2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Photo: John David Becker

XTERRA Lava Pants

$150, Xterrawetsuits.com
The draw: Race-specific training

Think of these neoprene capris as the ultimate pull buoy. Like the common training tool, they help achieve an efficient, horizontal body position in the water by floating the hips and legs towards the surface. Since they still allow free movement, they closely mimic the feeling of swimming in a wetsuit. Take them to the pool and train with the Lava Pants to adapt to the effect and you’ll be better prepared when racing in a full wetsuit.