Best Male Pool Freediving Wetsuit
We recently posted an article on the “Best Female Freeediving Wetsuit” which generated a lot of interest. Fortunately, there are a lot of wetsuits available for men in Australia, especially if one goes for a spearfishing wetsuit. However, it is a lot more challenging to find a good male pool freediving wetsuit. So what would be the qualities of the best male pool freediving wetsuit?
- Firstly, the wetsuit must have low buoyancy to more easily achieve neutral buoyancy in the pool and to reduce the need of extra weight around the neck or on a dive belt. This means the wetsuit must be thinner in neoprene and not too bulky. There is also a trend in competitive freediving to do away with a dive weight belt all together in favour of a freediving neck weight. This necessitates a low buoyancy pool freediving wetsuit.
- Secondly, the heat insulation qualities of the wetsuit are not as important are those in the ocean as pools are warmer or heated in colder climates (as many public pools in Australia). Go for a thin, under 2mm neoprene wetsuit where possible.
- Thirdly, the wetsuits must be close fitting around the neck especially when the hands are held in the hydrodynamic position above the head as when using a monofin. Make sure the neoprene around the neck does not gather catching water and increasing drag through the water.
- Fourthly, the outside of the wetsuit must be of smooth neoprene to reduce drag through the water and to increase maximum distance per kick.
- Fifth, ideally the wetsuit is not too expensive which in my opinion is under $400. After all, it is possible to get an ocean freediving wetsuit under $400 or get a custom made pool freediving wetsuit if you want to spend more than $400. Traditionally, triathlon wetsuits are often recommended as they satisfy many of these qualities and are often offer a greater choice because of the greater popularity of this sport.
Here are some options for the best male pool freediving wetsuit based on these qualities with prices as only a guide:
Volare V1 Sleeveless Mens Triathlon Wetsuit $189
This triathlon suit is interesting because with no sleaves it should be less buoyant than the full sleave V1 below. This should mean less weight is needed in the neck weight, if one is used. Again, it only has a 3mm neoprene body. The Volare website indicates that it has a “low cut neckline that is both comfortable and watertight”. I have not tried this wetsuit but it should be watertight when the arms are held over the head.
Volare V1 Mens Triathlon Wetsuit $199
(https://www.volaresports.com/collections/wetsuits/products/mens-triathlon-wetsuit). The V1 consists of 3mm Yamamoto neoprene in the body and 2mm neoprene in the arms and legs and is “designed specifically for swimming and triathlon”. Nevertheless, it is a good option for an introductory pool freediving wetsuit. I have used this wetsuit for over a year and it is standing up well to about twice a week in the pool. Like the V1 Sleaveless it has a low cut neckline.
The Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit $192.99
The Orca TRN triathlon wetsuit has been a popular pool freediving wetsuit for many freedivers. It has 4mm smooth neoprene over the hips and bottom which helps to “optimise the body position in the water”. Whether this is an advantage for freedivers or not is another matter. There is 2mm Yamamoto 39 neoprene over the shoulder and underarms for greater flexibility and this be should an advantage for freedivers in the pool. I have personally used two of these wetsuits. My first one was very durable but my second one barely lasted 6 months with tears first appearing in the neck area. I wonder if the quality has decreased over the years to keep the price down.
Beuchat Zento Freediving Wetsuit $289.99
According to the Beuchat website (https://www.beuchat-diving.
Epsealon Dynamic Wetsuit $299
This is our favourite pool freediving training wetsuit. We liked it so much we now sell this wetsuit throughout Australia. . For the price, features and quality we sincerely believe it to be the best wetsuit for the pool or tropical waters sub $300. It ticks all the boxes – 2mm smooth neoprene; smooth neoprene on ankles, wrists and neck (to keep out the water and minimise drag), and it comes in all sizes for both men and women.
Salvimar Pure Swim Mens Suit $300
The Salvimar Pure Swim Mens Suit is apparently very versatile as it is “made for spearfishing, freediving, swimming and triathlon”. The Salvimar Pure Swim has 2.5mm neoprene in the body. I have been using this wetsuit as a training wetsuit but it no longer appears available in Australia so unfortunately I can’t provide a link to a local seller.
Cressi Triton Mens One Piece Wetsuit $389
The Cressi Triton is a 1.5mm wetsuit making it ideal for the pool since it is “designed specifically for swimming and free diving”. It has a smooth exterior finish.
I think these eight wetsuits are all good options for the best male pool freediving wetsuit though of course to determine the best male pool freediving wetsuit is a question that will never easily be answered. At the end of the day all these wetsuits have advantages and disadvantages for the pool. Of course, the prices and associated websites shown here are only a guide and will need to be researched at the time of purchase. Good luck in finding the best male pool freediving wetsuit for you. If you find a good pool freediving wetsuit not listed here, please email us the link and we will update this post.
Epsealon Abyss $395
This is the competition version of the Epsealon Dynamic but with a couple of important differences. Firstly, you get into the wetsuit through the top – there is no back zipper so as to reduce both drag and water entry. You must use a lubricant to get into this wetsuit. Yes, it is difficult getting into this men’s freediving wetsuit but once you do so this wetsuit literally feels like a second skin. The second benefit comes from this entry method. There is a very tight neck seal making it almost impossible for any water to enter via the neck especially when the hands are in the hydrodynamic position as with any monofin technique. The third major advantage is the extreme smoothness of the exterior surface of this wetsuit. It is obviously smoother than all other wetsuits reviewed in this article. One experienced female freediver who trains with us (American Emily Tucker with a PB of 115m bifins) beleives wearing this wetsuit results in 5 less kicks per 50 metres with bifins. Perhaps this is the reason that this freediving wetsuit is the wetsuit of choice for the AIDA French National Team at the AIDA Pool World Titles. It’s nearest competitor in hoodless competition freediving wetsuits is the Orca Free, and this comes with a hefty price tag of $730 Australian. Without doubt the Epsealon Abyss competition freediving wetsuit is the best pool wetsuit under $400 in Australia and offering the performance advantages required by athletes extending their underwater swimming performance.