Triathlete swimming in a lake with a wetsuit

8 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Triathlon Wetsuit

A wetsuit is, for me, the most challenging triathlon equipment to buy. I find that wetsuit brands are sponsoring “reviewers” so much that it makes it hard to know which wetsuits are really worth it.

In this article, I will share the 8 things you should consider before you buy a triathlon wetsuit, share my recommendation, and give you a filterable list of triathlon wetsuits.

1. LOOK FOR A SPECIFIC TRIATHLON WETSUIT, NOT ANY WETSUIT

There are a few different types of wetsuits on the market. Some are specifically made for surfing, others for diving, and some for triathlon. You can’t really use them interchangeably.

Each athlete wearing those has different needs that are addressed differently. For example, some sports require thicker neoprene for more warmth, others need more flexible material, and finally, you might be limited by rules.

In triathlon, for example, the thickness of a wetsuit cannot exceed 5mm.

2. YOU CAN RENT TRIATHLON WETSUITS

As we will see later on in this article, triathlon wetsuits are not cheap. A good option for anyone starting triathlon is to rent one. You, of course, want to reserve it ahead of time and ideally try it before your race. I borrowed one for $25 for an entire weekend.

I find it a great way to avoid such a significant expense when you start triathlon, and at the same time learn more about the wetsuit itself.

3. A WETSUIT MIGHT BE COMPULSORY ON RACE DAY

Depending on the water temperature and the country where you will race, you might not be able to take part in a race without a wetsuit.

I wrote an entire article about the swim rules, and especially the common wetsuit rules, you can check it here.

4. FIND A TRIATHLON WETSUIT THAT FITS YOU

You want to make sure you buy a wetsuit that matches your body type and swimming style.

  • Body type: have a look at the different sizing options. The more options they have, the more chance you have to find one which will fit you. All manufacturers have a sizing guide based on height, weight, waist measurement, or a combination of those. Do not hesitate to reach out directly to the manufacturers if you are unsure. They will help you.
  • Swimming style: you will find different kinds of wetsuits to accommodate different types of swimmers. Some will have extra buoyancy in their legs for swimmers who tend to have their legs sink while swimming, some extra flexibility, and some neutral.

A well-fitted triathlon wetsuit feels relatively tight but does not give you any restriction on your chest and shoulders. You should feel comfortable in it.

To make the most out of your race, it is essential that you bring all the right gear. After once forgetting an item, I decided to create my own race day checklist. By subscribing to our newsletter, you can get access to it for free:

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5. THE THICKNESS OF THE NEOPRENE CAN DIFFER

The thickness of the neoprene will obviously be under the 5mm rule, but it won’t be the same everywhere on the wetsuit.

Generally, the arms, shoulders, and calves are where the neoprene is the thinnest.

Some brands will create specific wetsuits for colder water temperatures, hence playing with the thickness of the neoprene.

6. CHECK THE QUALITY OF THE NEOPRENE AND LINING

That is by far the most important criteria for choosing a wetsuit. Having a good neoprene and lining is what makes a wetsuit really flexible.

There are some standards for the neoprene (for Yamamoto rubber, for example, a 40 will be more flexible than a 39), but nothing really for the lining.

It is important to note that even if a wetsuit is made of high-quality rubber, it doesn’t mean that all the neoprene will be from this material. Often, you will find different types of neoprene on a single wetsuit.

As you can imagine, it is pretty tricky (not to say impossible) to compare wetsuits on your own online. The best would be to do it the “old-fashioned way” and touch the wetsuits in a shop. Then, you should be able to feel the difference in flexibility.

7. THE SEAMS HAVE THEIR IMPORTANCE

To assemble the different parts of a wetsuit, the manufacturers will use various techniques. It is essential to know what you are looking at, as a bad quality seam will let water in more easily and create more chaffing.

The easiest and cheapest is to stitch the neoprene pieces together. It will, however, create thousands of tiny holes that can let the water enter.

Another option is to stitch a portion of the neoprene layer (hence no hole) and add glue on top of that stitch. It is a better sealing option but also a more expensive one. There is an excellent article from Wetsuitwarehouse on seams and stitches. I highly recommend you read it.

8. A TRIATHLON WETSUIT COSTS BETWEEN $150 AND $1,600

Most brands will offer different price categories. Most of the time (but not always!), a more expensive triathlon wetsuit will be of better quality.

If you want high-quality neoprene, lining and seams, it will come with a hefty price tag.

MY TRIATHLON WETSUIT RECOMMENDATION

Disclaimer: The Triathlon Tips of My Tri World are reader-supported. When you buy through links, I may earn an affiliate commission.

If you are on your way to your first triathlon, I would highly suggest renting one, so you can test it and participate in a race without breaking the bank.

Once you are ready to buy a new wetsuit, look at specific shops in your area that have several brands and models. You will be able to feel the difference in terms of flexibility.

I didn’t have this chance for my first wetsuit (no name bashing), there was only one brand available, and I didn’t know what to look for. I ended up with an inflexible wetsuit. I hope that with all the information in this article, you won’t make this mistake 😉

If you don’t have the chance to have a shop around, you can start to narrow down your search with the table below.

FIND YOUR TRIATHLON WETSUIT

You can use the filters below to narrow your search or sort the triathlon wetsuits by clicking on a column header.

BrandModelGenderBudgetCheck Price
2XUPropel: 1Male$$2XUhttps://us.2xu.com/products/propel-1-wetsuit-mw4991c-mens-black-blue-ombre
2XUPropel: 2Male$$2XUhttps://us.2xu.com/products/propel-2-wetsuit-mw4990c-mens-black-textural-geo
2XUPropel: ProMale$$$2XUhttps://us.2xu.com/products/propel-pro-wetsuit-mw5124c-mens-black-silver
2XUPropel: 1Female$$2XUhttps://us.2xu.com/products/propel-1-wetsuit-ww4994c-womens-black-sunset-ombre
2XUPropel: 2Female$$2XUhttps://us.2xu.com/products/propel-2-wetsuit-ww4993c-womens-black-textural-geo
2XUPropel: ProFemale$$$2XUhttps://us.2xu.com/products/propel-pro-wetsuit-ww5125c-womens-black-neon-melon
AptoniaShort-DistanceMale$Decathlonhttps://www.decathlon.com/products/mens-triathlon-sd-neoprene-suit?adept-product=mens-triathlon-sd-neoprene-suit&adept_product_id=mens-triathlon-sd-neoprene-suit&source=search
AquamanThe ArtMale$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/mens-the-art-wetsuit/
AquamanDNAMale$$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/mens-dna-wetsuit/
AquamanBionikMale$$$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/mens-bionik-wetsuit/
AquamanCell GoldMale$$$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/mens-cell-gold-wetsuit/
AquamanThe ArtFemale$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/womens-the-art-wetsuit/
AquamanDNAFemale$$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/womens-dna-wetsuit/
AquamanBionikFemale$$$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/womens-bionik-wetsuit/
AquamanCell GoldFemale$$$Aquamanhttps://aquamantri.com/product/womens-cell-gold-wetsuit/
Aqua SpherePursuit V3Male$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/active/men%27s-pursuit-v3-wetsuit-SU833.html
Aqua SphereLimitless V2Male$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/performance/men%27s-limitless-wetsuit-v2-SU829.html
Aqua SphereRacer V3Male$$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/performance/men%27s-racer-v3-wetsuit-SU839.html
Aqua SpherePhantom V3Male$$$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/performance/men%27s-phantom-v3-wetsuit-SU837.html
Aqua SpherePursuit V3Female$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/active/women%27s-pursuit-v3-wetsuit-SU838.html
Aqua SphereLimitless V2Female$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/performance/women%27s-limitless-wetsuit-v2-SU830.html
Aqua SphereRacer V3Female$$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/performance/women%27s-racer-v3-wetsuit-SU834.html
Aqua SpherePhantom V3Female$$$Aqua Spherehttps://us.aquasphereswim.com/en/wetsuits/performance/women%27s-phantom-v3-wetsuit-SU832.html
BlueseventyReactionMale$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/reaction-full-suit-mens
BlueseventyThermal ReactionMale$$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/thermal-reaction-mens
BlueseventyHelixMale$$$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/helix-mens-triathlon-wetsuit
BlueseventySprintFemale$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/sprint-women
BlueseventyFusionFemale$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/fusion-womens
BlueseventyReactionFemale$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/reaction-full-suit-womens
BlueseventyThermal ReactionFemale$$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/thermal-reaction-womens
BlueseventyHelixFemale$$$$Blueseventyhttps://www.blueseventy.com/collections/wetsuits/products/helix-full-suit-womens
Dare2Tri2.0 BreaststrokeMale$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/men-s-dare2swim-wetsuit
Dare2TriMach2Male$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/men-s-mach2
Dare2TriMach3 0.7Male$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/men-s-mach3
Dare2TriMach4.1Male$$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/men-s-finamach4
Dare2TriMach5 0.5Male$$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/mens-mach5
Dare2Tri2.0 BreaststrokeFemale$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/women-s-dare2swim-wetsuit
Dare2TriMach2Female$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/women-s-mach-2
Dare2TriMach3 0.7Female$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/womens-mach3-0-7
Dare2TriMach4.1Female$$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/women-s-finamach4
Dare2TriMach5 0.5Female$$$Dare2Trihttps://www.dare2tri.com/womens-mach5-0-5
DeboerGroove 1.0Male$$$deboerhttps://deboerwetsuits.com/collections/triathlon/products/groove-1-0
DeboerFloh 2.0Male$$$$deboerhttps://deboerwetsuits.com/collections/triathlon/products/mens-floh-2-0
DeboerFjord 2.0Male$$$$deboerhttps://deboerwetsuits.com/collections/triathlon/products/mens-fjord-20
DeboerGroove 1.0Female$$$deboerhttps://deboerwetsuits.com/collections/triathlon/products/womens-groove-1-0
DeboerFloh 2.0Female$$$$deboerhttps://deboerwetsuits.com/collections/triathlon/products/womens-floh-2-0
DeboerFjord 2.0Female$$$$deboerhttps://deboerwetsuits.com/collections/triathlon/products/womens-fjord-20
DhbHydron 2.0Male$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/mens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-hydron-wetsuit-2-0
DhbBlokMale$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/mens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-blok-wetsuit
DhbAeron 2.0Male$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/mens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-aeron-wetsuit-2-0
DhbAeron UltraMale$$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/mens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-aeron-ultra-wetsuit
DhbAeron Lab 3.0Male$$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/mens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-aeron-lab-wetsuit-3-0
DhbHydron 2.0Female$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/womens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-hydron-womens-wetsuit-2-0
DhbModaFemale$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/womens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-moda-womens-wetsuit
DhbAeron 2.0Female$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/womens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-aeron-womens-wetsuit-2-0
DhbAeron UltraFemale$$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/womens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-aeron-ultra-womens-wetsuit
DhbAeron Lab 3.0Female$$dhbhttps://www.dhbsport.com/collections/womens-triathlon-wetsuits/products/dhb-aeron-lab-womens-wetsuit-3-0
HuubArayaMale$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/araya
HuubAegis XMale$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/huub-aegis-x-3-5-triathlon-wetsuit-mens-1
HuubVarmanMale$$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/huub-varman-wetsuit
HuubPinnacleMale$$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/pinnacle-wetsuit-mens
HuubBrownlee Agilis LTDMale$$$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/brownlee-agilis-limted-edition-gold-wetsuit-mens
HuubArayaFemale$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/araya-wetsuit-womens
HuubAegis XFemale$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/aegis-x-wetsuit-womens
HuubAura 2Female$$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/aura-2-triathlon-wetsuit-3-3
HuubBrownlee AgilisFemale$$$$Huubhttps://huubusa.com/collections/wetsuits/products/brownlee-agilis-wetsuit-womens
OrcaAthlex FloatMale$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/athlex-float-men-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaAthlex FlexMale$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/athlex-flex-men-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaAthlex FlowMale$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/athlex-flow-men-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaApex FloatMale$$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/apex-float-men-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaApex FlexMale$$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/apex-flex-men-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaApex FlowMale$$$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/apex-flow-men-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaAthlex FloatFemale$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/athlex-float-women-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaAthlex FlexFemale$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/athlex-flex-women-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaAthlex FlowFemale$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/athlex-flow-women-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaApex FloatFemale$$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/apex-float-women-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaApex FlexFemale$$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/apex-flex-women-triathlon-wetsuit
OrcaApex FlowFemale$$$$Orcahttps://www.orca.com/en-us/apex-flow-women-triathlon-wetsuit
RokaMaverickMale$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/mens-maverick-wetsuit
RokaMaverick Comp IIMale$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/mens-maverick-comp-ii-wetsuit
RokaMaverick MXMale$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/mens-maverick-mx-maximum-buoyancy-wetsuit
RokaMaverick PRO IIMale$$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/mens-maverick-pro-ii-wetsuit
RokaMaverick X2Male$$$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/mens-maverick-x2-wetsuit
RokaMaverickFemale$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/womens-maverick-wetsuit
RokaMaverick Comp IIFemale$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/womens-maverick-comp-ii-wetsuit
RokaMaverick MXFemale$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/womens-maverick-mx-maximum-buoyancy-wetsuit
RokaMaverick PRO IIFemale$$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/womens-maverick-pro-ii-wetsuit
RokaMaverick X2Female$$$$Rokahttps://www.roka.com/collections/maverick-wetsuits/products/womens-maverick-x2-wetsuit
SailfishIgniteMale$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/mens-ignite?c=114
SailfishAttack 7Male$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/mens-attack-7?c=114
SailfishOne 7Male$$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/mens-one-7?c=114
SailfishG-Range 8Male$$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/mens-g-range-8?c=114
SailfishUltimate IPS Plus 3Male$$$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/mens-ultimate-ips-plus-3?c=114
SailfishIgniteFemale$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/womens-ignite?c=114
SailfishAttack 7Female$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/womens-attack-7?c=114
SailfishOne 7Female$$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/womens-one-7?c=114
SailfishG-Range 8Female$$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/womens-g-range-8?c=114
SailfishUltimate IPS Plus 3Female$$$$Sailfishhttps://www.sailfish.com/en/products/wetsuits/womens-ultimate-ips-plus-3?c=114
SynergyEndorphinMale$Synergyhttps://synergywetsuits.com/collections/full-sleeve-wetsuits/products/mens-endorphin-fullsleeve-triathlon-wetsuit-2021
SynergyAdrenalineMale$$Synergyhttps://synergywetsuits.com/collections/full-sleeve-wetsuits/products/2021-mens-adrenaline-fullsleeve-triathlon-wetsuit
SynergyHybrid EFX3Male$$$Synergyhttps://synergywetsuits.com/collections/full-sleeve-wetsuits/products/mens-hybrid-full-best-wetsuit
SynergyEndorphinFemale$Synergyhttps://synergywetsuits.com/collections/full-sleeve-wetsuits/products/2021-womens-endorphin-fullsleeve-triathlon-wetsuit
SynergyAdrenalineFemale$$Synergyhttps://synergywetsuits.com/collections/full-sleeve-wetsuits/products/womens-adrenaline-fullsleeve-triathlon-wetsuit
SynergyHybrid EFX3Female$$$Synergyhttps://synergywetsuits.com/collections/full-sleeve-wetsuits/products/womens-hybrid-full-fastest-wetsuit
XterraVividMale$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/mens-fullsuits/products/mens-vivid-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVoltMale$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/mens-fullsuits/products/xterra-mens-volt-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVortexMale$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/mens-fullsuits/products/mens-vortex-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVectorMale$$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/mens-fullsuits/products/vector-pro-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVengeanceMale$$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/mens-fullsuits/products/vengeance-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVividFemale$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/womens-fullsuits/products/womens-vivid-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVoltFemale$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/womens-fullsuits/products/xterra-womens-volt-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVortexFemale$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/womens-fullsuits/products/womens-vortex-fullsuit
XterraVectorFemale$$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/womens-fullsuits/products/womens-vector-pro-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
XterraVengeanceFemale$$$Xterrahttps://www.xterrawetsuits.com/collections/womens-fullsuits/products/womens-vengeance-fullsuit-triathlon-wetsuit
YondaSpookMale$$Yondahttps://yondasports.com/product/2021-yonda-spook-wetsuit-mens-wetsuit/
YondaSpectreMale$$Yondahttps://yondasports.com/product/2021-yonda-spectre-wetsuit-mens-wetsuit/
YondaGhost 3Male$$$Yondahttps://yondasports.com/product/2021-ghost-3-mens-wetsuit/
YondaSpookFemale$$Yondahttps://yondasports.com/product/2021-yonda-spook-wetsuit-womens-wetsuit/
YondaSpectreFemale$$Yondahttps://yondasports.com/product/2021-yonda-spectre-wetsuit-womens-wetsuit/
YondaGhost 3Female$$$Yondahttps://yondasports.com/product/2021-ghost-3-womens-wetsuit/
Zone3AdvanceMale$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/mens-advance-wetsuit-2021
Zone3VisionMale$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/mens-vision-wetsuit-2021
Zone3AspireMale$$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/mens-aspire-wetsuit-1
Zone3Thermal AspireMale$$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/mens-thermal-aspire-wetsuit
Zone3VanquishMale$$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/mens-vanquish-wetsuit
Zone3AdvanceFemale$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/womens-advance-wetsuit-2021
Zone3VisionFemale$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/womens-vision-wetsuit-2021
Zone3AspireFemale$$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/womens-aspire-wetsuit-1
Zone3Thermal AspireFemale$$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/womens-thermal-aspire-wetsuit
Zone3VanquishFemale$$$Zone3https://zone3.us/collections/wetsuits/products/womens-vanquish-wetsuit

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