Photo: Oliver Baker

Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Tri Suit


$145, Swimoutlet.com

The draw: Non-wetsuit swim speed

The Elite felt fastest in the water of all the suits tested, thanks to a tight fit and the sensation of added buoyancy. The quick-dry chamois felt barely there when running, but chafed a bit on longer rides, making this suit best for sprint or Olympic-distance events. The small back pockets are good for two gels total, and silicone thigh grippers kept the legs from riding up. Testers loved the suit’s silky, comfortable material. But the Elite isn’t for wallflowers as the stitching draws attention to your nether regions.