Buying a suit from a local shop is better if you take it back under warranty. I used to mess up a wet suit. for a couple years in the early 80's we had access to the Barrier Island complex in Duck NC. The first thing they built after the gate was the inside heated pool and hot tub. We'd surf til we were frozen, then jump in the hot tub. Hot water seems to do weird stuff to neoprene. My legs balloned out and became unlaminated, and my buddy's blew out all together. took it back that spring with a confused look and had new legs installed.