HUUB | WETSUITS SIZE GUIDE
Need to buy a new wetsuit, swimskin or jammer but not sure about sizing? Our size charts can be found on the product page for each item in our range to help you choose the perfect fit. Simply look for the 'Size Chart' tab above the description.
The sizing can vary between different wetsuit versions, so when looking at the size chart we recommend that you firstly use the weight in KG for the most accurate body fit. We suggest you choose a size based as close to the top end of each weight as you can get. Although important in the sizing decision, height is considered as the second choice after the weight.
As an example in the Archimedes 3 wetsuit, if you are a Male at 79kg and 6'2", we would suggest the SMT size, even though you are a little taller than the height specified.
In this video, HUUB's Dean Jackson and Slovak triathlete Richard Varga show you top tips on how to get a close fitting triathlon wetsuit onto your body and how to adjust it for performance.
How do I use the wetsuit sizing chart?
For us the weight is the most important factor when getting the suit to fit right, although the height is significant, it is secondary to the weight. If you are at the top end of a weight range or fall into two sizes it is best to go for the bigger size or up to the next size. Height does need to be considered, but it's not paramount to a suit fitting. If you are at the bottom end of a height range or just outside, for example, the legs might come up a little long, but these can be trimmed down (please stick within the limits of the taped inside seam). The arms will fit securely where ever they come up on the forearm. For a lot of athletes, it is personal preference as to where they like the legs and arms fitted.
How should I fit my wetsuit?
The key points to consider are… Make sure your wetsuit is pulled up into the crotch and over the hips as best as possible - do this by working the material up bit by bit as opposed to all at once. A sign that this has not been fitted correctly is folds of material around the knees. It is essential that the neoprene is flush to the armpits; otherwise, tears can appear as a result of the pressure that goes through this part of the suit when swimming. A wetsuit should sit around the middle of the neck, and if it is too low, then this is a sign that the wetsuit needs pulling up.
My wetsuit feels too small. Will it loosen?
A wetsuit should fit fairly tightly. When trying the wetsuit on for the first time, you might even think it is too small. However, as you wear the wetsuit more, it will almost mould to your body and become more flexible in the areas where you require more flexibility. When swimming, the layer of water that gets trapped between your skin and the wetsuit will also slightly expand the suit as well, again increasing its flexibility. Please consult above fitting video to make sure you have put your wetsuit on correctly, a poorly fitted wetsuit can often feel restrictive.
I have broad shoulders / large chest?
When sizing a wetsuit, we primarily use weight to get the right fit. Neoprene is incredibly flexible, and even with larger than average shoulders or chest, the suit will fit if you have followed the sizing guide. This will stretch with use and become more flexible. To get the suit fitting around the shoulders you must make sure the suit is pulled up high enough into the crotch and over the hips. It is crucial that the neoprene is flush to the armpits; otherwise, tears can appear as a result of the pressure that goes through this part of the suit when swimming.
How do I know if a wetsuit is too big?
A wetsuit should feel like a second skin. If it is very easy to pull the wetsuit away from the skin and there are crinkles or folds in the suit around the legs and hips, this suggests it is either not pulled up enough, or that the suit is too big. Water will collect in certain areas of the suit, such as the lower back. If there is a lot of space here, this again suggests the suit is too big. Water should enter the suit; this is the concept of a 'wet' suit. This layer of water warms up and should generally stay inside the suit. If the water continually flushes through the suit, this again is another sign that the suit is too big and it will slow you down as you swim.
What do I wear under my wetsuit?
If you are racing in a triathlon then we would suggest wearing a tri suit, under certain regulations when racing your chest must be covered at all times, therefore, you will need to wear top and bottoms or a tri suit. If you are just swimming in the suit, then swimwear will be suitable.
The neck on my wetsuit feels like it's choking me?
If you feel any tightness around the front of your neck, then this is relieved by pulling up the wetsuit at the back to square the suit off on your shoulders. By default we automatically pull them up at the front more so we really need to pull up the back of the wetsuit to compensate that. The best way to adjust this on your own is to put your hands either side your head and slide your thumbs into the back of the neck of the wetsuit either side of the zip. Grip the wetsuit with your fingers (not your nails) and pull upwards while wriggling your body. You should feel it move up your back and then that choking feeling should subside.