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fducoeur Rookie 1 posts since
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Jun 26, 2007 9:54 PM

Buying a wetsuit question

I'm going for my 2nd sprint this September and decided I should buy a wetsuit instead of renting one this time.  Any suggestions as to where I should look?  Don't want to spend a fortune.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  • Joe_h1 Community Moderator 1,833 posts since
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    1. Jun 27, 2007 7:40 AM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    check local tri shops and dive shops and try them on and see which brand fits you best. you can check ebay and craigslists for bargains. some online shops have deals like : http://goforitsports.com/shop/categories.asp?cat=198 but give your local guy a shot





    goals for 2011:

    break 19minutes for 5k

    break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic

    break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)

  • Illgooya Rookie 1 posts since
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    2. Jun 27, 2007 4:41 PM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    Wetsuits are for cheaters. Just like those pin heads that draft, A wetsuit has no place in triathlon. The real test is man/woman against the elements. If you don't like the water temp don't race. All a wetsuit does is make the swim portion of a race less a factor in the overall standings.

  • RunningGrrl Rookie 6 posts since
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    3. Jul 2, 2007 5:26 AM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    "Wetsuits are for cheaters. Just like those pin heads that draft, A wetsuit has no place in triathlon. The real test is man/woman against the elements. If you don't like the water temp don't race. All a wetsuit does is make the swim portion of a race less a factor in the overall standings."

     

    Are you kidding me? Wow, what a crazy person.

     

    I got my wetsuit at wetsuitsonsale.com. One key that I've found is to buy last year's model. Who cares if you're swimming in an 06 - or even earlier. Last year's model can be up to 50+% off!

  • bpd1965 Rookie 2 posts since
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    4. Jul 2, 2007 5:43 AM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    I got mine on E-bay. It is a Lamar that retails new for $499, but I got it for less than $150.

     

    Wetsuits are not for cheaters unless you are using it when the water temp is over 78 and then your time wouldn't count any way.

  • Joe_h1 Community Moderator 1,833 posts since
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    5. Jul 2, 2007 6:39 AM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    no wetsuits are legal if the water isn't too warm but I agree they make the swim easier. it must drive the fast swimmers nuts





    goals for 2011:

    break 19minutes for 5k

    break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic

    break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)

  • vmerrell Rookie 1 posts since
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    6. Jul 2, 2007 7:14 AM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    You can also check with wetsuitrental.com . They rent out wetsuits for cheap rates ($35 for a week), but they also sell the wetsuits at discounted rates. They carry a few different brands, like Xterra and Orca and some others. I bought an Xterra wetsuit that usually retails for $400 for $150, and it had only been rented out a few times. I was told the company is fairly new, so most of their wetsuits haven't been in circulation for very long. I don't know if that is true, though.

  • samdecker Rookie 3 posts since
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    7. Jul 2, 2007 8:22 AM (in response to fducoeur)
    Re: Buying a wetsuit question

    Illgooya - come up to mountains and race an Xterra tri - water temp may be 60 if it's been warm the last week or so...a mile swim in that water really wakes you up!!

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