GET THE FIT
How can you gauge fit in the water when you’re able to try on a suit only in a warm dressing room?
Look for a firm,
even squeeze. You have to be able to breathe without difficulty. But a wetsuit has to fit snugly to do its job, without bagginess or pockets of air that will become pockets of cold water. Think second skin as the ideal you’re looking for.
locks’ choices. If the medium on the rack is too small and the large too large, don’t be pressed into taking either. Be sure you try on all the sizes in between — some manufacturers have as many as five sizes between men’s medium and large.
Assume the po
sition. Don’t limit your try-on to standing upright and still. Stretch and swing your arms and legs. Squat down and reach your arms straight out, and over your head. Take the position you’ll be in when diving – those pre-curved sleeves might feel weird on land but more natural when diving.
Rubbed the wrong
way. Snug, yes; irritating, no. Watch for seams that chafe your neck or bind on your armpits, or a neck closure that’s just not shaped like you. If it’s irritating in the dressing room, think what it will be like 30 minutes into your dive.