2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Photo: John David Becker

De Soto Sports T1 First Wave

$620, Desotosport.com
The draw: Upper-body freedom

The San Diego-based company constructs its suits with a unique two-piece design and its feel in the water is equally distinct. Separating the pullover from the lower body allows it to expand and slide more freely than other suits without being anchored to the rest of the body. Water doesn’t slip in between the pieces of a well-fitting set even though it doesn’t compress the upper body like a typical suit. Pulling it off is about equally challenging to a one-piece with a little practice. Dividing the pieces allows this suit to fit a wide variety of body shapes.