what do you recommend for a woman who weighs 230 lbs?
ANGELA W It depends on how tall you are. I am 5'9" and weighed 270 when I bought this suit and it fit. The only thing is that being so tall made it a little tight in the shoulders. For this reason, I opted for the size 18 Bare Jane cut, which helped. I've since lost some weight (down to 225) and the suit is now starting to gap in places.
ART R I first ordered the 12+. It was cut VERY full in the hips. I returned it and ordered a 16. The 16 was much better. I usually wear a 12 pants and a 14 top. I probably could have worn a 14 but like the ease of putting on the larger suit. I last dove in this suit in Hawaii in February. I was perfect temperature wise and very comfortable
ROBERT T BTW, this is not Robert but it is fiancee' :)
ROBERT T It depends on how cold natured you are, where you will be predominately diving, etc Also, the thicker the suit, the more bouyant you are. I am very cold natured and got thicker suits than my instructor recommended but was very happy with what I got.
As far as sizing, I am 150#, 5' 8" and the last full length suit I bought a size 12 which ended up being too big. It has been sitting in a closet since late winter.........
I'd be happy to answer more if you have specific questions........
JACQUELINE L I can't even begin to guess.... I have the velocity in 3/2 and it fit like it was custom made for me. I thought, "great, now I can get it in 5/4 and will finally have a great fitting thick suit"". Nope. It was like it was cut for a completely different body type by a completely different manufacturer. I don't see any option but to try it on. BTW, be sure you are clear on LP's return policy....I wasn't (my bad) and it was accepted back as "a favor to a repeat customer"...and refunded, instead of exchanged. I wouldnt have minded an exchange except that there was no other suit I wanted.
COURTNEY H I found Leisure Pro's Bare size chart helpful and true to size. If your height/weight/measurements don't fall in line with their "off the rack" suits, I would recommend having one custom made for you. I have had dive buddies do this, and they are not as expensive as you would think. Use Google to find someone near you.