Triathlon wetsuits are manufactured for a high level of speed and flexibility. They are a performance product and are not indestructible.
STRESS AND/OR FINGERNAIL TEARS
Stress tears or "Fingernail tears" may or may not be caused by direct contact with fingernails. Fingernail and other minor tears from sharp objects are not a manufacturing defect. Minor tears like this will not affect the performance or integrity of the wetsuit if it has been repaired correctly.
Tears like this can be minimized by always using the pads of your fingers to put on a suit. Suits most commonly tear when pulled taught over the tip of the finger. It is also important never to pinch small folds of the suit and pull. The combination of the pulling and pinching can also cause the suit to tear. Make sure to grab large folds of the suit when pulling.
The good news about these tears is you can easily repair them at home with a few drops of glue and about 5 minutes of your time.
Note: Once dry, the repair can appear shiny and may have a raised area. This is normal, and will not affect the performance of your swim.
For all other repairs and customizations, you can contact a wetsuit repair company.
We have had success using JMJ based in California. (This company is not affiliated with XTERRA WETSUITS.)
JMJ Manufacture, Inc.