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wetsuit brandswaynebiker
Jun 2, 2002 4:02 AM
Did my second tri yesturday, and now I am thinking about purchasing a wetsuit. I know that I want a full suit, but am not sure on the brand. I am considering the Quintana Roo Ultrafull and the Orca Speedsuit. Any info would be great.
re: wetsuit brandsgregdogg62
Jun 3, 2002 6:46 AM
I bought an Orca Speedsuit (full suit) last year. It is a nice suit, but can be very tight. I have the right size , but they are made to be very snug. It takes some getting used to. If you are not a great swimmer, I might say go with a full john, I wish I had. The full arms restrict arm movement. A full john is also more versatile. There were some races lst year where I couldn't use my wetsuit because it would have been too hot, but a full john would have been great. Definitely go to a shop and get fitted. Both QR and Orca make nice stuff, so you shouldn't have to worry about quality. Have you looked at the Desoto two piece. I have heard good things about them.
re: wetsuit brands2cflyr
Jun 3, 2002 1:18 PM
Im using the Ironman Sprint LJ and love it. great for the price! I do agree about the arms issue, as in dont have em!
make sure you use body glide at the neck line and around your calves/ankles. what a lifesaver. makes the seal suit come off a lot easier. even with an ankle timing thingy on.
sleeves, etc.SteveO
Jun 4, 2002 5:23 AM
the sleeves dont bother me in the least while swimming (though i may be biased as i've surfed in wetsuits for the last 25 years).

If the water is mid-sixties or above, though, i'd recommend a sprint suit (aka springsuit) simply for transitioning. Its a LOT quicker getting out of a springsuit than a fullsuit.
re: wetsuit brandstribro3
Jun 6, 2002 3:31 PM
I'm using an O'neill. Tight in the shoulders so tough for the longer swims. I've also used my brothers Ironman wetsuit. Much more comfortable and loose in the shoulders. On the DeSoto, the concept seems right, but I've seen several triathletes stuck in transition with the wetsuit over the head.

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