Tri Suits and Wetsuits

Triathlon Event  What’s the advantage of using a wetsuit rather than a tri-suit?

Todd from Tennessee

Triathlon Event  Hi Todd,
Thank you for contacting!

The question should be, should I wear a tri suit or a swim suit, not a tri suit or a wet suit.

Tri Suit:

A tri suit is a piece of clothing that is worn for an entire triathlon, from start to finish, and you don’t need to wear a swim suit, cycling gear or running gear unless you’d like to add some extra gear for the bike and run


The wetsuit is purely to add warmth and buoyancy during the swim. You would wear this article of clothing over a swim suit or a tri suit and take it off during T1.

So the layering would look like this:

We have a section on to guide our readers on “What to Wear During a Triathlon”. Check it out and let us know if you have any other questions.

Be well.
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