How Tight Should Wetsuit Boots Be?

Wetsuit boots are designed to provide thermal protection to your feet, making even the coldest of surfs a more pleasant experience.

Wetsuit boots allow you to tolerate cold water temperatures for longer. If you don’t have the right equipment, especially during the winter months, then you’ll find your surfs become shorter as your body becomes colder.

In this article, I cover some key information about wetsuit boots, from how tight wetsuit boots should be to what size wetsuit boots you should buy.

So, let’s get started.


How tight should wetsuit boots be?

Cold winter days can be enough to put anyone off the water. However, as any avid surfer knows, a good pair of wetsuit boots are an essential investment that can make the difference between a quick dip and a killer surf session. After all, you won’t want to miss the good swell that winter often brings!

The fit of your wetsuit boots is essential to their effectiveness and purpose. Wetsuit boots should be a snug fit around your feet and ankles.

That being said, they shouldn’t be so tight that they cut off circulation, or force your toes to curl. They should be form-fitting enough that you don’t have a large amount of space for your foot to slide around or excess water to fill your boots and weigh you down as you surf.

If you invest in a pair of wetsuit boots that are too small, they may hinder your surf experience. They’ll be tight and uncomfortable on your feet as you’re in the water, and in turn, will cut off your circulation resulting in your feet getting colder more quickly than they would if they fit you properly. The aim of investing in quality wetsuit boots is to increase your comfort, so this is important.

On the other hand, if you buy wetsuit boots that are too big for you, you may lose balance and dexterity. This is far from ideal when you’re trying to catch big waves as your wetsuit boots will more closely resemble flippers.

After all, no one wants to find themselves tripping over their feet when they’re trying to stand up on their surfboard! In addition, wetsuit boots that are too big will let more water in, and your body will have to work harder to keep warm as you surf.

If you buy ill-fitting wetsuit boots, you may as well not be wearing them as they won’t afford you the benefits that a well-fitted pair would.

What size wetsuit boots should I buy?

When it comes to sizing wetsuit boots, it can be difficult to know what size to get, especially if you’re shopping for them online. Some brands run smaller than others, and wetsuit boot sizing is for the most part unisex.

Whatever style, shape, or thickness you opt for, you need your boots to fit you properly.

Typically speaking, sizing for wetsuit boots is the same as for any normal pair of shoes, but it can vary between brands, so make sure that you try out a couple of pairs and see what feels the most comfortable for you.

As sizing wetsuit boots can be difficult, I highly recommend that you go in-store to try on a few different sizes to find your perfect fit. While buying wetsuit boots online may seem more convenient, if you’re between sizes, it can be tricky to size them properly.

In addition, trying on wetsuit boots in person will allow you to speak to a professional about sizing, and they will be able to recommend and point you in the right direction.

How thick should my wetsuit boots be?

The answer to this question will depend on a few factors, including the climate and water temperature you’re most in and your preference for warmth.

Typically speaking, wetsuit boots come in either 3 mm, 5 mm, or 7 mm neoprene thickness. Which thickness you opt for firstly depends on where you’re going to be surfing regularly.

Make sure that you research the climate and water temperature where you live during the winter and make your choice in accordance with that information.

In addition, only you know yourself and how cold you tend to get in the water. If you know you get cold quickly, then you will highly benefit from a thicker boot.

You should also make sure that you have a pair of good-quality gloves and a hooded wetsuit, as both of these will work with your wetsuit boots to keep you warmer for longer.

In summary

Wetsuit boots provide your feet with thermal protection and allow you to stay in the water for longer periods of time.

Make sure that you find the perfect size by trying a few different pairs on to ensure that they benefit your experience, not hinder it.

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