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Wet Suit for short people

Discussion in 'Apparel' started by Mike Klieb, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Mike Klieb

    Mike Klieb Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Deer Park Tx
    I've been looking to buy a 3mm wetsuit but my issue is I am 5'8" at 200 looking to drop a little more weight but have never been below 185 in my adult life. Most of the sizing charts for my height are for someone that weights like 145 and the ones for my weight are all 6' tall or more. So it seems my choices are way too tight or look like an 8 y/o wearing his daddy's clothes. Can you get a wetsuit altered say shorten the arms and legs or am I more looking into a custom ($$$$$) suit?
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Some Henderson suits are available in talls and shorts as stock items. Click the size chart on this page.
    Thermoprene Pro Men's Back Zip Jumpsuit • Henderson Aquatics
    Sounds like you are either a LS or an XLS.
    They will also trim wrist and ankle cuffs on most of their suits for an added charge. Work through your LDS.
  3. Mike Klieb

    Mike Klieb Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Deer Park Tx
    Thanks looks like exactly like what I need
  4. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    +1 on Henderson.

    I am 5'7" and 182 and the LS fits me perfectly. My 3 and my 7 are Henderson LS.

    My 5 is a Bare and I was able to get it in a size like LS. Not sure what it was called. It also fits good.

    It is not just the shorter suit that is nice but the arms are shorter also.
  5. Mike Klieb

    Mike Klieb Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Deer Park Tx
    This is great news thanks looks like I will be ordering a Henderson
  6. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    You should be able to use almost any brand. Being short for your weight just means that the sleeves and legs might be a litttle long. Just select a suit size which matches your weight rather than height.

    The opposite situation is more of a problem- tall and skinny ends up with a leaky suit and too short arms and legs and maybe even too much tension on the crotch.

    If you are diving a 3. Mm suit, the water should be reasonabley warm and perfect fit is not so important as comfort.
  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    rongoodman and JackD342 like this.
  8. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canyon Lake, TX
    Check out Bare wetsuits. I have three of them, and their XL Short should fit you very well. I am your height and weight, and just bought a Bare 3mm Reactive wetsuit, which is a perfect fit. Also, the Reactive is pretty stretchy so it is forgiving if your measurements are a little outside of their size specs. IMO, Bare makes a great wetsuit.
  9. remante

    remante Angel Fish

    Another option is Akona. They have wetsuits for short people.

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