Short, stock dude needs wetsuit advice...

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by surfsup, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    I am 5'6" and weigh about 165lbs and I am looking for the best winter wetsuit. I currently have a Xcel LS 3/2 that fits pretty well but I am looking to get a 5mil or a 4/3 for the winter. I've never used anything thicker than a 3/2 so I would prefer a suit as flexible and as warm as possible.

    If anyone is a similar size, please recommend a suit and size that may fit well. I know I will have to try a lot of suits on but looking to narrow down my choices first. I was thinking there could be certain brands that are better for someone my size. Obviously I will also try an Xcel winter suit in size LS but looking for other options too.

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  2. surfswell

    surfswell Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2009
    i got a 4/3 hyperflex in MS and im 5.7 and 120 pounds

  3. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    spend some time at your local surfshops and try on a lot of suits.. i am 5-8x190. (33" waist/44"chest) my 3/2 is a large/short bodyglove vapor and it is the best surfing product i have ever pruchased. my 5/4 is an xl quiksilver ignite. it fits well and is warm and flexible. I will definitely get a vapor 5/4 when my quik gives up the ghost.

    it's sometimes kinda tough being built like a wrestler. you just gotta be patient and let the trial and error procedure lead you to suits that fit well. fit is king. btw, there are a lot of girls who go for the short/stocky type, so don't stress about that, either. i married one twenty years ago.
  4. chrisd

    chrisd Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2009
    I would say largeshort oniel mutant.
  5. SearchForShacks

    SearchForShacks Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    all i know is i love my o'neil heat it was relatively cheep and kept me toasty all winter long
  6. chrisd

    chrisd Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2009
    I have a similar build just larger and the mutant was the only front zip I could even consider.
  7. LOSTsoul

    LOSTsoul Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    dude..i'm 5' 6", 170lbs. lean, not fat. i go medium short with my suits. Tried excel large short but the legs were still too long, had to cut like 2 - 3 inches off the legs. Just got new oneill winter suit, medium short. perfect!
  8. latedrops

    latedrops Active Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    I'm 5-7 165, I've got a Hyperflex Amp 5/4/3 LS fits really well and excellent flex. Best bang for your buck.