Agree with PJB, buy local and try it on. Don't use a surf shp to try on and then buy off the net like some suggest. That forces shops to pay overhead thatonline guys take advantage of. If local shops close we'll all regret it. Go buy a stocking stuffer.
I just picked up my first Patagonia wetsuit earlier this season. Went by their sizing chart and ordered accordingly. Very impressed with the quality, but the seams formed "waves" and the neck area was too loose. I called up FCD Designs out in California and spoke with a customer service representative named Damon. He said that Patagonia recently tweaked a few of their materials, which has had a direct effect on their sizing chart; which has NOT been updated. He advised me to order a smaller size, which I did and it fits like a glove! The exchange was super easy since I did not wear it out yet. Even if I did, Damon said that he would be able to work something out to get me in the right suit. Surprising, since I did not order my suit from FCD! I was very impressed with their customer service and I'm super stoked to have a great company to fall back on if I have any further issues.
My advice would be to call up FCD and talk to Damon. He's super knowledgeable on their line and he'll make sure that you are completely satisfied with your Patagonia wetsuit. You picked a great suit and you'll love it once you get your size dialed in. Best of luck!
I had a similar issue with the Patagonia R3. I am 6'0, 195 lbs, handsome, and athletically built. Broad shoulders with a chiseled chin like granite......wait, I am digressing. I bought a large when I was really on the cusp of an XL.
It took me about a dozen times until the suit stretched out. If I had to guess, I would say it has something to do with the stitching (which I find better than past suits I've owned) and the merino wool liner. I would work through it....I bought a rear zip but still had some "choking" issues. That decreased in time as well.
I think I may need to clarify. I'm not asking where to buy a wetsuit, but rather looking for some firsthand info on which suits may better fit my body type. I appreciate the help and will go check out some of the O'Neill suits.
I did go to my local shops and they had crap selection. Florida, especially the panhandle, is not the best place to buy a wetsuit. And as much as I would like to support my local shops, I gotta support myself first. And online is typically much cheaper.
Thanks again for the info.
Like I said. I really want to like my Patagonia suit. I did try on a large at a shop out of town. It was again right up top especially around the neck and shoulders. So I figured an XL would do the trick. But I was mistaken. I guess calling Patagonia wouldn't be a bad idea. I love the merino wool. The R2 is a 2mm kept me warm, uncomfortable, but warm all last winter in NC.
I guess I've got a few options on my hand, thanks.