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Speedo Fastskin Xenon Wetsuit

£250 www.speedo.com

This Aussie brand is one of the most influential in triathlon’s history, but they had rather nose-dived in recent years. For 2019, Speedo had a rethink: they reduced their wetsuit range to three suits, available in both men’s and women’s, with nothing above £250. These have won heaps of Best Value accolades. And I must agree that this suit, at the top of their range, is awesome. It’s made from Yamamoto 39 cell neoprene rubber — apparently the most buoyant existing. It’s very supple and stretchy, fitting like a second skin while allowing a full range of motion in my shoulders. I personally like the 1.5 thickness for swimming; it adds a bit of protection from the cold but isn’t suffocatingly thick. The extra buoyancy around the hips took a while to get used to but it does feel like it gives me a better position in the water. The only downside is that the narrow cuffs make the suit quite hard to get off.

▶Verdict: Awesome suit for the price – but be prepared to have to wrestle it off.

▶Best for: Triathletes and open water swimmers looking for a good range of movement in a reasonably-priced suit.

Review by Sarah Stirling @sarahstirling