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
Rated 2 out of 5 by BetZS Runs large and long and hard to swim in
Offers good flotation and keeps your stomach from getting cold BUT it's weird to swim in - slows you down, and when you swim on your back water leaks in and you feel like you're in a water balloon. And your arms still get really cold.
Also, the measurements must be off - a L was too big for me and too long (5'4")
August 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FLWindsurfGirl Great lightweight shorty
Like the previous reviewer, I am 5 ft, 5 in and weigh 132 lbs. I was looking for a new wetsuit since my favorite tank top suit is falling apart. I like to have my arms free for windsurfing and paddling and do not like wetsuits with sleeves--I find tight wetsuits very fatiguing. I also order almost exclusively mediums from LLBean and was concerned about the sizing and reviews, so I ordered the small and the medium size. I found both pretty easy to get on despite not having a zipper--they are really stretchy. Since it is summer here, I have only worn around the house. I preferred the medium size and sent back the small. The material is stretchy enough that it fit well without gaps. I plan to wear a windproof shell over it for cooler Florida weather. Can't wait for cold weather to try it.
July 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RochSwimmer Cut of suit is very comfortable
This wetsuit is great in terms of comfort. It is cut so that it does not rub anywhere. There is only one problem with it.... the sizing. I have been an LL Bean shopper for decades and 90% of what I buy from LL Bean is size medium. I used the sizing chart and bought the small and it is too big. Unfortunately LL Bean does not make a smaller size. I am 5ft 5 inches and weight 130 lbs so you can use that as a guide as to whether or not you could wear this suit or not. If you can fit into the sizing they offer, it is a great suit.
July 1, 2013