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Old 17 June 2012, 09:06   #1
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Wet suits for super skinny children!

8yr old polwart is in need of a wetsuit. I've just been to try and get him one, but it seems they assume that all children are obese! Being Scottish we try to avoid the expense of feeding him and accordingly he's more like a skeleton with skin.

Where do people go to get wetsuits which fit reasonably tall but ridiculously skinny kids that aren't just flappy neoprene sacks sealed at the wrists? Obviously since he'll grow out of it after just a few weeks use, I'd prefer not to spend stupid money on it - but I'd be happy to spend a bit more for one that would fit (and therefore work properly).
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Old 17 June 2012, 11:24   #2
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My girls are on the skinny side and the decathlon surfing suits are quite good - 35-40 from memory. My youngest gets cold after 10 mins and wants out but in the new suit was out for hours. If you want a suit for the price of postage I could send you their latest castoff which is titanium lined one. In good nick apart from the stitching under one arm being a bit loose.
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Old 17 June 2012, 13:29   #3
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I go through the same scenario each year. I never buy new, it's simply not worth it. I've found O'Neill wetsuits are on the slim side. Check out Ebay - their 3:2 full length suits are decent quality and usually sell for what you paid for them after they outgrow them.
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I've found that the amusingly named Banana Bite brand wetsuits from Sainsburys fit lanky kids pretty well. They are cheap too.
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Excellent timing, dudes, we're on the lookout for wetsuit for similarly skinny no1 offspring! Hey John, is that Banana Bite the one with the trademark that looks very similar to Bananashark?
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Old 17 June 2012, 16:17   #6
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Remarkably similar
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Old 17 June 2012, 16:20   #7
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...but which came first, the Shark or the Bite?
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I have had two from here, a 5mm for diving and a 3mm for kayaking, I can confirm that the Gul brand come up skinny, great prices for kids as they grow so friggin quick!

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Finally a topic I can comment on

Having spent years working in a surf shop I have fitted out thousands of kids over the years and I agree with Spatacus. O'Neill suits and C-Skins suit are about the skinniest on the market and good value.

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I go through the same scenario each year. I never buy new, it's simply not worth it. I've found O'Neill wetsuits are on the slim side. Check out Ebay - their 3:2 full length suits are decent quality and usually sell for what you paid for them after they outgrow them.
As already said get them second hand if you can, kids outgrown them before they can wear them out but fit is CRUCIAL. It doesn't matter how much it costs if it doesn't fit, it won't work. If you can try one on, do. All reputable surf shops stocks loads of the things and any worth their salt will offer a trade in service and second hand suits or if nothing else give you the size to go internet shopping.

As with anything there are loads of varients and brands available, some good many not so. I would stay well clear of supermarket suits, all that i have seen been made out of either rubber or very cheap neoprene with poor fit and no resale value.

Summer wetsuits are usually 3/2mm thick and are either flatlocked stitched or blindstitched, without boring the hell out of everyone, blindstitched suits are warmer for the same thickness but cost more.
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Hi after finding this thread so useful I contacted the Wet suit outlet and they were really great. I managed to find a Billabong wet suit for my super skinny granddaughter who is 5'4" tall and has a 28" chest measurement. She is 11 but found the size 16 was a super fit. These wet suits are excellent, great quality and fit a treat.
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