2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Zoot Z Force 1.0 WetZoot $200

If you’re transitioning from the pool to open-water swimming and want an affordable wetsuit, look no further than the Z Force 1.0. The best features of the wetsuit are buoyancy and warmth, two attributes that can help overcome anxiety over open-water swimming. The dorsal flex zipper pulls tight along the back, putting the body into a heads-up sighting position, giving new swimmers added support to refine and control their kick. The chest will feel compressed and tight in this position, so spend time practicing in this suit before racing. The neoprene around the arms is slightly thick but has enough flexibility to allow for high arm cadence. Zootsports.com