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Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage?
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Just curious...

Has anyone tested using neoprene socks? are they legal?
Is there any speed advantage to be had?

Was just wondering if a 5 mm neoprene sock would add a fair bit of bouyancy just where a lot of triathletes need it most, to keep the feet/legs nice and high and stream lined.
It always seemed a bit silly that so many wetsuits seem to end mid calf and miss out on a whole lot of extra bouyancy.
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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [triguynz] [ In reply to ]
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I may be wrong...but I believe it is against the rules to use them
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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [triguynz] [ In reply to ]
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Do you really need extra bouyancy? Wouldn't a full sock impact your kick?
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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [triguynz] [ In reply to ]
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At Big Kahuna, tha water was 58 deg F and they were NOT allowed.

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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [Picasso_Bull] [ In reply to ]
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Kick??

Where meant to Kick?

Dammit that might be where i'm going wrong!!! Thanks


Seriously though I have a rather weak kick(no chance of losing any power there) but the effect on my stability is something I wondered about.
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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [triguynz] [ In reply to ]
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Seriously though I have a rather weak kick(no chance of losing any power there) but the effect on my stability is something I wondered about.
Smartass here again, if you're looking for stability, do you really want it in your feet/ankles? You probably want bouyancy in your thorax, not legs.
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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [docfuel] [ In reply to ]
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That probably answers my question thanks.

I guess I've never seen it stated clearly where a wetsuit ends and a flotation device starts.

I find the Ironman NZ rules funny in some ways (a pedantic funny):

"No fins, paddles, snorkels, flotation devices of any kind are permitted"

Then four lines later:
"Wetsuits are compulsory."

I always though the main reason we wore wetsuits is they are a "flotation device", guess I should stop being pedantic and go do some training :)
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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [triguynz] [ In reply to ]
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I do wonder about plastic bags. they might keep the feet from FREEZING and they don't float.

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Re: Neoprene Socks - Speed advantage? [triguynz] [ In reply to ]
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Not legal in Ironman races.
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