For most of the water around here, I prefer sleeveless.<br><br>
However, I did do an OWS with a sleeveless and wish I had a long-sleeved wetsuit - the water temp was about 52 degrees and I never could get fully warmed up until the end.
Somebody did a study showing that long sleeves were actually faster than sleeveless. But if your suit chafes or you don't get good shoulder mobility, it doesnt matter. And the claustrophic thing is common for a lot of people.
I have a LS, but then again, my size my options are limited<br><br>
I should get a SS because then I could look buff like Sheldon. Oh wait, maybe like a buff stay-puff-michelin man <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">... nevermind. I'll go with LS - it makes me look smaller<br><img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
Yes, long sleeves are faster. Shoulder mobility is a matter of fit and putting it on right. I did get a little claustrophobic when I first wore a wet suit, but it seems like it is something you could get used to if you put your mind to it.<br><br>
I voted for both....<img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif"><br><br>
Sleeveless for my last two seasons. Just picked up a LS and a neoprene hood and a pair of swim socks since my A race next year consists of a rather icy plunge into San Francisco Bay.<br><br>
I'll still probably go for the sleeveless more often than not.
Good pickup - my sleeveless OWS took place at Aquatic Park, which is about a half-mile east of where you folks will be getting out of the water. And that took place in a protected cove of sorts to boot.<br><br>
I'm not keen on swimming in those cold bay waters sleeveless again, but unless I pick up a long-sleeve, I'll be braving it sometime next year in all likelihood.