I know its rather ironic but I'm a big guy that enjoys open water swimming. I'd like to do more of it in order to help myself with my waistline. I swim in the Pacific so I need a wetsuit. I'm looking for specific manufacturer and model recommendations for the largest wetsuit out there. What is the absolute, hands-down largest wetsuit made?
I cannot say this for all brands - as with any clothing item brands have different versions of sizing. I can be an 8 in one store but a 12 in another, go figure. I'm looking at Rip Curl as they had a great size chart.
You'll have a few factors here as having the incorrect wetsuit size can lead to a few issues like chaffing, too much gap means the wetsuit won't perform as it should do etc etc. Take measurements of your Height, Weight, Neck, Chest, Waist etc - as if you're doing a good tailored suit. Obviously it's better to find somewhere you can try one on too, as ordering online with the wrong size means returns etc, and some places may not allow returns on a wetsuit in the same way you cannot return underwear or swimming costumes (in case you wore them naked at any point).
For Rip Curl they go up to what they class as an XXL size:
- Weight: 95-105kg (209-231lbs)
- Neck: 43cm (17")
- Chest: 110cm (43.5")
- Waist: 96cm (43")
However even they state that this is a general guideline and should not be taken as anything more than approximate!