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What size Wetsuit? Sizing charts and tips from our top brands.

If you want to buy a wetsuit from us but can’t make it into the shop don’t fret, you can buy online! But….getting the size right is important. Ideally you’ll call into us so we can help you with the fitting but if that’s not possible you’ll have to whip out the measuring tape!

Before we begin here’s some points on what you are looking for.

 

  • The suit needs to feel like a second skin – snug!!! However, if you feel like you can’t breathe you need a bigger size.
  • Fancier, stretchier suits will feel more comfortable as they are made out of higher grade neoprene but they are more expensive.
  • If the wetsuit is too loose water will flow in and out instead of becoming trapped and heating up – which is how they keep you warm. So watch out for loose areas.
  • For a correct wetsuit fit, wrists, ankles and neck should be tights. This is an area where water can easily seep in so these should not have gaps.
  • The fit should not be too baggy in the underarm or leg area.
  • Some bagginess at the small of the back is normal.
  • If you are between sizes we suggest trying the next largest size.
  • If your kids are struggling putting on their suit get small plastic sandwich bags and put them on their feet – they’ll slide in no bother and your life will be a lot easier!

 

Firstly, how do you measure your body?

How to measure your body

Now…Size Charts!

TWF Suits:

For Kid’s TWF sizes you need to measure two things:

  1. Neck to crotch 
  2. Chest

TWF MEN’S & LADIES SUITS

These are more straightforward  – see below:

TWF WETSUIT SIZE CHART

Alder Suits

Alder Size Guide

Billabong Junior Suits

Billabong Junior Suits Size Guide

Billabong Men's Size Chart

Billabong Men's Size Chart

Billabong Women's Size Chart (these are US sizes - add 4 for UK e.g. 2US=4UK, 8US=12UK)

Women's Billabong Size Chart

Quiksilver Suits (not all suits are made in all sizes)

Quiksilver Sizing Chart Wetsuit

Roxy Women's Wetsuits (not all wetsuits are available in all sizes).

Note these are UK sizes.

Roxy Women's Wetsuit Chart

Xcel Wetsuits

Xcel have a very good sizing document you should refer to on their website. http://www.xcelwetsuits.com/page/help/fit-sizing

That's it folks! Any questions just give us a shout!

 

 

 

Day 6 Camino de Santiago - Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 21km

Our last day of the trip. :-(

You leave Najera by wandering up the road to the left of the Cathedral. The route was quiet today, we wondered where everyone had gone!  Scenery was lovely, vineyards and olive groves.

6km from Najera you come to a little village called Azofra, where as usual we stopped for a tortilla/coffee breakfast. 

Azofra

On we went through gentle rolling countryside. No big hills today!

We approached Santo Domingo too soon....sad that our Camino was over for another year.

Nearly finished our Camino

Santo Domingo is a lovely town. We had rented an apartment for our last night. To be honest it was a bit big for just the two of us, if you had a group it would be better value. I booked it because I was having trouble finding anything else. 

This is where we stayed - Apartamento San Francisco - €66 for the night. 

There's lots to see and do in Santo Domingo - including posing like this!

The cathedral of San Salvador dates from the 12th century and inside you will find Santo Domingo's mausoleum.  It's the only cathedral I've ever been in that has a chicken in it! At the rear of the cathedral there is an ornate chicken coup, the permanent home of a cockerel and a hen (which are rotated with their buddies once a fortnight).

We pottered around for an hour or two, visiting the Cathedral and the tower. 

We decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner tonight. There's a couple of Michelin recommended restaurants here. We ate in La Cancela and it was wonderful, the best meal of our trip, if you're there treat yourself. 

In an ideal world and if you'd lots of money there is a Parador hotel in Santo Domingo which looks fab, so if you're going to treat yourself this would be a good town to do it in.

So that's it for our 2015 Camino trip, hopefully we'll be back again next year to pick up where we left of.

 

 

Day 5 Camino de Santiago - Logrono to Najera - 29km

Up and out early the next morning as we had a long enough day ahead of us. We found our way easily out of Logrono and joined the Peregrino pack again. The walk out of Logrono is through a big park and quite pleasant, even if it was a bit drizzly this morning.

Walking out of Logrono

Walking into Navarette you are surrounded by Vineyards and you pass a big winery on the way in. After that you will see the ruins of the Hospital de Peregrino which was founded in 1185. We stopped in Navarette, 13km's from Logrono for brunch. 

From Navarette it's a pretty flat route into Najera. We stopped about 5km out at a little roadside van for a coffee. Walking into Najera it seemed like a dreary enough town but it got a lot nicer as we approached the river (River Najerilla) and the old part of town. 

We had booked into Hostal Hispano (€50 private room and bath) and it was lovely. The room was a little old fashioned but spotless.  The lady who manages the place was so nice and welcoming, she gave us maps and told us where to go, what to see etc - highly recommend it. 

It was cold! We had our down jackets on as we set off to explore. If passing through you have to visit the 16th century Iglesia de la Asunción in the centre of the town. It has an amazing gilded Baroque altarpiece and a cave at the back where the Virgin Mary appeared, which is why they built the church there. 

  

 

 

Day 4 Camino de Santiago - Torres del Rio to Logrono - 20km

Had a bit of a sore head after our night with the two Germans in Torres del Rio so we were a little slow getting started today. Last night there was plenty of talk about meeting on the Calle de Laurel in Logrono for tapas/pintos tonight but at this stage I didn't feel I could face another glass of wine for a couple of days. After a couple of km walking we began to feel a little brighter. See...feeling pretty positive here!

Wasn't a long day so we took our time, stopping to take lots of photos.

Torres del Rio to Logrono

You can see in the pics the weather had started to get overcast, it was still warm enough for shorts and t-shirts but no sun. To be honest, I'm not great in the heat so I was happy with this. 

Today we walked through Viana which had another pretty amazing Church. Stopped here for some sight-seeing and coffee. 

After Viana I had to attend to my blisters....damn you soft feet! I always get them, but a couple of compeeds and, on a bad day, a paracetemol and you're feeling good before you know it. Next year though I am definitely going to spend some time toughening up my feet before I go - barefoot for the summer, that should go down well with customers in the shop....

 As you walk on from Viana you are in the Rioja region...wine yummy! You cross over a big highway and spend a couple of kms near this road.

Phil on the way into Logrono

Logrono is a biggish city. About 150k people live here. The Camino enters the main part of Logrono over the impressive “Bridge of Stone".

Here you go, here's us blocking the view of the bridge. 

Bridge of Stone entering Logrono

 We were staying in a hostal just over the bridge and up a couple of streets. It was called Check in Rioja. We got a double room (shared bathroom) for €40 which was good value. It was clean and bright and perfect for our needs.

We then headed off to explore Logrono which is a really nice city. Sat in a little square outside the Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Redonda, got joined by a fella who seemed a little worse for wear from a lifetime of drug abuse, he had very little English and our Spanish is poor but he was keen to chat....and chat....and chat. He tried talking soccer to Phil, but Phil's more of a rugby man but they persevered.  Cut to an hour later and the owner of the cafe was not happy about his hapless guest so we moseyed on. Poor guy, didn't seem to have had much luck in life. 

We had a lovely evening wandering around Logrono enjoying tapas on the Calle de Laurel. Kept an eye out for the German lads but no sign so a heavy thunderstorm sent us scuttling for our beds at 11pm.

 

Day 3 Camino de Santiago - Estella to Torres del Rio - 32km

Longest day of our trip, about 32km but we were pretty excited about the wine fountain “Fuente del Vino” at the Monastery of Nuestra Senora la Real de Irache. Yup, free wine fountain! Granted it was 9am when we reached it so we weren't too psyched about drinking wine at that time but we gave it a go...we're good like that (and yes that is a bottle in my hand that we filled up for a tipple later!).

Bodega Irache Wine fountain We walked on to Azquata which is a lovely hill-top village. Had some brekkie there, standard fair of Tortilla, bread and coffee...perfect.  

Azquata breakfast

It's a long haul from Azquata to Los Arcos, a lot of the guidebooks say there is nowhere to get water or food on this stretch but when we were there an entrepreneuring person had set up a little cart about halfway through this 10km stretch.  This section is nice and flat, surrounded by pretty countryside. 

Los Arcos was our lunch-stop. It seems like a nice town so if you didn't fancy a 32km day you could easily stop here for the day and I think most people do.  Our reason for driving on to Torres del Rio was the hostel we had booked had a pool and we were dying for a dip!

After lunch, we walked on to Torres del Rio. The miles got eaten up as we chatted to a nice couple from San Francisco (she had written a book about a maid of Emily Dickenson who was from Tipperary, so she'd visited Ireland before..interesting!) and before we knew it we had reached Torres del Rio. We were staying in Hostal Rural San Andres and I'd highly recommend it. The village itself is tiny but lovely, a handful of Hostals all of which also serve dinner. 

The rooms in the Hostal are lovely but we immediately headed for the pool and had a dip - fab. Met two lovely guys from Germany who we joined for dinner and whom proved to be excellent company. 

Gear note: Shoe wise Phil and I both wore Columbia Conspiracy Outdry Hiking Shoes. They are nice and light. I got the odd blister but Phil was fine, I'm prone to blisters anyway so I can't blame it on the shoes, more likely my wimpy feet were the cause.

Day 2 Camino de Santiago - Puenta la Reina to Estella - 21.7km

One of our shorter days walking. We left Puenta la Reina early to avoid the heat of yesterday. The walk through Puenta la Reina is lovely. Lot's of lovely doors, you just want a peep inside!

Walking out of Puenta la Reina you cross the Pilgrim's Bridge. 

Crossing the Pilgrim's Bridge in Puenta la Reina

Outside of Puenta la Reina you reach the first and only major hill of the day. It's about 1.5km uphill but with fresh legs you'll power up in no time. 

The first village you reach is called Maneru, we stopped here for coffee. We then walked on to Cirauqui where we visited the Church of San Roman, which was fab and well worth a visit. The grandeur of the churches in these small villages throughout Spain is pretty incredible. 

Puenta la Reina to Estella

All day we walked through gorgeous rolling country-side, crossing small bridges into which we dipped our hot feet. This pic was taken outside Lorca, River Salado

 River Salado on the way into Lorca on the Camino

We wandered on through Lorca and Villatuerta. Passed some pretty cool Sunflowers...Phil was a fan. 

Sunflowers on the Camino

Reached Estella at around lunchtime and just as a massive thunderstorm started to hit. Our hotel for the night Hotel Yerri, Estella, was another 1.5km walk from the entrance to the town (to be honest it's a bit of a haul to get there but we found out after we left that they run a shuttle bus to and from the Camino route...although that's kind of cheating isn't it?). We took shelter in a little bar and had a lovely lunch, reading our books and watching the lightening. Then pulled on our water-proofs and started to hoof it to the hotel. 

The hotel is nice and clean, wifi etc but as I said above, a little far off the Camino. That night we walked around Estella, found a crappy restaurant, had a not very nice dinner but enjoyed ourselves none the less. Day 2 done and dusted.

Gear Note: We're both wearing Icebreaker Merino Wool Tech Tees. Merino wool can be worn for days without getting smelly. Highly recommend them.

Day 1 Camino de Santiago - Walking from Pamplona to Puenta La Reina

Round two ding ding! Last year we had our first foray on the Camino, in four days we walked from St Jean in France to Puenta la Reina in Spain and we absolutely loved it. So this year we decided to go back for more. Also, so many of our customers are walking it that we wanted to make sure we knew what we were talking about when selling them gear!

Last year we finished up in Puenta la Reina. This year we flew out of Dublin on a 7.00am flight, arrived into Bilbao at 10am, made our way from Bilbao Airport into Bilbao Bus Station. We'd booked a bus (www.busbud.com) from Bilbao to Pamplona at 11.45am and we made that with time to spare. It was a very easy and straightforward trip. 

We arrived into Pamplona at 2pm. I fished a map out of a bin (classy bird!) and realised that the Camino route was only a couple of blocks away - score! Filled up with water (only 1 litre between the two of us...not enough!) and we were on our merry way. Promptly walked 2km in the wrong direction...damn you map but after turning ourselves around we eventually found the familiar Camino markers. 

Now, setting off in 34 degrees heat with half a litre of water each is a bit stupid but we clearly remembered from last year that there was a shop in a town called Cizur Menor 5km outside of Pamplona.  We tramped out of Pamplona, happily spotting the familiar sights of the University grounds as we retraced our steps from last year.  

When we got to Cizur Menor the shop was closed....no water! Dum dum dum. Still, it was only another 5km to the next town of Zariquiegui. It was all uphill, now it's not particularly steep but in the heat and without enough water it was tough. 

I won't go into the full details of my moaning and groaning as we went up that hill, I won't tell you that my hands started to swell into lobster hands in the heat - my Irish blood is not good in the heat....suffice to say Phil was very patient with me and he dragged me up in a pleasant manner!  

 We eventually reached the little town of Zariquiegui, 10km outside of Pamplona. There we joined other late Afternoon Peregrinos who all agreed it was mad being out in the heat. We'd stopped in a little Albergue that served food and most other folks were calling it a day here and staying for the night. After a bite to eat and a delicious glass of wine we were raring for road again.

One last haul up the top of the pass and you arrive at a bunch of statues of Peregrinos. Stopped here for some pics ....

It was now around 5pm and we had roughly 11km to go, most of it was down-hill. We trucked along merrily, walking through a couple of little towns - Uterga, Murazabel and Obanos but we didn't dilly dally...there was a cold beer with our name on it in Puenta La Reina.

Arrived into Puenta La Reina at around 7pm. Now, we are definitely not hard-core Peregrinos, last year we tried out the Albergues but this year we figured we'd opt for private rooms where we could. We also booked ahead, the Camino is pretty busy in early September. We stayed in Hotel Jakue, the first place you reach on your way into Puenta La Reina. It's lovely (we'd stayed there last year) and they do a good value buffet (serve until 10pm but try and get in before 9.30pm as they start tidying stuff away around then). 

So day one down. Gear working well so far. We especially love our bags. Both of us are carrying Lowe Alpine Trek Plus 35:45L (the girl version is 33:40L)

 

 

Welcome to the new Wild Side Sports Website

This website is long overdue but my lord is at a slow process uploading hundreds and hundreds of products up here. Please be patient with us for the first few weeks as we get through the teething stage, there's bound to be a few glitches in the matrix.

Anyone who is familiar with the shop will notice that there is a lot of products not listed online that are available in the shop. Over the next few weeks we'll seek to rectify that but in the meantime give us a shout via email and phone if there's something you want to buy in a hurry.

Thanks to everyone who helped build it. Simon our fab graphic designer, Piers and Lewis our tech-gurus, John Beasely, photographer extraordinaire and as usual Phil's fabulous family who held the fort while we were stuck up to our eye-balls in it.