I'm curious about how difficult it is getting this off and on. I would probably also use this for a triathlon, as well as diving, and wondered if it would be easy to take off in a race? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
I don't know how this suit compares to others for ease of removal.It's definatly quicker to take off than put on. It's pretty bulky which is just fine for spearfishing around jetty rocks. Great suit for the price.
Too heavy for racing. You would overheat. I have been swimming in ocean races for over 30m years with and without wetsuits. Great suit for diving.
It is a great wet suite but is a bit of a struggle to get on and off, most wet suite are though
7 mm is great for diving. Micht be a little balky getting it off for a tri. They come off by peeling inside out.
Hi Eric the Neo Sport products I purchased are great. For me the Johns slips on easy and even wet they slide off easy. That is unlike other wetsuit I own that I have to fight to get on and even worse to get off. The johns are worm and comfortable the jacket is a little loose fitting for me, I probably need a smaller size.
For a young and athletic guy getting out of the wetsuit should not be that much of a problem, however it is not an entirely "speedy" affair so if seconds count this one may not be the right choice.
It is also not designed for speed and low water resistance. There is also no zipper at the ankle and I would expect that to be imperative when shedding during races unless you are wearing a high stretch type of fabric.
We use these wetsuits for cold water marine construction work. They are thick, durable and good for medium/cold water heavy construction work and some personal protection as well. But I cannot imagine that one would ever race in this type of wetsuit.
Usually racers would be using something very pliable and elastic like "Sharkskin" or similar that would really go on and come off quickly and due to its additional stretch properties much more easily, and would provide easier full-range movement during paddling and swimming. This wetsuit can be somewhat restricting due to its thickness and component design.
For general diving where full range repetitive motion is not required (such as an overhand free-stroke like when swimming does) this suit is very good and would provide some extra protection during wreck and restricted or blackwater search dives or where corals, sharp debris, and sharp tree limbs might inflict injury to the diver.
The suit is good for long term exposure in water from 60-45F degrees, but better in the warmer end of that scale unless you keep moving - like during construction work!
For the triathlete I would go another direction because this suit will tire you. For the recreational diver or underwater search and rescue, and somewhat cold water diving, its perfect for the investment.
We purchase large lots of these Cold Water Wetsuit Packages almost every other year or so, and they have been great. Our workers really like them even going so far as to purchasing extras for their own use.
Waterside Construction Dave
I have the full suit and love it for diving in colder water
I have never done a triathlon but unless it was cold water
it would seem to me that 7mm may be too heavy
It will also take a little longer to put on and remove then
a thinner suit
in diving you want a snug fit to reduce the amount of water circulating-in a triathlon your looking for thermal protection-the water flow is less of an issue. try it on -if you have a little room it should be easier to get off -when using it for diving add layers inside-chicken vest or some insulated wear