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Triathlon Wetsuits Overview

Triathlon or open water swimming wetsuits are designed to enhance buoyancy, reduce surface friction, and maintain body heat while providing a high degree of flexibility and comfort. Manufacturers accomplish this by using different types and thickness neoprene rubbers strategically placed throughout the suit, and coating the external surface area with low friction coatings.
The two most common designs of triathlon wetsuits are the Fullsleeve one piece version (long sleeves and long legs) and the Sleeveless one piece version (shorts sleeves and long legs). Less common designs are Short Johns (short sleeves and short legs) and two piece versions for which the top and bottom are separate pieces. See related article comparing Fullsleeve and Sleeveless wetsuits.Read Full Article

Sleeveless Versus Fullsleeve Triathlon Wetsuits

Deciding between a Sleeveless Triathlon Wetsuit and a Fullsleeve Triathlon Wetsuit is one of the first decisions a triathlete must make when shopping for a tri wetsuit. The primary factors to consider are water temperature, intended use, budget and fit.Read Full Article

Triathlon Checklist - Do I Have Everything I Need For Race Day?

In response to the beginner triathlete's broad question (we do get some variation of this question almost daily), "What will I need to compete in my first triathlon?", we recommend taking the simplistic view and breaking down the triathlon into the 3 disciplines of swim, bike and run. Under each discipline, the beginner triathlete will require items to compete, and some items may be optional. Below, we have broken down the race into the disciplines of swim, bike and run as well as a separate section for transition.Read Full Article

Triathlon Shorts - A Buyer's Guide

When selecting triathlon shorts, one must consider which tri short qualities will be most beneficial to his or her needs. Among the attributes that one must consider are inseam length, chamois padding, number of pockets, leg gripper type, compression properties and fabric.Read Full Article

Choosing the Right Transition Bag

Selecting a triathlon transition gear bag can be a daunting task for the beginner triathlete as well as for the seasoned veteran of the triathlon world. Like with any dilemma, the triathlete must ask him or herself what he or she needs from the new triathlon transition gear bag.Read Full Article

Tips/Gear for a Seamless Transition on Raceday

When training for a triathlon, you typically focus on swimming, biking, and running as much as you can. As raceday approaches, it's important to start thinking about your plan for transitioning between each discipline. Long before you arrive at the race venue, there are actions you can take and gear you can pack to ensure you have as seamless of a transition as possible. By preparing in advance, you can avoid chaos and spend as little time in between the swim and the bike (also called Transition 1) and the bike and the run (Transition 2) as possible.Read Full Article

Compression Apparel - A Buyer's Guide

In sport, compression apparel is clothing designed to stabilize muscles for more effective performance, and to delay the build up of lactic acid in the muscles to aid in recovery. While originally designed to treat those with vascular problems (mainly in those who are bedridden or otherwise immobile) and disorders that involve swelling, healthy athletes also use compression gear because the specific, powerful fabrics are said to aid in recovery or performance.Read Full Article

Pros and Cons of Using a One-Piece Triathlon Suit

For triathletes, “what to wear” is an age-old concern. A tri suit, worn during all three legs of a triathlon, is a key item you’ll need for raceday. You have two basic options when it comes to tri suits and one of the most common questions for those searching for gear is: “one-piece or two-piece tri suit?”.Read Full Article

Unique Characteristics of Triathlon Running Shoes

If you’re a triathlete, you might think the run is one leg you don’t really have to think about. You throw on your shoes and go, right? Not so fast. When transitioning from the bike to the run, the main goal is to put on your shoes and get out to the last part of the course as quickly as possible. Finding a quality pair of triathlon-specific running shoes can make a huge difference when it comes to speed and overall comfort.Read Full Article

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