Originally Posted by jyasaki
A dive shop employee buddy of mine had a "custom" drysuit built for him. He's about 6'5", and slightly over 300 lbs (big puppy.) Despite taking all measurements per the factory's instructions, the resulting suit was large enough to fit 2 of him inside (which, I suppose, means it was f*cking huge... Circus tent huge.)
An off-the-shelf wetsuit that fit his torso had fully a foot of material that had to be folded back at each cuff.
Not that I care; I'm pretty close to an off-the-shelf size.
Dry Suit manufacturer is a bit different over in the UK from the US, in the UK we have more than 50 different drysuit manufacturers (and think of the size of the UK compared to the US.)
Due to this the quality and prices are very good, I know of several people who have had made to measure suits that weren't sized right. The suits were sent back and new suits made at no extra cost. The one proviso is that the manufacturer or the selling shop measures you, ie if you measure yourself and hand the sizes to the shop/manufacturer they are not taking the rap for your bad measuring!
If your mate is actually using a drysuit that is so ill fitting I would say that it would endanger safety due to the rate at which you could dump that amount of buoyancy!