Terrapin Natural Swimming Wetsuit [Mens] swimming wetsuit
Swimming suit designed to give a natural position in the water with maximum flexibility for a greater range of movement and uninhibited swimming action.
While purists may argue there is nothing as liberating as the feel of cold water flowing over your smooth, naked skin, the less hardy of us are more than happy to trade off some of that natural feeling for the advantages of a swimming suit. Designed in collaboration with industry guru Dean Jackson, Terrapin has been designed with open water and adventure swimming in mind whether it be the Great North Swim or daily dip in your local river, lake and sea.
For the intermediate to strong swimmer a pure swimming wetsuit can extend your open water swimming experience. For the swimmer making the transition from pool to open water, a wetsuit can simply help you cope with the cold, increase your buoyancy and give you confidence.
Terrapin is the thinnest, most flexible suit in our range. It provides enough buoyancy to help you move swiftly and efficiently through the water, adding a layer of temperature retention to keep you warm swimming outdoors whilst leaving enough freedom of movement, particularly in the shoulders, to assist your stroke.
Compared to Lotic we have reduced the neoprene thickness around the back of the leg to get closer to your body's natural buoyancy. The lower buoyancy reduces body roll giving a more natural swimming position. Underarm panels help increase flexibility and extend reach for long powerful strokes.
Stronger, more experienced swimmers may appreciate Terrapin over our other more buoyant wetsuits for a more natural swimming position.
As you propel yourself through the water drag is further reduced by the Glideskin neoprene. Making up the majority of the suits surface area it streamlines Terrapins movement through the water and give it excellent dirt and water repellency. Glideskin also reduces heat conduction from the body increasing warmth over standard neoprene.
The wrists, shoulders and neck feature flashes of blue for better visibility with a nylon skin covering the lower leg for durability in this high abrasion area.
Access to and from the suit is via a deep back zipper with lanyard to ensure you can get in and out by yourself.
A great affordable suit for a natural swimming experience.
Terrapin also comes in a Women's specific fit
- Lower buoyancy suit for a more natural swimming stroke
- Neoprene where you need it for durability
- Buoyancy in the legs for greater speed and energy conservation
- Glideskin outer for reduced friction and easier maintenance
- High flexibility around shoulders for unrestricted arm movement
- Blue flashes at wrists for visibilty
- Integrated pouch for valuables
- Comfort neck and fully standard nylon lining
Small - 5’0” to 5’6” and 56-65 kg
Medium - 5’4” to 5’10” and 64-73 kg
Large - 5’10’ to 6’3” and 77-85 kg
Short and Strong - 5’5” to 5’11"and 78-86 kg
X-Large - 5’11’ to 6’4’ and 83-95 kg
Medium Tall - 5’9’ to 6’3’ and 68-74 kg
Neck: 2 mm Standard Neoprene
Chest: 3 mm Glideskin
Back: 3 mm Glideskin
Shoulder: 2 mm Glideskin
Lower Sleeve Cuff: 1.5 mm Standard Neoprene
Butt: 2.5 mm Glideskin
Crotch: 2.5 mm Glideskin
Armpit Panel: 1.5 mm Standard Neoprene
Upper Leg: 2.5 mm Glideskin
Lower Leg Front: 2.5 mm Standard Neoprene
Lower Leg Back: 2.5 mm Standard Neoprene
Lower Leg Cuff: 2 mm Glideskin
When you are pulling on your suit take care not to use your finger nails.
Check your suit for fit and range of motion. Your suit will feel different when wet.
The neoprene collar and cuffs can be trimmed with scissors if they extend too far.
Rinse your suit out with fresh water after each use. Hang the wetsuit inside out and allow to dry away from direct sunlight or heat source.
Store your suit in a cool room on a wide plastic coat hanger.
Roll your suit when transporting rather than fold.
Don’t use petroleum products with your suit as this will damage the neoprene.
Small tears can be repaired with neoprene cement/glue.
Origin: United Kingdom
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Terrapin swimming suit
Living by the sea, I normally swim from mid June to early September. I started using the suit in October and it's now being used several times a week. It's warm and flexible and I consider it to be good value.
Good suit poor fit
I have to agree with the 2nd reviewer here that the sizing is way out. This is not my first wetsuit and I've always had medium tall suits in the past. I'm a classic bean pole shape, 6'3" and about 75kg, 38-40" chest. This suit is super tight and a real struggle to get on, i don't have finger nails but I've managed to get several nicks in the neoprene just thru' the immense physical effort required to get in! That said it's well made and has lots of great features as well as being great value for money. I clearer sizing guide would be helpful or better still they could make them a bit roomier! I would say you need to go a size up on what you think!
I am 5' 9" tall and weigh 71 kg so my wife ordered size M for my birthday. It is strange that only height and weight are in the size list unlike other brands. I have a 42" chest and this suit would never fit that. I made an 80 mile round trip today to the Hathersage shop to try on an SS (Small Strong) size - in my height range, but for a heavier person. The chest size of this was also totally inadequate. It looks as if these suits had been designed for adolescents and not serious adult swimmers who have wider shoulders and larger chest size.