Triathlon & Swimming Wetsuits

OPEN WATER SWIM & TRIATHLON WETSUITS

Open water swimming and triathlon wetsuits are built differently to your more traditional wetsuit. Surfing wetsuits are generally designed with warmth and protection in mind, while open water swimming and triathlon wetsuits are made specifically for swimmers' needs. Although it’s not against any competition rules to wear a surfing wetsuit for a triathlon, the difference in the way they are built means less flexibility and buoyancy. 

Our range of Open Water Swim suits are all high quality, designed by the best swimming wetsuit brands which you can purchase at a competitive price. We are backed by 19 years of heritage and a proud supplier of swim-specific neoprene from Orca, Blu Smooth and Zone 3.  Made with research input from top athletes like Blue Smooth’s ex-international swimmer Kevin Richards or a suit from Zone 3’s range developed in partnership with ‘fastest man out of the water at Kona’, Josh Amberger, you can be assured that a swim in a well fitted swim-specific suit will blow your expectations away.

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  1. Orca Swimrun Calf Guards
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  2. Cressi Lido 2mm Mens Shorty Wetsuit 2021 - Black/Blue
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  3. Sola Open Water Swim Wetsuit For Men
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  4. Zone3 Aspect Womens Breaststroke Wetsuit in Black/Pink
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  5. Orca Vitalis TRN Mens Openwater Wetsuit - Black
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  6. Orca Vitalis Open Water Womens Swimskin Shorty - Black
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  8. Sola Open Water 3/2mm Swim Womens Wetsuit - Black
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  9. Orca Core Hi-Vis Mens Openwater Wetsuit  - Black/Orange
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  10. Orca Vitalis Hi-Vis Womens Openwater Wetsuit - Black/Orange
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  11. Zone3 Mens Advance Open Water Swim Wetsuit 2021 - Black/Blue
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  12. Zone3 Aspect Mens Breaststroke Wetsuit in Black/Blue
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  13. Orca Vitalis TRN Womens Openwater Wetsuit - Black
    As low as £218.95
  14. Orca Killa 180 Swim Goggles - Mirror/Green
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  15. Orca Athlex Float Mens Triathlon Wetsuit - Red Buoy - Front
    As low as £238.95
  16. Zone3 Mens Agile Open Water Swim Wetsuit 2021
    As low as £198.95
  17. Zone3 Active Short Sleeve Mens Trisuit 2021 - Black/Red
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  18. Zone 3 Attack Swim Goggles Polarised - Navy Orange
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  21. Orca Swim Hat
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  22. Orca Pull Buoy
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  23. C Skins Swim Research 28L Buoy / Dry Bag - Orange
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  24. Orca Zeal Thermal Mens Open Water Wetsuit  - Black/Orange
    As low as £448.95
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Do I Need A Triathlon Wetsuit?

Triathlon wetsuits aren’t just designed to offer flexibility and buoyancy during the swimming part of the race, they are also designed to maintain your body temperature and keep your safe in cold waters. In the UK, a wetsuit is mandatory when the water temperature is below 14 celsius (roughly 57F), where the swimming leg is 1500m. If the swim is longer, the minimum temperature required for a wetsuit is higher, as you’ll be spending more time in the water. 

How Thick Should A Triathlon Wetsuit Be?

For beginners, wetsuits tend to be a little thicker to provide more warmth and buoyancy in the water. The sacrifice here is often when it comes to flexibility, with thinner wetsuits designed for elite athletes having thinner neoprene. You should also note that 5mm is the maximum thickness of a triathlon wetsuit, this is to avoid athletes overheating in the water. 

A lot of triathlon wetsuits will have a mixture of neoprene thicknesses to maximise flexibility in the areas that matter, while providing buoyancy too. 

How Tight Should A Triathlon Wetsuit Be?

Ultimately, you’re aiming for your wetsuit to fit like a second skin. You want it to offer maximum flexibility while being tight to your skin to reduce drag and minimise the amount of water that is held in any empty pockets of the suit. Arm length is very important when sizing a triathlon suit, as you want the sleeves to stop just short of the wrists and be snug under the armpits. 

If there’s a lot of wrinkles in your wetsuit, it means that you’ve gone at least one size too high, try one size below and keep working your way down until you have a snug fit around your body, legs and arms, allowing you to carry out the full arm motion while swimming. 

For advice on how to pick the perfect wetsuit for open water swimming or triathlons you can visit our blog article: What to look for in a triathlon wetsuit. Alternatively, contact Wetsuit Centre and we can answer any questions and queries you may have.

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