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Wetsuit Info2cflyr
Apr 30, 2002 8:16 AM
I'm Looking to do the Newport Beach Tri on the 19th of May, and was told that the water is usually chilly and half of the competitors wear them. The main issues are that this is my first season, and have no clue about wetsuits and also, don't want to spend big bucks on it. any recommendations/thoughts/comments?
Thanks ahead of time!
re: Wetsuit Infobm
Apr 30, 2002 11:03 AM
i haven't done many tris myself, just getting started. i am also doing the newport beach tri. my roomate is a big tri guy and says that you'll probably want to have one. not only do the suits keep you warm, they also help your speed. if you don't want to spend money yet, you may be able to rent won for the day.

i'm looking to buy a tri wetsuit too and so far i like the IRONMAN brand. there not cheap, but they work great.

good luck
re: Wetsuit Info2cflyr
Apr 30, 2002 1:09 PM
The cheapest Ironman (Sprint LJ) out there is just under 200 bucks (www.tri-zone.com). oh well, might just have to bite the bullet and get one. got to love credit cards!
re: Wetsuit Infobm
May 1, 2002 10:06 PM
i'm going to join a tri club that has a special sponsership with IRONMAN. they get 50% on the wetsuits. so a $300 is only going to cost me around $150.

see if there are clubs around your area for super deals. or maybe look into a used one

good luck
re: Wetsuit Infozk3
May 2, 2002 9:41 AM
Pretty much everyone that does tri's in CA do them in a wetsuit. Fit is really important so make sure to try one on before you buy. If you really can't afford to buy one or not sure you like tri's yet you could ( please don't flame me) just go rent a surfer wetsuit, it will cost you about 15 bucks... they're not nearly a good for swiming as a tri siut but it will do the job and you'll be comfy...

BTW, one of the best advantages to wearing a wetsuit during a tri is the bouency, you can pretty much float on your own, so if you get tired, or hit in the head or something you'll be safe.
surfing wetsuitsSteveO
May 21, 2002 5:39 AM
I grew up surfing; so i have plenty of wetsuits ranging from 2 mil springs to 6 mil semi-dries.

When I entered the tri-scene, i decided I've already invested far too much in rubber-wear, therefore wouldnt buy a 'tri' suit.

I've done all my (cold-water) tris in 'surfing' suits. Im sure a 'tri' suit is (ever so slightly) faster than my 'surfing' suits, but I'm still faster than bareback, so im still ahead.