The 2013 Triathlon Wetsuit Performance Test

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 30, 2013
  • Updated Jul 21, 2015 at 3:36 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Xterra Vendetta


Efficiency testing: This suit tested in the top third for both athletes, providing comparatively similar benefit for both athletes despite the big differences in their stroke type. Both benefited tremendously at slower speeds, but less so at speeds above race pace.

Fit & flexibility: Incredible flexibility is the hallmark of Xterra’s Vendetta. Testers agreed that it conformed to their every movement, saying, “It felt molded to my body” and “there was no resistance at all. At times I forgot I was wearing a wetsuit.” This extensive flexibility throughout the suit allows it to comfortably wrap around many different body types. Despite its free-moving feel, neither tester had an issue with water leaking into the suit or excess material at the armpits or shoulders. The Vendetta stood out as one of the two most flexible full-sleeve suits in the test.

Balanced swimmer
Race pace DPS: +15%
Average DPS: +11%

Power swimmer
Race pace DPS: +17%
Average DPS: +17%

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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