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WetsuitRental.com was founded in 2006 by Jim McCann. Then-president of the country's largest and most successful triathlon club, the San Diego Tri Club, Jim was witness to a surge in the popularity of triathlons as everyday folks turned to the sport as a vehicle for improving their health and well-being.
With the growing interest in triathlon, Jim recognized a consistent hurdle for folks willing to try their hand at this daunting sport..."After seeing thousands of new triathletes start in the club, I realized it was a good thing when a new triathlete wore a wetsuit in open water. Prior to becoming the club president, I ran the club races for three years. If I could just get a wetsuit on all the new triathletes for their first race, I wouldn't have to worry about one thing -- they couldn't sink! The warmth the wetsuit provides from the cold water also cuts down on people hyperventilating the first hundred yards or so.
The main issue which prevents people from wearing a wetsuit is the cost of a new wetsuit and the lack of rental options. New wetsuits start at about $189 and go up to $599. For the new triathlete who doesn't know for sure if this sport is for them, it's hard to justify spending that kind of money for a piece of equipment they might only use once. So for little money, you can rent a wetsuit that will fit you properly. You might even enjoy your swim and go on and have a great time in your race. So that's how the WetsuitRental.com started, trying to fill the need of those new to our sport that could benefit from a expensive piece of equipment." And the online triathlon wetsuit rental industry was born.
Jim McCann, our beloved founder, husband, brother and friend to the triathlon community, passed away during our first year of operation. During the initial week or so of shock and grief, business took a back seat and we let some customers down. And that’s when we learned the true strength and value of the triathlon community…
With very few exceptions, customers, race directors, wetsuit manufacturers, and competitors reached out with everything from basic forgiveness for our temporary failings to delaying terms on invoices to one race director who actually tore up a dozen certificates for free wetsuits so he wouldn’t have to bother us during the aftermath of our personal tragedy.
And we got it. We truly understood Jim’s passion for and dedication to the triathlon world. Yes, it’s a sport, but that sport has spawned a community of people who work closely together to further something as simple as the health and well being of its members new and old. It’s a world where competitors are the best of friends – on the course and in business. And we’re proud and humbled to be a part of it.
You won’t see any big splashy ads featuring Wetsuit Rental. Why? Well… they’re really expensive! And besides, word-of-mouth advertising has done wonders for our business. Our customers are coming back and bringing friends (and thanks by the way). In 6 years, we’ve worked out a lot of kinks. While we can’t claim perfection, we will tell you that we have spent hundreds of dollars on single orders just to do what’s necessary to deliver as promised.
You read it right… over 30,000 athletes served! That’s how we’ve managed to establish a current fitting success rate of 97% - practice, practice, practice. With a small core group of employees who have been at it now for 6 years, you’ve got the most reliable team in the country choosing your suit for you.
Still among the lowest in the business, our $45 base rental fee gets you more time with your suit than anyother company. Plus you can purchase additional time with your wetsuit for a very low rate. And, yes, we've got bargains on used wetsuits!
With a Target Ship Date of 10 DAYS before your event, we ship earlier than our competitors. The time frame allows you to opt for cheaper Ground shipping (while still leaving enough time for emergency exchanges for that 3% we get wrong) or to upgrade to Air and get the suit a weekend early.
Our inventory currently boasts 12 name brands of triathlon wetsuits – and we’re adding more! Why? Because there is no single wetsuit brand that fits every body type perfectly (that's 6 years of experience talking). With our large selection, you can be sure that we’ll put you into the best suit for your shape – and not the suit we’re working to sell.
It’s not our goal to compete with some of the triathlon supply giants that offer a selection that includes every piece of equipment available from every brand out there (although we do LOVE to shop them), but there are a few items that we want you to be aware of – from the tried and true to the fresh and innovative.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all wetsuit purchases - used and new!