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Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) #2914142
02/15/19 07:03 PM
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Need some opinion on sizing. I didn't buy that many wetsuits in my lifetime to have a strong opinion. I haven't surfed seriously in a few years and most of my gear is sold - time to ride again. Not sure which fit is normal; I heard that the true size has to be really hard to get into. After 5 years of surfing with a Psycho 2 I got really good at sliding in an out of an M size (without a bag assist).

I'm shopping for a 3/2 for Florida/SoCal (when there) and summers in Canada. I'm 162 lbs ish / 5'10". Tried some wetties in the store. I used to have an O'Neill Psycho 2 4/3 in M years ago. Tried an M in RipCurl Fbomb and O'Neill O'Riginal 4/3, Hyperfreak 3/2 (so so stretchy) AND an ST in O'Neill Psycho 2 3/2.

With M size I get creases under the armpits - check the pic below. With the ST, I'd say if the ankle/writs openings were 0.5 inch smaller I could NEVER get into that, narrow at the limit for me. The leg and arm sleeves tend to stretch at the limit for the main bulky sections and I get short sections in between that, at the joints, which have extra material that bunches up a bit and they can't slide back together to even out. Check out the kinks both in the elbow area and the knees; it's as if the main section of rubber are jammed and the wetsuit has a hard time evening out. This is somewhat the same for M but much easier to pull it by hand and to even it out. Also the ST puts a bit of pressure on my body - doesn't bother me but it is there a bit. With ST when I stretch, I feel the suit is pulling back a bit. While M in general feels comfy. Are the creases underneath the armpit in M normal? It feels as if M is my size, right, the ST is too small?

My assessment is that I have fat in all the wrong spots (generally waist) and my chest/arms are underdeveloped. It feels like I am an M and I need to get back in shape. Feel free to pitch in wetsuit options for no chest/no arms guy like me - although I feel pretty set on trying an F-bomb or E-bomb (they're cheap on cleanline or wetsuit warehouse and I don't wanna dish out for the custom wetsuit/ Japanese stuff at the moment).

This is the ST Psycho 2:

[img]https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipO0...WITHBJh_zUnyjRp[/img]

This is the M O'Neill Original I think:

[img]https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipO0...MK6z-YzHhZGz9rr[/img]

PS: What do I need to do so my image appears in the post - not as a link? I'm confused.

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Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914267
02/15/19 11:39 PM
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Go to shop and try on.

Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914310
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Manbearpig, are you serious? I am coming from the store - those questions are post fitting related. Read again.

Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914352
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I'd go with a Medium. If you haven't jumped in the water in a while, go with comfort. Something you can breathe in, but won't fill up with water. And something that won't pop a vein, trying to get into and out of.

I'd go with a cheaper model, because if you keep surfing your body will change. You'll likely trim down into a Small. And if you don't keep surfing, at least you didn't spend $499 on an FBomb that'll sit in your garage.

Sometimes different models (same brand) run smaller. I found that the Rip Curl Dawn Patrol and e-Bomb ran smaller than the Flashbomb. An opportunity to get a better fit, at a cheaper price.

Good luck. Hope it helped.


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Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914360
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small tall is for tall people. youre 510.

Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: sd_101] #2914374
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Originally Posted By: sd_101
small tall is for tall people. youre 510.


U're right. That made me check the chart again and they say it's for 6'0-6'2 ppl. I was stuck with Xcel's size chart in my head which starts at 5'9 for ST.

Looking around at videos people putting on suits (pros or regular joes) wearing their suits they have those creases under the armpit so I think it's a normal thing. Bottom line, I am an M; case closed for me.

BentoBox70 - more like 200-250 USD (like I said, nice sales online, half price). No vein popping, I still have my "slip in the wetsuit" skills like it was yesterday. I bet my paddling sucks tho tongue2.



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Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914383
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The only way to do it is to go to a shop or multiple shops with a good selection and try suits on until you find the best fit. Size and fit varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. Even within a brand you may find some models fit better than others or are easier to get in and out of.


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Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914385
02/16/19 12:37 PM
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XCEL has a ML size (medium large) thats perfect for me....check their size chart

Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914389
02/16/19 01:32 PM
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Anyone know of a company that does quality custom suits?


Like a blind man at an orgie, I was gonna have to feel my way around.
Re: Wetsuit Size Help ( M vs ST ) [Re: Andrei] #2914443
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Youre just over thinking it. Wetsuits stretch. They never feel right when its dry.

I wear medium tall and Im skinnier but taller than you. Found small tall too hard to find and inconsistent across brands.