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Ok .. I'm going to buy some bouyancy on Friday (wetsuit shopping) and could use a few pointers.<br><br>
- what brands should I target?<br>
- sleeves vs. sleeveless?<br>
- how much should I expect to spend?<br>
- does the weight (thickness) vary?<br><br>
I live in upstate NY, so the water is quite cool most of the year and downright cold (lake George) where I plan to do at least one Tri this year.<br><br>
I'll be shopping in Lake Placid, so if anyone is familiar with shops in that area, pls make recommendations. Before shopping, I plan to ride the IM course (one lap ... ~50mi) and maybe take the wetsuit for a test swim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Wetsuits are like running shoes. What brand fits you may not fit your friend.<br><br>
Buy the suit that fits. All the major brands work fine, depending on your body shape.<br><br>
Full sleeve is faster than sleeveless if you put it on right. If you put it on wrong, it will feel tight in the shoulders and you will feel like you have more shoulder mobility in sleeveless.<br><br>
On land getting into a suit feels tight and hot. Once you get in the water, the suit loosens up. So it should feel a bit tight on land. If it feels comfortable on land, it will be too loose in the water.<br><br>
Some suits are tighter around the neck than others. Some people feel claustraphobic when this happens. Doesnt bother me, but some people like lower cut necks.<br><br>
You will sweat a lot trying on wet suits on land.<br><br>
You will want body glide to put around your neck to prevent chafing, when you swim. Think turning your neck to breathe every 3 meters for 4000 meters.<br><br>
Body glide on the calves and wrists can make the suit easier to get off in transition.<br><br>
If you are gonna swim in cold water a lot, booties and hood can be nice, but for racing, the temps have to be in a certain zone for them to be legal. But for training its nice to not have ice cream headaches and numb feet.<br><br>
Many suits will be 3-5 mm in thickness. Thicker on the parts that you want to float, thinner elsewhere.<br><br>
Real common to get fingernail cuts just pulling the suit on and off, even if you are careful. Sometimes more expensive suits tear less. They will all float you the same and give you the same warmth. More money will not buy you more warmth or bouyancy. It will buy you more durability, and if you are super fast swimmer now the more expensive rubber may help with a few seconds per hundred. If you are a middle of the pack or slower swimmer, the extra money for the more slippery rubber wont really help from what I have been told.
 

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Thanks for the great feedback! Lots of considerations and I guess I just need to try on a sample from the major brands to get fair comparisons. I'll definately plan on spending the extra time. LP is about 2 hours away which will make for a huge pain if i need to return a suit.
 

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Good luck finding one spin, let us know how it goes. I'm also located about a gazillion miles from any tri shop, but would love to invest in a wetsuit soon.
 

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Mission success! I went to LP and rode one loop of the IMLP course (first time)... wow, it was a bit more than I had expected. I really didn't have many long rides in up to this point, so I was hurting pretty good when we finished. Anyway, it was an awesome ride! can't wait to do it again.<br><br>
Wetsuit shopping went well. Thanks again for the advice, I felt a bit more confident knowing what to look for and the folks at the shops gave advice that was in line. I decided to go with a 2XU that was high level entry/low level mid ... better fit and better quality neoprene and construction. You need to try on several suits by different makers and different price points go get an appreciation. I was really considering a lower level model from nineteen that had thicker neoprene (typical with lower end/lower quality models) for the added bouyancy. But ultimately decided to go with the 2XU based on comfort and quality of construction.<br><br>
Here is a video i just found that would have been helpful to have watched BEFORE i tried on 7 different wetsuits!! Another important fact is to wear your tri-gear under it while trying on as there is zero room for loose/baggy clothing.<br><br><a href="http://www.all3sports.com/info_pages.php?pages_id=22&tv_id=15" target="_blank">http://www.all3sports.com/info_pages...id=22&tv_id=15</a><br><br>
After the purchase, I kept the suit on and walked one block for a quick swim in Mirror lake ... daaaaaaam cold! But had fun.
 

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How cold is mirror lake? Most BEAUTIFUL swim of any of the Ironman races I did!<br><br>
Just think...at IMLP you get to do the course TWICE!!!!!!!!! ZOINKS!
 

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I meant ZOINKS for twice on the bike course!
 
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