I absolutely love swimming in my wetsuit. I feel, buoyant and fast and kinda sexy too 🤣
I’ve had various brands over the years, Blue Seventy, Orca, HUUB, dhb, Speedo, Arena, Sumarpo
Swimming wetsuits are different from general use wetsuits. They are usually thinner and made from a open cell foam neoprene that is a lot more stretchy helping with flexibility. They also have a slippery outer layer that lets you glide through the water faster. The downside of this thinner stretchier neoprene is they can be delicate and prone to holes.
I like to have race suits and training/coaching suits so that i don’t put holes in the expensive ones.
Last season i raced in the the HUUB Race open water wetsuit which i loved. Its design was sleek and it was beautiful to swim in. It does have quite thick buoyancy panels in the thigh which as a decent swimmer i didn’t really need but it didn’t bother me too much. I used the dhb entry level suit for coaching and general training.
This season i went for Arena Storm for competitions. Its sooooo beautiful and i love how comfy it is, the buoyancy is spot on but perhaps slightly long in the body for me though (im 5’3″ so quite short). I have been lucky this year to partner up with Tri Wetsuit Hire who have loaned me wetsuits from the gorgeous Orca range. I have to say the Orca Athlex Flex may just be one of my all time favourites. It thin and flexible, easy to put on and just feels snazzy, i now have the Orca Thermal for the winter so i’m looking forward to wearing that. If you are considering buying a wetsuit but don’t know where to start give them a call and perhaps renting one for the season may be the best option.