Triathlon wetsuits are needed for a triathlon with an open water swim where the water temperature is below a minimum temperature (usually 14C/57F – 16C/61F). There is also an upper temperature limit for wetsuit use. You will need to check this with your race organizer.
Full details of temperatures/wetsuit requirements can be found on the ITU website or from your race organizer.
The benefit of swimming in a wetsuit is that it gives you more buoyancy.
In particular it helps keep your legs up.
Very often this is good news for a beginner triathlete or swimmer.
There is a wide variety of wetsuits available, and at the end of the day you need to find the one that suits you. Our wetsuit reviews below can help you get an idea of what might suit might be good for you.
Different brands and styles of wetsuit fit people differently, so we’d love it if you could let us and other readers know what YOUR favourite wetsuit is and why by simply filling in the form below.
If you have any questions about wetsuits then please just ask us. You do need to wear a triathlon-specific wetsuit, not a surfing one. Triathlon-specific suits are designed for swimming in, allowing full range of movement in the arms.
They are also designed to make you swim faster as opposed to just keep you warm like surfing ones. Triathlon wetsuits are made of a sealed material so that the water doesn’t soak in.
The thicker the neoprene (material the suit is made from), the more buoyant it will be.
A triathlon wetsuit should fit snuggly but not restrict your movement. It will probably be quite an effort to get it on, and it should feel tight, like it is supporting you. If it doesn’t, it is too big!
You obviously don’t want it to be too tight though – you should be able to swing and rotate your arms, and breathe comfortably.
Finding the right fit is key. Different brands will fit slightly differently, so it is worth trying on as many different ones as you can. Some shops will even allow you to try the suit in the water, which is ideal.
Finding a suit that fits well and doesn’t excessively change your position in the water is important.
When you first wear a wetsuit in may feel like it restricts your arm movements – this is quite common and they can take a bit of ‘breaking in’. If your wetsuit feels like this, also make sure that you are putting it on properly.
Make sure you pull the wetsuit all the way up at the crotch. It can take some time to get it on properly. Also make sure that the sleeves are pulled up high enough (so that your wrists show). If you have a bit of ‘bunching’ on the material round your shoulders that will give them more freedom.
Wetsuits can be expensive so it may be worth trying some secondhand ones until you find one that works for you. So long as they are of good quality and fit there is no reason to avoid a secondhand wetsuit.
Once you’ve bought your wetsuit you need to look after it to ensure it lasts well. Seams can usually be re-taped, glued or stitched if they are coming apart.
Getting wetsuits off in a triathlon transition can be tricky, but with our guide and video to triathlon transitions you will soon be able to do this with ease, even if you are a beginner triathlete.
We give you an overview of the company and summarize information on their triathlon wetsuits from their websites.
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Orca S3 Wetsuit Review
I’ve had an Orca S3 for the past couple of years and it’s great. I chose it mainly because it seemed to be a good beginner triathlon wetsuit, not too …
Orca Kaisei Men's Wetsuit Review
I bought the Orca Kaisei wetsuit last year. I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was so cheap, but it is definitely the best triathlon wetsuit I have …
Blueseventy Helix Review - Fast Wetsuit!
I’ve had my Blueseventy Helix wetsuit for almost a year now and I think it is the perfect wetsuit for a competent swimmer. First up, this suit is fast! …
Sailfish Men’s Attack Triathlon Wetsuit Not rated yet
The Sailfish Attack wetsuit is amazing! It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and I believe this suit is actually really good value for money. …
Aqua Sphere Ironman Wetsuit Not rated yet
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Zoot Zenith Wetsuit Review Not rated yet
The Zoot Zenith triathlon wetsuit is a fantastic wetsuit. It is normally $600 but I got it for a bargain $345. Obviously for that price you’d expect …
Quintana Roo Superfull Wetsuit Not rated yet
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2xu V:1 Wetsuit Review Not rated yet
I use the 2XU Velocity:V1 wetsuit and can highly recommend it. I used to have an E:1 Elite but I’ve raced and training in it a lot over the past 4 seasons …