With triathlon races returning in force in 2021 after a disrupted 2020 many people are asking for help on triathlon wetsuits. This week to help with this we have compiled 15 Best Triathlon Wetsuits: 2021 Ultimate Buying Guide. Using our panel of experts and our wealth of previously reviewed wetsuits we have created this buyers guide. This is a completely new round-up following our previous Buyers Guide to triathlon wetsuits in 2019.
With most races needing a triathlon wetsuit given temperatures it is one of the most important pieces of kit you need. No matter how good a swimmer you are the right wetsuit will help you go faster. Equally the wrong wetsuit will unquestionably slow you down. There are so many to choose from with options around buoyancy and flexibility that need considering depending on your swimming ability.
To find the best triathlon wetsuit for you, you need to consider all of these factors. Starting from £100, up to over £1000 we provide an independent and trusted review on what wetsuit to buy.
Triathlon Wetsuits Q&A
Question: What is a Triathlon Wetsuit?
Answer: A triathlon wetsuit serves a number of functions. It maintains body heat while swimming. Improves buoyancy in the water. It reduces friction between skin and the body of water. And finally it is designed to be easy to remove in the transition before heading out on the bike.
Question: Do you need a Triathlon Wetsuit to Race in a Triathlon?
Answer: If you are entering a pool based swim then the simple answer is No. If it is in open water then the answer is slightly more complex and depends on conditions. If water temperature is below 25 degrees you will likely need a triathlon wetsuit. Exact temperatures vary depending on local region rules.
Question: What is the Best Triathlon Wetsuit?
Answer: The answer to the best triathlon wetsuit will depend on the individual buying the wetsuit. We have created the following guide to help you find the best triathlon wetsuit for you. Key factors to consider are price, buoyancy and flexibility.
Question: How thick should a Triathlon Wetsuit be?
Answer: The thickness of a triathlon wetsuit varies around the body depending on the level of flexibility and buoyancy needed. In general you are looking for thinner neoprene around the shoulders for flexibility. Around the middle section and upper legs you will be looking for thicker neoprene for increased lift and buoyancy.
List of the 15 Best Triathlon Wetsuits
- DHB Hydron 2.0 £114
- Orca S7 £163.99
- Zone3 Sleeveless Vision £185.25
- Orca Equip £249.99
- Zoot Kona £294.50
- Huub Aegis X £313.49
- Yonda Spectre 2021 £339
- Zone3 Aspire Thermal £403.75
- HUUB Varman £425
- Blueseventy Thermal Reaction £434.99
- Orca 3.8 £449
- 2XU Propel Pro £499
- Blueseventy Helix £527.99
- Sailfish G-Range 7 wetsuit £539.99
- Zone3 Vanquish £546.25
Cheapest Triathlon Wetsuit
DHB Hydron 2.0
The DHB Hydron 2.0 is the Cheapest triathlon wetsuit in our line up and available in both mens and womens specific models. DHB is the in-house brand of the mighty Wiggle and no surprises that they have been investing in developing a triathlon wetsuit to add to their range. They have been making wetsuits now for around 5 years and over this time continually improving their design. The latest model the Hydron 2.0 was launched in 2020 and features a combination of 3mm, 2.5mm and 2mm neoprene. It also comes in sleeveless models should you wish to have more shoulder flexibility in the water.
Pros and Cons of the DHB Hydron 2.0
Pros – Amazing value for money
Cons – Not as much buoyancy as others around the middle / upper thigh area
Best Price for the DHB Hydron 2.0
Buy the DHB Hydron 2.0 Triathlon Wetsuit for £114 from Wiggle
Best Entry Level Triathlon Wetsuit
Orca are a well established name in triathlon. Across the Trivelo team a number of us have trusted Orca with our wetsuits for training and racing for many years. The S7 is available in mens and womens models and for the money is the perfect entry level triathlon wetsuit. If you are looking for the right wetsuit for a beginner swimmer then this could be for you. The wetsuit is loaded with technology lifted from the more expensive Orca wetsuits. From the nano SCS outer coating to the Infinity skin inner lining you could still be using this for many years as your experience grows.
For more information on this quality wetsuit check out our Full in-depth review of the Orca S7 from James.
Pros and Cons of the Orca S7
Pros – Looks good, robust, well sized and feels fantastic in the water
Cons – Not much at this price
Best Price for the Orca S7
Best Sleeveless Triathlon Wetsuit
Zone3 Sleeveless Vision
The first wetsuit in our line-up from Zone3 and our choice for the best sleeveless triathlon wetsuit. With a full 5mm neoprene in buoyancy panels this sleeveless wetsuit gives optimal flexibility around the shoulders while maintaining good buoyancy.
Pros – Supreme flexibility for arm movement through the water
Cons – Neoprene is not the toughest and can be fragile
Buy the Zone3 Sleeveless Vision Triathlon Wetsuit for £185.25 from Wiggle
The Orca Equip Wetsuit uses SCS hydrodynamic panels incorporated into the design much like the Orca S7 already listed above. For maximum flexibility in the arms and shoulders, The Orca Equip uses Yamamoto 39 neoprene, which is just 1.5mm thick. The wetsuit prioritises flexibility over buoyancy, making this a great wetsuit for natural swimmers with good technique. Lined with Infinity Skin, this is a seriously comfortable option that’s gentle on your skin.
Pros and Cons of the Orca Equip
Pros – Incredible flexibility and smoothness through the water
Cons – Very little buoyancy to help swimmers needing more core lift
Best Price for the Orca Equip
Buy the Orca Equip for £249.99 from Sigma Sports
Creeping in just under £300 thanks to a current discount from Wiggle the Zoot Kona triathlon wetsuit sits squarely in the mid-range of our list. With a range of neoprene from 2mm to 5mm using Yamamoto 38 grade neoprene. Lots of flexibility across the shoulders combined with buoyancy in the middle and upper thigh. The wetsuit is finished with SCS (Super Composite Skin) to help with further speed in the water. Lots of wetsuit performance on offer here for under £300. Available in both mens and womens gender specific designs Zoot offer a stylish and well specified triathlon wetsuit.
Pros and Cons of the Zoot Kona
Pros – Extremely comfortable buoyant triathlon wetsuit
Cons – Design may be somewhat marmite for people
Best Price for the Zoot Kona
Buy the Zoot Kona for £294.50 from Wiggle
Best Thermal Triathlon Wetsuit
Huub Aegis X
The Aegis X 3.5 Wetsuit exceeds expectations with a construction that uses premium materials that improve buoyancy. With a superior panel system, and highly technological materials, the suit helps you glide through the water at speed – making it a great choice for open water swimmers and triathletes alike.
Pros and Cons of the Huub Aegis X
Pros – Incredible design and materials for the money
Cons – Can be subject to tears – be careful with it!
Best Price for the Huub Aegis X
Buy the Huub Aegis X for £313 from Wiggle
Yonda Spectre 2021
We tested the Yonda Spirit last year, a mid-range triathlon wetsuit priced at under £300 and were instantly impressed by the fit and the flexibility of the wetsuit. Yonda have updated the Spirit for 2021 launching this the Yonda Spectre triathlon wetsuit. While many may not have heard of Yonda they are a growing brand in triathlon and giving a number of the bigger brands a run for their money. The Spectre uses Yamamoto 38 CELL neoprene build for great flexibility, suppleness, fit and comfort. The Spectre has been winning awards since launch and we look forward to reviewing it later in 2021.
Read our review of the Yonda Spirit for more on this exciting brand.
Pros and Cons of the Yonda Spectre
Pros – Incredible value for money and personal customer service
Cons – New kid on the block
Best Price for the Yonda Spectre
Buy the Yonda Spectre 2021 direct from Yonda for £339
Zone3 Aspire Thermal
The second of three Zone3 wetsuits in our list of the best triathlon wetsuits for 2021. The Zone3 Aspire Thermal is a high end wetsuit that even discounted still comes in above £400. Suited in water temperatures below 18 degrees this is a great option for open water sea swims out of the summer season. Using a blend of 2mm, 4mm and 5mm neoprene it offers buoyancy as you would expect from a thermal triathlon wetsuit but also crucially flexibility. It also benefits from advanced design transition aiding features such as Pro Speed Cuffs. If you suffer with poor circulation this thermal wetsuit could be for you.
Pros and Cons of the Zone3 Aspire Thermal
Pros – Excellent wetsuit for early UK season races
Cons – Expensive suit especially if you need a second non-thermal wetsuit
Best Price for the Zone3 Aspire Thermal
Buy the Zone3 Aspire Thermal for £403.75 from Wiggle
The second HUUB triathlon wetsuit in our list and the most expensive from HUUB we have included. HUUB have been taking the world of triathlon by storm over the past decade and this latest wetsuit continues to deilver. Using HUUB’s proprietary +43 neoprene they offer 43% more buoyancy than standard neoprene, a complete USP in the field. If you are looking for maximum buoyancy from a lightweight wetsuit the HUUB is hard to argue with. Sizing and fit are precise so be sure and take your time when choosing the right size. Not always the easiest to put on “right” but don’t be put off by this.
Pros and Cons of the HUUB Varman
Pros – Pioneering wetsuit technology
Cons – Tricky to get the size that is right for you (but worth it when you get there)
Best Price for the HUUB Varman
Buy the Huub Varman for £425 from Wiggle
BlueSeventy Thermal Reaction
This top end thermal wetsuit from the mighty BlueSeventy team boasts a full internal zirconium jersey designed to reduce water absorption that in turn should protect against heat loss. Designed for swimming in water temperatures down as low as 9 degrees centigrade you can wear this in all but the coldest waters. The wetsuit uses a combination of 5mm and 4mm neoprene thickness that no surprises is a buoyant suit. This much insulation trades flexibility and ease of removal in transition.
Pros and Cons of the BlueSeventy Thermal Reaction
Pros – Huge thermal properties for cold water racing
Cons – Restricted mobility compared to non-thermal suits and transition speed
Best Price for the BlueSeventy Thermal Reaction
Buy the BlueSeventy Thermal Reaction for £434.99 from Wiggle
Best High End Triathlon Wetsuit
Having been a fan of Orca triathlon wetsuits for over a decade the Orca 3.8 continues to cement this loyalty. It is an extremely comfortable wetsuit and gives a high degree of buoyancy around the core. If you are looking for a wetsuit to help you swim with a more horizontal swim position then this is a great choice. The buoyancy across the core, bum and upper thighs is fantastic. Is it the fastest wetsuit on the market? I’m not totally convinced as I feel there are quicker wetsuits but maybe that is just me getting slower! The Orca 3.8 is an incredibly comfortable highly technical wetsuit and perfect for anyone after loads of buoyancy.
For more information on the Orca 3.8 read the full review of the Orca 3.8 triathlon wetsuit
Pros and Cons of the Orca 3.8
Pros – Good level of buoyancy from core suiting “lazy legs” swimmers
Cons – Restricts natural roll of swimming more than other wetsuits
Best Price for the Orca 3.8
Buy the Orca 3.8 for £449 from Sigma Sports
2XU Propel Pro
Firmly in the high-end triathlon wetsuit territory the 2XU Propel Pro creeps under the £500 price tag. 2XU offer a range of products for triathletes and we have long been fans of their running tights. The Propel Pro suits strong swimmers helping them to swim faster with class leading mobility. The 2XU Propel Pro smashes it using the most flexible neoprene in the world, 45 Cell 1mm Yamamoto neoprene. It also includes cutting edge panels throughout for enhanced speed through the water for buoyancy and stretch.
Pros and Cons of the 2XU Propel Pro
Pros – All the mod cons from top to tail
Cons – High price and most suited to warmer water races with 1mm neoprene panels
Best Price for the 2XU Propel Pro
Buy the 2XU Propel Pro for £499 from Wiggle
Redesigned for 2021 the latest BlueSeventy Helix wetsuit looks mean. We love the Avengers style shoulder colour flashes! Not that how you look in the water matters of course. Ahem. With a world-class fit, the BlueSeventy Helix Wetsuit features a premium Yamamoto construction and improved panelling that increases rotation and distance per stroke, helping you to move through the water at speed. Super fast in the water and in transition.
Pros and Cons of the BlueSeventy Helix
Pros – Looks awesome and performs to match the design
Cons – Not much if you can stomach the price tag
Best Price for the BlueSeventy Helix
Buy the BlueSeventy Helix for £527.99 from Wiggle
Sailfish G-Range 7 wetsuit
We’ve been late to the Sailfish party but they are storming the start line with a wide range of triathlon wetsuits for all budgets. We’ve included their high end triathlon wetsuit the G-Range 7 model. A lightweight wetsuit that focuses on delivering maximum flexibility for ease of movement. Ideally suited for swimmers who prefer a natural swimming feel and natural water position. Using Nano Space Cell 2 neoprene construction and thin surface coating offers excellent efficiency through the water.
Pros and Cons of the Sailfish G-Range 7
Pros – Great for strong swimmers
Cons – Not as much buoyancy as others trading this for flexibility
Best Price for the Sailfish G-Range 7
Buy the Sailfish G-Range 7 wetsuit for £539.99 from Wiggle
Zone3 Vanquish £546.25 Wiggle
The most expensive wetsuit in our line-up of 15 of the Best Triathlon Wetsuits for 2021 and a firm favourite in the Trivelo offices. The Zone3 Vanquish wetsuit is highly recommended for any swimmer that does not naturally need much help with buoyancy. From our expert review Jason, he commented that he was not a fantastic swimmer by any means. Usually swimming around 30-32 mins for 1900m (70.3 swim). 61-64 mins for the full distance Ironman/Long course 3800m swim. The Zone3 Vanquish wetsuit allowed him to swim at his best without having to worry whether or not I am actually swimming well.
Read the full review of the Zone3 Vanquish for more information.
Pros and Cons of the Zone3 Vanquish
Pros – Supports a natural swim position in the water
Cons – Neckline can rub for longer distance swims
Best Price for the Zone3 Vanquish
Buy the Zone3 Vanquish for £546.25 from Wiggle