Xterra Volt Sleeveless
Best for: Beginners and warm-water swims
While the 2016 Volt Sleeveless carries a retail price of $250, you may a able to find a bargain through Xterra’s Outlet site or one of its frequent sales from the company’s mailing list. Xterra calls this suit the ultimate entry-level wetsuit, and it’s tough to dispute that claim given the comfort and durability. It doesn’t provide the same buoyancy as some other price-point wetsuits with 3mm of neoprene on the front, but it’s enough to help a new triathlete comfortably complete a sprint or Olympic-distance swim. The seams are reinforced and the liner holds its shape to ensure longevity. The neck collar is a little high and may feel a bit restrictive for some, but chafing wasn’t an issue after applying a little Body Glide.