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  • Wetsuit & Speedsuit Rules

    In the recent years there have been several changes in wetsuit and speedsuit rules, and these days it is easy to confuse one governing body's rules with another. We at XTERRA Wetsuits pride ourselves on keeping our wetsuits and speedsuits up to date with current rules and rule changes on the horizon. Listed below are the wetsuit and speedsuit rules for several triathlon sanctioning bodies:


    World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) / Ironman

    World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series, have announced modifications to several rules and regulations relating to the swim at U.S. races. Effective September 1, 2010, new rules for apparel and wetsuits will apply at all Ironman and 70.3 events in the U.S., including both World Championships. The amendments were made to further standardize rules in the Ironman/70.3 Series and ensure a fair playing field at events around the globe.


    Wetsuit Policy:

    All XTERRA Wetsuits (depending on water temperature) are legal under WTC regulations.

    Effective September 1, 2010, for all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events:

    • Wetsuits cannot measure more than 5 millimeters thick. A standard variance will be allowed to account for seams and jersey material (non-buoyant).
    • Wetsuits are permitted if the water temperature is up to (and including) 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit (24.5 degrees Celsius) or colder.
    • Wetsuits will be prohibited in water temperatures greater than 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit (28.8 degrees Celsius).
    • Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures between 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit (24.5 degrees Celsius) and 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit (28.8 degrees Celsius)will not be eligible for awards, including World Championship slots.
    • Full wetsuits are permitted (arms and legs covered).
    • NOTE: Rohto Ironman 70.3 Hawaii is a non-wetsuit race.


    Speedsuit Policy:

    Only the XTERRA Velocity M Speedsuit is legal under WTC regulations.

    Effective September 1, 2010, the following guidelines will apply to swimwear/speedsuits in non-wetsuit swims:

    • Swimwear/speedsuits MUST be comprised of 100% textile material such as nylon or lycra and may not include rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene.
    • Swimwear/speedsuits may NOT cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or knees.
    • Swimwear/speedsuits may contain a zipper.
    • A race kit or trisuit may be worn underneath swimwear/speedsuits.

    For more information on the Ironman and 70.3 Series, visit www.ironman.com.

    For athlete inquiries, email: AthleteServices@ironman.com.



    USA Triathlon (USAT)


    Wetsuit Policy:

    All XTERRA Wetsuits are and will continue to be legal (depending on water temperature) under USAT regulations.

    Effective January 1, 2013, the following guidelines apply to wetsuits:

    • Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.
    • Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.
    • Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.


    Speedsuit Policy:

    All XTERRA Speedsuits (Velocity M, Velocity 0.02, and the Velocity ++) are currently legal and will continue to be legal after January 1, 2013 under USAT regulations

    For more information about USAT visit their site: http://www.usatriathlon.org or email:info@usatriathlon.org