Best changing pads for swim, surf and triathlon wetsuits

A wetsuit changing pad is a nifty piece of sorting kit that you don’t realize you’re missing until you can’t live without it! You’ll find out how important your trusty mat becomes after swim sessions; a mat will allow you to create your own comfortable space for changing and taking off your suit while protecting your feet and the materials of the suit.

Concrete, beach sand and other ground debris can damage suits. Changing mats help prevent this, as the durable, waterproof material will keep your feet and wetsuit from touching the ground. Mats often function as stand-alone bags, so you can pull the cords to keep your wet things in an easy-to-carry place.

For triathletes in particular, where it is essential to change suits quickly and easily, changing mats are a particularly useful complement. They can reduce the risk of damaging your feet on hard ground and will help you keep your wetsuit in better shape for longer. Read on for a handpicked selection of our favorite wetsuit changing pads…

Best wetsuit changing pads to buy in 2022

Zone3 changing mat

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From Zone3, a brand that often features in our group tests here at 220 Triathlonand at a slightly more affordable price than the other options on the list – this all-purpose changing pad definitely stands out.

The mat uses a convenient drawstring system that turns it into a bag, allowing you to easily bundle and carry your wet stuff. The mat itself unfolds into a circle with a raised edge designed to be used on a variety of different surfaces. A carry bag is included to keep it safe when not in use.

Finisterre recycled changing mat

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For a more eco-friendly choice, this Finisterre changing mat is made of 100% recycled nylon. This is reflected in the price, as is the ballistic nylon material used which is known for its durability. The mat also has a drawstring for when you need to pack it away and be on your way.

Olaian wetsuit bag

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Designed by teams of surfers in France and tested in real conditions by Decathlon, this wetsuit bag promises to be easy to use and carry. Made from coated polyester, the bag is said to be waterproof with a flat diameter of 88cm.

Frostfire Lunar Bag

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Frostfire claims that their Moonbag, released in 1998, was the first mat and bag designed for changing wet and dry clothes. With over 20 years of experience, the current version of the Moonbag should be a proven choice for wetsuit changing.

The bag has a particularly large diameter of 37 inches (approx. 93 cm) when rolled flat, which will probably make it easier to change. Use the drawstring to tie it in a bag, then the two carrying handles will help you carry it. Made from 100% nylon, this changing mat is said to be fully waterproof.

Ocean and Earth Compact Wetty Bucket Changing Pad

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This Ocean and Earth changing pad acts more like a bucket than a flat pad thanks to its shin-high walls. Deeper capacity lets you carry more of your stuff, with two carry handles for easy portability.

Orca changing mat

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Made from 100% TPU and with a diameter of 75cm, the swimming brand Orca mat is a great option for changing wetsuits. It can be folded into a compact 10 x 10 x 15 cm bag for easier transport.

Dryrobe changing mat

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For a more sustainable choice, this changing pad from Dryrobe is made from 100% recycled fabrics. The outer shell fabric is said to be water-repellent, while the lining is synthetic lambswool. To store, use the elastic strap to roll up the mat.

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