FEATURES,  View from the Water

The world’s fastest wetsuits

Over the past week we’ve had the opportunity to test some of the best swimming wetsuits on the market. Needless to say, we’re not going to reveal the results on-line. You’ll have to buy issue 2 for that.
We know that open water swimming and wetsuits do not always sit comfortably together. Some people love them. Others hate them. We have Lynne Cox and Richard Stannard arguing the case for and against in our new “Big Debate” section.
What can’t be denied is that a wetsuit helps most swimmers cut through the water much faster. We saw times drop by as much as 10% in testing. However, to get the most out of a wetsuit you have to use it properly. We’ve asked wetsuit swimming expert Dan Bullock to talk us through the dos and don’ts for making the most of your wetsuit swim.
Issue 2 will be available from 11 April.

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I created Outdoor Swimmer in 2011 (initially as H2Open Magazine) as an outlet for my passion for swimming outdoors. I've been a swimmer and outdoor swimmer for as long as I remember. Swimming has made a huge difference to my life and I want to share its joys and benefits with as many people as possible. I am also the author of Swim Wild & Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 a Year and I provide one-to-one support to swimmers through Swim Mentoring.