Wetsuit Size Chart – Sizing guide for men, women and kids

This post was last updated on July 14th, 2022 at 01:53 pm

Have you ever taken a look at different wetsuits descriptions in a surf magazine, surf shop, or online? You probably came across various terms used to describe the wetsuit size, seam style body types, and fit. It is even more challenging when you want to purchase a wetsuit online. However, the information we provide here will guide you to get a fitting wetsuit for men, women, and kids in 1 wetsuit size chart. Jump immediately to Frequently asked questions here

  • How is a wetsuit supposed to fit?
  • How to choose the right size wetsuit
  • Wetsuit size chart for men
  • Wetsuit size chart  for women 
  • Wetsuit size chart for kids
  • Is weight or height more important for a wetsuit?
  • Should you buy a wetsuit a size smaller?
  • What size is a medium wetsuit?
  • What to do if your wetsuit is too big or too small

How is a wetsuit supposed to fit? 

Wetsuits are designed to be snug and skin-tight fit so that the water that gets in between you and neoprene, heats up and keeps you warm, ensuring a good range of movement. If it’s too big, water can flush out, and cold water may create discomfort.

If your wetsuit is too tight, you won’t be able to get a thin layer of water between you and your wetsuit that keeps you warm and drastically influences the performance while surfing on the water. So, ensure you get the right fit before stepping onto the water. 

wetsuit size chart
Men’s wetsuit size chart

How to choose the right size wetsuit

Finding the right size wetsuit is essential to getting the most out of your surfing experience. A wetsuit that is too baggy or too tight can make you feel uncomfortable and restrict your movement.

Here’s a guide on how to choose the right size wetsuit:

1. Measure your body circumference at its widest point. This is usually around your chest, waist or hips. Record this measurement in inches or centimeters.

2. Refer to the size chart below and find your body circumference on the left-hand column. Move across to the column that corresponds to the wetsuit brand you are considering. The number in the top row is your recommended wetsuit size.

3. If you are in between sizes, it is usually best to go for the smaller size as wetsuits can stretch a little over time.

4. Some wetsuit brands may have different sizing, so always refer to their specific size chart before making a purchase.

Here is the size chart based on the men’s wetsuit assortment. 

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Wetsuit size chart for men

Wetsuit SizeHeight (feet)Weight (lb)Chest (in)Waist (in)Hip (in)Neck (in)Inseam (in)
XS5’6″-5’8″125-14034″-36″27″-29″33″-35″14.5″26.5″-27.5″
S5’7.5″-5’9.5″135-15536″-38″29″-31″34″-36″15″27.5″-28.5″
ST5’9″-5’11”140-16036″-38″29″-31″34″-36″15″28.5″-29.5″
MS5’7.5″-5’9.5″140-16038″-40″31″-33″35″-37″15.5″27.5″-28.5″
M5’9″-5’11”150-17038″-40″31″-33″35″-37″15.5″28.5″-29.5″
MT5’11”-6’1″155-17538″-40″31″-33″35″-37″15.5″29.5″-30.5″
LS5’9″-5’11”165-18540″-42″33″-35″37″-39″16″28.5″-29.5″
L5’11”-6’1″170-19040″-42″33″-35″37″-39″16″29.5″-30.5″
LT6’0″-6’2″180-20040″-42″33″-35″37″-39″16″30.5″-31.5″
XLS5’11”-6’1″185-20542″-44″35″-37″39″-41″16.5″29.5″-30.5″
XL6’0″-6’2″190-21042″-44″35″-37″39″-41″16.5″30.5″-31.5″
XLT6’1″-6’3″200-22042″-44″35″-37″39″-41″16.5″31″-32″
XXL6’1″-6’3″210-23044″-46″37″-39″41″-43″17″31″-32″
XXXL6’1″-6’3″220-24046″-48″39″-41″44″-46″17.5″31″-32″

  Metric version

Wetsuit SizeHeight (feet)Weight (lb)Chest (cm)Waist (cm)Hip (cm)Neck (cm)Inseam (cm)
XS5’6″ – 5’8″125 – 14086.36 – 91.4468.58 – 73.6683.82 – 88.936.8367.31 – 69.85
S5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″135 – 15591.44 – 96.5273.66 – 78.7486.36 – 91.4438.169.85 – 72.39
ST5’9″ – 5’11”140 – 16091.44 – 96.5273.66 – 78.7486.36 – 91.4438.172.39 – 74.93
MS5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″140 – 16096.52 – 101.678.74 – 83.8288.9 – 93.9839.3769.85 – 72.39
M5’9″ – 5’11”150 – 17096.52 – 101.678.74 – 83.8288.9 – 93.9839.3772.39 – 74.93
MT5’11” – 6’1″155 – 17596.52 – 101.678.74 – 83.8288.9 – 93.9839.3774.93 – 77.47
LS5’9″ – 5’11”165 – 185101.6 – 106.6883.82 – 88.993.98 – 99.0640.6472.39 – 74.93
L5’11” – 6’1″170 – 190101.6 – 106.6883.82 – 88.993.98 – 99.0640.6474.93 – 77.47
LT6’0″ – 6’2″180 – 200101.6 – 106.6883.82 – 88.993.98 – 99.0640.6477.47 – 80.01
XLS5’11” – 6’1″185 – 205106.68 – 111.7688.9 – 93.9899.06 – 104.1441.9174.93 – 77.47
XL6’0″ – 6’2″190 – 210106.68 – 111.7688.9 – 93.9899.06 – 104.1441.9177.47 – 80.01
XLT6’1″ – 6’3″200 – 220106.68 – 111.7688.9 – 93.9899.06 – 104.1441.9178.74 – 81.28
XXL6’1″ – 6’3″210 – 230111.76 – 116.8493.98 – 99.06104.14 – 109.2243.1878.74 – 81.28
XXXL6’1″ – 6’3″220 – 240116.84 – 121.9299.06 – 104.14111.76 – 116.8444.4578.74 – 81.28

Women’s wetsuit sizing chart may slightly be different in terms of measurements.

Wetsuit size chart  for women 

        
Wetsuit SizeHeight (feet)Weight (lb)Chest (in)Waist (in)Hips (in)Neck (in)Inseam (in)
25’3″-5’5″100-12030.5″-32.5″23″-25″33″-35″11″27-28″
45’4″-5’6″105-12531.5″-33.5″24″-26″34″-36″11.5″27.5″-28.5″
65’5″-5’7″110-13032.5″-34.5″25″-27″35″-37″12″28″-29″
6T5’6″-5’7″115-13533″-35″26″-28″36″-38″12″28.5″-29.5″
85’6″-5’8″120-14034″-36″26.5″-28.5″36.5″-38.5″12.5″28.5″-29.5″
8T5’7″-5’9″125-14534″-36″26.5″-28.5″36.5″-38.5″12.5″29″-30″
105’7″-5’9″130-15035.5″-37.5″28″-30″38″-40″13″29″-30″
10T5’8″-5’10”135-15535.5″-37.5″28″-30″38″-40″13″29.5″-30.5″
125’8″-5’10”140-16037″-39″29.5″-31.5″39.5″-41.5″13.5″29.5″-30.5″
12T5’9″-5’11”150-17037″-39″29.5″-31.5″39.5″-41.5″13.5″29.5″-30.5″
145’8″-5’10”160-18038.5″-40.5″31″-33″41″-43″14″29.5″-30.5″
165’9″-5’11”160-18040″-42″32″-34″42″-44″14.5″29.5″-30.5″

Metric version

Wetsuit SizeHeight (feet)Weight (lb)Chest (cm)Waist (cm)Hips (cm)Neck (cm)Inseam (cm)
25’3″ – 5’5″100 – 12077.47 – 82.5558.42 – 63.583.82 – 88.927.9468.58 – 71.12
45’4″ – 5’6″105 – 12580.01 – 85.0960.96 – 66.0486.36 – 91.4429.2169.85 – 72.39
65’5″ – 5’7″110 – 13082.55 – 87.6363.5 – 68.5888.9 – 93.9830.4871.12 – 73.66
6T5’6″ – 5’7″115 – 13583.82 – 88.966.04 – 71.1291.44 – 96.5230.4872.39 – 74.93
85’6″ – 5’8″120 – 14086.36 – 91.4467.31 – 72.3992.71 – 97.7931.7572.39 – 74.93
8T5’7″ – 5’9″125 – 14586.36 – 91.4467.31 – 72.3992.71 – 97.7931.7573.66 – 76.2
105’7″ – 5’9″130 – 15090.17 – 95.2571.12 – 76.296.52 – 101.633.0273.66 – 76.2
10T5’8″ – 5’10”135 – 15590.17 – 95.2571.12 – 76.296.52 – 101.633.0274.93 – 77.47
125’8″ – 5’10”140 – 16093.98 – 99.0674.93 – 80.01100.33 – 105.4134.2974.93 – 77.47
12T5’9″ – 5’11”150 – 17093.98 – 99.0674.93 – 80.01100.33 – 105.4134.2974.93 – 77.47
145’8″ – 5’10”160 – 18097.79 – 102.8778.74 – 83.82104.14 – 109.2235.5674.93 – 77.47
165’9″ – 5’11”160 – 180101.6 – 106.6881.28 – 86.36106.68 – 111.7636.8374.93 – 77.47

Wetsuit size chart for kids

TODDLERHEIGHTHEIGHT (CM)WEIGHT (LBS)WEIGHT (KG)CHEST (IN)CHEST (CM)WAIST (IN)WAIST (CM)
128 – 32″71 – 8120 – 259 – 1119481846
233 – 37″84 – 9425 – 3011 – 1420511948
338 – 42″96 – 10730 – 3514 – 1621532051
443 – 47″109 – 11935 – 4016 – 1822562153
548 – 52″122 – 13240 – 4518 – 202358.52256
YOUTHHEIGHTHEIGHT (CM)WEIGHT (LBS)WEIGHT (KG)CHEST (IN)CHEST (CM)WAIST (IN)WAIST (CM)
43’10” – 4’1″117 – 12440 – 5518 – 252358.52051
64’1″ – 4’4″124 – 13250 – 6523 – 2924.56221.555
84’4″ – 4’7″132 – 14060 – 7527 – 3426662358.5
104’7″ – 4’10”140 – 14770 – 8532 – 3927.57024.562
124’10” – 5’1″147 – 15580 – 9536 – 432973.52666
145’1″ – 5’4″155 – 16395 – 11043 – 503178.52871
165’4″ – 5’6″163 – 168105 – 12048 – 5433843076

How To Know What Wetsuit size is Right for You (How to Use The Size Guides)

How do I know my Wetsuit Size?

Accurate body measurement is critical to selecting the appropriate garment size. Men’s and women’s measurements are generally different; men’s measurements include the chest, neck, arm, and waist, while women’s measurements include the bust, waist, and hips.  The best and most complete post on how to measure your body for clothing sizes

Chest

When getting fitted for a shirt, getting the chest measurement is crucial. You’ll need to keep a tape measure handy to accomplish this. using a  tape measure over the broadest chest region under your arms.

Neck

To take neck measures, wrap the measuring tape around your Adam’s apple in the center of your neck. Leave the tape a bit loose to make the shirt more comfortable to wear. Remember to keep the tape horizontal to avoid errors.

Arm

When getting fitted for a shirt, the arm measurement is also crucial. Place your hand on your hip and bend your elbow 90 degrees. Place a durable tape measure in the middle of your neck. Measure your shoulder to your elbow and down to your wrist. Your sleeve length is the whole length.

Size Waist

Waist measurements are crucial when getting fitted for a bottom (pants, jeans, skirts, boxers, etc.). To acquire your waist measurement, measure around your natural waistline with a little loose tape.

Hip

For women’s bottoms, hip measurements are incredibly crucial. Measure around the broadest area of your hips while standing with your feet together.

Rise

Rise measurements determine the length of the bottoms, especially for long jeans and pants. Rise measure from the top of the waistband to the leg seam to get the rise measurement.

Bust

The length of the bottoms is determined by the rise measurement, which is especially important for long jeans and pants. To get the rise measurement, measure from the top of the waistband to the leg seam.

FAQ on Wetsuit sizes

Is weight or height more important for a wetsuit?

It may be crucial to buy a wetsuit for bodies with curved bottoms, slender shoulders, and smaller chests. So, it’s of utmost vital to know your body structure (height, weight, chest, waist measurements) before selecting a wetsuit for you. Moreover, weight is one of the most significant aspects of correctly determining your size.  Size charts are different for different brands of wetsuits. If your size is small in one brand, you may have a different size in other brands. Chest is another important factor to be considered when selecting a perfect fit for your wetsuit while height is considered the least significant factor for buying a wetsuit that fits correctly. 

Should you buy a wetsuit a size smaller?

Wetsuits come in a wide range of cuts (short arms, long arms, short legs, long legs, or a combination of all four), with widths ranging from 2mm up to 4 mm. A wetsuit with the average of your body measurements will be the right choice. When buying a wetsuit it’s part and parcel to consider the thickness of the undergarments you usually wear. If you wear thick undergarments you should consider the larger size.

When choosing the appropriate fit of a wet suit, the only option is tight. 

What size is a medium wetsuit? 

There is no size chart that different brands can follow. For men, the available sizes are small, medium, large, and extra-large.

The sizes remain the same for the chest and waist, only height differs according to the secondary size. 

For Women, you may find wetsuits in UK sizes (6, 8, and 10), like men’s sizes chest and waist measurements remain the same while height may be altered. If your body measurements lie in the middle of two different sizes you might feel a bit confused about figuring out the right size for you. Pick a wetsuit with the best fitting chest and waist measurements.

What to do if your wetsuit is too big or too small

If your wetsuit is too big, the neoprene will be baggy and you’ll lose heat. If your wetsuit is too small, you’ll feel restricted and could end up with hypothermia.

If your wetsuit doesn’t fit, the best thing to do is return it and get a size that does. In the meantime, you can use a neoprene belt to cinch it in at the waist or wear a thicker layer underneath to take up some of the slack.

Remember that every wetsuit is different, so you may need to go up or down a size depending on the brand and style. Our size chart below will give you a general idea of what to look for, but make sure to consult the brand’s specific size chart before making your purchase.

Conclusion

Hopefully this wetsuit size chart gives you a good place to start finding the perfect size for your body. Please ask any questions you might have via the comments section. Thanks for reading!

Water temperature impact on wetsuit size

Take a look at the following chart:

Water TemperatureWetsuit Thickness
65-69°F18-21°C2mm Short Springsuit
62-64°F17-18°C2mm Full Springsuit
58-61°F14-17°C3/2mm Full Wetsuit
54-57°F12-14°C4/3mm Full Wetsuit with 3mm Boots
50-53°F10-12°C4/3mm Full Wetsuit, 2mm Hood, 3mm Boots and Gloves
47-49°F8-9°C5/4/3 Full Wetsuit with Hood, 5mm Boots and Gloves
> 46°F> 8°C6/5/4 Full Wetsuit with Hood, 7mm Boots and Gloves

Wetsuit Sizing explained

Wetsuit Fit And Sizing Buying Guide – Men’s, Ladies and Kids Wetsuit Fit Guide by Shore

Conclusion

There is nothing as important as finding the right wetsuit size. It would help if you got the right wetsuit fit.  That which would feel like a perfect fit.  Otherwise, it is not your size. In addition, make sure that you check the wetsuit seam taping is perfect. If the seam taping is strong, then the wetsuit will have added durability.

In case of any comments or questions, feel free to contact us in the comments section!

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