It’s testament to the sport’s rapidly growing popularity that many of the leading wetsuit companies are now making swimrun specific wetsuits. You can read more about swimrun in the December 2017 issue of Outdoor Fitness.
Colting Swimrun SR02 from £450 men’s/women’s versions available here.
Swedish swimrun champion Jonas Colting has designed the SR02 to perfectly meet the specific needs of the swimrunner: movement and venting for the run and balance and buoyancy in the swim. It fits beautifully, made from top-quality Japanese neoprene that’s tough, stretchy and lightweight and comes full-length so you can cut it to the best length for you. Each part of the suit is optimised for performance, with 1.5mm high-stretch fabric around the arms, shoulders and sides; 3mm around the waist and 5mm at the front of the legs. Natural rubber ‘Power Thigh’ panels add buoyancy to the quads and the backs of the legs are toughened for durability. There are four pockets for carrying essentials and a long front and back zip for venting on the run – and with its funky patterning it looks great too. Please see below for pictures
Head Aero Swimrun £360 available here.
The well-designed and superbly-comfortable Aero suit has a base of 2mm highly-flexible neoprene and Glideskin neoprene on the upper part with 4mm air cell panels on the chest for added buoyancy. The arms and shoulders use 1.5mm panels for ease of movement. The legs are nylon-covered to give an optimal balance between flexibility and durability while running and getting in/out of the swim. Heat-taped seams allow for full adjustment of the length of arms and legs to suit your needs. A deep front zipper with safety whistle allows for venting on the run.
Blueseventy Alliance Swimrun £225 available here.
New Zealand-based Blueseventy’s brand new Alliance suit is another exciting venture designed specifically with swimrun in mind. Strategically-placed 4mm neoprene panels give you great buoyancy where you need it, while thinner fabric over the shoulders, hips and legs allow for freedom of movement on the run. There’s a long front zip for venting, two front pockets and a large, zipped back pocket for easy-to-reach essentials and tether loops for towing. We love the bright orange panels that really make it stand out from the crowd.
Orca Core Two-Piece £89 (top) + £95 (shorts) available here.
This two-piece suit is designed for swimrunning in warmer climates. The top can be fully opened or removed completely during the run. It features two mesh pockets for paddles or other accessories and an integrated emergency whistle. The shorts have thicker neoprene on the front for buoyancy, with thinner fabric on the back for movement.
Orca also make modular extras to go with the suit, such as arm and leg sleeves that can be added for colder conditions, making it a versatile and well-priced option, and there’s also a one-piece version of the Core. Please visit the website for pictures