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youth size chart

Use the wetsuit size chart below as a guide to find your child's nearest size, or simply download and complete our custom order form and we can figure it out for you. Any questions please contact us.

The right size for your child will depend on the need for growth versus more warmth now. Most youth fit into two sizes, the smaller one being firmer (and warmer) and the larger size a lose fit with room to grow.

We have found with youth's growing up that somewhere between 12yrs - 16yrs they will change to an adults size wetsuit. Often the Youth sizes of 14yr and 16yr seem to fit the bigger 10 & 12 yr olds. Height and weight are the two measurements that usually indicate this.

Below are two kinds of charts:
 
  • body measurements: general measurements of body shapes and their closest size
  • wetsuit measurements: the actual measurements of our youth wetsuits and Hot Tops
body measurements
 
CHILD Height (cm) Height (ft) Weight (kg) Weight (lb)
2 70-90 2'3"-2'9" 7-13 15-28
4 90-110 2'9"-3'6" 10-20 22-44
6 110-125 3'6"-4'1" 15-25 33-55
8 120-140 3'9"-4'5" 20-30 44-66
 
YOUTH Height (cm) Height (ft) Weight (kg) Weight (lb)
10 130-145 4'2"-4'7" 27-33 59-72
12 140-150 4'5"-4'9" 32-38 70-83
14 150-160 4'9"-5'2" 37-43 81-94
16 155-165 5'0"-5'4" 42-48 92-105


 
wetsuit measurements - all in cm's

Kids Vortex outline
 VORTEX MODELS 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
 A - Shoulder to ankle 89 100 107 113 120 125 130
 B - Chest 25 30 29 32 37 39 41 42
 C - Waist 21 26 26 28 31 32 34 36
 D - Top of collar to crutch 40 49 57 61 63 67 71 71
 E - Shoulder to hem (spring) 48 54 64 69 74 77 79 82
 
 VIPER MODELS 6 8 10 12 14 16
 A - Shoulder to ankle 106 113 118 125 130  
 B - Chest 26 29 31 34 36  
 C - Waist 22 24 26 28 30  
 D - Top of collar to crutch 52 57 60 64 66  
 E - Shoulder to hem (spring) 68 73 75 80 84  





Hot Top LS outline
 
 HOT TOPS 4 6 8 10 12
 A - Top of collar to waist 40 43 45 47 49
 B - Chest 25 27 29 31 33
 C - Waist 25 27 29 31 33





 
What is the difference between a Vortex and a Viper youth wetsuit?

The Vortex Youth model is available in a Spring or Steamer (long arms and legs) and is made from standard stretch Yamamoto #38 neoprene. It has a back zip and is an overlocked construction. The Steamer model has leg zips.
The Vortex is sized from 2yr old to 16yr old. It is a basic style with little extra shape and not designed to be a tight fitting wetsuit. It is ideal for younger kid's that are playing in and around water. The sizes 14 & 16 tend to fit the bigger 10 & 12 yr olds. The Vortex model tends to fit the chunkier kid's best.

The Viper Youth model is available in a Spring or Steamer. It is made from a combination of neoprenes. Standard stretch Yamamoto neoprene in the torso and legs and super stretch Yamamoto neoprene in the arms and shoulders. It has a back zip entry and is constructed in over lock and flat lock stitching. The Steamer has ankle zips in the legs.
The Viper model is a scaled down version and design of our adults model wetsuits. It fits the leaner, bean-pole type kid's best. It is designed and shaped for a firmer fit all over and has the extra features for more technical use. The Viper model starts at size 6 and goes through to size 14. Viper Youth size 14 is a size below a mens XS (45-55Kg).
 

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