HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUIT SIZE?

WHY A NEOPRENE SUIT?

Protection against the cold.

As its name suggests, this type of suit uses "neoprene" technology. This material is made up of micro-bubbles. The more bubbles it contains, the more flexible the suit. However, under pressure, when diving for example, the bubbles are crushed and its thermal protection is less effective.
This explains why divers sometimes dive with suits that are up to 7 mm thick!

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GOOD NEOPRENE QUALITIES

Apart from being light, good neoprene can be distinguished by:
- its elasticity
- its thermal insulation capacity
- its resistance to wear
- its capacity to return to its initial shape

Actually, the suit protects divers from the cold by forming a fine layer of water that will become warmer when in contact with the skin.

WOMEN'S MEASUREMENTS

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CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE

Take a tape measure and place it around the widest point of your chest (around the nipples).

- Make sure that it is parallel to the ground.
- Raise your head and tighten the tape measure, breathing normally.
- Block the tape measure and read your measurement.

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WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE

- Take a tape measure and place it above your belly button, at the narrowest part of your waist.
- Raise your head and tighten the tape measure, breathing normally.
- Block the tape measure and read your measurement.

HIP CIRCUMFERENCE

- Take a tape measure and place it around the widest part of your bottom.
- Make sure that it is parallel to the ground.
- Block the tape measure and read your measurement.

SIZE GUIDE

A size equivalence table is shown below that we use to design our women's neoprene suits. If your measurements do not fit the table, prioritise the chest measurement.
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Examples of size choices:
- if your chest circumference is 92 cm, your waist 73 cm and your hips 100 cm, then according to our sizing table, you are a size M in grouped sizes and 40 in individual sizes.
- if your chest circumference is 114 cm, your waist 106 cm and your hips 128 cm, then according to our sizing table, you are a size 2XL in grouped sizes and 52 in individual sizes.

MEN'S MEASUREMENTS

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CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE

- Take a tape measure and place it around the widest point of your chest. Make sure that it is parallel to the ground.
- Raise your head and tighten the tape measure, breathing normally.
- Block the tape measure and read your measurement.

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WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE

- Take a tape measure and place it above your belly button, at the narrowest part of your waist.
- Raise your head and tighten the tape measure, breathing normally.
- Block the tape measure and read your measurement.

HIP CIRCUMFERENCE

- Take a tape measure and place it above your belly button, at the narrowest part of your waist.
- Raise your head and tighten the tape measure, breathing normally.
- Block the tape measure and read your measurement.

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SIZE GUIDE

A size equivalence table is given below that we use to design our men's neoprene suits. If your measurements do not fit the table, prioritise the chest measurement.

KIDS' MEASUREMENTS

SIZE GUIDE

A size equivalence table is given below that we use to design our kids' neoprene suits. If the child's measurements do not fit the table, prioritise their chest measurement.
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A FEW LAST TIPS

Your stature (size) should not be decisive when choosing a neoprene suit.

The most important factors to choose the right size for your suit are:
- your chest measurement, at nipple level.
- your waist measurement.
- you hip measurement.

Be aware that if there are any folds around the thorax or thighs, this will not be a handicap for doing sport. Nevertheless, the thermal insulation will not be as good. The chest size should be prioritised so as not to affect your all important breathing comfort.

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                          Alexandre, salesperson at Decathlon in Toulon

                          I'm 33 years old... I've been a salesperson at Decathlon in Toulon and a dive instructor for 4 years. Before joining Decathlon, I was in the Navy where I took part in many operational dives. At this time, I got my certificate as a ship's diver, which is now equivalent to FFESSM level 3.

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