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Old 03 April 2016, 15:06   #1
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Delicate situation, appropriate apparel for the larger lady

Ok so here goes, i would really like my other half to come out on the water with me.

realistically this means a wetsuit......

(dry suit no good as she hates things tight round her neck)

Ideally a long john type (she has had wetsuits before but never got on with them) due to them constricting her shoulders and arms.

Now for the delicate bit,she is a big girl,and for some reason manufacturers assume she doesn't want to do any water based activities... otherwise they would make wet suits in more than a size 16/18 (some stop at 12) we need size 22 uk ish

Now as this is one the busier water sports forums i am hoping there might be a bit of knowledge in the area (PM me if you wish) of suit that fit the larger lady.

All i can find so far is a custom suit which at 160-200 is quite an investment if she doesn't enjoy it (I hope she does). or one or 2 not quite big enough wetsuits.

Drysuit would have been ideal but compromise is a wet suit and Cag

I have found Jobe to Impact and buoyancy aids for women up to 2XL (euro 44 or UK16!) and Jobe do the Ruthless suit to 2Xl which is the best i have found (right style) or the Venice but i don't think it will be big enough unless someone knows different?


Found Custom made to measure suits from "no-limit" "snugg" and another who i will be speaking to next week.
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First question is - is a wetsuit the right bit of kit. Wet suits only really keep you warm if you are wet. What sort of RIBbing are you doing? If this is simply going for a spin will she get wet enough? Or would she be better off with Oilies, and maybe some launching trousers...?

If a wetsuit is the plan - May be worth a chat to the guys at trident (tridentuk.com) they make suits in the UK and can certainly 'customise' their drysuits for very little extra fee.
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Just bought the wife one of these - Safequip Flood Suit - Safequip

It allows for wetness up to the waist which is more than enough. We also bought a Gul long john last year for inwater fun which fits well.
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Does it definitely need to be a wet suit? We used dry suits for years which cut circulation for my wife. Eventually bought musto suits, Revolution for her, warm dry and happy


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She isn't keen on the idea of a dry suit and the neck seal, not keen on wetsuit neck seal hence the long john type. with a Cagon topto combat wind chill or a neoprene coat/hoody.

As the vehicle of most frequent use is not technically a RIB, getting wet enough should not be a problem.


https://www.jobesports.com/ruthless-...men-303815001/ would be ideal if available in an appropriate size.

Treerat the flood suit looks interesting but would it be dangerous in an over board situation (more than likely in the possible usage cases)


A BA is the next issue the auto inflate would be no good a foam rather than inflatable probably better.
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HDAV, might be worth looking at flotation suits. There are some relatively low cost options targeted at fishermen, who are not known for being particularly skinny. I'm not sure if there are female specific shapes available, but it could be an option, and it's a bit more acceptable for wearing to the pub.
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You can get dry suits with a wet suit type neck seal which is not tight around the neck (that's what I have). Speak to Robin hood Watersports about the seal.

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You can get dry suits with a wet suit type neck seal which is not tight around the neck (that's what I have). Speak to Robin hood Watersports about the seal.

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Was just typing exact same! Neoprene neck seal rather than latex?
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Thanks for the ideasi have found a suit which should be the right sort of size if not the right style LADIES NEPTUNE NEOPRENE FULL WETSUIT CANOE KAYAK SURF JETSKI SURFING SWIM DIVE | eBay

SO they are out there somewhere, why is the assumption only people who look like surfers should be able to go in the water?
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Not sure why you're going down the wetsuit/drysuit route, unless you're planning on throwing her in.

A decent Musto/Henri Lloyd type jacket/trouser combo should more than suffice and would be far more flattering.
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