2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Orca Alpha $650

Patches of ultra-buoyant neoprene are positioned along the buttocks and posterior thigh, putting the legs in a prime position to propel the swimmer. From the elbow through the core, the suit is remarkably flexible and light, allowing for unimpeded stroke mechanics. Triathletes will also enjoy the low-profile collar that limits chafing and water entry. Unless you have enormous lat muscles, check for looseness along the spine before selecting your size. Orca.com