FIT IS VITAL
When choosing a wetsuit it is important that the fit is correct to your body size. Make sure the wetsuit is comfortable between your crotch and shoulders, fit will around the neck and not restrict your movement – this is to ensure your wetsuit performs effectively. Attention should be paid to the brand sizing and fitting guidelines, this is to match the right size with the individual’s body shape and what they want from the wetsuit. As a general rule, if you are between sizes, going for the larger size would be better for comfort and the smaller size would be better for all out race performance.
TRIATHLON SPECIFIC WETSUITS COME IN THREE MAIN CUTS:
Full cut – This cut has a full body covering (expect for hands, feet and head). Although the most buoyant cut of wet suit, it can be the most restrictive as material covers most of the body.
Sleeveless – As the name suggests, this cut of wetsuit is a full cut wetsuit without the arms. This cut can be preferable as it still provides the buoyancy in the leg area, however it frees the shoulders up for optimum movement.
Short Cut – This cut is the most minimal cut of wet suit, having no sleeves and short legs. Most movement can be had out of this cut, however, be aware that it also provides the least buoyancy. Another aspect to consider is that a short cut wetsuit can be the easiest to get out of in the transition between the swim and the bike (T1).