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5 BEST WETSUITS FOR TALL PEOPLE

Best Wetsuits for Tall, Lanky, Big Divers and Surfers

A wetsuit is one of the essentials of every diver, windsurfer, surfer, or folks involved in water sports.

It’s not so hard to see why.

Wetsuits have a  neoprene material that insulates a diver in the inevitably harsh temperatures of deep waters. Not just that, wetsuits improve buoyancy in the water and protect a wearer from stings of underwater organisms, like jellyfishes.

While getting a wetsuit, the most important fact to consider is its fit.

The only thing is, taller surfers and divers experience difficulty finding a wetsuit that fits their frame.

A short or tight wetsuit can impede paddling. On the other hand, a baggy wetsuit defeats the purpose of getting one in the first place –  it would most likely flush, get colder, and slow you down!

Not to worry – you have two possible solutions. First, you can order a custom wetsuit – usually costs a fortune. On another hand, you can buy off-the-rack wetsuits with the hope that they’d size your towering frame.

For this reason, I’ve helped you take the guesswork out by compiling a comprehensive list of the 5 best wetsuits for tall and lanky guys.

Let’s go…

 

5. ZCCO Ultra Stretch Wetsuit

The ZCCO Ultra Stretch wetsuit is a budget wetsuit with a sizing chart that fits tall and lanky divers. It has become popular in the water sports community for its affordable price and astonishingly exceptional quality.

Key Features

  • Ultra Stretch neoprene
  • Zippers at arms, and legs and a front zipper
  • Anti-abrasion knee pad

What I Like About This Wetsuit

To start with, the sizing chart of the ZCCO Ultra Stretch wetsuit clearly depicts its suitability for taller guys. The chart stretches to as large as 4XL, specifically for tall and lanky guys.

Quite surprisingly, this cheap wetsuit also breathes high quality.  Even better than some more expensive name brands. All the zippers are durable, the neoprene stretches superbly, and it has a soft and comfy linen lining.

Finally, the abundance of zippers makes it easy to don this wetsuit without getting into a cloth scuffle.

What I Don’t Like About This Wetsuit

While the zippers may make wearing this wetsuit easy, they don’t necessarily do the same job when taking the apparel off. The absence of a back zipper makes it stressful to remove this wetsuit after a swim.

As a warning, this wetsuit is only suitable for “tall and lanky guys” even though it’s available up to 4XL. If you’re a huge guy, more specifically, over 200 pounds, you may find it extremely difficult to fit in this drysuit.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • High-quality material
  • Comfortable inner lining
  • Easy to wear with zippers on arms and legs

Cons

  • Difficult to take off
  • May not fit huge guys over 200 pounds

Takeaway

 

The ZCCO Ultra Stretch wetsuit is a great choice for a tall and lanky diver on a budget. It’s a 3mm thick wetsuit so it may restrict its use to tropical and warm waters.

Overall Rating

4.5/5

 

4. RipCurl Dawn Patrol 3/2 Wetsuit

The RipCurl Dawn Patrol is another fitting wetsuit for tall and slender divers. As a model manufactured a recognized brand like RipCurl, it delivers the high performace expectations of the swimwear industry.

Key Features

  • Thermoflex neoprene
  • E4 Thermo lining
  • Glue and blindstitched seams
  • Chest and back zipper

What I Like About This Wetsuit

As you’d expect from a name brand, RipCurl instills some of their latest trademarks in the Dawn Patrol wetsuit. For instance, it has a trademark E4 flash lining flash lining system that stretches fine and maintains warmth as if it were a 4mm wetsuit.

As regards sizing, RipCurl provides special measurements for tall folks. The medium-tall (MT) and LT are suitable for divers up to 6” tall. Whereas, if you’re 6”6 and above, the XLT will be the best fit.

The good thing about RipCurl wetsuits, Dawn Patrol included, is that they are long enough for most tall guys around the cuffs.

What I Don’t Like About This Wetsuit

It’s a fantastic wetsuit all around, but some folks have complained about the quality of its zip being flimsy.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Plush inner lining
  • Easy donning and removal
  • Fits longer limbs

Cons

  • May not fit bigger tall guys

Takeaway

The RipCurl Dawn Patrol is one of the most affordable wetsuits from a recognized wetsuit brand. It offers great value for the price, and perhaps, would be your best wetsuit. Unless you own RipCurl’s Flash Bomb wetsuit).

Overall Rating

4.6/5

 

3. O’Neill Men’s Epic Wetsuit

O’Neill is one of the big names in the world of wetsuits, if not the biggest. The O’Neill Epic wetsuit is no exception to their legacy and is, in fact, one of the most popular wetsuits on the market for divers and surfers.

Key Features

  • Ultraflex torso
  • Fluidflex arms and legs
  • Glued and blindstitched seams
  • Krypto knee pads

What I Like About This Wetsuit

The sizing chart is so accurate you’d feel you ordered a custom wetsuit when it arrives. Plus, the Reactor wetsuit also works for huge tall guys or a large surfer looking for a good fit.

Also, it’s insulation game is top-notch. It provides warmth in waters as cold as 50 degrees, so you can rest assured you won’t shiver after a swim.

What I Don’t Like About This Wetsuit

It’s a great wetsuit but its neoprene stinks, just as bad as the popular O’Neill Reactor. The worse part is, no amount of washing would subside its foul smell until it’s fully worn in.

Pros

  • Easy on and off
  • Remarkable insulation
  • Suitable for huge tall guys
  • Water-tight back zip system with zipper closure

Cons

  • Foul smell

Takeaway

The O’Neill Men’s Epic 4/3 is a premium wetsuit that’s suitable for every tall guy, regardless of size. It’s also a good option for diving in cold waters.

Overall Rating

4.6/5

2. Xcel Men’s Drylock Hooded Wetsuit

The Hawaii Drylock is one of the latest releases from Xcel. This version is engineered to fit like a glove, rock in cold waters, minimize flushing, and even features a hood.

Key Features

  • Japanese limestone neoprene
  • Chest zip
  • Dry Lock seal
  • Fusion X taped seams
  • Gaskets at wrists, collar, and ankles

What I Like About This Wetsuit

Even before getting into the water, , you can tell that the Xcel Drylock isn’t your run-off-the-mill wetsuit. It feels unbelievably light and fits snugly on the body. In the water, it effectively gives warmth, making it feel like you’re surfing the tropics, whether you are or not.

Also, it features an Xcel exclusive Drylock ankle seal. The ankle seal is designed in a seamless donut shape that minimizes flushing. Plus, the added hood keeps you extra warm and dry while diving or surfing.

Last but not least, Xcel wetsuits come in a bigger range of sizes than most other brands. So if you are a tall guy and weigh in a lot of pounds, you wouldn’t go wrong with this or any other Xcel wetsuit.

What I Don’t Like About This Wetsuit

There are no serious issues with this wetsuit, but I wish it had a back zipper for easy entry and removal.

Pros

  • Quality construction
  • Drylock and hood drastically minimizes flushing
  • Dries fast
  • Easy entry with front zipper

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Hard to take off

Takeaway

The Drylock Hooded wetsuit is ideal for a professional or enthusiastic diver or surfer. It packs all the essential features, and most importantly, has a wide range of sizes for tall guys.

1. Henderson Thermoprene Short Wetsuit

This Thermoprene line of wetsuits is Henderson’s “bread and butter,” and for solid reasons. It offers the utmost user experience at an affordable price and all available in large sizes for tall divers.

Key Features

  • Thermoprene stretch
  • Adjustable collar
  • Glued and blindstitched seams
  • Back zipper with closure
  • Flex knee pads

What I Like About This Wetsuit

The most specific benefit tall guys stand to enjoy in a Henderson Thermoprene wetsuit is its expansive size chart. Even gigantic surfers over 6’6” or guys weight over 250 pounds can fit in a XLT or 2XLT Henderson wetsuit.

This, coupled with its stretchy Thermoprene material, allows it to fit bigger and taller guys snugly and easily.

What I Don’t Like About This Wetsuit

Pros

  • Spot-on fit
  • Stretchy material
  • Good bang for the buck
  • Easy wearing and removal

Cons

  • May be too long for huge guys with shorter limbs

Takeaway

The Henderson Thermoprene wetsuit is an all-around performer. It stretches out to give a good fit, is easy to wear and remove, limits flushing to a minimum, and all at a very affordable price.

Overall Rating

4.9/5

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