2014 Wetsuit Performance Test

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 29, 2014
  • Updated May 6, 2016 at 6:50 PM UTC

Using patented technology developed for the U.S. Olympic swim team, we rigorously tested wetsuits of every type for speed and comfort.

Fit is the most important attribute of any triathlon wetsuit—it must conform to your body and feel right. But the boost it provides to your stroke is also important, especially when chasing a PR or trying to conserve energy during a long race. Some wetsuits are faster than others, and the difference can’t be perceived in the water or measured with a stopwatch. Triathlete tapped an Olympic sports scientist to quantify the speed gained from nine top wetsuits. Comfort is critical, so the suits were also tested for feel in the water. Here’s how they performed.

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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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