Triathlon Wetsuit FAQ
It’s important to remember that triathlon wetsuits are different! First time triathletes know best that Surf and SCUBA Diving wetsuits just don’t cut it for competitive swimming.
There are 4 major features that differentiate tri suits from other suits.
- Triathlon wetsuits are made out of super buoyant neoprene panels that actually help you float in the water
- Tri suits also feature a slickskin exterior that allows you to glide through the water without any friction.
- Additionally, these specialized wetsuits are cut differently to minimize restriction. Legs are cut above the calf, armpits are wider, and necklines are specially designed to provide the ultimate range of motion.
- Lastly, all triathlon wetsuits are made out of high grade stretch neoprene to ensure a glove like fit.
Starting in the $150 price range, performance is easily affordable.
When shopping for the perfect triathlon wetsuit, our listings give you a great snapshot of the suit’s construction. The example below will make sense when you are finished this FAQ:
Type: Triathlon wetsuits are available in “Full” or “Long John” styles.
Full suits are warmer and more buoyant, for water temperatures below 60 degrees (depending on your tolerance for cold). Since there is more rubber in a fullsuit, it floats more. If you’re balanced and higher in the water you’ll swim faster. Additionally, fullsuits let less water in at the seals, which reduces weight and drag.
Long Johns are sleeveless wetsuits designed for water 60 degrees and up. The main advantage of a long john is increased flexibility and mobility due to the sleeveless design. Long John wetsuits also are easier to remove during the transition to your bike.
1- Buoyancy Factor: This is a snapshot of how the wetsuit floats in the water. Adding more buoyancy to the suit makes your swim easier and more efficient.
- Good: Buoyancy panel is located on chest
- Better: Panel extends from chest to thighs
- Best: Panel covers chest to ankles for maximum buoyancy
2- Inner Lining: The inner lining -or- jersey of a wetsuit directly impacts the flexibility and stretchiness of a wetsuit. More stretch equals more flexibility.
|2 Way Stretch:||Super stretch material that is twice as stretchy as standard wetsuit neoprene|
|4 Way Stretch:||Super stretch material that is 4 times as stretchy as standard wetsuit neoprene|
|6 Way Stretch:||Super stretch material that is 6 times as stretchy as standard wetsuit neoprene|