Rivers, lakes and seas; from the Great North Swim to your daily dip… Designed in collaboration with industry guru Dean Jackson to promote your natural swimming position, Terrapin was made with adventure swimming and open water in mind.
Terrapin is our thinnest, most flexible wetsuit. It provides enough buoyancy to help you move swiftly through the water, adds a thermal layer to keep you warm, and still leaves you with excellent freedom of movement for an unrestricted stroke, particularly around the shoulders...Read more
Compared to the Lotic, Terrapin features thinner neoprene around the back of the leg. This means it has minimal impact on your body’s buoyancy, reducing body roll for a more natural swimming position. 2 mm neoprene at the neck reduces chafing, and the underarm neoprene is thinner still (1.5 mm), giving you the flexibility you need to really extend your reach for long powerful strokes.
Terrapin uses Glideskin neoprene. This gives it excellent dirt and water repellence, which reduces drag through water so that you move efficiently. Glideskin also reduces heat conduction from the body, making it warmer than standard neoprene. The lower leg is a high abrasion area, so we’ve used nylon-faced neoprene around the calf and shin for added durability.
The wrists, shoulders and neck feature bright flashes of blue to help you stay visible in the water. A long lanyard zip puller up the back means you can get into your wetsuit without relying on a passer-by to help you!
Terrapin is great affordable suit for a natural swimming experience, ideal for both stronger swimmers, and those making their first strokes into open water.Read less
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.
|Women's wetsuit sizing chart|
|X Small (Duel only)||4'11" to 5'3"||45 to 55 kg|
|Small||5'0" to 5'4"||50 to 60 kg|
|Short & Strong||5'2" to 5'6"||70 to 80 kg|
|Medium||5'4" to 5'9"||55 to 65 kg|
|Large||5'4" to 5'9"||65 to 75 kg|
|Tall & Strong||5'8" to 6'2"||65 to 75 kg|
|X Large||5'8" to 6'2"||70+ kg|
|Note: These suits are sized for a performance fit, so if you are unused to wearing a swimming wetsuit you may still find it tight. If you prefer a comfort fit go up a size, but note it will be less thermally efficient.|
Would recommend the Terrapin to anyone who wants a high quality, affordable and reliable wetsuit for non-winter UK swimming both in the fresh and sea water. The Terrapin is a reliable addition to anyone’s training gear repertoire, the quality of Alpkit shines through during use, the ‘warm and fuzzy’ you get from the Alpkit staff and the Alpkit Alpine Bond means you can train hard and rest assured that you are covered with quality. To me, the Terrapin is the minimalist running shoe of wetsuits that packs performance.
A great compromise between a natural swimming position and a more robust suit that will take being roughed around a bit. The buoyancy of the suit (only 1.5mm to 3mm neoprene thickness) is more than the Orca and Sailfish but still less than triathlon wetsuits. The nylon covering of the legs and sleeves make it a robust choice
Outdoor Swimming Society put our Terrapin, Lotic and Silvertip to the test
"Alpkit’s Terrapin wetsuit has been specifically created for open-water swimmers, with features that are designed to support your natural swimming position in the water."
Read the full review here.
There are now a few brands with swimming suits designed more for adventure than racing. A couple of these give a more natural experience and some have reduced the buoyancy that you get in a traditional swimming wetsuit, which could be great if prefer Breaststroke to the front crawl position most suits naturally put you into. It is possible that these suits may help with the backache that some swimmer experience from the buoyancy in the legs that regular swimming suits have.