I got one of these in Medium for my wife, 5'7" 145lb, athletic build, wide shoulders, broad back, not fat. She said it was too small, and I sent it back today for a Large. Now looking at the size chart and answers to questions here, I am wondering if she just didn't adjust the straps out and if the Large will be too big. I could contact LeisurePro and tell them to send the Medium back if so. She will be wearing a 3mm wetsuit under it for tropical diving. What do you think, Medium or Large?
I'm 5'11 and 145 and the medium fit me fine
Thanks everyone for the responses. The Medium BC came back today from LeisurePro. I see now that when it shipped, the shoulder straps were pulled all the way tight. When my wife tried it on, it felt way too small to her. We loosened the shoulder, chest and waist straps, she slipped right into it, plenty of room, it adjusted down nicely and she is a happy diver!
To recap: My wife is 5'7" 145lb, athletic build with wide shoulders and back. The Medium is a perfect fit, and would fit someone a little smaller or larger than her as well. She will be wearing it with a 3mm wetsuit in tropical waters, but a 5mm would be fine, too, and possibly a 7mm.
Hi, I am 6'2" 180Ilb's and I wear a large and I have the straps doen up quite tightly. I would be amazed if she needed a large.
You are probably right, I am 6' and 170 lbs. It was a little snug on me but not bad at all and I had a 3mm suit on when I used it. For traveling this was a nice BC to have, not as nice as my Zeagle Ranger but the size and weight made it great for traveling. Have a great time diving!
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Got a small for my wife (similar build, 10lb less, and one inch shorter). Fits her great with a 3mm. Believe a medium should work if you adjust it.
I have yet to use Aeris EX Lite. I bought it for my trip to Bonaire next week June 18th. I can tell you this... I am 5'8" and 185lbs, also not fat, but I have a 45" chest. I tried the BC on without the 3mm wetsuit and it seemed like I would have been better off buying an XL rather than the Large. It seems that these BC's run a little small.
I have been married for over 27 years and would suggest that you let your wife decide what fits her best. ;-)
I think large will be too big but can be adjusted to fit. It is a back inflate w a waist strap and chest strap should be fine
I'd go ahead and try the large BCD w/ wetsuit on. Make sure the straps are adjusted as well as possible. Do remember that the waist band will be stretchier when wet. In theory, she should be a medium, but unless you are in a hurry try on the large first, if it's not adjusted to the smallest setting, then keep it, if you need to adjust to smallest, then the medium would be the best fit.
I would say Med. I bought a XLG and think I can use a LG just fine. I did sew the waist straps (elastic the backplate) because it was annoying having the BC 1: never get tight enough and 2: literally swing around me while diving. I used it on my last vacation and I'm glad I did get it. Weight savings makes a difference for luggage and also those long beach entries here in Fl. Good luck.
I followed the sizing chart and my BCD fits fine. This BC feels different than others because it has no cummerbund and thin shoulder straps. It is a great BC for the money, it packs flat and is very light for travel. Hope it helps.
I would go with the medium since Aeris runs large. That being said, if she's always gonna be in a 3mm suit, the large could also work. The key is her own comfort. This thing is gonna last for years. She's right on the border between so it all comes down to her preference.