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

De Soto First Wave


Efficiency testing: The power swimmer’s efficiency improved substantially while wearing this suit, but he benefited even more from six of the others.

Fit & flexibility: While all the other suits in this review are one-piece, this unique wetsuit uses a long-john covered with a wetsuit top. Its two-piece construction permits the upper body to move and slide without being anchored to the rest of the suit. Our tester said this unique design gave the First Wave “the most arm freedom of any of the suits with sleeves.” Every part of the stroke feels similar to wearing no suit at all. “The recovery phrase was easy and free,” he said. “I extended my arm a little farther with ease,” although the top slid up slightly. Since the top isn’t held in place by the hips, finding the right size for your physique is key. Weight alone isn’t enough to get the fit right.

Balanced swimmer
Due to a sizing issue, this swimmer’s results were invalid.

Power swimmer
Race pace DPS: +12%
Average DPS: +12%

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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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