Photo: Oliver Baker

Orca S6


$239, Swimoutlet.com

The draw: A wallet-friendly boost

The stealthy zebra look of the entry-level S6 is surprisingly flattering, and the durable suit performs well for the price. It features a strong seal around the wrists, easy-on-and-off legs thanks to stretch panels at the backs of the ankles, and extra buoyancy we felt most in the chest and thighs. Triathletes looking to stay warm and get a little rotational help will appreciate the S6. Those with shoulder issues might want to pony up for one with more flex in that area.