Docks where the race starts
My original plan was just to rent a wetsuit for the day since buying a wetsuit isn't cheap.
But then I signed up for more races, like the Philly Tri in June, which is oftentimes wetsuit legal, and an open water training clinic also in May.
So that's at least two, possibly three, events where I knew I'd need a wetsuit.
Wetsuit rentals vary in price, but the average seemed to be around $60 per event.
Assuming I'd need the wetsuit for two of the events that would be about $120. Kind of pricey, but still cheaper than shelling out several hundred dollars for a wetsuit.
I was all set to just go the rental route, making sure I actually liked triathlons before I spent even more money on gear for races, but then I got a tip from a friend that a local bike store was getting out of the wetsuit rental business and was selling all its old rental suits for $75.
To me, that's a steal.
I called the store to find out if they still had any in my size and lucky for me they did. So I bought it.
So how do you decide when you should rent and when you should buy a wetsuit?
Consider renting if:
- You're new to the sport
- You're only signed up for one or two events
- You live in a warm area where most races aren't wetsuit legal, but a few early season ones might be
- You're planning to do lots of races
- You live in a cooler climate and will be dealing with lots of races in cold water
- You can find an awesome deal on a wetsuit that will save you a ton of money on rentals
Did you rent or buy a wetsuit for your first triathlon?