacturers vary. Start by using the appropriate manufacturer-sizing
chat to help locate your suit size. Remember that in order for the suit
to work properly it needs to fit snug. All suits are sized proportionally
to height and weight, respectfully.
2. If you purchased a 2 piece suit, start by
pulling the pants all the way up and secure the velcro strap on your shoulder.
Now start the zipper on the jacket, step through and pull the jacket on.
Reach back and put your arms through the suit and pull it up. Finish by
zipping the suit up.
3. For 1-piece suits, pull the suit all the way up to your waist. Reach down and
work the arms up one at a time. If it is a back zip suit have your buddy
help zip the suit up. This will help reduce the risk of damage to the zipper.
Zippers tend to snag neoprene or get tangled in hair.
4. Once you have the suit on, inspect the suit for
fit. The suit should conform to your body shape. If this is your first time
in a wetsuit, remember it will fit snug and you will feel a reduced range
of motion. Remember--this is normal. Walk around in the suit for a few minutes.
You shouldn't have any loss of circulation in your hands or feet. You should
be able to take a full breath of air without too much discomfort. There
may be a small crease in the back of the elbows or knees.
- 5. If you
do not have a perfect, off the rack, fit do not feel alone. Many people
need to have minor alterations done to their wetsuit to achieve that "custom"
fit feel. You can get a custom fit for a little more than the cost
of an off the rack wetsuit.
6. The colder the water, the more important the fit. Remember hood, boots, and gloves
need to fit properly.