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How to Buy a Triathlon Wetsuit

   January 27th, 2016   Posted In: How-to   Tags:

 

Want to know how to buy a triathlon wetsuit? It’s important to remember that a triathlon wetsuit is different than the usual wetsuit. Triathletes know that surf and SCUBA diving wetsuits just don’t cut it for competitive swimming.

 

Triathlon wetsuits are made out of super buoyant neoprene panels that actually help you float in the water. Tri suits also feature a slick skin exterior that allows you to glide through the water without any friction.

 

These specialized wetsuits are also cut differently to minimize restriction. The 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.

 

Are you ready to buy a triathlon wetsuit? Let’s get started!

 

Triathlon wetsuits are available in Full or Long John styles.

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Photo cred: blueseventy

 

Fullsuits 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 or Janes 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.

 

You also want to consider buoyancy and inner linings when choosing a triathlon wetsuit!

 

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

 

Please Be Aware.. These feature packed wetsuits cannot be used for any other sporting activities except swimming. The coated neoprene is delicate and will easily puncture if diving or surfing.

 

Check out our entire selection of triathlon wetsuits!

 

Want to know more about triathlon wetsuits? Watch the video below!

 

Lauren Belt

Merchandiser at Wetsuit Wearhouse
When Lauren's (LoLo) not picking out the latest and greatest wetsuits or being the social media queen for Wetsuit Wearhouse, you can find her outdoors running, hiking, or reading a good book. She also spends her time practicing yoga and scouring the web for travel deals.

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9 Comments

  • Rick Benkovic says:

    I am looking at buying the 2mm mens XCEL AXIS short john wetsuit. Is there any buoyancy with this suit?

  • Nancy hulse says:

    I’m looking for a full suit with hood for my daughter who will be doing the 24 hour obstacle race “Worlds Toughest Mudder” she’s 5’9″ small size in normal wear. neon color on hood so we can pick her out within the thousands of people. Nights and water very cold in Vegas, need to be flexible for the obstacles, light weight, fast drying. Got anything???

  • Dr. Gregory Harris says:

    HI LAUREN: .I just retired from the 9-5 working world; have run 51/2 marathons (1/2 of Boston first); acquaintance of the famous marathoner Bill Rodgers (we lived in the same town and he used to run my the house to train; nicest guy you ever met. Anyway, after 10 years in Phila. and 20 in Boston (nearly everyone runs in Boston, except my former wife, who seemed to be allergic to exercise) before moving back to my home town of Binghamton, N.Y. to help care for my elderly parents, both passed on. Used to have a basic wet suit when I lived on the northeast shore of Cayuga Lake with former wife #2 (no, I can’t seem to stay married!!) but stupidly gave it away when I moved back here. Used to swim in high school (I.M. and butterfly and as an undergraduate at Univ. of Pennsylvania) Need advice; would like to purchase a wet suit from this company to use for mostly long distance swimming on the Finger Lakes and other local lakes for exercise. What do you suggest. I am 5′ 11″ tall; about 175 lbs. but hope to lose 10 lbs and do some more marathons soon. I also am starting a company for men’s and women’s running/workout apparel; name is AllisonGregory; Allison is a fitness instructor a a local junior college. Let me know if you want to be on the advisory committee; you will get FREE apparel FREE trips to events, like we are hoping to do the London Marathon in 2018 and the Paris Marathon in 2019. I started running in the 1970’s, before there were any “real” running shoes. Lastly, if you know any ladies who are in good shape and want to do some outdoor activities together, let me know, really!! I live 1 hour from Watkins Glen, famous road racing track and fly to Atlanta each fall (where my youngest son lives) to attend the last race of the season at Road Atlanta. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Do take the offer to be on the advisory committee seriously. I don’t know where you live, but the company cal fly you here for any meetings we are having. Other 2 ladies on the advisory committee are triathletes so you would fit right in! LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU SOON VIA E-MAIL. i AM OLD SCHOOL AND DON’T DO FACTBOOK, ETC. SO YOU CAN’T CHECK ME OUT THERE, BUT TRUST ME, I AM A REALLY, KIND, GENEROUS, INTELLIGENT GUY. Thanks and have really,l really good day. Dr. GJH
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  • Azar Gar says:

    Hi. I’ve been training for a triathlon race (in Ontario, Canada) for almost a year. I recently discovered I have a sever allergy to my wetsuit (Zoot Z Force 3.0) which I assume the allergy is to the neoprene in the suit.

    My race is in less than 10 days and I was wondering if you know of any allergen free wetsuit? Thank you very much for your help.

    • Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Azar,

      Unfortunately there are no neoprene-free triathlon suits (yet at least). Patagonia has a line of neoprene-free wetsuits called Yulex but those are meant for more general water sports. If you want to still check out their selection, check it out here: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/SEARCH.html?q=yulex. If the water temps are pretty warm, you may be able to wear a baselayer: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/search.html#/?_=1&filter.suit_type=Baselayer&page=1. If you have any more questions or need help, please feel free to contact us either via live chat, email ([email protected]) or call 866-906-7848. Thank you!

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