Triathlon wetsuits are expensive bits of kit. They differ from crude basic/cheap wetsuits by having a few features for Triathlon:

  1. Different types of Neoprene (Yamamoto 39 being better than 38)
    Allowing for a more streamlined swim-style. In theory making it easier/more efficient than without a suit
  2. Greater flexibility for swimming
    Especially around the arms and shoulder areas
  3. Additional buoncy on back of legs to help streamline you through the water
    More useful for those without perfect swim stroke
  4. Quick remove cuffs, and zippers


Regarding price it seems £100 is the starting place for wetsuits and for that you are looking at fairly crude Yamamoto 38 suits. £200 seems a good figure to spend for ‘beginner’ level triathlon suits – after which we are in the realms of marginal gains.

Each wetsuit will have a size guide and being 174cm tall and 81kg meant I was in the Medium/Large (aka Medium height and fat) category.

I wanted to spend as little as possible but by the same token I didn’t want to buy something useless. My choice boiled down to the following 3 choices:


Choice 1

£90 DHB Wetsuit
Yamamoto 38 neoprene
3.5mm on most of suit and 1.5mm around shoulders
No coating or quick release cuffs


Choice 2

£129 Zone3 Activate+ Wetsuit Wiggle Exclusive
Yamamoto 39 neoprene
SCS Nano Coating
2mm arm and shoulder panels
4mm torso
Quick release Cuffs



Choice 3

£176 Zone3 Vision
Yamamoto 39 neoprene
Full Speed-Flo coating
Super Stretchy One-Piece Shoulder Panel
Maximum 5mm Buoyancy Panels
Innovative ‘Extreme Flex’ Material
Pro Speed Cuffs



Choices 2 and 3 seemed the most promising. However after consulting some resident experts on Twitter. I went for the Zone3 Activate+ Wetsuit Wiggle Exclusive. which has the following thickness panels


Now to find an open water swimming session