noun - Neoprene is the DuPont trade name for its brand of polychloroprene. Neoprene or polychloroprene is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. Neoprene in general has good chemical stability, and maintains flexibility over a wide temperature range. It is used in a wide variety of applications, such as laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces (wrist, knee, etc.), electrical insulation, liquid and sheet applied elastomeric membranes or flashings, and wetsuits
and tech suits
used in the swimming, scuba diving, surfing and triathlon
USA Triathlon Rules
USA Triathlon has the following rules related to Wetsuits:
- competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78°F (25.5°C) or lower
- if the water temperature is between 78.1°F (25.6°C) - 83.9°F (25.8°C) degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards
- if the water temperature is 84°F (28.88°C) or above, participants may not wear wetsuits
World Triathlon Corporation Rules
All Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corporation abide by the following wetsuit rules:
- 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°F (24.5°C) or colder.
- Wetsuits will be prohibited in water temperatures greater than 83.8°F (28.8°C).
- Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures between 76.1°F - 83.8°F (24.5°C - 28.8°C) will not be eligible for awards, including World Championship slots.
- Full wetsuits are permitted (arms and legs covered)