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    Skinsuit, LS or SS

    Alright wind tunnel gurus, what's faster, Long sleeved or or Short sleeved skinsuit? Assume that the weather is such that I could go either way as far as temperature is concerned.

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    I'm fairly certain its long sleeve, but if you want to be sure, google time trial world championships and look at the images, it will probably give you the answer there.
    judging from what you post on here it seems having a powermeter has caused you to focus on ewang numbers without much a focus on developing actual fitness.

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    Long-sleeve

    As far as I know, it's long-sleeved. Most people would say that more skin covered by lycra is better. The key, of course, is fit--you don't want ripples in your arms or anywhere in your suit. For that reason, short-sleeve suits are a lot easier to fit different body sizes. The negative of long-sleeve skinsuits is that they can feel warm in certain climates. Many pros will actually start with a long-sleeve skinsuit and cut the sleeves near the elbow to get the most aero effect while keeping the lower arm bare for "cooling."

    With that said, I really don't think the difference is that significant. It is much easier to find a well-fitting short-sleeve skinsuit than a long one and it will be a lot more versatile for most riders.

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    Long sleeve usually, though the advantage isn't much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    Long sleeve usually, though the advantage isn't much.
    It might be for me and my hairy arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianappleby View Post
    Alright wind tunnel gurus, what's faster, Long sleeved or or Short sleeved skinsuit? Assume that the weather is such that I could go either way as far as temperature is concerned.

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    long sleeve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    Long sleeve usually, though the advantage isn't much.
    for mortals: correct.

    for pros: incorrect.

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    Old school Mike Burroughs says long sleeves have wrinkles and not to use them. He's the only person I know of who is an advocate against their use.

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    O'Donnell has spent more time in the tunnel than Armstrong. He says long sleeve. If he were here he'd mock the question.

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    awesome, thanks for the replies.

    Now I just hope I'm in a category that allows me to purchase a skinsuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianappleby View Post
    Now I just hope I'm in a category that allows me to purchase a skinsuit.
    ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
    Old school Mike Burroughs says long sleeves have wrinkles and not to use them. He's the only person I know of who is an advocate against their use.
    I don't see any wrinkles on the ones I've seen.

    I'm surprised nobody has asked if they make the sleeves with dimples yet
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    Long sleeves. Go!
    It's not how many miles you ride, but how hard you ride them. Time trials aren't races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
    I don't see any wrinkles on the ones I've seen.

    I'm surprised nobody has asked if they make the sleeves with dimples yet

    ummmm

    Here is my skinsuit for nest season....
    http://www.champ-sys.com/blank_no_ti...eve&OrgID=1521

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    Quote Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
    Old school Mike Burroughs says long sleeves have wrinkles and not to use them. He's the only person I know of who is an advocate against their use.
    and he's remarkably incorrect.

    can't speak from personal experience, merely echoing what a friend of mine who knows more about apparel technology than anyone on this forum.

    fwiw - these two are wearing the results of a project that he lead, several year ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    O'Donnell has spent more time in the tunnel than Armstrong. He says long sleeve. If he were here he'd mock the question.

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    Long Sleeve skin suits are hotter than hell in the summer. Get a short sleeve and shave your arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdy291 View Post
    Long Sleeve skin suits are hotter than hell in the summer. Get a short sleeve and shave your arms.
    is the wrong answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    is the wrong answer.
    Good call. I wore my LS SS in Ohio in August. Mine actually cools you a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
    Good call. I wore my LS SS in Ohio in August. Mine actually cools you a little.
    I've got the same skinsuit as you, the ChampSys longsleeve, and I've NEVER had a problem with it being hot, and I've raced it on some HOT days.
    I like that new ChampSys skinsuit, I know Pearl Izumi and Louis Garnea are doing the same type thing now.

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    Well the one I was wearing is Verge and it is a little toasty. Although I do see how a LS skin suite could easily be designed to be cool.

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    Is it cheaper to go SS skinsuit and armwarmers?

    Look at me, pinching pennies, bwahahahahaha!
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    And, shaving your arms is really ****ing ghey.

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    ^^ But then so is pink lycra. This whole sport is an exercise in being comfortable looking like an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    and he's remarkably incorrect.

    can't speak from personal experience, merely echoing what a friend of mine who knows more about apparel technology than anyone on this forum.

    fwiw - these two are wearing the results of a project that he lead, several year ago.

    Yeah. Though I'd posit Hoy in a skin suit like that is more about intimidation than aerodynamic advantage. That's some scary looking ****. That guy can crush souls with a glance.

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