Triathlon Wet Suits
Depending on the event, they may or may not allow you to wear a wet suit. Depending on the time of year, they may also be required to race in the triathlon.
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Triathlon Wetsuit Size Chart
|Male Triathlon Wetsuit Sizing Chart|
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Sizing Information Provided By Tyr.com
How To Select Your Triathlon Wet Suit:
Step 1 – Why use a Triathlon Wet Suit?
Triathlon wet suits are completely different than the typical diving wet suit, surfing wet suit, or the typical triathlon swim suit.
- Triathlon wet suits have higher buoyancy properties that help lift the swimmer out of the water reducing the amount of energy expended.
- The increased buoyancy allows for better swim technique and make the swimmer more hydrodynamic, reducing drag and helps you swim faster.
- A wet suit can provide warmth if swimming in cold water. The neoprene material acts as an insulator to retain your body heat.
- A properly fit wet suit increases your range of motion and mobility
- Tri suits are designed to promote quick transition between the swim and the cycling portion of the race
Step 2 – What type tri suit are you considering?
There are many different triathlon tri suits available. Each year triathlon equipment manufacturers release new models with new and improved options. Although triathletes typically categorize products by price, there is more to this selection process than price. (It is worth mentioning that a stand rule of thumb is that the more expensive the tri suit, it is generally
more buoyant and flexible). TruTriSports.com understands that purchasing your gear is an investment, so we offer a variety of different affordable price points and features on our Tri Suits.
Beginner Tri Suits
If you are new to triathlons, we suggest starting out by spending less money on your first tri suit. The basic “put your toe in the water” suit is built more for functionality and to get you through your training and race. The more expensive suits are build for speed, comfort, and increased range of motion…..and we will get to those soon.
Value Suits Built For Speed
The avid, up and coming triathlete will most likely fall into this category. These suits offer a more comfortable fitting tri suit, increased range of motion at a great price. This category of tri suit is great for the competitive swimmer making the transition to triathlons.
Wanted: Speed & Comfort
The triathlete looking for a fast moving, comfortable wetsuit that uses advanced technology, then you have arrived. This category offers high quality, buoyant material, and great
performance. The suits offer efficient design, flexible range of motion and great materials to create a high performance triathlon wet suit.
Best of the Best
Newest advancements and innovations, advanced hydrodynamics, and exceptional comfort are just a click away. The highest buoyant material, highest efficiency, most flexible, and best quality design come with a price.
Step 3 – Determining The Right Wet Suit For You
A properly fitting and comfortable wet suit is a crucial piece of gear and key to having a great race. Here are some specific features to pay attention to when purchasing the right triathlon wet suit.
Comfort & Fit
A mistake that many triathletes make is to select a wet suit that is loose fitting. A high performance triathlon wet suit fits snug to increase efficiency in the water. You want to make sure that it fits properly in two area: your shoulders and crotch area. You should maintain a full range of motion, and have good neck and wrist seals to avoid carrying water. Loose fit or gaps in the crotch and shoulders can cause painful chafing. Without proper seals, you will carry water, making you heavier in the water and cause you to expend more energy.
Sleeved or Sleeveless? We like to leave this up to your personal preference. Many people like the freedom of sleeveless because of the feeling that it does not restrict your range of motion. Water temperature is the biggest determining factor when selecting sleeve length. I would suggest you thinking about the area of the world you will generally be racing and make your decision based on the water temperature. Remember, a good, safe choice is a sleeved triathlon wet suit to cover all bases.
Material & Special Features
Generally, most wet suits range in thickness of 1.5mm to 5mm. The thickness varies throughout the wet suit depending on the amount of movement. The shoulders and crotch area
are thinner allowing freer movement, while the shoulders and back are thicker increasing the buoyancy in the water.
Special coatings causing less friction and increased hydrodynamics are becoming more common with manufacturers. Other special features like reverse zippers, break away zippers
and special buoyancy panels are also available.
Before You Jump In Over Your Head
I strongly suggest that you seriously think through your wet suit buying decision. Think about the water temperature, the features you desire, sleeved vs. sleeveless, and review our sizing chart. The fit and comfort of your wet suit can make a difference between a bad swim and your best race ever!