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mkelber
May 8th, 2011, 09:59 PM
I am a novice to open water swimming. Any helpful hints on a first wet suit? What about the sites that rent wetsuits? Any help would be appreciated.

Zurn
May 9th, 2011, 01:56 AM
Since you are down in Oregon, check out Promotion in Hood River. Their customer service is top notch and they will help you to figure out what size you need if you give them a call. I ordered an AfterBurner from them and had it ship to me and it was a bit big. They told me to wear it for a few swims and them send it back if it wasn't right. I tried it twice and send it back for the next size down and it fit like a glove. I was very, very happy with the customer service and the quality of the suit is top notch. I was also told they rent suits in the store and have a "used" rack that is very affordable. I will defiantly be going back to them when I need a new one. Here’s their site:

http://www.wetsuit.com/ (http://www.wetsuit.com/)

Here’s the suit I got. I think I got it on clearance for $239 but I think the design has changed a bit, the logo is different. I got mine two years ago. Even at $299 it’s still worth a look.
http://stores.wetsuit.com/-strse-10/Men%27s-After-Burner-Fullsuit/Detail.bok (http://stores.wetsuit.com/-strse-10/Men%27s-After-Burner-Fullsuit/Detail.bok)

orca1946
May 9th, 2011, 02:45 PM
You must try them on for a fit that is you.

E=H2O
May 9th, 2011, 05:46 PM
You must try them on for a fit that is you.

I agree. the best wetsuit is the one that fits you the best and does not interfere with your stroke. That being said, I am a big fan of Xterra. I own a top of the line full suit and sleeveless that I bought at a substantial discount. They are always having sales and there are discount codes you can find very readily. They have great customer service and return policy so long as you don't damage the suit while trying it on.

E=H2O
May 11th, 2011, 11:54 AM
If you are considering Xterra wetsuits they have a sale going with up to 50% off.

"XTERRA WETSUITS triathlon wetsuit sale - Use the code RACE to get up to 53% off your triathlon wetsuit. Purchase a Vortex 3 Fullsuit for only $189 (Reg $400) or a Vortex 3 Sleeveless for $169 (Reg $300) and receive free FedEx ground shipping within the continental U.S. for orders $149 and above. Offer ends May 29, 2011."

http://www.xterrawetsuits.com/RACE/?region=us&utm_source=streamsend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13904471&utm_campaign=It%27s%20Your%20Race%20-%20Enjoy%20Free%20Shipping%20and%2053%25%20off

G_Swim
May 11th, 2011, 03:01 PM
I got my wetsuit on one of those sales from XTerra for somewhere around $150 and am more than satisfied with it. I've had it almost three years and while I don't use it that often, I have found it bouyant, fast and warm when I do use it. If you plan to use a wetsuit more than a few times, I would recommend buying one of those rather than trying to rent.