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Im short and round and need some help choosing the correct size wetsuit and BCD
tcaqua - 3/20/2017 12:28 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 6

Im 5’ 6" tall and weigh 212lbs. I have a 41" waist and 49" chest. I’m a 49 year old male and I do home workouts and eat clean to stay healthy but those all you can eat Chinese buffets are the devil! ;)

When I try to find my size in all the size guides I don’t fit into any of them and I would appreciate any experience/advice you may have in this area.

Thank you.
ELLOCODIABLO - 3/20/2017 3:01 PM
Im 6ft 250 and have the same issue. Best fit ive found for me is a small company called tommy d sports out of clearwater fl. Have been using their suits for about 5 years now. 5/5 farmer john style is about 160$. BP/W will adjust to just about any size or configuration
JeffNColdWater - 3/20/2017 3:49 PM
If you are at a stable weight, I’d just have a custom one made if you dive a lot. You may be able to have a local shop or even a tailor modify on of the shelf wetsuit. As for a BC, you could always look at a backplate/harness setup. Those are supposed to be pretty adjustable.
LatitudeAdjustment - 3/20/2017 4:38 PM
On a trip to Bali a bunch from our group got custom fitted by

The finished suits looked good and the price was right.

Ditto on going with a Back Plate and Wing, perfect fit every time.
ScoobahJim - 4/07/2017 9:47 AM
I went to They hava an option to speak to a diver that can help you get the right size. They also offer a return policy in the event its the wrong size, and you’d like to try a different size. Sounds like where I will start my journey!
ChadS - 8/08/2018 1:47 AM
I struggled as well with wetsuits sizing. This article helped me:
ScoobahJim - 8/08/2018 11:21 AM
I am 6’ tall and have the same problem. What I found is, make sure your shoulders, stomach and waist fit first. You may end up with a suit that has long legs and arms but thats better than losing circulation to your arms and chest! ha!

Many companies offer custom sizing as well. however.. it comes at a cost. I just buy larger and have a tailor trim the arms and legs to fit me