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2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

  • by Shaun Guest and Erin Beresini
  • Published Apr 30, 2014
  • Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 6:36 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Orca S5

$239, Orca.com
The draw: Flexible for the price

Inflexibility is a common concern with affordable full-sleeve wetsuits. Many suits in this price range use rigid materials and do in fact restrict shoulder movement, but Orca sidestepped that problem. The S5 stretches and flexes freely. A generously thick panel of spanning that goes from the legs to the chest helps keep even a new swimmer up toward the surface. Some water can trickle into the suit through the neck, but its low-cut shape helps prevent chaffing.

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