British triathlon season is now underway and there has been an influx of stylish technical swimwear. It might be designed for triathletes but it’s just as well suited to gliding up and down your local lake or lido
Cornish company Finisterre specialises in kit for cold-water surfing, with everything from full-body wetsuits to hooded towels. Its Culina bikini is made with Lycra and recycled fishing nets, which stands up well to sun lotion, chlorine and UV exposure. Culina bikini, bottoms £45, bikini top £50, Finisterre
Tri suits combine a swimsuit with cycle shorts and are designed to be worn under a wetsuit. They are also great in pools, especially when you want more coverage. Lucas Hugh’s version is superior quality, made with a tough material that offers ultraviolet protection of 50+ and allows for plenty of movement. Lazer stripe tri suit, £210, Lucas Hugh
Billabong’s new surf capsule collection is a range of one and two-piece wetsuits, swimsuits and rash vests covered in a bright, floral print. The neoprene used ranges from 1-3mm thick, which is suitable for open-water competitions, but also provides warmth when wild swimming and for chilly lidos. Sleeveless Shorty Wetsuit, £59.99, Billabong
You’ll get strange looks in your local pool wearing a wetsuit – and you’ll overheat in minutes – but they are mighty useful for swimming in British seas, lakes and reservoirs in early summer when the water is yet to get above 13 degrees. Glide Soul’s kit is bright and playful, but also lightweight, quick to dry and easy to get on and off. Full wetsuit, £169, Glide Soul
Long sleeve neoprene swimsuits offer warmth and sun protection and Rip Curl’s 1mm thick suit, designed for watersports, is flexible and doesn’t chafe. Useful for outdoor swimming and – if you’re lucky enough to have access to it – stand-up paddle boarding. Women’s G bomb long sleeve shorty, £89.99, Rip Curl
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