Saturday, July 25, 2009

Triathlon Wetsuits: A Primer

Here's short guide on triathlon wetsuits. I just want to qualify that I'm not a pro on triathlon wetsuits in the sense that I don't make them. My experience comes from swimming in them and selling them for years.

Features - Triathlon wetsuits have some or all of the following features. Generally when you pay more you get more but that's not always the case.

- Catch panels in the arms - To some degree or another most triathlon wetsuits build in a material or special construction that increases the amount of water you can pull on the catch phase of your swim stroke.
- Slick coating - The surface of many triathlon wetsuits including mid to high end suits have a special coating that makes you move faster through the water. This is a benefit for all swimmer because it makes it easier to swim thus saves energy and effort.
- Special Cut - Triathlon wetsuits are constructed to take into consideration proper swimming form. This like all other features focuses on supporting a more efficient swimming technique.
- Special Materials - You'll see many different types of textures and materials in tri wetsuits. All of these materials serve different specific purposes with the broad purpose of making it easier to swim.
- Tighter fit - important because less water in the suit mean dragging less water which leads again means less effort.
- New Technologies - The highest end triathlon wetsuits offer special technologies that you won't find anywhere else in wetsuit construction. Most of these are dramatic and visually obvious features. The best way to describe some of these features is to provide links to some suits which offer these technologies. Just one look and you'll see why they are different.

Beginner - Here are some notes and resources for beginners looking to buy a triathlon wetsuit.

- A triathlon wetsuit is designed for surface swimming. Unlike surfing and diving wetsuits which have considerations for warmth. Most performance triathlon brands only focus on buoyancy and flexibility. These considerations make swimming more efficient, easy, and fast. This is important for triathletes who need to do a bike and run right after.
- Entry wetsuits start in the $200 range for full sleeve triathlon wetsuits. Sleeveless wetsuits start below $200.
- With $200 entry level wetsuits as compared to wetsuits $300 and up there are compromises in what you are getting. In many cases you aren't getting the "standard" high quality manufactured rubber that offer greater flexibility and buoyancy.
- At the lower price point manufacturers build in a triathlon cut and still try to offer a few features only found in tri wetsuits. Again the trade off is that manufacturers generally have to substitute brand name neoprene for generic neoprene and this is a concern because much of the flexibility and buoyancy comes from the high quality materials.
- Triathlon Wetsuit Buying Guide
- Triathlon Wetsuits at

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Local Triathlon Wetsuit Rental has brand new 2009 triathlon wetsuits for rent.

For people in remote areas of the country check out the website because ships triathlon wetsuit rentals.

If you'd like to rent a wetsuit for any of the following races consider because of it selection, new wetsuits, and locality.

Newport Beach Triathlon
Long Beach Triathlon
Orange County Triathlon
CSULB Triathlon
Los Angeles Triathlon Series And Tri Express #3
Redondo Beach Triahtlon
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon

Currently Available for men and women:

Zoot Sports Men's Synergy WetZoot 2009 - Click on the image or link for a description of the rental program. The Zoot Synergy wetsuit is a premium wetsuit that is being rented at an entry level price. You get more bang for your buck when you rent the Zoot Synergy triathlon wetsuit.

Zoot Sports Women's Synergy WetZoot 2009 - Click on the image or link for a description of the rental program. Since the Zoot Synergy wetsuit is a middle to high end triathlon wetsuit it provides more flexibility and buoyancy than some other beginner level wetsuits. So if you are a beginner you can get the added benefit without spending more.

UPDATE 08/01/09: Blue Seventy Wetsuits are available for rental.

Our click here for all triathlon wetsuits available for rent at is located in Santa Ana, CA. So anybody in the surrounding cities or Orange County can go by to try on a wetsuit for sizing.

I'm going to list a bunch of local cities nearby so it makes it easier for those looking for a rental wetsuit to find this resource. Please bear with me. Here goes:
Tustin, Irvine, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Placentia, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, La Habra, Pomona, etc... there are tons more cities that I can reach out to but I think this is a sufficient list. We strive to offer the largest selection and best service in the nation so being a local resource is a great benefit to any triathlete nearby.

Disclaimer: As always, if you didn't already know, I work for