These 3 mid-range triathlon wetsuits are perfect for beginner or improving triathletes.

Foor Quantum 2.Foor

Triathlon Wetsuits£299
www.triuk.com

A striking design gets you excited about this suit straight out of the box, with its black and orange markings it certainly looks the part. Using cell air injected technology in the front panels, the suit floats extremely well – almost too well as some of the better swimmers on test found the suit interfered with rotation, impeding their stroke.

However, for those who don’t have the rotation of a kebab spit this suit is perfect as it is made for a triathlete who isn’t a great swimmer but doesn’t want to settle for an entry-level suit. One of the best features is the low-lying neck-line, minimizing water entering the suit without restricting breathing.

VERDICT

A wetsuit suited to those less competent swimmers, who still want a serious wetsuit.

Performance 4/5

Value 4/5

Overall 4/5

Orca Sonar

Triathlon Wetsuits£250
www.orca.com

The Pricier wetsuit of the Orca range on test and although a more advanced suit than the other, it comes better suited for the less competent swimmer. Features such as hydralift pads on the forearms and thicker walled neoprene around the hips and lower legs make the Sonar extremely buoyant.

Although extremely flexible around the shoulders, the hydra lift pads impeded an exaggerated high elbow recovery favoured by many strong swimmers, so this suit would be better suited to someone who wants a quality wetsuit aimed at a less experienced swimmer. When taking it off, this suit was pretty quick, and overall it was a up to a good standard.

VERDICT

Full of technology for the slow swimmer. Will save you time and effort in the opening leg.

Performance 3/5

Value 4/5

Overall 3/5

Sailfish Attack

Triathlon Wetsuits£299
www.sailfish.com

We were a little disappointed by this suit. Few features have trickled down from the better Sailfish wetsuits, which makes for a rather different type of suit. From the outside it looks good, using Nanoskin neoprene to help you slip through water, but for our testers it didn’t live up to that first impression.

It has SoftStretch inner liner for flexibility and comfort, but we found it had an uncomfortable fit across the chest and shoulders. However, the suit is very buoyant and has no trouble in positioning you on top of the water. The forearms feature catch panels designed to help increase your catch on the water. The suit was a little tricky to take off, most likely due to the interior.

VERDICT

A bit of a let down compared to the other suits, works well enough, but poor value for money.

Performance 3/5

Value 2/5

Overall 3/5