I know the answer could depend on the weather that weekend but in previous years, what have people been more comfortable with at Eagleman, sleeveless or full-sleeved wetsuits?
I only have a sleeveless wetsuit so I'd like to know if it would be worth getting a full-sleeved wetsuit. I was a little cold in the sleeveless last September at the Nation's Tri, but that was in the fall.
The water is typically very warm by Eagleman. So you should be fine with a sleeveless wetsuit. Probably the best reason to use a full wetsuit is protection against the jellyfish and sea nettles!
I would be more concerned with the jellyfish since they were a bit plentiful last year ... more so during the practice day before but some during the race.
Temperature wise, I was comfy in my full batman suit.
Last year the water was quite warm - I didn't wear a wetsuit at all and was fine. So, I would wear a sleeveless unless we have more cool and/or rainy weather. You can always take both and get in the water on Saturday, see what it's like and decide then.
Thanks for the replies.
If the main concern is with jellyfish, then maybe I might look into those separate neoprene arm covers. Some people told me that they don't work as well as wearing a full wetsuit because some water will leak in through the arm holes, but they should offer protection against stray jellyfish.
Has anyone tried them out?
Come on, PotomacTriathlete2009, don't hate on the jellyfish. They're just floating along, minding their own business.
You definitely will be fine with a sleeveless wetsuit. Two years ago, I swam the race without a wetsuit because the air temps eventually reached the high 90s and I wanted to prevent myself from overheating (actually, I just delayed it). This past weekend I swam in the Kinetic Half with a sleeveless and I felt great with water temps in the low 70s. Then again, I have been swimming at Sandy Point with a full length suit 3-4 times already this year. Some have called me a polar bear for that.
Honestly, you'll be fine.