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Wetsuitsjaybird
Sep 5, 2001 12:07 PM
I have just started doing triathalons after several years of road/mtb racing and swimming competitive swimming. I just hate running... I have noticed that everyone seems to wear a wetsuit of some kind or another, is there something special about tri wetsuits and what do I want to look for in one?
re: Wetsuitsvelobear
Sep 10, 2001 9:44 AM
The difference with tri wetsuits is mostly the slick surface that lets you glide through the water easier. There are longjohns, and full suits, but you should stay away from shorties, which are mean for other sports, e.g. surfing. Main reason: On top of keeping you warm, tri wetsuits are meant to put you in a favorable swimming position, meaning floating your legs up. A good wetsuit will allow a marginal swimmer to concentrate mostly on the arms, and not worry as much about sinking legs. You will probably find suits with different thicknesses of neoprene that maximize floating the arms and legs, and still give you flexibility over your torso. The benefit of a full wetsuit is an increased surface area over your arms, such that you have an advantage much like wearing swim paddles. However, they do take longer to get off. Hope this helps.
re: Wetsuits short or long sleeve?Oenk
Nov 7, 2001 7:15 AM
I'm thinking about buying a new wetsuit. I heard that for good swimmers at the olympic distance (I swim about 18 min over 1,5 km) it is better to take a short sleeve wetsuit.
That's because of the more freedom your shoulders will have than with a long sleeve one. Does anyone have good or bad experiences with the sleevles suits, like the Ironman Sprint?