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5.3. Should I buy a wetsuit? What kind of wetsuit should I buy?




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This article is from the Triathlon FAQ, by with numerous contributions by James Goddard others.

5.3. Should I buy a wetsuit? What kind of wetsuit should I buy?

Whether or not to buy a wetsuit is a personal decision. If you are not
sure you may want to check local bike/run/tri shops in the area to see
if they have one you can rent. If you live in a warm climate there may
be no reason to buy one, however if you live where the waters are
often in the 70s or colder you should probably consider one

If you are going to buy a wetsuit, make sure you get one that is made
for triathlon. A dive/jet ski/etc wetsuit will not give you the
freedom of movement you need to swim effectively. Triathlon wetsuits
generally range from about $100 to over $400 depending on the type and
quality. There are several types of triathlon wetsuits on the market:
TypeDescriptionAdvantagesDisadvantages

Shorty: No sleeves with short legs
Cheap, easiest to remove in transition
Least exposure protection and speed improvement
Farmer John: No sleeves with long legs
Improved warmth over Shorty without sacrificing range of motion
Less speed improvement than a full suit, slower transitions than Shorty
Full Suit: Full sleeves with long legs
Fastest suit with best exposure protection
Arm movement somewhat restrained, slowest transition, most expensive



 

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