What is wetsuit legal for triathlon?

What is wetsuit legal for Ironman?

For a wetsuit to be legal to be worn in an Ironman event the following rules must be followed: Your wetsuit cannot cover your face, hands, or feet. The thickness of any portion of the wetsuit cannot exceed 5mm. Neoprene or any other booties are prohibited unless the water temperature is 18.3°C/65.0°F, or colder.

What is wetsuit legal?

The term “Wetsuit Legal” refers to whether or not athletes participating in a triathlon can wear a wetsuit during the swim portion of the triathlon race above a specified water temperature. Triathlon races will have a minimum water temperature that athletes will be allowed to wear a wetsuit.

What thickness wetsuit do I need for triathlon?

USAT, ITU and WTC (Ironman) have rules restricting the thickness of the wetsuit to no more than 5mm. Most brands will put the thickest rubber on the front torso and legs to give the heaviest areas of your body the most buoyancy. Thinner rubber (1.5-2mm) at the shoulders allows for greater flexibility and arm speed.

What type of wetsuit do I need for a triathlon?

A triathlon suit should fit like a second-skin; it shouldn’t be too loose or too tight and you should have a full range of motion in your shoulders. The three wetsuit qualities to pay attention to are buoyancy/flexibility, warmth, and hydrodynamics.

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Do I need a wetsuit for 70 degree water?

At 70 degrees, you don’t need a wetsuit.

Do I need a wetsuit for 60 degree water?

For this reason, you will need a wetsuit to surf in 60°F water, as we’ll look at in more detail in a section below in this article. If you don’t have a wetsuit, you will struggle to last more than about 15 minutes surfing in water of this temperature, and even then it won’t be very pleasant.

Can you swim in just a tri suit?

For open water swims, the use of a triathlon wetsuit is usually mandatory. Under the wetsuit you would wear the tri suit or tri top & shorts. You may also need a neoprene skull cap, a pair of swim gloves and pair of booties in really cold conditions.

Can you drown in a wetsuit?

Yes. Surfers, scuba divers, kayakers, etc. have all drowned while wearing wetsuits. It’d be very difficult to sink while wearing a wetsuit, so the potential to drown is much lower. Just beware that the wetsuit may make you feel constricted which can lead to panic.

Do professional triathletes wear wetsuits?

Professional triathletes are allowed to wear wetsuits in water temperatures up to 71.5F/21.9C. So, if you’re an age grouper, you can wear a wetsuit in water temps under 76.1F/24.5C. If the temperature is above that at the start of the race day swim, you will not be allowed to wear a wetsuit.

Do you have to wear a wetsuit in a triathlon?

The BTF suggest a wetsuit for all novice swimmers and Age-Groupers up to 22°C. So, in the UK the vast majority of open water swims and triathlon events will allow wetsuit use. In America, USAT guidelines state that you may wear a wetsuit if the water temperature is 78 (25.5°C) degrees or below.

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