I'm looking to compete in my first triathlon which will be a Sprint Distance, but plan on taking it the full distance in another year. I'm looking for any and all suggestions on where I can purchase a wetsuit, and what brands swimmers have found served them best. *Web links would be appreciated*
-I'm 6'5 210 lbs
-Live and would do almost all of my training in Northern Florida
-I'm a strong swimmer, but don't float at all and would be looking for something that provided me with as much buoyancy as possible.
You'll find two links on this active.com thread: http://community.active.com/message/485088#485088
I thought these notes on wetsuits were helpful. http://www.laurenwu.com/fitness/wetsuit101.html
There are some links to wetsuit brands in this article. http://www.all3sports.com/info_pages.php?pages_id=16
My husband has an Orca. I have an Ironman brand wetsuit. We tried on a ton of brands and styles. The fit and style is your choice. After trying on so many suits, I knew when I zipped up, that I found the best fit. Then, after swimming in it, I knew for sure, it worked for me.
And about.com has another review of wetsuits here. http://swimming.about.com/cs/toppicks/l/bl_wetsuit_pick.htm
We shopped in Wisconsin/Illinois. I'm sure Florida has many dealers/shops with places to test them out.
Have fun shopping,
Sara Cox Landolt
This is what I did. I called Xterra Wetsuits and talked to them about what I needed. They set me up with the perfect suit and even gave me a discount! I would defenatly give them a call.
I just bought my first wetsuit, an Orca. It was normally 539 bucks, but since it was a clearance of last years, I got 40% off, of which still made me walk out like a wounded animal I've heard a few people on different threads put up links, but I'm not so sure that I would like to purchase one online. Wetsuits are not easy to get on, and a good one I heard should take a few minutes up to 5 minutes (coming from a guy who won the Ironman Canada twice - not a schlepp off the street). So its not like ordering a large or medium shirt where there is room for error. It would probably be analagous to ordering your fiances ring online and thinking it will fit exactly to her liking. Hopefully, you'll never put yourself in that situation to begin with
All kidding aside, I tried on three and chose the one that seemed to fit best. Personally, I'm glad I had choices to try on. I would check out the online stores for prices and also check locally at a tri store, or one that has them and see what fits best. Blueseventy and Orca seem popular. Also, if you plan on taking this up a notck as it appears, you may want to just bite the bullet and get a good one. And make sure you don't plan on bulking up if you are a weight lifter, or if for whatever reason your weight may change as they don't allow for a whole lot of change there. The guy gave me a 10 pound window. Hope this helps in some way.