Wetsuits for the more curvaceous or plus-size women’s body
For an increasing number of people, swimming - and especially outdoor swimming - is one of life’s joys. The space, the freedom, the open air, the ability to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty, the detachment from technology. Here at Tri Wetsuit Hire we can’t think of a better way to spend an early morning, with mist rising from a still mild temperature lake, or to close off a hectic day, with no lines, no lanes, and no limits.
If you’re an avid triathlete, brand new to the sport, or, if you simply swim outdoors but don’t know where to start to find a wetsuit to fit, we have something for everyone.
Finding a wetsuit to fit has not always been easy..
This particular blog is concentrating on those for whom finding a wetsuit to fit has not always been easy; for those whose figure hasn’t historically suited the sleek fit of a wetsuit; those with a plus size or curvaceous figure.
Here at Tri Wetsuit Hire we are experienced in finding wetsuits for a fuller figure, spending the last 2 years honing our knowledge so that we can fit wetsuits to all shapes and sizes, not just top level triathletes! We absolutely love it!
The men’s wetsuit option
For women open water swimmers or triathletes who are plus sized, or really anything over a size 16, men’s wetsuits have often been the best (and only actual) option. Many women’s wetsuits only go up to 90kg, leaving women no options but to go for a man’s size. Wearing wetsuits designed for men will at least get you out in the water, but the fit around the bust and thighs is never great, and often the wetsuits are far too long in the leg.
What do we offer that is different?
We have spent a serious amount of time working out what wetsuits fit a plus size body best and we have some really great options that we stock:
- Blue Seventy’s Athena range is made for curvier women. It is generous in the bust, hip and thigh areas. These are triathlon wetsuits with buoyancy. Here is what Blue Seventy say about their FEMME FIT…. Fit and feel is everything. Just ask the amazing female athletes that helped us develop our women's specific range. We obsess over the fine details of all our women's suits: smaller wrists and ankles, longer zippers to make them easier to get in and out of, and a lowered neckline to provide superior comfort and reduced chafing.
- Aqua Skins – If you are a breaststroke swimmer and like to feel ‘free’, you might not even need a wetsuit for buoyancy. Then this is the perfect wetsuit for you. These wetsuits are super flexible and comfortable. Please see below pics of the Aqua Skin.
- Head Multix wetsuits go up to size XXXL and are a great all-round comfortable wetsuit. We sell / hire loads of these and never have any issues! It’s a fullsuit for all kinds of water sports activities. A basic and functional wetsuit in 2.5mm nylon-covered neoprene provides good flexibility and excellent durability. Low neck profile for comfort. Standard rear-facing zipper. Red back panel for high visibility in the water. Available in both women’s and men’s models. And you can got for a Shorty option too.
When you contact us to hire a wetsuit you’ll see from our hire form that we ask a lot of quite detailed information to assess your body type and size - we use this information and our wetsuit knowledge to work out which suit will be best for you. If we get it wrong (which doesn’t happen too often I’m pleased to admit) you can return the wetsuit and we will arrange a different size. We don’t rely on you to tick a small, medium or large box, or to guess what will work – we will do that for you!
Our USP – we genuinely want to help you to reach your swimming goals – if that’s a triathlon swim PB, an open water 2k, or just getting out there and doing it – we are behind you 100%. Tri Wetsuit Hire is a small team, and we get to know our customers so that they come back to us year after year. We go to the lakes where you swim, we know the products and we know what works. It is a community, and we are swimmers too.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!
The Tri Wetsuit Hire Team