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Wetsuit - how tight?

How tight should a wetsuit be out of the water? Going by a size chart and conversations with a sales guy, I bought a suit online. He says it's supposed to be hard to zip alone, and should fit tight and will loosen in the water. I feel like its too tight, but the only other wetsuit I tried on may have been too big. The length is good, it's just really tight around my chest/shoulder blades. The neck has a high collar and that feels like it's just barely too tight. For my frame, I have broad shoulders, so that could be why this feels tight.

Of course, if I use it in the water, I can't return it. I feel like I might have to go into a store and get some feedback with someone seeing the fit. Thoughts?

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They should be tight. Mine is difficult to zip, but I can do it myself. You should be able to move your arms freely in the swimming motion. They do loosen up somewhat in the water. Some brands fit different frames better than others. If you go to Endure it and schedule a wetsuit fit with them you can try different ones out in their endless pool before you buy them. I just used the trisports.com fit tool. They directed me to the correct brand for my frame and height and weight. It worked perfectly for me.

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It's sleeveless, so arm movement isn't an issue. I can feel the length of the flap under the zipper along my back. Mostly a comfort thing, and I'm more concerned about the neck being tight. It feels like a collared shirt that you used to wear 6 years ago. It fits, but it's right around my entire neck.

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It's sleeveless, so arm movement isn't an issue. I can feel the length of the flap under the zipper along my back. Mostly a comfort thing, and I'm more concerned about the neck being tight. It feels like a collared shirt that you used to wear 6 years ago. It fits, but it's right around my entire neck.
It's really hard to say. Does it constrict breathing at all? I would say if you aren't comfortable with it to send it back. Wetsuits are tough to size. I've always told people if you get the right one over the internet you are just lucky. I did....and was lucky. I took my wife to Endure it and she was pretty happy. But we did pay up some for it.

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A properly fitted suit will feel like it is giving you a hug, but does restrict your breathing or motion. After reading that, good luck, and +1 to what Meulen posted.

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It doesn't restrict breathing, but I am not a fan of collars. I don't really like anything touching my neck, and all the suits in my range look like they have a collar. The wetsuit I wore before, I could feel water rush down when I stood up. I'm thinking that's too loose, so maybe that's why I'm not used to this tight of a suit.

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It doesn't restrict breathing, but I am not a fan of collars. I don't really like anything touching my neck, and all the suits in my range look like they have a collar. The wetsuit I wore before, I could feel water rush down when I stood up. I'm thinking that's too loose, so maybe that's why I'm not used to this tight of a suit.
The neck should be somewhat snug like everyone is saying. If it's loose then water is just going to get in your suit easily.

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I've been trying to give it back for 2 weeks now

Stupid collars. Can't we all compete wearing arm floaties?

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I've been trying to give it back for 2 weeks now

Stupid collars. Can't we all compete wearing arm floaties?
The type of suit you are using will have the collar and it may feel strange, but there is a reason for it.

On the other hand, if you were buying a suit for diving or jetsking, then you could get a two piece farmer john and you would not have to worry about a collar.

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The type of suit you are using will have the collar and it may feel strange, but there is a reason for it.

On the other hand, if you were buying a suit for diving or jetsking, then you could get a two piece farmer john and you would not have to worry about a collar.
They do have 2 piece triathlon/swimming wetsuits. DeSoto makes them and they are supposed to be very comfortable, but I have not tried one.

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