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Wetsuit or no wetsuit?

When should i not use a wetsuit for a race?
Is it water temp dependant or are there other factors to take into account?


  • hussler.hussler. Posts: 390
    water temperature dependant

    in the UK I would say you will never get the chance to do a race where wetsuit is optional....other than the actual Open Water swim only races. In triathlon you will always wear a wetsuit unless you race abroad.
  • transittransit Posts: 163
    Given the option, wear the wetsuit, for all but a few it will make you significantly quicker. The only time not to wear it is if they are banned for the event due to water temperature.

    I somehow managed to forget my wetsuit when I went to the lake the other day. Decided to go for a cold dip. Swimming with people who I'd normally be 10-15secs faster than over 100m, I was unable to keep up with them whilst I was sprinting and they were just warming up!!! - I was shocked....and cold!
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