Wetsuits: How to Measure Yourself

How to measure a wetsuit…

Buying a wetsuit can often be a little confusing. Especially when you’re buying one for the first time. Generally, it’s the thickness of the wetsuit that is on the top of your mind – which is fair enough as you want to ensure you’re kept warm, so you can stay in the water longer. As your surfing progresses, things like stretch, stitching and entry-systems become important. However, this article isn’t about the thickness or design of the wetsuit. It’s about measuring yourself, so you can ensure you’re purchasing something that is going to ensure your comfort.

Step 1

  • Grab a measuring tape and a set of weighing scales
  • Measure your height and weight
  • Write down your figures

Step 2

  • Measure your chest (note: measurements should be taken against your skin. This means no clothing)
  • Grab the measuring tape and place it against the broadest part of your chest (a lot of the time this will be the peck/breast area)
  • Start the tape measure from this point and loop is symmetrically around your body until the initial spot has been found
  • Write down your figures

Step 3

  • Measure your waist
  • Find the halfway point between your bottom rib and the top of your hip bone (this should end up being very close or in-line with your navel)
  • Once found, start at the designated mark, and loop symmetrically around your body until the initial mark is reached
  • Write down your figures

Step 4 (optional)

  • Measure your neck to ensure the wetsuit you end up purchasing isn’t going to be too loose or tight (note: not all brands give a neck measurement - so don’t panic if it’s not there, as the neck lining will be fine according to all the other measurements)
  • If a brand does offer a neck measurement, find a starting point and wrap the measuring tape around your neck just above where it meets your shoulders
  • If it’s somewhere just below your larynx (voice box), then you’re doing it correctly
  • Write down your figures

Step 5

  • Measure your hips and inseam
  • The hip measurement is taken from the widest point and should always go around your buttocks
  • The inseam is from your crotch (inner thigh) to the bottom of your ankle (note: be sure to stand straight when taking this measurement. If you have recently bought a new pair of pants (trousers) that fit perfectly, you can rely of that measurement as a reference point)
  • Write down your figures

Each brand will have a size chart that differs from another. Therefore it’s important to know your measurements – as you don’t want to get caught out when shifting brands.

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Updated on 3rd March 2020

Originally published on 9th August 2018 in Wetsuit Guides

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