Selecting a sleeveless wetsuit (also know as a longjohn) or a full-sleeve wetsuit will depend on a couple of factors. Arguments for opting for a sleeveless wetsuit would be: |
o The swimmer feels more flexibility in the shoulder area. Many swimmers feel restricted in full-sleeve triathlon wetsuits in the shoulder area. Sleeveless triathlon wetsuits will alleviate this feeling of restriction.
o Training and racing swims are in warm waters. Sleeveless triathlon wetsuits can minimize any feelings of overheating.
o For swimmers with short arms in proportion to their legs, the sleeves on a full-sleeve wetsuit may be too long resulting in excess space in the arms of the wetsuit. Consequently, the possibility of water pooling into the arms is more likely. If water does pool into the arms, any ballooning of water inside the arms can make it difficult to have a smooth stroke. For swimmers fitting this description, a sleeveless wetsuit can remedy this issue.
o Sleeveless wetsuits will be easier to take off when transitioning from the swim to bike.
Arguments for opting for a full-sleeve wetsuit would be:
o For swimmers who do not have feelings of restriction in the shoulder area, most top brand wetsuits are very technologically advanced and do a great job of making the neoprene thinner in the shoulder/underarm/latissimus dorsi area to aid with flexibility.
o Training and racing swims are in colder waters. Full-sleeve wetsuits will keep the body warmer in cold waters.
o Having full sleeves will result in less drag and a more hydrodynamic feel
In summary, a sleeveless triathlon wetsuit makes sense for the triathlete who is racing and training in warmer waters and who needs more flexibility in the shoulder area due to feelings of restriction when using a full-sleeve triathlon wetsuit. Also, a sleeveless wetsuit may be the answer for the swimmer who has shorter arms and can not find a full-sleeve wetsuit with short sleeves. On the contrary, a full-sleeve wetsuit is ideal for the triathlete who races and trains in predominantly colder waters and has no issues with flexibility. The final decision on whether to opt for a sleeveless or full-sleeve wetsuit is vital to the triathlete who continually strives for improvement. Making the right choice is critical and will improve the triathlete's chance of starting off the triathlon on a positive note.
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