Waffled and Wet -- Page Two

Triathlon Wetsuits
Plain and Fancy!!!

This page was last updated on: December 31st, 2005
     There are four wetsuits featured on this page.  Two of them have as their primary purpose the wear by long distance, open water swimmers.  So, when in use, almost no one gets to see them!  This has always seemed a serious usage defect to me, and one I'm bound to try correcting.   The single most appealing visual feature of triathlon suits is the total absence of fabric sections, I'm told because they allow more evaporative heat loss to the swimmer. Since the suits also have to fit very well to maximize the swimmer's efficiency, they also tend to more closely conform to a rubberman's anatomy, and that makes them feel great for hours of wear!
        Here's a second photo of my new Squirm Suit.  It was marketed as being for men who don't want to be swimming billboards, being as it is completely devoid of marking.   Feels nice, and it's warm, besides being roomy enough for most of my bulge experiments.
One-hand Rubber Salute?!
Four-handed Rubberman!         My new Squirm Suit has four hands!   Isn't that something?  The sun was just right the day I took these photos and the idea came upon that me suddenly!  My bulge was tastefully understated on this first wear occasion.
     The final image for now of the Squirm Suit, first edition.  Those are English make sandblaster's gloves, and my modified Power Force belt with leg straps providing bulge defiinition duty.   I'm guessing it was the Melon Igloo prducing that prodigious bulge:   I can just make out the end of its sheath. Squirming Rubberman
Harnessed Ironman        My second Triathlon suit was the Ironman.   It's aged rather gracefully, I believe:  The lettering faded soon after I bought it, and the logo is pretty neat.  Looks like a whole lotta harness goin' on!   What a coincidence -- those are Iron Age Boots I'm wearing!
        Same suit, different venue.  We're now on the deck in the early stages of populating my wader wall! Decked Ironman
Standing Ironman        The Ironman again, and despite all of that leather I am able to make a stand of it.   Nice, tasteful bulge from my Curved Uplifter JockUp.
       What, a collarless wetsuit?   I bought this suit knowing it was too small and as a sample had a few defects.   First thing I had to do, almost before wearing it, was remove the collar.   And something very unusual for me that perhaps the discerning viewer may notice. Tautskin Wetsuit
Polished Tautskin        Thinking to enhance the sheen of the new suit, which for obvious reasons I was calling taut skin, I smeared some lotion on it.   Alas, the camera reveals the areas I missed, doesn't it? The grey belt is German military surplus and the white shrimp boots were just the first thing I could find!
      I think it really looks better without the sheen!   The suit had such a snug and fragile feel that I was afraid to do much in the way of bulge development.  Of course, I'm never completely flat either, am I? Unsheened Tautskin
Tautskin Sheen Two         Well, this is a little better!  I guess the polish finally soaked in a little.   It is a beautifully simple little suit.  Shortly after these pictures were made, I took a swim while wearing the suit.   Alas, a seam parted, and it wasn't the one you're thinking!  Once I repair the torn leg seam, my intention is to cut a cod opening, to allow wearing the suit as an undergarment for extended periods.
      The Beuchat is a swimming system, consisting not only of this suit, but a sleeveless hood.   You'll see me on a lot of cold days swimming with both pieces, but indoors, I usually skip the hood!
     Here's a bonus photo of the Beuchat.   The occasion was the recent completion of repainting my deck:  The waders re-hanging ceremony was soon to be conducted, I'm told.   The Beuchat is the lightest weight neoprene wetsuit I own:  I believe they say it's 2 mm thick, which probably helps it really let the knuckles of my JockUp show clearly. Another thing that adds to its character is the use of through the rubber stiching on the seams, instead of the more common blindstitching.
      We're come one-third of the way now!   Here's the link to Waffled, Page Three . . . .  Enjoy!
Farmer John Triathlete, this way!!
Beuchat on the Stairs
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