2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Photo: John David Becker

Aqua Sphere Challenger

$350, Aquasphereswim.com
The draw: Stretchy comfort, all-over float

A durable suit, the Challenger features special stretch panels at the wrists and ankles for easy on-and-off in transition. While it’s a bit stiff in the shoulders, testers appreciated the soft, chafe-preventing underarm material, comfortable neck, and the all-over buoyancy that countered dragging hips and legs. This is a solid entry-level contender that can help ease a swimmer into developing open-water confidence.