Wetsuit question

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by eaelliott5, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. eaelliott5

    eaelliott5 New Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    So I bought a Patagonia R2 front zip wetsuit and I really want to like it. But, it really just doesn't fit me. I am 5'11" and 200 lbs. I'm not fat,I just workout. I went with an XL and I know a XXL would be too big in the rest of the parts. It fits all over except in my neck and shoulders. Pull over part constantly pulls on my throat not quite choking me but making it uncomfortable. Maybe a rear zip would work better? I have wide shoulders and back from working out and I think these suits are made for skinny lanky kids with no muscles. Anyhow, anyone have any reccomendations on wetsuits of similar quality that would fit someone of my size better?
  2. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Hey man I have similar issues when it comes to sizing up my suits. While I could stand to shed a few pounds, I'm built similarly to you...I'm a shorter, stocky dude who even w/ minimal bodyfat % wouldn't be less than 200lbs. I find O'neills to be a good fit for me, as well as a buddy of mine who's a bigger framed dude.

  3. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    i'm pretty similarly sized & find that o'neill & rip curl fit me best.

    i've heard others complain about the cut of patagonia suits for the same reason. i'd love to try one, but i think i'd have the same issue you did. i tried a matuse on & thought i was going to die in it as i was pretty convinced there was no way to get it off.
  4. imharri

    imharri Active Member

    Dec 21, 2012
    I have a similar build and have tried on Matuse and Patagoina, I think they base their sizes on little Indonesian people. I have been using Excel CZ suits for the past few years with no issue and before that I was using Quiksilver. The Excel is a better suit in my opinion
  5. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Oneil brah oneil....
  6. Paddington Jetty Bear

    Paddington Jetty Bear Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    Dude, and this goes for all of y'all.....

    Buy your suits at your local surf shop. TRY ON THE SUIT...........

    Also remember that neoprene losens-up a bit when wet.......
  7. srfmdi418

    srfmdi418 Member

    Dec 11, 2013
    I agree on Oneill. I recently bought the mutant 4/3 large, I'm 5'11" 185lbs average build and its loose in the shoulders/upperback. Another 10 lbs or so and I'd probably fit into it real nicely.
  8. Paddington Jetty Bear

    Paddington Jetty Bear Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    Don't buy sh!t on the internet......

    F AMAZON and all of that stuff.

    Support your local surf shop.

    Oh and kiddies, remember if you're still a growing boy that a little room isn't bad. You don't want to be buying new suits every time you have a little growth spurt......

    Why Johnny, I remember you when you were this tall...............

    South Jersey dudes, go to Heritage Surf in Ocean City and get the the dude who's aboot 5'9'' with dark brown(black) hair, slender build, who sports a little beard. He's the best. He's so nice and helpful.....Throw him some commission.

    Help your communities buy supporting local surf shops. Heck, go buy something at them all this Christmas. Keep it in the family.

    Oh, you guys sound ultra sexy, brahs.
  9. Gfootr

    Gfootr Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    I'm 5' 11" and 195 lbs. But flat as a pancake, not super built but really really wide. Dimensions on sizing charts don't work for me. RipCurl XL fits me best. I find Oneill are too big in the shoulder/lat area, but they might work for you.
  10. reefscar

    reefscar Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    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.
  11. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    +1 on the rip curl (i own dawn patrol) there sizing is a little different, I think, than other brands. i love my suit, it's 5/3 still in it in maine and i'm plenty toasty
  12. dlrouen

    dlrouen Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    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!

  13. Laird's acting coach

    Laird's acting coach Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2012

    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.

    If not, I will buy it off you for $50 cash.
  14. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Merino wool liner????? Holy sh!t.
  15. Laird's acting coach

    Laird's acting coach Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2012

    The wool acts as an insulate but is lighter than neoprene...and it dries quicker. So the R3 is actually a 3/2 suit but the warmth is that of a 4/3......so you have a warmer, lighter suit.

    It is a great Mid Atlantic/Northeast suit since the temp keeps dropping in the water.
  16. Mad Atom

    Mad Atom Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2013
    I have an O'Neill 4/3, a Quicksilver 3/2 and a RipCurl 5.5/4.5. All of them crush the balls. What do I do? Has Patagonia figured this out and created a non-ball crushing suit?
  17. eaelliott5

    eaelliott5 New Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    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.
  18. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Hell yeah man...wool's great, I use wool socks under my booties at times. I guess I wasn't aware of such quality materials being used.
  19. eaelliott5

    eaelliott5 New Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    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.
  20. eaelliott5

    eaelliott5 New Member

    Dec 19, 2013