Should all wetsuits for a certain brand, for instance, lets say, ripcurl, fit the same size? For example, I'm a medium tall, should the suit size fit me in a 3/2 rip curl dawn patrol (back zip) and the same in a 5/4 rip curl insulator (chest zip). Do you winter surfers have to wear larger suits in the winter because the extra rubber or the same size as your 3/2. I would normally jusr go to the local shop, but pretty much all the ones I have checked dont have my size right now in winter suits cause its not the season. I was trying to get a clearance suit at the shops, but they have crazy sizes left. So, unfortunately I have to get one online and dont want to order the wrong size.
Its the same size. Little advice if your 3/2 is lose any where on your body go a little smaller in a winter suit my winter suit is so tight I ca barely rip it off my shoulders after a surf but I am soo warm....
I would never order a suit online without knowing for sure that it fits like a glove. Your problem is perplexing though since the shops dont have your size. For the most part they are the same as a 3/2 but neck closiers and cuffs can be different. Also, some guys wear underarmor longies under their suit for even more warmth, so you might want to take that into account. If you go online anyway definately give them all your measurments. Most sites have a graph you can fill out. You may even want to send them a photo of yourself wearing your 3/2 so they can match your size right. Front and back with arms out.
I took a chance last year and got a brand new Hyperflex on Ebay last year for $150.It fits like a glove so that worked out.I do feel that all wetsuits sizes do not fit the exact same way for your size.I know this from my on experience.Your best bet is to try them on.Sould fit like you wearing a pair of sweatpants.Not too tight not too lose.
try diffent suits on to see what fits best . You dont want it too tight like mentioned it can actullay wear you out just as fast as a suit that is too big filled with water. Rule of thumb if it feel like it is pulling down on you shoulders its too tight
Thanks guys for the input....... I have tried different brands and the rip curls seem to fit the best and the suits keep together well. I remember last year going to the shop to try on an oneill epic and a mutant in the same size, but the mutant seemed so dam tight, so i decided to get the epic because it fit better. To make a long story short it's only a 4/3 and it was not warm enough for some of the swells in the winter or my sessions would be cut short just from being to cold. I wanted to get a head start and get a new suit for the winter that will keep me warm, so I can stay out longer. I figured now would be the best time to look cause the shops and website are trying to unload last years stuff, hence getting a good deal.