How do I choose the right size and fit for a drysuit?

Choosing the right size and fit for a drysuit is crucial to ensure comfort, proper insulation, and ease of movement while diving. Here are some steps to help you choose the right size and fit for a drysuit:

  1. Measurements: Take accurate measurements of your height, chest, waist, hips, inseam, and shoe size. Different drysuit manufacturers may have slightly different sizing charts, so it's important to follow the specific sizing recommendations provided by the manufacturer.

  2. Consult the Sizing Chart: Most drysuit manufacturers provide sizing charts that correlate your measurements with their suit sizes. Pay attention to the manufacturer's guidelines, as they can vary.

  3. Consider Undergarments: Keep in mind that you'll be wearing insulating undergarments beneath the drysuit. This can impact the fit, so make sure to choose a size that accommodates both the drysuit and the undergarments comfortably.

  4. Try It On: Whenever possible, try on the drysuit before purchasing. This can give you a better sense of how the suit fits your body. Pay attention to the fit around the neck, wrists, and ankles, as well as how it feels across your shoulders and torso.

  5. Check for Range of Motion: Move your arms and legs to ensure that the drysuit allows for a full range of motion. You should be able to perform movements comfortably without feeling restricted.

  6. Fit of Undergarments: If you have your own insulating undergarments, try the drysuit on with them to make sure the fit is still comfortable. If you plan to purchase undergarments along with the drysuit, consider trying them on together.

  7. Seal Fit: Check the fit of the neck and wrist seals. They should create a snug but not overly tight seal against your skin. Ensure that they are comfortable and do not cause discomfort during movement.

  8. Room for Adjustment: A drysuit with adjustable features, such as straps or suspenders, can provide a better fit. These features allow you to fine-tune the fit to your body shape.

  9. Comfort and Mobility: Remember that comfort and mobility are key. A drysuit that is too tight can restrict movement and cause discomfort, while one that is too loose might allow excess air to accumulate and affect buoyancy control.

  10. Seek Professional Help: If you're unsure about sizing or have specific requirements, consider seeking advice from a knowledgeable dive shop or professional who can guide you through the process.

  11. Try Before You Buy: If possible, try renting or borrowing a drysuit of the same brand and model before making a purchase. This can give you a better idea of how the suit fits and performs underwater.


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