2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Wetsuits

Photo: John David Becker

Orca S5

$239, Orca.com
The draw: Flexible for the price

Inflexibility is a common concern with affordable full-sleeve wetsuits. Many suits in this price range use rigid materials and do in fact restrict shoulder movement, but Orca sidestepped that problem. The S5 stretches and flexes freely. A generously thick panel of spanning that goes from the legs to the chest helps keep even a new swimmer up toward the surface. Some water can trickle into the suit through the neck, but its low-cut shape helps prevent chaffing.