SwimRun Wetsuit Reviews

This page of SwimRun wetsuit reviews looks at several wetsuits that we have personally used in SwimRun races, as well as new suits on the market as this fascinating sport evolves and attracts the big name sports brands.

First, let's take a look at our FIRST wetsuits that we used for SwimRun.

These were triathlon wetsuits, and we left the arms and legs at full length. Richard had (and still has) a Speedo wetsuit which fits like a glove, but is a little TOO tight for SwimRun

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsRichard's Speedo triathlon wetsuit

Mogsy had (and also still has) a Huub triathlon wetsuit, also left uncut. She used this at our first ever SwimRun event in Hvar, Croatia. It turned out to be quite hot on the runs, and we wanted to take our wetsuit tops down.

But the triathlon wetsuits fit very tightly, and it was not easy to get our arms out of the sleeves. EVEN HARDER was trying to get our arms back into the wetsuit when we were hot and sweaty, and the noeprene was sticking to EVERYTHING!

Then we decided that we wanted to upgrade a little to more swimrun-specific suits.

Richard went straight for the Head RACE wetsuit, which comes with long arms and legs, but is adaptable - you can cut the legs down to knee-length for better running, and keep the lower leg sections as neoprene calf guards.

Mogsy had problems getting a standard suit to fit, and elected to go with a custom made-to-measure suit from a wetsuit manufacturer in Wales, U.K. called NoLimit.

We specified front and rear zips,  webbing loops front and rear for the swimrun towrope, and external pockets with flaps. Greg at NoLimit wetsuits put together an amazing suit exactly to our measurements. The suit looked amazing, and the quality of construction was very high. We could feel the quality of the seams and stitching.

But, for whatever reason, Mogsy didn't feel comfortable swimming in the suit!

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsMogsy's custom suit from No Limit

Mogsy tried out the custom suit a few times, and unfortunately found that it wasn't ideal for her swimming style. So has put it up for sale at a bargain price of £100, (the original price was over £400 !). Current August 2019.

Next, she found a wetsuit from Colting which has been very good.

The Colting wetsuit was designed by a frustrated swimrunner in Sweden who got fed up of waiting for the big companies to produce a decent SwimRun wetsuit. So he designed and manufactured his own. And then went into business producing them!

Mogsy has found the Colting  SRO2+ wetsuit to be of extremely high quality - even when she fell at the Ötillö Isles of Scilly race, gashing her arm so badly that it needed stitches at the medical tent afterwards, the wetsuit still held together at the injury area, and helped to control the bleeding over the next 4 hours.

The wetsuit arm was easily repaired with Neoprene Queen wetsuit glue when we got home - Colting suits are quality products!

Richard adapted his Head RACE suit, as seen on the SwimRun wetsuit page HERE.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsMogsy's new Colting SwimRun wetsuit
SwimRun Wetsuit ReviewsColting wetsuit

SwimRun Wetsuit Reviews - Men's

Looking at other SwimRun Wetsuit reviews, we have checked out the BEST 5 men's wet suits that are specifically designed for SwimRun events, and 4 for women, available from Amazon for amazing prices!

1. Orca Men's Perform SwimRun wetsuit.

The Orca Men's Perform suit has brightly patterned arms that really stand out.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsMen's Orca Perform suit

The main features of the SwimRun Wetsuit;

  • The long arms are detachable, just above the elbows. This leaves you with short arms, if you are racing in temperatures above, say, 14 degrees Celcius for the water and above 18 degrees Celcius ambient air. This feature will help to keep you cool. It also makes it much easier and faster to get the top half of the suit off if you want to "cab down" on a longer run section.
  • The inner and outer pockets on the legs can hold extra floatation pads, to give you extra buoyancy where you need it most. You can use your Swimrun pads to get more buoyancy, or you can remove them for more freedom of movement.
  •  Flexibility - The yellow 2-mm panels under the arms allow this suit to be extremely flexible, especially for swimming, but also when you are running. It allows your arms to move more freely.
  • The new DuraSkin material on the lower body is essentially a tough surface treatment that protects the suit surface from minor abrasions caused by rocks, sand or gravel during transitions.
  • Storage - This suit has a lot of pockets, so you have room to store everything you need. It has two large outer pockets on the legs where you can store Swimrun buoyancy pads, a large back pocket with a zipper, two inner pockets and two chest pockets. Ideal!
  • The inner lining called "Infinity Skin" is claimed to have several advantages. It uses  a high-elasticity nylon including bamboo fibres. This inner lining is claimed to feel smooth and comfortable against your skin, trap body heat better (good for the swim sections but not great for running legs), and to be anti-bacterial, which will help to reduce smells building up.

Overall, I like the Men's Perform wetsuit from Orca. It has several useful features, such as the detachable arms, short legs, and plenty of pockets for storing gear. The neoprene is high-quality from Yamamoto, and the Dura-Skin treatment will help to prevent abrasions and small rips in the vulnerable areas of the suit. But it's not tough enough to prevent a sharp rock penetrating the suit if you fell badly.

Nevertheless, a good choice of SwimRun wetsuit.


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2. BlueSeventy Men's Alliance SwimRun wetsuit.

This BlueSeventy suit comes in a loud orange color around the shoulders and the rear of the legs. Like nearly all SwimRun wetsuits, it comes with long arms and short legs.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsBlueSeventy Alliance

This suit boasts the following;

  •  The relatively thick 4mm neoprene panels throughout the suit help to keep you slightly higher in the water while swimming.  There are thinner panels around your hips and legs, to give you better flexibility and movement when on the run.
  •  An extended front zip allows you to unzip the suit on the run, helping to  keep your body temperature down.

  • The Alliance swimrun suit has internal seam taping on the arms, which lets you cut the arms to the ideal length for you, without the seams shredding. Most folk will reduce the arm length to help get the top off quickly and back on quickly when going "cab down" on hot runs. The question is - how much to cut? That's up to you? But the arms are not detachable like the Orca suit. Once you cut the Alliance arms, they stay cut!
  • There are 2 internal pockets, one on each side of your stomach.  These are good for small items such as a compass and energy gels. An oversized back pocket is accessible from the outside and sits in the small of the back making it comfortable during the swim and the run.
  • There are small webbing loops situated on either side of the rear, for clipping things into such as cords and karabiners. These loops are oddly positioned, because they are not useful for attaching a swimrun tow rope.

  •  BlueSeventy use a durable neoprene material for the Alliance suit, to help stand up to the rough nature of swimrun. But again, like the Orca suit, this will not prevent puncture cuts on sharp rocks.

Overall, I am not so keen on the Alliance suit. It does not have the useful features of the Orca suit, and seems a little less flexible. But it does have good buoyancy for swimming, and that longer than standard front zip. Definitely worth a look!


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3. Zone3 Versa men's SwimRun wetsuit.  The "Versa" suit from respected company Zone3 is pitched at being an entry-level suit for newcomers to SwimRun.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsZone 3 Versa

This Zone3 suit claims the following advantages;

  • The back and underarm panels use "Neo-Breathe" fabric, which Zone3 say is a four-way stretch neoprene. They claim it allows moisture and body heat to escape whilst protecting against cold water.
  •  Flexible 2mm neoprene around the shoulders, for ease of movement when swimming.
  • Detachable 2mm sleeves which you can wear on the swim legs,  and take off for the run sections if you're getting hot.

  • Abrasion-resistant "Gator Fabric" on the legs to minimize abrasions and tears to the suit on rough terrain.

  • Extended leg length to cover the knees -  for warmth and protection. This is an interesting feature, as it helps with warmth when swimming and also gives you some knee protection when scrambling in and out of the swims. If it proves to be annoying, you can simply cut the knee section off and leave the suit as a standard short-leg design.
  •  A standard front zip, with a cord. This is easy to pull down or up to help control your body temperature.
  • External zipped pocket in the small of your back on the right side.

Overall, the Zone3 suit is supposed to be a starter suit, but it has some unique features like the knee protection and the offset rear zipped pocket. The detachable arms are useful, making this suit excellent value for money. Definitely recommended!


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4. 2XU Men's SR1 wetsuit

The 2XU suit has long arms and short legs. The arms are NOT detachable, but may be cut if you want to make them shorter. 

SwimRun wetsuit reviews2XU men's SR1

Here is the design from 2XU;

  • Extra-stretch double-sided nylon - For flexibility and water speed

  • The shoulder and underarm panels are in a thinner-than-average 1.5mm neoprene (most others use 2mm)- for increased flexibility when swimming.
  • There are thick 8mm neoprene panels over the thighs, for buoyancy in the legs
  • There are thinner 2mm panels around your hips and pelvis, helping to let you run with reduced resistance from the suit.
  • There is a large rear pocket for gels, compass, waterproof bandage etc., but it's a little awkward to get in to.
  • The front zip is longer than usual, to help compensate for the lack of a rear zip. This makes it awkward to take the top down completely on a long warm run, but at least you can open up the entire front of the suit for ventilation.

Overall, the 2XU suit is unremarkable, without anything that makes it stand out from other SwimRun wetsuits EXCEPT the price. It is very competitively priced, and for that reason is worth looking at. Probably best for events under 30km total distance.


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5. ROKA men's Maverick suit

Finally, the TOP of the Range suit from ROKA; This another suit with a front-only zip, NO rear zip. This seems to be the way SwimRun suits are going at the moment. The Roka suit is totally black, with only a few detail colors.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsRoka men's Maverick
  • Thin neoprene under the arms and around the shoulders, 3mm neoprene in the back, and 5 mm neoprene on the chest and 2mm for the legs.
  • Front zip for quick ventilation and access to interior pockets during the run.
  •  There are 2 internal pockets, 1 on each side of your abdomen, with a velcro closure. I find the velcro a little TOO secure, and the pockets can be difficult to get in to with numb fingers.
  • The Maverick has a carefully designed crotch area,  to reduce rubbing and chafing  when running.
  •  In addition to the 2 internal pockets, there is also a slim, low-profile external pocket on the outside of your right leg. It also has a velcro seal, and a small hole at the bottom to allow water to drain out.

Overall, the Roka is a high-quality suit with the essential features; long front zip, total of 3 accessible pockets, and graded/variable neoprene thickness to allow best flexibility while retaining buoyancy for swimming and enough insulation to keep you warm. This is a premium grade suit priced at around $500.


SwimRun Wetsuit Reviews - Women's

The 4 top SwimRun wetsuits for women, at great prices from Amazon!

1. Orca SwimRun Wetsuit Core

The recent design from Orca has bright green arms and side panels, for good visibility on swim legs. The arms are detachable, so you can elect to leave the arms off if racing in moderate temperatures, or keep the on for colder races. It is a front-zip only design, as companies move away from the front-and-rear zip suits.

swimrun wetsuit reviewsOrca CORE suit for women

So, the Core wetsuit has;

  • 2 removable arm sleeves in 2mm neoprene,  make this a versatile suit. 
  •  It has an outer side pocket for energy gels, compass, waterproof bandage and spare goggles.
  •  The Swimrun Core has the emergency whistle attached to the front zip, which makes it quickly accessible.
  • A LONG front zip, as this is a single-zip suit, to help getting the suit on and off; you can also pull the zip part-down on the runs to improve cooling.
  • The Core is made with high quality 39 Cell Yamamoto neoprene, which gives maximum flexibility during your swim and run.

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2. BlueSeventy Women's Alliance swimrun wetsuit

Respected wetsuit maker BlueSeventy have this dedicated women's suit; It comes with bright orange panels for the arms and rear of the legs, for high visibility when swimming.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsBlueSeventy Alliance women's wetsuit

This suit is the same as the men's version, in a women's cut, and boasts the following;

  •  The relatively thick 4mm neoprene panels throughout the suit help to keep you slightly higher in the water while swimming.  There are thinner panels around your hips and legs, to give you better flexibility and movement when on the run.
  •  An extended front zip allows you to unzip the suit on the run, helping to  keep your body temperature down.

  • The Alliance swimrun suit has internal seam taping on the arms, which lets you cut the arms to the ideal length for you, without the seams shredding. Most folk will reduce the arm length to help get the top off quickly and back on quickly when going "cab down" on hot runs. The question is - how much to cut? That's up to you? But the arms are not detachable like the Orca suit. Once you cut the Alliance arms, they stay cut!
  • There are 2 internal pockets, one on each side of your stomach.  These are good for small items such as a compass and energy gels. An oversized back pocket is accessible from the outside and sits in the small of the back making it comfortable during the swim and the run.
  • There are small webbing loops situated on either side of the rear, for clipping things into such as cords and karabiners. These loops are oddly positioned, because they are not useful for attaching a swimrun tow rope.

  •  BlueSeventy use a durable neoprene material for the Alliance suit, to help stand up to the rough nature of swimrun. But again, like the Orca suit, this will not prevent puncture cuts on sharp rocks.



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3. Zone3 Women's Evolution SwimRun wetsuit

The Zone3 SwimRun suit for women; Zone3 make the following claims;

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsWomen's Zone 3 Evolution

  • The shorts are designed using 3mm neoprene down the center, and 5mm neoprene down the sides. The 3mm gives flexibility when running, while the the 5mm sections give additional buoyancy and thermal insulation.
  • The shoulders and underarm panels are in thin 1.5mm neoprene for maximum flexibility when swimming.
  • The back and side panels are in 5mm material, for buoyancy and thermal insulation.
  •   Front zip only, the suit comes with emergency whistle and compass.
  •   There are 2 internal pockets at the front, and a large zipped rear pocket.
  •   The suit comes with 8mm thick calf sleeves, which give a lot of buoyancy to your legs, and help limit heat loss on long swims. BUT they can be restrictive to run in.

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4. ROKA women's Maverick SwimRun wetsuit

And the top of the range offering from ROKA; In all-black. This is the same suit as the men's version, but in a women's cut.

SwimRun wetsuit reviewsRoka women's Maverick
  • Thin neoprene under the arms and around the shoulders, 3mm neoprene in the back, and 5 mm neoprene on the chest and 2mm for the legs.
  • Front zip for quick ventilation and access to interior pockets during the run.
  •  There are 2 internal pockets, 1 on each side of your abdomen, with a velcro closure. I find the velcro a little TOO secure, and the pockets can be difficult to get in to with numb fingers.
  • The Maverick has a carefully designed crotch area,  to reduce rubbing and chafing  when running.
  •  In addition to the 2 internal pockets, there is also a slim, low-profile external pocket on the outside of your right leg. It also has a velcro seal, and a small hole at the bottom to allow water to drain out.

SwimRun Wetsuit Reviews - Women's

In our review of available SwimRun wetsuit options, we hope you find something suitable! AND remember - don't despair if the first wetsuit you order turns out to be a poor fit, OR doesn't work as well as you'd hoped. It can take a few attempts to get the ideal fit and performance.

If you ordered your SwimRun wetsuit online, and it's plain when you try it on that the size is wrong, you can normally send it back, either to change the size, or else to get a full refund (minus postage costs).

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