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Big folks know finding the right size in boating gear can be a bear. Designed for the "teddy bear" in your group, the NRS Grizzly wetsuit is extra roomy.
  • Our Grizzly™ Wetsuit features 3 mm neoprene for superior insulation.
  • Cut large around the chest, waist, thighs and calves to fit even the biggest paddle sports enthusiast.
  • This suit combines the convenience of a full-length front zipper with roomy, over-the-shoulder Farmer Bill-style suspenders.
  • NRS Shoulder Extensions are available for even taller grizzly-sized boaters.
  • Color: All sizes are black - shoulders are color coded by size.
Color-coded shoulder panels:
  • Size G-M: Black/Red
  • Size G-L: Black/Gray
  • Size G-XXL: Black/Black
  • Size G-4XL: Black/Brown
Neoprene: 3 mm neoprene
Seams: Mauser stitched and taped
Entry Style: Shoulder snaps & double pull front zipper
Titanium Adhesive: Yes
Relief Zipper: Yes
Wrist Zippers: No
Ankle Zippers: Yes
Gender Sizing: Men
Features:
  • ToughTex™ armored seat & knees
  • Cut for more room in the chest, waist & thighs
  • Shoulder panels color-coded by size
Size Height Weight (lbs)
G-M 5'5"-5'9" 200-235
G-L 5'8"-6'0" 230-265
G-XXL 5'11"-6'4" 260-305
G-4XL 6'3"-6'6" 275-320
How to measure

How to measure:

  1. Chest/Bust: With arms down at your sides, measure around the largest part of the chest, generally across the nipples.
  2. Waist: Measure around natural waistline, allowing tape measure to sit comfortably.
  3. Head: Measure above brow, around the fullest part of the head.

Measurement Tips

Form Fit
Next-to-skin fit for easy layering and efficient performance.

Semi-Form Fit
Fits close but not tight for comfort and layering ease.

Relaxed Fit
Full cut for freedom of motion and layering underneath.

video: NRS Men's Wetsuit Line

NRS Men's Wetsuit Line (2:47)

NRS paddling wetsuits help you inexpensively extend your boating season into the colder months. All of our wetsuits are made with petroleum-free Terraprene neoprene, and all models feature a titanium laminate layer that reflects heat back to your body to help keep you warmer. This video compares the NRS Little John Wetsuit, the NRS 2.0 Farmer John Wetsuit, the NRS 3.0 Farmer John Wetsuit and the NRS 3.0 Ultra John Wetsuit. It also mentions the NRS Farmer Bill Wetsuit, NRS Grizzly Wetsuit, NRS Wetsuit Jacket and NRS HydroSkin Shirt as additional options. Wetsuits and other neoprene garments insulate your body when wet or dry, making them great for whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, sea kayaking, kayak touring, kayak fishing and SUP (stand up paddling) in cool or cold conditions.

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NRS Grizzly Wetsuit
 
4.5

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to put on and off (31)
  • Comfortable (29)
  • Warm (29)
  • Durable (23)
  • Dries quickly (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (11)
  • Colder water (6)
  • Boating / sailing (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      94% 

      (30 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      88% 

      (29 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (9), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For an old Grizzly

I do recreational lake and river kayaking. This was bought for me as a gift so I can extend the season. I often go out alone and will use this to prevent hypothermia in...Read complete review

I do recreational lake and river kayaking. This was bought for me as a gift so I can extend the season. I often go out alone and will use this to prevent hypothermia in case of an unintentional wet exit.

I can't comment on the warmth in the water. The fit however is just right for me. I am a large guy 5'10" at 245. It's very comfortable and warm out of the water. One last thing. I have an odd body type. I have avg legs with a very long torso. The bottom half fits great but if you're like me buy some of the shoulder extensions for a custom fit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Needs redesign/refresh

Love NRS but not this product. With all the very stretchable and superior comfort wetsuit material options on the market, a better mix of material could be developed. Especially considering the target market....Read complete review

Love NRS but not this product. With all the very stretchable and superior comfort wetsuit material options on the market, a better mix of material could be developed. Especially considering the target market. I am 5'10" 235lb. 48" chest 40" waist 32" inseam and should fit right in the G-L range on the size chart. I did not foresee the need for extenders as I have a somewhat shorter than average torso. This suit was both to tight and to short. Extending the shoulder adjustment at all exposes the uncomfortable side of the velcro as I tried everything to be reasonably comfortable. Just to small. I would really like to see a higher quality design with use of more stretchable panels and maybe lose the velcro shoulder straps.

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5.0

Best quality Wet Suit

By Kayakanne

from Kennebunk, Me

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dries Quickly
  • Durable
  • Easy To Put On And Off
  • Warm
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Colder Water
    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Grizzly Wetsuit:

    This wet suit is a must for any paddler who enjoys kayaking (or canoeing) during Spring and Fall. Sturdy, as comfortable as can get (wet suits are not made to be comfortable but warm...). Like all the NRS products that I have bought over the 20 years that I have been a sea kayaker, this piece of equipment is extremely well crafted. Keep up the good work (and please, think about the growing numbers of paddlers who are not in their prime and have put on a bit of weight over the years; adjust your sizing and don't forget women!!!)

    Service and delivery comments:

    As always with NRS, service and delivery was impeccable.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Good movement!

    By Lumpy

    from Murfreesboro,Tn

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Swift Water Rescue

      Comments about NRS Grizzly Wetsuit:

      I'm using it for swift water rescue, had a great fit and padding was great in the river . For you bigger people it was easy to get on and off.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Perfect for a big guy

      By RG

      from Atascadero CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Dries Quickly
      • Durable
      • Easy To Put On And Off
      • Warm

      Cons

      • Lower Leg Is A Bit Loose

      Best Uses

      • Kayak Fishing The Ocean

      Comments about NRS Grizzly Wetsuit:

      Overall very good product..Fished for 5 hours and forgot I was wearing a wetsuit. Its that comfy!

      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      NRS Grizzly Wet Suit

      By Len

      from Wolfe Island, Canada

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dries Quickly
      • Durable
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS Grizzly Wetsuit:

          Used mostly in the spring and fall over the last 3 years for installing or removing dock and marine railway. Large size fits reasonably well (only company I could find that had large enough sizes). Can work fairly long time in quite cold water (Lake Ontario in May) Really good service from NRS.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Length:
          • Feels true to length
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          1.0

          Needs redesign/refresh

          By gearhead

          from TC,MI

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Reasonable Priced

          Cons

          • Awkward Fit

          Best Uses

            Comments about NRS Grizzly Wetsuit:

            Love NRS but not this product. With all the very stretchable and superior comfort wetsuit material options on the market, a better mix of material could be developed. Especially considering the target market. I am 5'10" 235lb. 48" chest 40" waist 32" inseam and should fit right in the G-L range on the size chart. I did not foresee the need for extenders as I have a somewhat shorter than average torso. This suit was both to tight and to short. Extending the shoulder adjustment at all exposes the uncomfortable side of the velcro as I tried everything to be reasonably comfortable. Just to small. I would really like to see a higher quality design with use of more stretchable panels and maybe lose the velcro shoulder straps.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels too small
            • Length:
            • Feels too short
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              Hi...
              I am 6-2 280 and wondering what size Grizzly to get.. and if its too small can I send it back and get a different sized one without being penalized?
              Thanks :)
              Asked on 3/10/2015 by Kayaking Whale from Lardistan, Turkey

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Suit is huge, might be to big. I'm 6'4" 260 and fit over the top of a smaller suit.
                Sent from Samsung tablet.

                Answered on 3/10/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Get extra large. Grizzly is the best for us barrel chested guys. I love my
                large Griz. I'm 5'10" and 230. NRS has great return policy so no worries.
                -Glen Chandler

                Answered on 3/10/2015 by Jaloppeno from LaGrande OR.
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                You bet, returns/exchanges are easy and free - http://www.nrs.com/customer-service/returns.asp - I suggest you try the G-XXL.

                Answered on 3/10/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Don't worry about buying too small, worry about too big. I'm 6'5" 300.
                Bought a 4XL "Grizzly" suit, and bought the should strap extenders too. I
                wish I had bought a 4XL regular, not "Grizzly". Didn't need the strap
                extenders either. I've got an athletic build 56" chest, 40" waist. I suggest
                a 4XL regular, unless you have a belly - then get grizzly.
                Bob

                Answered on 3/10/2015 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              I'm new to water sports and would like to know some details about this wet suit. I will be wake boarding in water temperatures between 55 and 63 Fahrenheit. Will this suit work for this purpose? Also, I am 6'2, and 20 pounds over the recommended weight of your largest sized suit. Would I still fit into the suit?
              Asked on 3/10/2015 by Lifelonglori from Nanaimo,BC,Canada

              1 answer

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I bought it for my husband - he uses it for kayaking in the temperature range you indicated. The shoulder extensions might be helpful for you.

                Answered on 3/10/2015 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              What size chest do the respective sizes accommodate and why havent you added this info to your sizing chart??? :D

              I am about 6-3 285 pounds what size do i need? I guess I can get the larger one and if its too big send it back and get the next smaller size?
              Asked on 12/19/2014 by Fatboyyakker from Lardville

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                They run on the smaller side. If you wear XL, then order XXL

                Answered on 12/19/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm exactly the same height and weight and the Grizzly 2XL fit great with
                the added shoulder extensions. It fit okay without them but put a bit too
                much pressure in the crotch.

                Answered on 12/19/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                That is a 3XL, I weigh 15 lbs more than that and have a 54" chest, You will
                want the extenders that work like the straps on bib overalls only with
                velcro, it buys you the needed torso and room where it is needed.
                Enjoy yours, I really do like my wetsuit.
                Happy Holidays,
                Paul

                Answered on 12/20/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              Which size best fits someone who is 5'8",48" chest, 29" inseam? My height and weight fit the GM, but with no chest or waist measurements I am unsure.
              Asked on 3/2/2014 by SUP beginner

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I ordered the size M, and it fits perfectly. I'm similar dimensions to you: 5' 8", 47.5 inch chest, 32" waist, so I think the Grizzly Medium would fit you like a glove.

                Answered on 3/2/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Sounds like the G-M will be best for you. To get your chest measurement in the 3.0 Farmer John the suit would be too long for your height. If we've figured wrong, exchanges are easy and free.

                Answered on 3/2/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Having just used the wetsuit yesterday, here you go. The G4xL just fits me (52R). It was a comfy fit. Were I any thicker, it'd be tough to say. Also, at 6'4", I needed the shoulder extender tabs. Hope this helps.

                Answered on 3/3/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              I am 5'6" tall and my weight varies between 175 - 195 and my waist from a 33-35. Would a Grizzly Medium fit me based on these measurements?
              Asked on 3/2/2014 by Bob

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No problem

                Answered on 3/3/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Sounds like it might work, Bob, give it a try. Take a look at our Dealer Locator - http://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp - to see there's somewhere nearby that has it in stock. If not, and it doesn't work, returns/exchanges are free and easy.

                Answered on 3/3/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              Can these be used for surfing?
              Asked on 1/18/2014 by Jeff from United States

              4 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Depending on the water temperature, Jeff, it should work. It does have a front zipper, which some surfers shy away from. You can beef up its warmth with a HydroSkin shirt or jacket.

                Answered on 1/18/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I've only used it for whitewater rafting during the cold season, but it's been GREAT!!! I think it would would be perfect for surfing too.
                Good luck,
                -Scott

                Answered on 1/18/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes they can. Here in Oregon the waters pretty cold so the grizzly long john works better with a wetsuit jacket.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 1/18/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Heck ya, I surf in mine all the time, but that's on the river or in my
                flatwater kayak catching a wave or two. I think you are wondering about
                catching a wave on a surf board. I don't see why not. I wouldn't think
                that slow speed falls like surfing would be a problem, while high speed
                falls like water-skiing may be a problem. The neck or arm holes may
                billow during high speed falls and slow you down faster than is healthy.
                Anyway, that's my two cents worth.

                Answered on 1/21/2014 by idsteed from Idaho
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              I don't see a waist measurement on the chart,I am 5'4" tall with 36 waist and weigh 185. I think med. but wondering about the waist.
              Asked on 1/3/2014 by new to cold weather kayaking from elizabethtown,ky.

              3 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                I went out and measured the waist area of the Medium and I think it will work well for you.

                Answered on 1/3/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm 6'3" and 260lbs. I think I ended up ordering a XXXL even though I always take a XXL in shirts and coats.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 1/3/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I think it should fit nice. I,m 5'8" and 40 waist, and it was a little
                short, and tight.

                Answered on 1/3/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              Have just discovered the Grizzly style. There is no mention of chest sizing on the specs. I am 5'8" at 195 lbs.with a 50" chest. I have returned 4 other products sized 3xl, for being too tight. Can anybody give me a heads up on which size to order? Thanks
              Asked on 12/20/2013 by Bayrat from San Diego

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Order a large, I,m 5'8" and 220, and wished I had. Mine is tighter around
                the waist than I would like. You will be happy.

                Answered on 12/20/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hey mate I 6"2' and 310 pounds not sure of chest but I think it is a bit
                iva 50'. Suit is great
                Scotty

                Answered on 12/20/2013 by Seba5859 from Labrador City, Newfoundland Labrador CAD
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have a 52" chest and the Grizzly 2XL fits me great.

                Answered on 12/20/2013 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              How well do these work for scuba diving?
              Asked on 9/26/2013 by Jeff the well rounded diver from Arizona

              5 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Jeff, they would probably be fine for shallow diving. But they are only 3 mm neoprene and would compress too much for deeper diving. They are designed for warmth protection in surface immersion.

                Answered on 9/26/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I never used it for scuba... only white-water rafting. But it's a great product!!! Extremely well-made, durable, and fits great!! I think it would work fantastic for scuba.

                Answered on 9/26/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                If you are grizzly sized and wear a full farmer john wetsuit, then why
                would this suit not work well! I love the fit and it is great for scuba,
                nuch better than having to wrestle an undersized rental suit over my
                grizzly body. This is a very good product.

                Answered on 9/27/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It's not really a dive suit.
                The snaps on the shoulders might chafe
                with a tank harness.
                That said the fit is great if you are built
                like me 5'7" and 250 lbs.
                I use mine for paddling.

                Answered on 9/28/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Short answer - they don't.
                I have scuba gear and whitewater gear. Whitewater gear does not work for
                scuba - it is too loose. Scuba gear does not work for paddling - it is
                too tight.

                Answered on 10/10/2013 by Anonymous
            • NRS Grizzly Wetsuit

              Q:

              Hi! I need more info on sizing. I want the suit for kayaking so do not want to feel like a boa constrictor is around me while paddling. Male, six feet tall 215 #, chest 44, waste 40.
              Asked on 6/26/2013 by Stephen from seattle

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                You'll like it then cause I'm around 52" chest with a 50" gut . 

                Answered on 6/27/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Grizzly suit in the right size will work for you.
                Look at the sizing chart that NRS provides.
                DS

                Answered on 6/27/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The NRS Grizzly is a great wetsuit for the full-size person. It is one
                of the most comfortable fitted wetsuit , allowing the freedom of
                movement and when it gets too hot, I zip it down to my waist and pull
                the shoulder straps down to my waist for comfort.

                Answered on 6/27/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would go with the large, you may find out you need to add the extenders
                once toy try it on.

                Answered on 6/27/2013 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Stephen, except for the waist measurement you'd be a candidate for the XL or XXL in our other wetsuits. The Large (GL) in the Grizzly would probably work for you. Check our Dealer Locator - http://www.nrsweb.com/services/dealerlocator.asp?tn=281 - to see if one near you may have the suits to try on. If not, our returns are easy and free.

                Answered on 6/27/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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