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Discussion: full or sleeveless??

Subject: full or sleeveless??

By: joy t.

Written on: Friday April 27, 2012

Message: Okay Tri experts...what are the pro's and con's regarding a full wetuit or a sleeveless? As a newbie, never having worn a wetsuit and probably participating in 3 or 4 lake swim sprints a year (late May to September swim season) It's a big purchase for me.... Lil help anybody......

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: John D .

Written on: Saturday April 28, 2012

Message: I prefer full suit...

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Saturday April 28, 2012

Message: I like full here in cool Colorado.
Have not tried sleeveless.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Saturday April 28, 2012

Message:
Temperature is probably the main consideration. Below 70 I will always wear full. But it's also important that your shoulders have very good movement in a full suit and you don't feel restricted because that will tire you more. In general a more expensive full suit will have less restrictive shoulders (more sections of material etc) so it can be worth investing more money in a full. With a sleeveless you can get away with a cheaper suit but it must still fit well. I prefer sleeveless but have just bought a more expensive full that I hope will give me the shoulder freedom my previous full suit lacked.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: joy t.

Written on: Saturday April 28, 2012

Message: Good feedback..I also heard it increases speed and bouyancy.
I did 2 sprints last year at end of summer w/warmer water temps, I'm doing one in June and September this year and here in Massachusetts whereit's NOT warm. Yeah not a fan of cold and slow.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Teri d.

Written on: Monday April 30, 2012

Message: I have two suits, one full and one sleeveless. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have the same season as you. I wear the full sleeve for early season and late season or colder waters. The sleeveless does well for mid July to September. So, there is no one style does it all. Between the two, I would choose the full sleeve.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: I have both and don't use either except to wear to costume parties :)

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Teri d.

Written on: Tuesday May 01, 2012

Message: Suzanne, the Florida girl. Come north and you'll use yours year round.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Wednesday May 02, 2012

Message: Yea, I'm sure!! The only time I have worn them is for destination races. I haven't even raced in the sleeveless yet - soon!!

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Paul B.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: Suzanne only uses hers for Ontri pics! LOL!

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: I've seen similar suits at parties in my younger/unmarried days, but I think that those costumes were latex.
Suzanne needs to enter a northern race that does not cancel the swim. Those full suits are fricken fast. Not as fast as the girls that wear latex suits, but now days more importantly, fast in the water.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Roland G.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: IMHO, it depends on water & air temperatures... for me, water temp. above 70degreesF, I'd go sleeveless unless the air is 10degreesF colder than the water, in case I would use sleeved.

As far as performance is concerned, I believe it is a matter of comfort... if you are comfortable, you will perform better. Everyone is different... I have heard that if you are a swimmer, or come from a swimming background, then you may opt for sleeveless, when it pertains to performance.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless or... crotchless? wait.. what?

By: Michael P.

Written on: Thursday May 03, 2012

Message: Joy,

I think if you can handle the cold temperature in a sleeveless, go sleeveless and try to enter local races in the hottest months. Sleeveless is way more comfortable. In all reality, you'll probably opt for the full sleeve because water's cold up here. If you get a full sleeve, and you enter a destination race with warmer water (but under 70 degrees), you can always rent a sleeveless if you were so curious to know and feel the difference.

They don't ever come in crotchless despite what Ronald might think. So no matter what you're SOL with that particular option.

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: joy t.

Written on: Saturday May 05, 2012

Message: Ok, took the "plunge" and found a new, last years blue seventy reaction full sleeve for a great price! I have a mid May and a September Tri I'd like to do in Massachusetts so I went w/full. Crotchless is tempting to reduce trips to portapotty but .....

Subject: RE: full or sleeveless??

By: Greg C.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: It's like boxers v briefs...temp and comfort level. What works one day may not the next. 'Specially in Massachusetts. Wait...Are we getting back to crotcholla discourse?

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