Steamers/wetsuits for swimming laps?

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    Apr 27, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
    Hello swimmers of RJ,

    Wondering if any of you have any advice on wetsuits for swimming laps? Would a regular wetsuit (e.g. brands that are used for surfing) be ok, or are there any significant differences?

    Winter is en route here in Sydney and I'm keen to make 2014 the first year I manage to maintain regular swimming throughout the colder months. The pool I swim at is an outdoor ocean water pool and so is not heated. Temperatures during our winter are relatively mild, but the water drops down to about 13-16'C (55-59 F). Some people don't seem to care about that, but I know I'll struggle to motivate myself once it dips below about 18'C!

    At this temperature range, I'm also wondering whether a spring suit is sufficient?
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    Apr 27, 2014 2:33 PM GMT


    Just recreational swimming here, and not in the last year, lol.

    BUT...here's a site that explains differences in wetsuits, and it recommends a triathlon suit for flexibility etc unlike suits used just for surfing. (if you scroll down the site page there's a vid where a fellow explains thickness etc.)

    http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuitinfo/index.php/wetsuit-faqs/recreational-swimming-wetsuits/


    Cheers!
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    Apr 27, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    I am lucky enough to enjoy our warm winter waters of our beautiful Coral Sea in North Queensland or the mild waters of Florida's Gulf of Mexico .
    Coming back to the suit , i never fancied swimming with one , they feel incomfortable to me . Now that said , my experiences were with a surfer type suit , i have heard true made swimmer suits are loved by professional swimmer athletes ..
    Give a try to both , and see which one you fancy most .
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 27, 2014 5:02 PM GMT
    Definitely check out triathlon wetsuits. They've come a long way over the past few years and are very flexible and have variations in the thickness of the neoprene to allow for maximum mobility.

    Check out 2xu, Orca, Zoot and Zone 3. I have a Zone 3 wetsuit and it's awesome. I never use it for lap swimming (no need to, since I train in heated pools), but it's great for cold water open water swims.
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    Apr 27, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    I'm going to need one as well, because the water is usually very cold for my event. I was planning to rent a wetsuit, since I don't have any immediate plans to do open water swimming afterward.

    NOt helpful for Australia, but triwetsuitrentals.com gives a long rental period for $45 + shipping, which seems like a good deal. I like that they ask where you carry your weight in the rental form because I have heavy legs.

    But I'm inclined to go to our local Sports Basement because then I could actually try on the suit before committing to it and get some additional advice about type of suit.
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    Apr 28, 2014 1:36 AM GMT
    Thanks all. Will definitely look into the tri wetsuits.

    I suppose the other alternative is to switch to an indoor/heated pool. Though I really prefer ocean water pools, and part of what I love so much about swimming is being outdoors with a beautiful view..