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Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Irvine, CA
Bikes: Specialized Allez Pro; Cervelo P2 SL; Tsunami (Converted to Fixed Gear)
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Here's the scoop on wetsuits...
Full suits (i.e. Ironman Instinct) are supposed to be the best way to go because they let in the least amount of water. I use the farmer-john version of this because the suit fits me well enough that I don't think I get a lot of water through the shoulder openings. Of course, this suit will be a bit colder than the full but I generally do tris in the summer in California so the water is between 66-72F. The Desoto two piece metioned above is supposedly easier to remove but I'm not sure I would pay a lot of attention to this . All of my friends are half out of their suits (the top half) by the time they've taken 3 steps. Getting the bottom off requires a bit of practice but the new suits are pretty easy.
All that said, you need to find the one that fits you best. The IM suits seems to be a bit better for bigger guys (broader shoulders and or bigger guts)
I think the QR's are for the skinny guys. Most on-line companies such as www.trisports.com
are pretty helpful if you can't find a shop that carries a wide range. I doubt they ship to Wellington though.