Do wetsuits shrink in water?

Do wetsuits get tighter over time?

If you’re wondering whether a too small suit will stretch out to fit better over time, the answer is no. If you’re wondering about the shelf life of a wetsuit then yes, over time, heavily stretched areas, like the armpit, thin out from wear. Wetsuits are made from a synthetic rubber called neoprene.

Do wetsuits compress in water?

Absolutely NOT! While I can fully understand why you would want to, let’s go over a little wetsuit theory to see why that is very dangerous. So as we go deeper in the water, our suit will get a little looser. … As we stated above, the material will compress and that gives us a little more room inside the suit.

Can you make a wetsuit smaller?

Absolutely yes, wetsuits can be altered!” … We can alter your neoprene wet suit, microprene, Lavcore or Polartec suit. Generally, making a suit smaller is less expensive than making it larger, because we don’t have to add more material.

What size am I in a wetsuit?

Billabong Mens Wetsuit Size Chart

SIZE HEIGHT (cm/in) WEIGHT (kg/lb)
ST 173-183 5’8″-6’0″ 66-73kg 145-160lbs
MS 168-175 5’6″-5’9″ 66-73kg 145-160lbs
M 175-180 5’9″-5’11” 70-77kg 155-170lbs
MT 180-185 5’11”-6’1″ 75-82kg 165-180lbs

How do you Unshrink a wetsuit?

Soak your suit in warm soapy water for roughly 15 minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly with cold water. Reverse your wetsuit (turn it inside out) and hang it outside in a shaded area to dry.

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What happens if you machine wash neoprene?

People sometimes question, ‘can you wash a wetsuit in hot water or in a washing machine’, but this should be avoided as washing neoprene at hot temperatures can reduce flexibility. . . . Use harsh detergents, bleach or other strong chemicals as these can cause damage.

What do wet suits do?

Wetsuits insulate the swimmers, or help them retain body heat. This, in turn, helps the swimmers avoid hypothermia, a dangerously low body temperature. Wetsuits are made of a kind of rubber called neoprene. The suit traps a thin layer of water between the neoprene and the wearer’s skin.

What can I wear instead of a wetsuit?

Even on a baking hot day, if you’ve been wild swimming for some time without a wetsuit, you’ll need warm clothes when you get out. Take a hat, gloves, loose-fitting trousers and tops that are easy to pull on, warm socks, shoes (avoid laces if you can), a fleece and a coat or dryrobe.

Can I take in a wetsuit?

It can be taken in or let out in width, which requires a lot less time (and therefore costs less) than to remove the zip to change the torso length. The alternative would be a custom made-to-measure wetsuit designed to your exact measurements and requirements.