Triathlon Wetsuit Care
Winter may not be here right now, but it’s just around the corner. It’s that time in the year when you hang up your trisuit for another season. Maybe you haven’t even thought about triathlon wetsuit care and have already rolled up your tri wetty and stuffed it at the bottom of your kit bag.
This is the time of year to thoroughly check your triathlon wetsuit over and get any finger-nail cuts and any problems with the seams or zip sorted out. Get the finger-nail cuts fixed now and if there are other problems with your triathlon wetsuit, get them looked into now!
Winter triathlon wetsuit care now, saves you the stress, and anxiety of rushing around and trying to get your triathlon wetsuit repaired the day before your first race next spring.
Winter Triathlon Wetsuit Care – What You Need To Do
Check your wetsuit out thoroughly both inside and out. On the outside, check for finger-nail cuts and other nicks in the smooth skin surface. On the inside, check all the seams and stitching over carefully.
If there are problems with your triathlon wetsuit, take it back to where you bought the wetsuit. You did buy your wetsuit from a reputable triathlon shop or wetsuit retailer, right? The dealer should be able to help you out as a first step.
If the wetsuit is still under warranty, check to make sure whatever the problem is, is or is not a warranty issue (finger-nail cuts and misuse are not covered under warranty).
Next step is getting the repairs done. Either the shop can help you, or they may direct you to a local dive or surf shop that does wetsuit repairs. Get the repairs done now! Only attempt self-repairing the suit – typically finger-nail cuts, if you absolutely know what you are doing. If your triathlon wetsuit is covered by warranty, the suit may need to be shipped back to the manufacturer – which will take some time. However, better to get this all done now when you have the time! You will now be ready for that first race next spring or that first open water swim and not all in a mad panic.
Triathlon Wetsuit Winter Storage
As for storage: If you have not done so already, give your wetsuit a good rinsing with fresh cold water (check out our post on wetsuit care for details on how to clean and hang your wetsuit properly), and then let it hang up to dry – inside out. Once dry turn it right side out again and then hang it up – in a cool dry place for the winter. You can also lay it flat on the floor, i.e under a bed – but if you have small pets (dogs or cats) Bodyline Wetsuits would not recommend this.