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

Tyr Category 3

*Gear Lab: Fastest Overall*

Efficiency testing: The brawny swimmer with poorer body position in the water was fastest in this suit—and it worked well for the swimmer with a more horizontal position, too. This wetsuit was an all-around standout in the speed testing.

Fit & flexibility: Like the Blueseventy Reaction, this mid-level suit thrives on precise tension. It doesn’t conform to the swimmer like the Orca or Xterra suits, but instead compresses the body into a more compact shape. Testers observed that the Category 3 fits tighter than many of the suits reviewed, but that constriction allowed them to create additional propulsion. “The material felt more restrictive, but the extra snap it added to my stroke was worth it—the suit felt fast,” said one reviewer. Despite benefiting from the total body connection this suit creates, both testers found the Cat. 3 to be less subjectively comfortable than several of the other suits due to its semi-constrictive mid-section. Neither tester rated it especially high for overall comfort, but the results of the efficiency testing show it’s extremely fast for many types of swimmer.

Balanced swimmer
Race pace DPS: +17%
Average DPS: +14%

Power swimmer
Race pace DPS: +22%
Average DPS: +22%

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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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