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I'm going to hire a wetsuit for the season as this is cheaper and I was advised by people that my shape would change a lot and it would be better to hire for my first season. However, I am now having a couple of panics and would appreciate any help anyone can give.
Firstly, I've not found a website yet doing hire that doesn't want the suit returned by 1 September. This is a bit of a problem as I'm doing the Vit on 3 September. Is this the standard date for hire suits to be back or do they vary? I don't want to spend ages looking for sites with a later date if they will all be 1 September when really I need to be emailing them and asking if I can have it a week longer.
Secondly, I'm now panicking about what on earth size to get. There are no shops that I can find in Norfolk where I can go and try some wetsuits on to get an idea of size, so I have to go by the sizing chart on the sites. The problem is that I'm shortish and tubby, especially around the belly and boob area, and the suit that fits my height is about 3 sizes smaller than the suit that would fit my weight. According to the chart below I should get a XSmall for my height (5' 3.5" according to the electronic weighing thing at the gym), but for my weight (currrently 11st 3lb) I should get a Large.
I am trying to loose weight, but I can't see that I would move to anything below a Medium anyway, so what size suit would I get? Would the large be too long in the legs and be all rucked up, thereby causing drag? (I'm not a fast swimmer at all so really don't want slowing down any more!) Obviously if I've hired it I can't cut length off the legs, which is something I've seen advised before.