A wetsuit changing mat’s a nifty piece of tri kit that you don’t realise you’re missing until you can’t live without it! You’ll discover how important your trusty mat becomes after swim sessions; a mat will allow you to create your own comfortable space for changing in and out of your wetsuit while protecting your feet and the wetsuit’s materials.
Concrete, beach sand and other floor debris can damage wetsuits. Changing mats help to avoid this, as the durable, waterproof material will keep your feet and your suit from touching the ground at all. The mats often function as self-contained bags, too, so you can pull the drawstrings to keep your wet belongings in one easy-to-carry place.
For triathletes especially, where changing out of wetsuits quickly and easily is essential, changing mats are a particularly helpful addition. They can reduce the risk of your feet on the hard floor, and will help to keep your wetsuit in a better shape for longer. Read on for a hand-picked selection of our favorite wetsuit changing mats…
Best wetsuit changing mats to buy in 2022
Zone3 Changing Mat
From Zone3, a brand that often features in our grouptests here at 220 Triathlonand at a price that’s slightly more affordable than other options in the list – this all-purpose wetsuit changing mat definitely stands out.
The mat uses a convenient drawstring system that turns it into a bag, allowing you to easily bundle up and transport your wet belongings. The mat itself unfolds into a circle with a raised edge that’s designed to be used on a variety of different surfaces. Included is a carry bag to keep it safe when it’s not in use.
Finisterre Recycled Changing Mat
For a choice that offers improved consideration for the environment, this changing mat from Finisterre is made from 100% recycled nylon. This is reflected in the price, as is the ballistic nylon material used that’s known for its durability. The mat also has a drawstring for when you need to bag it up and be on your way.
Olaian Wetsuit Bag
Designed by surfer teams in France and tested in real conditions by Decathlon, this wetsuit bag promises to be easy to use and transport. Made from coated polyester, the bag is said to be waterproof with a flat diameter of 88cm.
Frostfire claim that their Moonbag, released in 1998, was the first ever mat and bag designed for changing between wet and dry clothes. With over 20 years’ experience, the current version of the Moonbag should be a tried-and-tested choice for wetsuit changing.
The bag has a particularly-wide 37” (around 93cm) diameter when rolled flat, which will likely make changing a bit easier. Use the drawstring to tie it into a bag, then the two carry handles will help you transport it. Made from 100% nylon, this changing mat is said to be fully waterproof.
Ocean and Earth Compact Wetty Bucket Change Mats
This changing mat from Ocean and Earth acts more as a bucket than a flat mat thanks to its shin-height walls. A deeper capacity allows you to carry more of your belongings, with two carry handles to help transportation.
Orca Changing Mat
Made from 100% TPU and with a 75cm diameter, the mat from swimming brand Orca is a great option for wetsuit changing. It can be folded into a compact 10 x 10 x 15cm bag for easier transportation.
Dryrobe Changing Mat
For a more sustainable choice, this changing mat from Dryrobe is made from 100% recycled fabrics. The outer shell fabric is said to be water-repellent, while the lining is a synthetic lambswool material. To pack it away, use the elastic strap to roll the mat up.