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2014 Wetsuit Performance Test

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 29, 2014
Photo: Nils Nilsen

XTERRA Vortex Sleeveless

$300, Xterrawetsuits.com

A comfortable suit does more than make a swimmer feel cozy—it can lead to a better swim. Whether you’re hoping for a new swim-leg PR or to get back on dry land without exhausting your energy reserves, comfort is critical. XTERRA perfected the fit of this suit. It allowed just a tiny amount of water into the suit while helping testers achieve natural rotation to power through a stroke. As a sleeveless suit, reaching is unencumbered. In the efficiency test, however, this suit came up short of the other two sleeveless options for both swimmers.

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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 Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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