Photo: Oliver Baker

2XU Race


$400, Swimoutlet.com

The draw: A punchy feel for shorter strokes

Most of the buoyancy is in the upper body, which is best for athletes who lift their head a lot when they breathe. This position also makes sighting buoys much more efficient. We found this suit to be most flexible at the hips, which made for uninterrupted rotation. The chest and arms felt a little restrictive, especially on dry land, but they loosened up some in the water. Athletes who have a shorter stroke and high turnover rate, or have a sideways or straight-arm recovery will appreciate the punchy feeling. Warmth is good through a range of temperatures, and we never felt that “get me out of this suit” heat.