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Old 03-06-05, 12:06 PM   #1
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Wetsuits!!

I know this is a bike forum, but i figured in this section you guys would know about wetsuits also.

My question is, what are the main differences in wetsuits? they seem to vary by several hundred pounds in cost, but there can't really be that much difference, can there? So what should I be looking for when buying my first wet suit?

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Biggest difference

1. Quality
2. Fit

I own 2-wetsuits both are Ironman Stealth, one is a Sleeveless/Longjohn and one is a Full. Depending on conditions and temperature come race day - will dictate as to which I will use in a race. Ironman Wetsuits have 2 main styles Instinct and Stealth - the difference is Fit and Quality. The Stealth is more of a 3-D fit fit or more panels. It is more of a custom fit which allows your body to function better as a swimmer.

My advice is to rent them, try them - you will then know what you want to spend your money on.
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Old 03-06-05, 02:58 PM   #3
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i have a sleeveless ironman instinct, tried on the stealth, didn't really see the need for that much more money considering I'm only doing 3 or so triathlons a year.

think i picked up my instinct for about $175.
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Old 03-07-05, 04:21 PM   #4
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www.wetsuit.com

i had mine custom made for around $230 USD, IIRC. dozens of races and its still fantastic.
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Like lilscot implies (I think), what you spend should, in part, depend on how many wet-suit legal races you plan to be doing. I do around 12 races per year, but only 2 or 3 are wet-suit. Other things to consider are how various suits feel, and whether the suit will help or hinder your swim. I normally use a Q-roo quickjohn, not only because I find it easy to get out of, but because I sweat less in it than I have in full suits in the past. Full suits can, however, be faster, In my experience, wich is quite a temptation if you are a slow swimmer (like me). I would not recomend spending a great deal of money on your first suit if you are not entirely convinced it is the right one for you.

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i had mine custom made for around $230 USD, IIRC. dozens of races and its still fantastic.
I bought a standard size. They worked with me on the phone to determine proper sizing. Great suit. They have been in the wetsuit business for about 30 years (surfing) moved to triathlon wetsuits a few years ago. So they know there stuff.
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I'm not sure that anyone really answered your question yet. The biggest difference in cost is "usually" due to whether the suit is a full (sleeves) or a long john model. The full suits tend to do a better job of keeping the water out therefore they can be a bit faster. Of course, that also makes them a bit warmer. Other than that, my guess is that the rest of the price difference is mostly margin as you're correct, there can't be that much difference.

In the end, you got some good advice from the rest...the proper fit is the only thing that matters.
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I bought a standard size. They worked with me on the phone to determine proper sizing. Great suit. They have been in the wetsuit business for about 30 years (surfing) moved to triathlon wetsuits a few years ago. So they know there stuff.
how are you bob? haven't seen your name around.
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how are you bob? haven't seen your name around.
Doin' good. Moving up to an IronMan this year; so, lots of training to do.
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Doin' good. Moving up to an IronMan this year; so, lots of training to do.

awesome! which one you doing?
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awesome! which one you doing?
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Old 03-10-05, 05:11 PM   #12
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Cool, cheers for the advice, i'm off to a pretty good tri shop over easter so i'll see what they recomend aswell, just wanted to get some sort of an idea of what i should be looking for.

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