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Wetsuits Buying Guide - Sainsbury's
Make a splash, with Sainsbury's

A wetsuit that fits well is a real asset when you're enjoying watersports - whether that's scuba diving or para-gliding. Sainsbury's has prepared this handy size guide to help you get the perfect size.

How do I choose a wetsuit?
Women's wetsuit sizes
Men's wetsuit sizes
Children's wetsuit sizes
How to care for your wetsuit
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 How do I choose a wetsuit?

The wetsuit shouldn't be so tight that you have trouble breathing or your movements are overly restricted. You also don't want it to be too loose. This would let water flow freely through the suit, and you'd lose all the benefits of trapped water being warmed by your body.

For a correct wetsuit fit, your wrists and ankles should be snug. This is an area where water can easily seep in, so these should not have gaps. The neck should also be snug but remember, you need to breathe. Not too tight. There shouldn't be any large gaps in the underarm or crotch area. You will, however, probably have a gap at the small of the back. This is normal.

Sainsbury's tip

If you haven't worn a wetsuit before, you may think you've chosen the wrong size. Wetsuits feel snug on, and you'll probably feel that your range of motion is reduced. This is normal.

 Women's wetsuit sizes

 Size 8 10 12 14 16 18
 Height 5'1"-5'3" 5'3"-5'5" 5'5"-5'8" 5'8"-5'10" 5'10"-6' 6'-6'2"

 Men's wetsuit sizes

 Size SM M LM L XL 2XL
 Chest 34-36" 36-38" 38-40" 40-42" 42-44" 44-46"
 cm 86-91 91-97 97-102 102-107107-112  112-117
 Height 5'3"-5'5" 5'6"-5'8" 5'8"-5'10" 5'10"-6' 6'-6'2" 6'2"-6'4"

 Children's wetsuit sizes

 Size 00 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 Age 1-2 2-3 3-4 5-6 7-8 9 10 11 11-12 13-14
 Chest 20" 21" 23" 25" 27" 28" 29"30"  31" 33"
 cm 51 53 58 6368 71 74 75 79 82
 Height 92-98 98-104 110-116 122-128 128-134 134-140 140-146 158-164 164-170 170-176

 How do I care for my wetsuit?

 

Rinse after use in fresh water

Do not tumble dry

Hang your wetsuit out of direct sunlight to dry

Fading may result in chlorinated or chemically treated pools

Avoid contact with sharp objects and abrasive surfaces