Suit Yourself: Wetsuits On Test
Choosing the right wetsuit can make all the difference to your results, especially when you’re new to triathlon
Orca Equip, £150
This would be a good choice for getting round at a steady, if not speedy, pace. The Equip is wonderfully buoyant but the thick neoprene also stops it being very flexible and responsive. It's not easy to pick up the pace and sprint in the Equip, but if sprinting is the last thing on your mind and you just want to finish, it may be the suit for you. The Equip does feature thinner panels of neoprene on the lower legs, which make it quite easy to take off - this is sometimes just as important as a fast swim time. Although the legs and arms seemed quite short, there are effective catch panels on the forearms to help you with your catch and pull. In fact, this suit surprised us by how pleasant it felt to swim in: at this price we assumed that it would feel less comfortable.
How it rated: 8/10
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