Question: 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?

A wetsuit needs to fit snugly: if it’s too loose it’ll allow water into the suit that’ll seriously slow you down. If it’s too tight, your swimming experience won’t be pleasant. When trying on in a shop, the suit should feel tight but not restrictive.

Will a wetsuit loosen up?

Wetsuits are made from a neoprene material. … You wouldn’t want to wear a loose-fitting wetsuit as it would be difficult to move in and not keep you as comfortable in the water. Although all neoprene stretches a little, the higher the grade the neoprene, the more it will stretch.

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 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 do you break in 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.

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.

Do wetsuits get 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.

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.

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.

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Should you be able to bend in a wetsuit?

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.

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 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.

Can you stretch neoprene?

Neoprene is a stretchy material. Wetsuits can stretch five to six times their original length, which is why neoprene is used for this purpose.

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.

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