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Men's wetsuits: De Soto T1 First Wave Pullover and Bibjohn

$370 and $440 (respectively),

The draw: All-around performance, environmentally friendly

De Soto uses a limestone-based rubber, which is much more environmentally friendly than petroleum for this suit, and the unique two-piece design offers great performance. Touted as the most flexible suit of the bunch, this was especially true at key points like elbows, the chest and shoulders. Buoyancy was balanced and kept us in a good level position. This combination of buoyancy and flexibility allowed our stroke mechanics to remain unchanged. The two-piece design does not allow water in, and while removal takes some getting used to, once dialed in, it is as fast as any to peel off. Warm enough for the coldest water.

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