2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Photo: John David Becker

2XU A:1 Sleeveless

$280, 2xu.com
The draw: Effective fit, plenty of lift

Sleeveless wetsuits are tricky to fit; they must keep water from dragging at the armpits without restricting your stroke by pinching. With seven sizes to chose from and an expertly crafted cut, the A:1 does just that while also boosting the hips, legs and chest for optimal body position in the water. All of that earned it high marks from both novice and expert swimmers. On a not-too-cold day it feels like a secret weapon for extra shoulder freedom.