2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

2XU R:2 $399

The R:2’s outer skin feels slick in the water, and its ample neoprene on the hips and upper body floats the swimmer toward the surface. Those thick neoprene patches on the hips help maintain an efficient position through a complete stroke, but the wetsuit needs to be broken in to feel fully flexible. By design, the R:2 helps bring the arms into the mid-stroke, which can help increase turnover but creates a slight tug for swimmers who end their stroke with a long follow-through. 2xu.com