Wetsuits are one of the biggest investments for any triathlete, and determining the right size for you is a notorious problem. To make sure you can use and enjoy the dhb wesuit to its full potential, the dhb team have provided a thorough size guide, along with some other helpful hints and tips for both sizing and ongoing care.
When it comes to the fit, comfort is a priority. In general, the dhb wetsuit should feel comfy around the thighs and chest, and not restrictive around your shoulders. When checking the size chart, your weight will be more relevant than your height when checking the size charts. If you fall between 2 sizes and you’re newer to triathlon (or open-water swimming), the larger size is more likely to be the better option – comfort is a priority.
dhb work with Alvanon – the leading company in the field of body measurement data collection. By conducting thousands of 3D body scans, on a target demographic, Alvanon are able to accurately manufacture mannequins to precise dimensions which represent the average body shape for that chosen demographic. dhb believe that by working with this qualified partner who has the biggest database of body measurements in the world, that we have the best chance of making sure our customers are satisfied by our fit and sizing philosophy.
Fit Guide Men’s Wetsuits
Fit Guide Women’s Wetsuits
dhb Wetsuit Care Guide
Get the most out of your new dhb wetsuit by following our care guide:
- Remove all jewellery/watches from your hands, wrists and ankles before putting the suit on, so they don not catch on the neoprene
- Keep your fingernails cut short so they don’t catch and tear the neoprene – whilst the suit’s designed to be resilient, sharp objects can cut the material
- Use a wetsuit lubricant or anti-chaffing balm around the neck, wrist and ankle cuffs – this will help prevent any seams from rubbing on your skin causing irritation
- Use plastic bags on your feet when putting the wetsuit on – combined with the quick release ankle cuffs it means you will be able to slip into the suit and be race ready that little bit quicker
- Adjust the calves, making sure the cuffs sit at least two inches above the ankles
- Carefully pull the wetsuit up over your thighs, hips, waist, torso and shoulders. Do this in stages, with small bunches of neoprene at a time. Ideally, it would be best to wear gloves to avoid tearing the neoprene, but with care and short nails this should not be a problem
- Pull as much of the neoprene over the shoulders as possible
- Zip up from the back – this is where the pull cord comes in handy
- If you are using the suit in saltwater, it is always worth rinsing it thoroughly under cold freshwater afterwards. Sea salt can dry onto the neoprene which can affect it over time
With good care and fitting, the wetsuit should feel comfortable and snug, with plenty of movement around the arms and buoyancy where it is needed, ready for you to take to the water.