what do you recommend for a 3 or 5 mm wet suit for a woman who weighs 230 lbs?
I am 5'6 and at 230 lbs I could wear Pinnacle Women's XXL. However, everyone's body is different so it's important to be able to try the suit on and return it if it doesn't fit :)
I honestly don't have an answer for you but you are safe to purchase from Leasure Pro because you can return it for free if it doesn't fit. They are the best company out there to do business with.
Iwouldn't recommend anything in the standard sizes. I had to send this back because it wouldn't even go over my shoulders. There is a Lava Core out now that I am investigating but I fear I will have to do a special order sizing to get one that fits.
I think it would depend on how warm the water is where you are diving...and how cold do you tend to get? I like to wear a 3 mm in water temps 80 and above. Recently I wore it in 85* water....I do 3 to 4 dives a day and usually wear the hooded vest on my first couple of dives. I like to be warm. I am a photographer so I tend to stop a lot. I don't like to be cold and this suit has kept me warm and is extremely comfortable. But everyone is different. hope that helps some!
The determining factor is not your weight, but what temperature of water you will be diving in and how cold you get. I get cold easily, so wear a 3mm in water that is about 80 degrees and above, and a 5 mm if the water is in the seventies. It also depends on how many dives you are doing a day. If you are on a trip and doing 4 to 5 dives a day you will be colder with the accumulated exposure time, and then I generally wear the 5mm. But like I said, I get cold easily so you may have different results.
3mm. 5mm is too cumbersome.
It depends how cold the water is Myrna.
I actually have both 3 and 5 mill Merino lined wetsuits. I use the 5mm for the colder dives.