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Sleeved versus sleeveless wetsuits for triathlon: which is best?

Wondering what are the advantages of a sleeved versus sleeveless wetsuit are? And whether is it ever worth wearing a shortie? We explain all

A sleeved wetsuit adds overall buoyancy and aids speed and warmth, while with a sleeveless it’s easier to find the best fit, to take off in transition and is less restrictive. But if you’re predominantly racing in the UK, a sleeved wetsuit would always be our choice for the added warmth factor. This summer proving the exception rather that the rule!

Shorty wetsuits have taken off in the swimrun market, providing warmth where it’s needed most and freedom of movement for the run portions.

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