A wetsuit should fit snugly but not so tight that it restricts your movement or causes discomfort. Here are some guidelines to follow when determining how tight a wetsuit should fit:
- No excess fabric: A wetsuit should fit closely to your body, with no excess fabric or wrinkles that could create gaps and allow water to seep in.
- Comfortable compression: The wetsuit should feel snug and provide some compression, but not so tight that it restricts your breathing or circulation.
- Full range of motion: You should be able to move freely and comfortably in the wetsuit. Test this by bending your knees, raising your arms, and moving your torso to ensure the wetsuit doesn’t restrict your movement.
- Minimal water entry: When wearing the wetsuit in the water, there should be minimal water entry. A small amount of water is normal and actually helps insulate your body, but too much water can make you feel cold and uncomfortable.
Keep in mind that the fit of a wetsuit can vary depending on the brand and model. Some types of wetsuits, such as chest zip or zip-free wetsuits, may require a tighter fit than traditional back zip wetsuits. It’s always best to try on a wetsuit before purchasing it to ensure a proper fit. If you’re unsure about the fit, consult with a wetsuit expert or the manufacturer’s customer service team for guidance.