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!

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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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