Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Upgrade to today
for only an extra Cxx.xx

You get:

plus This issue of xxxxxxxxxxx.
plus Instant access to the latest issue of 300+ of our top selling titles.
plus Unlimited access to 26000+ back issues
plus No contract or commitment. If you decide that PocketmagsPlus is not for you, you can cancel your monthly subscription online at any time. Auto-renews at $14.99 per month, unless cancelled.
Upgrade Now for $14.99 Learn more
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points


Not sure what you need in a wetsuit? Outdoor Swimmer editor Jonathan Cowie and contributing editor Alice Gartland tested a range of suits from under £100 to over £500 to find out the best wetsuits on the market for any budget


We headed down to Tooting Bec Lido to test a range of wetsuits. The water temperature was 11 degrees Celsius so we were able to test for warmth as well as performance, fit, buoyancy and faff factor (how difficult it is to put on and take off the wetsuit), plus our overall impression.

What should you look for in a wetsuit? It really depends on what you want to use the suit for and your budget. We tested suits from under £100 to over £500. Some suits are designed for open water swimming, while others are more triathlon-specific. Innovations this year include Orca’s two-piece suit – no good for a triathlon, but a real contender if you are looking for something just for swimming. Other brands like Selkie and Alpkit produce suits specifically for open water swimmers, concentrating on feel for the water and a more natural swimming experience rather than just getting you to your bike in as quick a time as possible.

Different suits offer different levels of warmth and buoyancy, and the more expensive the suit gets the better range of movement you will have as high-spec flexible neoprene is used on the arms and shoulders. Other features on high-end suits might include catch panels on the forearms, breakaway zips and stability panels. Cheaper suits might not have thinner and more flexible neoprene, but they can often be more durable – so something to consider if you want your suit to last a long time or you plan on taking it out on wild swimming adventures and not just racing in it.

Wetsuits help you swim faster by reducing drag and improving buoyancy, but only if you fit them correctly. Put one on incorrectly, and it can seriously hold you back. A wetsuit should fit like a second skin, practically vacuumsealed. Do a simple test: with the suit on and well-fitted all over, hold one arm out horizontally and check the material underneath. If there are folds of rubber or an air pocket, there isn’t enough of you to fill the suit.

The wetsuit dance! Jonathan throws some shapes while getting into the Huub Aerious II
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Outdoor Swimmer - May 2017
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - May 2017
Or 999 points
Getting free sample issues is easy, but we need to add it to an account to read, so please follow the instructions to read your free issue today.
Email Address
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.67 per issue
Was $89.99
Now $55.99
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 7.99 per issue
Or 799 points

View Issues

About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to our training special! Whether you have signed up for your first open water event or are planning an endurance challenge we have a plan for you – turn to page 44 for our one mile, 5k and 10k training schedules. We also have an intensive 10k DIY training camp for more advanced swimmers, as well as advice on how to successfully swim 24 miles in 24 hours and train for a swimrun event. Plus, our resident Olympian Cassie Patten answers your training queries and Total Immersion head coach Terry Laughlin trains your brain as well as your body. And if you haven’t yet signed up to an event to train for, check out our full listings starting on page 80. Outdoor swimming isn’t all about chasing that PB though. We hear from self-confessed dipper Joe Minihane about how wild swimming helped cure his anxiety and Ella Foote swims with Tessa Wardley, the author of a new book on mindfulness and swimming. And Jenny Landreth delves into the history books to explore the advice given to female swimmers in the 19th century. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.