Triathlon Wetsuits – What/Why/When?

KONA Multisport, Home of has the biggest supply of the best triathlon wetsuits. Why do Triathletes wear wetsuits? Despite people’s common beliefs, triathlon wetsuits are not as much for warmth, but actually buoyancy. Warmth is an added benefit, but mainly the neoprene that our swimming wetsuits are made out of is specifically designed to make you more buoyant.

Wetsuits are capable of saving upwards of 15 seconds off your 100 meter swim time. Triathlon wetsuits have the thickest neoprene in the legs so that they will simply trail behind you as you swim. This helps keep you afloat and saves valuable energy needed for the bike and run sections of the race.

When can I wear a wetsuit? Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

No wetsuit thicker than 5mm is allowed in races. How do I know if my wetsuit fits? The wetsuit should fit tight, it is common for people to try on a wetsuit and assume that it is too tight, when in fact it is just right. This doesn’t mean that it should restrict your movement or breathing, but keep in mind that swimming wetsuits should have absolutely no loose spots. A good reference point to test if your wetsuit fits is to crouch and try your swimming strokes in that position. If you feel just slight resistance, it fits! If there is no resistance it might be too big, and if there is too much resistance it is too small.

If everything on your wetsuit fits except the length of the arms or legs it is possible to tailor them with scissors. Use a large pair so you can make the whole cut in one movement. Modifying your suit in any way will void the warranty. The triathlon wetsuits we carry at KONA Multisport, home of are the very best triathlon wetsuits available! We have the largest supply of triathlon wetsuits in the Tampa Bay Area! We carry an entire line of 2XU triathlon, TYR and Zoot wetsuits. Stop by and get sized up for a suit and our triathlon experts can give you tips on what suit suits you best.

For a more experienced swimmer, a sleeveless suit may be the way to go as it does not hinder or alter the shoulder and elbow in the swimstroke of the triathlete. For beginners, a thicker, more buoyant suit is a great way to start and is more economical than the higher end wetsuits. For seasoned veterans, we have some of the top-of-the-line triathlon wetsuits that offer the most range of motion as well as the most hydrodynamic features to propel you through the water faster with less effort, saving ever valuable time.

Shop and check out our collection of tri wetsuits as well as other swimming accessories such as goggles and swim training aids. The swim is the first leg of a triathlon race and mastering it is the first step to crossing the finishline!


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