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How to Buy a Triathlon Wetsuit

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

How to Buy a Triathlon Wetsuit

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.

buy a triathlon wetsuit


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
Lauren (LoLo) has been picking out the latest and greatest wetsuits and being the social media queen for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, practicing yoga, studying holistic nutrition or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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  • Avatar Rick Benkovic says:

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

  • Avatar 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???

  • Avatar 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

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Dr. GJH,

      Thanks for reaching out – definitely enjoyed reading your comment. Based on what you’re looking for, I would recommend a triathlon suit. I don’t know what the water temps are where you plan on swimming so here’s a link to our entire line of triathlon wetsuits: If you need any additional help, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team either via live chat, phone (866-906-7848), or email (

      Thanks again and have a good one!

  • Avatar 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.

  • Avatar Kate says:

    I have never swum in a wetsuit. I bought a 3mm full wetsuit from a different company. I am returning it since it did not fit my upper body. It also seems like it would be very hot and uncomfortable to compete in. Therefore, I am considering getting a long jane, sleeveless wetsuit or the bottom half of a two piece wetsuit. Are these suits allowed in triathlons?

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hi Kate,

      Your best bet for a wetsuit for swimming in a triathlon would be a suit specifically designed for a triathlon. Try out this long jane suit which allows for great range of motion as your arms are uncovered but will still provide you with some warmth and buoyancy for swimming: Feel free to call us (866-906-7848), live chat us, or email ( if you need help with sizing or just need help in general. Thank you!

  • Avatar Amr Ramzy says:


    Is the “PRODUCT CODE: 777-XA832MB-44” good for swimming in the pool whether it is winter or summer?

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hi Amr,

      Honestly, that SKU would probably not be the best option for swimming in a pool – and you may want to consider a wetsuit with more stretch like this suit: Also, keep in mind that chlorine damage is not covered by any manufacturer’s warranty. If you need additional help, feel free to reach out to us either via live chat, phone (866-906-7848) or email ( Thanks!

  • Avatar Nyle Robinson says:

    I have particular problems with buoyancy but most triathlons where I live end up with water too warm to wear a wetsuit and have the time count for competition. Do you know if USAT considers shorts like blueseventy CORE Triathlon Shorts count as a disallowed wetsuit? There is no definition in the USAT rules.

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hi Nyle,

      Unfortunately the Blue Seventy CORE shorts would also be excluded if the water temps prohibit wetsuit use. Once water exceeds the temperature that prohibits wetsuits, that includes wetsuits of any type of coverage. Thanks for reaching out and asking us!

  • Avatar Just want to finish says:

    Hi. Looking to buy my first wet suit to start focusing on some longer triathlons. I am short and stocky. As a result, I was considering a 2 piece wet suit. I’ve heard of de soto and synergy. What are your thoughts on 2 piece wetsuits? Any other thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated.

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey there,

      A 2 piece could work well if you’re finding it difficult to find a good fit with a one piece. However, a one-piece wetsuit will generally give better performance: there will not be a gap for water to flush into the suit; there won’t be areas of wetsuit overlapping with others, so you should have better comfort; a one piece will likely be easier to get on and off. Hope that helps, thanks!

  • Avatar Sherilyn says:

    Hi, does the 5/4/3mm Women’s Roxy SYNCRO Hooded Fullsuit – Chest Zip Wetsuit come in a smaller women’s size 6? I see the size chart starts at 8 for purchase. I fear the 8 might be too large for the 24 hour obstacle course I want to use it for; World’s Toughest Mudder.

  • Avatar dave shapiro says:

    Now swimming in what must be water in low 50s in 3/2 100% stretch with gloves, boots, and cap without neck extension (3mm). Water will drop to 40s eventually. What do you suggest?

  • Avatar John Sheahan says:

    I’ve been an open water swimmer for several years now. I own a full triathlon style wetsuit and a sleeveless. I use them to swim in Lake Ontario a lot, but I also swim without rubber in August and September. I’d like to really extend my season. Does anyone make a wetsuit for open water swimming in the really cold temperatures? Like 33 to 40 degrees F?
    Thanx in advance

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