Rated 1 out of 5 by adirondackpaddler1 shorty wet suit
i have been an llbean customer for my whole life. i am an avid outdoors woman and love the products that i have purchased from llbean. i recently purchased the shorty wet suit and it was quite simply, the absolute worst product that i have ever purchased from llbean. water rushes into the suit as soon as you are submerged, weights you down, then rushes out of the suit when you stand up. i would like to warn women who are not strong swimmers to not buy this suit! you become a human water balloon! i would like to suggest to llbean to redesign this suit, a higher neck line and tighter around the shoulders. the material was great, although the suit does run big. i am 5'10" and 160 lbs and a medium fit me. i hope for a redesign of this suit so that i can give it another try. sorry to write a negative review, but llbean can do better!
July 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by mishdip Super stretch for a super price
This is a great entry level wet suit! I bought it for paddle boarding on cooler spring and autumn days, and decided to take it for an open water swim yesterday. It was snug to fit on land but left me with a lot of drag to carry through the water when I got started. The water temp was about 63 degrees so it was nice to have, but I probably won't wear it again to swim because of the drag it created. It does run a bit on the larger side as the other reviews suggest, although I feel like any smaller and I would not be able to get the suit on, on dry land.
Needless to say it is not for open water swimming, but a great suit for some SUP and kayaking on cooler days!
June 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by smkybear true fit
I am 5'5 and weigh 145 med. build. it fits great tank cut around arms fit nice and do not rub and shorts are about 2 inches above my knees.for the price this is the suit to own.
April 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SwedishKate Perfect for me
I have tried a couple other shorty wetsuits that were very uncomfortable. This one works well for me, it keeps me warmer than my Lava Pants, and is more flexible. It is easy to get in and out of, harder when it's humid out. I've used it for lap swimming and snorkeling in the ocean, and wear a long-sleeve neoprene jacket over it. It doesn't actually shake out and is dry, as described. It takes a little longer than my straight neoprene to dry, I turn it inside out after the outside is dry (indoors.) It's perfect for me. (5'6" 112 lb, size small - I have a long torso and it isn't too short on me)
April 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jimmyangst warm and well fitted
Got this for my GF for cold weather kayaking. Previous reviews that it's sized at least equal, or larger, than indicated are correct. Fits well, she says it's very very warm and reasonably easy to get in and out of.
March 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tremoughgirl Great suit but runs large
I think this would be a great wetsuit for SUP and cold water paddling sports, and it is quite flattering too. It's very easy to get in to and out of, and the deeply cut-in armholes give lots of room for a full range of motion without chafing/hotspots. But the other reviewers are correct in that it runs a full size large, especially if you're looking for a true wet suit fit! I am 5'5"and usually wear 2/4 on the bottom and small to medium on the top and this was huge everywhere even though I matched the fitting measurement guidelines. Water would have flowed in/out and ruined the effect of the wetsuit. I wish it came in XS as I would have exchanged it. As it was I had to return it. Also, a zip front version to vent heat in the middle of a paddle practice would have been even better, and that is what I ended up buying elsewhere. Great L.L. Bean service with the return however
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luvtohikeorbike Great item
The fabric is thin & comfortable. I usually wear medium but according to the size chart I was in the small range . The small fits great. I use this for stand up paddle boarding.
July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Swimforfun Feels great
I have been wearing this to lap swim in preparation for an open water lake swim. Works well. Keeps me a bit warmer, gives me a little lift with no real drag.
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by kathleen99 Great fit, light weight
I purchased this for paddle board yoga held at 7:00 a.m. on a mountain lake. I wanted freedom of movement but I also wanted to keep my core warm. This wet suit was perfect! Although it has no zipper it is surprisingly easy to put on and very comfortable.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wildpursuit sleeveless wetsuit
So soft and stretchy, yet clings for warmth against the water chill. Easy to swim and surf without sleeve restriction. It fits well. Surprised that so much warmth in such lightweight, hi-tech fabric.
February 18, 2014