Anatomy  Aug 26th 2009 at 04:23

Need some advice from you guys.

Most of the suit spec's are very close as most of them using Yamamoto's materials.
Other than budget, buoyancy, Stretchable of the material is there any thing els to have in this kind of suit?

6 replies
Wilko  Aug 26th 2009 at 17:41
Try on as many as you can, the most important thing is fit. Only look at the other features when you are down to a short list of suits that fit you well.
Croptop  Aug 27th 2009 at 18:38
I agree whole heartedly with Wilko's advice. Wetsuits are almost like shoes in that regard: the model that works best for me will not necessarily work well for others.

If you can find a local shop that has a good stock, see if you can't take various suits out for a trial swim before you commit.

If you're not averse to a two-piece suit, have a look at the De Soto line of suits. Since you buy the top and bottoms separately, you can really dial in a fit for your body type.

If budget is more important to you, have a look at http://www.xterrawetsuits.com/promo/
They've got sleeveless models for US$99 and fullsuits for US$149.
Oziem  Aug 27th 2009 at 19:02
A few wetsuit makes to browse :)


Where are you based? UK? US? ...
"Must tri harder"
AndyB  Aug 28th 2009 at 16:16
As others have said fit is the most important thing however, other the suits also tend to differ in where they vary the thickness of the neoprene which can lead to an variability in stretch between the suits despite using the same rubber. Some suits now have neoprene with air bubbles in it (seriously) which obviously increases buoyancy. Finally some suits have 'extras' such as the 2xu suit with water entrapment panels on the forearm and blue seventy with an upside down zip which means people can't pull it down in a race.

If you are in the UK there is a new company called Zone 3 (racezone3.co.uk) which produces wetsuits and having tried one recently I can recommend adding it to your list to try.

Hope this all helps

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Flan  Aug 31st 2009 at 22:21
Fit fit fit!

Focus on shoulder flexibility

As you can see I have an old QR suit. Its very bouyant and I don't feel the suit restricts my arms and shoulders.

Its a bit Buzz Lightyear though!

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