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Triathlon wetsuits: 14 of the best tested and rated (£300-£600)

14 tri-specific wetsuits, for every budget, are put to the test by Matt Baird and Jack Sexty. The first 7 are priced £150-£250 while the final 7 are priced £350-£675

Aqua Sphere Racer

£369.99

The Racer is second in line to the Phantom in Aqua Sphere’s wetsuit line-up and, although it lacks some of the extra thin neoprene on more expensive options here, the compromises aren’t huge. The shoulder panels are 2mm, which led to fatigue on very long open-water swims, but elsewhere a 5mm core panel provided adequate buoyancy, and the back also has some lift to keep your body position streamlined. Aqua Sphere have added their Thermo-Guard technology to help retain body heat. The collar is quite high, but with plenty of lube it didn’t pose a problem. 

Verdict: punches above its weight for the price 84%

Buy from www.swiminn.com

Zone3 Vanquish

£495

The Vanquish now has 1.5mm shoulder panels that extend from the middle of the chest to the back, with the thinner material providing even more flex than past iterations. This is made with 40-cell Yamamoto neoprene, and elsewhere you get similar top-of-the-range material choices, including SCS coating to minimise drag.

Zone3’s Silk-Fit lining is comfy against the body and you get a 5mm chest panel that provides plenty of buoyancy, and a soft neckline means minimal chafing. There’s a top-down zipper for faster removal and the ‘speed cuffs’ also help in T1. So once again, Zone3 have matched suits over £100 more.

Verdict: a top-draw suit that keeps getting better 92%

Buy from www.wiggle.co.uk

Huub Archimedes 3

£549.99

Huub’s Archimedes 3 has been further refined using their new +43 foam (that claims to be 43% more buoyant than neoprene), which is used with Yamamoto neoprene in the stretch and reach zones, while the trademark red bicep fabric now extends 360° around the arm. The suit feels more flexible compared to their Albacore and more buoyant than the other suits here.

With the Archimedes 3, there’s a choice of 3:5 or 4:4 buoyancy ratios; 4:4 tends to be the pros’ choice, and for those with a good kick technique and body position. We don’t think the shoulder flexibility is the best here but, for high buoyancy and stretch, the 3:5 is recommended.

Verdict: not for all, but one of the best high buoyancy options 86%

Buy from www.wiggle.co.uk

Roka Maverick Elite 2

£550

The Maverick Elite is third to Roka’s Maverick X and Pro in their hierarchy, and shares many features including the ‘arms-up’ construction aimed at increasing mobility through the stroke. It lacks the stretch woven forearm sections on the Maverick X, and we felt some arm fatigue. Roka’s Centreline buoyancy panel runs down the middle to help even out side-to-side rotation, and our stroke flows well in Roka’s suits where less refined options can lead you to roll back too far after your breathing stroke. The Elite still has a huge price tag, but it’s on par with other top-end suits. roka.com

Verdict: not as fast as Roka’s flagship suit, but still good 82%

Buy from www.wiggle.co.uk

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Leoparker

What about Zone 3 Advanced? It was the best of low-mid range several weeks ago. Thank you for your answer.

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