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HUUB Albacore Triathlon westuit review

HUUB Albacore? An explanation…

It was five years ago at the Sandown Park Triathlon Show that the HUUB brand was revealed to the general public.  We were there at the start with founder, Dean Jackson, when we ran through the original Archimedes wetsuit and Aura wetsuits.  The new HUUB Albacore could be a game changer yet again.  So can Deano create yet another amazing triathlon wetsuit?

“In 1949 US researchers set out to create the fastest, most hydrodynamic and agile submarine in the world – named ‘The Albacore’. The groundbreaking project took them on a journey of idea generation, testing, retesting and continual improvement, the ultimate example of Science, Research, Reality.”

Much has changed in those five years, and once again we were at a Triathlon Show with Dean. This time at the ExCeL Centre – to take a first look at the latest addition to the HUUB range, the Albacore.

HUUB Albacore wetsuit reviewed by triathlonwetsuit.co.uk

You can find out more about the Albacore on the HUUB website

So what are the Key features of this new to the market triathlon suit from the world wide brand leaders HUUB. Is it going to break new ground – well time will tell on this front and we will update this review once we get our hands on one of these potentially amazing suits.

The HUUB Albacore Triathlon wetsuit

The accumulation of the greatest minds and technology within the triathlon industry.  Giving you the ultimate start to a race and a feel in the water that gives you confidence to race HARD.

  • Kinetic Release for arm stroke efficiency
  • HUUB exclusive Calf Release ™
  • DLP exclusive high buoyancy panels around the hips and core
  • 40% increased buoyancy over standard and aero-dome neoprenes
  • Improved flexible low neck line
  • No suit feel under arm modulus
  • Breakaway zipper

About triathlon Wetsuits

Modern triathlon wetsuits were invented by Dan Empfield in 1987 and are customized to the needs of triathletes, they generally incorporate the following key features which differentiates them from a normal wetsuit. 1, Thinner and/or more pliable rubber near the shoulders. 2, Long zippers to facilitate quick removal during transition. In addition, tri wetsuits have a very smooth, but often fragile, surface. This slick surface helps to reduce water friction and allows a faster swim. Another advantage of a tri wetsuit is the added buoyancy that the wetsuit provides, this can provide triathletes with a considerable speed and energy saving advantage over swimming without a suit.

About the HUUB brand

Our aim is to create better products combining research, science and reality. Team Huub has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports (yes, we’ve done the miles, but still have the passion!). Focussing wholly on the athlete and maximising performance and comfort, we’ll explore both the odd and the conventional to create the best. We are not slaves to fashion, but to form, fit and performance. We believe quite simply that we have delivered what competitors want. What’s more, we know our suits work, because the science says so. The Huub team understand the specialist technical and scientific fields associated with triathlon, including hydrodynamics and swim stroke analysis. From smart scientist Huub Toussaint, clever Swim Smooth guys Adam Young and Paul Newsome to pragmatist Dean Jackson, we are focused on bringing cutting edge innovation to our products, whilst retaining a sense of reality and accessibility

HUUB Archimedes II 3:5 Triathlon Wetsuit

HUUB Triathlon Wetsuits

Team Huub has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports creating amazing suits such as HUUB Archimedes II 3:5 (yes, they’ve done the miles, but still have the drive and passion!). Focusing wholly on the athlete to maximize performance and comfort, they’ve explored both the odd and the conventional to create the best triathlon wetsuits in the world. Team Huub are not slaves to fashion, but to form, fit and performance. They quite simply have delivered what competitors want. What’s more, they know their suits work, because the science says so. Huub’s aim is to create better products combining research, science and reality. And their success shows!

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HUUB Archimedes is one of the fastest triathlon suits on the market giving you best race day experience
Hubb archimedes is one of the fastest triathlon suits on the market giving you best race day experience

HUUB Archimedes II 3:5

HUUB Archimedes II 3:5 is HUUB’s fastest suit and gives you the feeling of not wearing a suit.  Top Features of the HUUB Archimedes II 3:5.  Flexible – The Archimedes II 25% reduction in the neoprene thickness of the panels around the side.  Improved Efficiency – The x-o-skeleton has been increased by 80% in the Archimedes 2 to deliver more control.  Calf Release™ and Bicep Release™ The Calf Release has seen an increase in volume by 25% giving you ease of exit when it counts.  Improved kick by lack of restriction and significantly reduces the risk of cramping during swim and transition.  The Bicep Release has an improved modulus to further enhance the panel’s ability to create a natural flexed recovery arm and efficient arm flex for the catch. The Low Neck Line reduces neck rub which is a huge issue on the lower end specifications

With everything HUUB have done since they first introduced the Archimedes they have had one key goal in mind…  “To deliver the fastest wetsuit, with the feeling of not wearing a wetsuit”

HUUB Archimedes

The Archimedes, for HUUB, was the best suit they could have designed at the time. Materials, production methods and research saw us create the best of the moment… so what has brought about the change to the Archimedes 2? Research, challenging production and learning, from pushing the bar of expectation beyond anything the wetsuit market has ever seen.

We STRONGLY recommend using either Bodyglide when using these or any other wetsuits. These lubricants help prevent chafing, help with the removal of the wetsuit in transitions and are safe for the neoprene (unlike Vaseline).

HUUB Lab
Then there’s the lab, ‘The real lab’, helping HUUB to look deeper into modulus of materials and methods of construction, the lab that helped ensure HUUB were maximising the properties of neoprene foam and the lining whilst taking that into account in the construction. The lab that has taught HUUB more about stabilisation for a strong foundation, for the swim stroke and the lab that has taught them about muscle release and ‘Non-suit’ reaches and feel. The design of the HUUB Archimedes II 3:5 was a process of focus. An intense focus on a few key areas that, by working with our factories and research team, HUUB knew they could accomplish. It revolved around flexibility and creating the ‘non-suit’ feel, which then led to improved efficiency.

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HUUB Archimedes II is HUUB’s fastest suit and gives you the feeling of not wearing a suit. Top Features of the HUUB Archimedes II 3:5.

Flexibility and Improvements

Through observing how Chloroprene foam moves, stretches and behaves with differing lining materials (especially when they marry it with construction and stitch patterns), HUUB have been able to further enhance the flexibility and reach. The Archimedes II has a 25% reduction in the neoprene thickness of the panels around the side, the back and shoulders – utilising 1mm Cholorprene foam, and the most flexible lining materials available. The under arm gusset has been remodelled with improved ‘mechanical reach’ with detailed analysis of the stitch location. The super flexible material in the lateral panels with thickness reduction allows ‘Non-suit’ feel and reach. The improved design and application of new materials delivers an arm-reach modulus reduction of 18%, in other words, less effort for more stretch.

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Non Suit Feel

During the two-year testing period HUUB have strived to reach the ‘Non-suit’ bench mark. It was ITU Athlete and ‘more first out the water than any other’ ITU star Richard Varga whose comment satisfied that search –   “I knew I was wearing the most flexible wetsuit, but now I am wearing the most flexible swimskin, it just doesn’t feel like I am wearing a wetsuit, my speed tells me I am, but the feel tells me I am wearing something like I have never before experienced” – Richard Varga (First out of the swim more than any other ITU triathlete)

“Wow, that is fast, and so comfortable, what have you done? It doesn’t look much different from the first Archimedes, but it feels incredible” – Raoul Shaw (The only triathlete who challenged Richard Varga, 1500m P.B 15:05)

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Improved Efficiency

The X-O skeleton is a unique proposition from Huub, researched using ‘active drag’ the only company testing and using the most effective and accurate measurement. Measurement of Active drag (M.A.D) showed HUUB what happens when the athlete is swimming, not being towed or pulled – where inaccuracies are rife. HUUB use a cross section of measurement, but the M.A.D is the most accurate and most reliable.

The X-O Skeleton delivers structure and control to reduce snaking, power loss and directional waste by gripping and holding the pelvis and hips. Research by Professor Huub Toussaint has taught HUUB many things, and one of those is the secret to improving stroke efficiency, whilst controlling other parts of the body. They don’t want to give too much away, there are more products to come that have benefitted from this research… lets just say; “the more control, the more efficiency.” The x-o-skeleton has been increased by 80% in the Archimedes 2 to deliver more control.

Calf Release™ and Bicep Release™

The Calf Release has seen an increase in volume by 25%, giving the calf more coverage of the lower modulus and non-restrictive super thin nylon. HUUB have reduced the thickness to below 1mm to ensure natural calf movement; this improves kick by lack of restriction and significantly reduces the risk of cramping during swim and transition.

The Bicep Release has an improved modulus to further enhance the panel’s ability to create a natural flexed recovery arm and efficient arm flex for the catch. The Bicep release was the brain-child of Swimsmooth’s Paul Newsome and has proved to be a unique feature that only a swim stroke analyst with his obsessive nature could create – thank you Paul and Team Swimsmooth. We strived to improve the modulus from the neoprene versus the biceps panel and the results couldn’t be more exciting.

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Low Neck Line

HUUB know they have the most comfortable neck in the wetsuit industry. They don’t fold and stitch, HUUB refuse to create a tourniquet of rubber to restrict breathing and flexibility HUUB stood alone and will stand by this simple and effective design.

85% of triathletes come to the sport from a non-swimming background and many suffer from low sinking legs in the water as they swim. Of course the buoyancy of any wetsuit helps bring the legs up higher but never before have wetsuits been designed specifically for these swimmers with a large buoyancy difference between the upper and lower bodies. Until you swim in one of these suits you won’t believe how high your legs can be, they will feel glued to the surface and your potential as a swimmer will be truly unleashed!

As we designed these sophisticated high technology suits, we increasingly moved away from neoprene towards new materials with properties of increased buoyancy and specified levels of stretch.

Dryrobe Advance Triathlon gear review

Why Choose a Dryrobe?

The all weather change Dryrobe, featuring the essential Chunky YKK® Zip front, external pockets, large internal storage pocket AND MP3 player pocket!, shower proof, wind proof. The Warmest change robe on the planet!

Top Features of the Dryrobe Advance Adult

  • Waterproof outer shell
  • 100% Waterproof & windproof outer shell fabric. One piece body construction with no shoulder seams.
  • Super warm lining – The Lining is a synthetic Lambswool which draws the water away from your skin, drying you instantly while insulating you and making you feel unbelievably warm.
  • When conventional toweling gets wet it takes an age to dry and feels wet against your skin, throw in some wind chill and you’ll know all about it.
  • Full length 2 way reversible YKK® zip – You can operate the zip from inside the robe, while changing, or from the outside, as normal. This is an essential element in the design so as to allow fast easy entry & exit.
  • Sealed seams. All seams on the dry robe advance are sealed. This, along with the minimal seam design ensure the best protection possible from the elements.
  • External fleece lined pockets – keep your hands warm & store your essentials too.
  • A huge ‘A4’ size internal ‘soft lined pocket for storing underwear, clothing or thermal base layers.
  • Internal zip entry iPod, MP3 / wallet pocket
  • The inside chest pocket can safely store your valuable items sealed in the ‘2 way waterproof’ design. Valuables cannot get wet from the outside or from the inside (if you are wet or in a wetsuit).
  • Super light construction – The lightweight materials and design ensure that the dryrobe advance is surprisingly light. At only 1.3kg It can be packed down small into a compression sac, or carried anywhere easily.

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About triathlon Wetsuits

Modern triathlon wetsuits were invented by Dan Empfield in 1987 and are customized to the needs of triathletes, they generally incorporate the following key features which differentiates them from a normal wetsuit. 1, Thinner and/or more pliable rubber near the shoulders. 2, Long zippers to facilitate quick removal during transition. In addition, tri wetsuits have a very smooth, but often fragile, surface. This slick surface helps to reduce water friction and allows a faster swim. Another advantage of a tri wetsuit is the added buoyancy that the wetsuit provides, this can provide triathletes with a considerable speed and energy saving advantage over swimming without a suit.Dryrobe keeping you dry and warm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Wetsuits

Modern triathlon wetsuits were invented by Dan Empfield in 1987 and are customized to the needs of triathletes. They generally incorporate the following key features which differentiates them from a normal wetsuit. 1, Thinner and/or more pliable rubber near the shoulders. 2, Long zippers to facilitate quick removal during transition. In addition, tri wetsuits have a very smooth, but often fragile, surface. This slick surface helps to reduce water friction and allows a faster swim. Advantage of a tri wetsuit is the added buoyancy that the wetsuit provides. This can provide triathletes with a considerable speed and energy saving advantage over swimming without a suit.

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About the Dryrobe brand

Dryrobe® is designed by Gideon bright, a North Devon UK based surfer with over 30 years experience in the water. The Tri-Series Dryrobe® Advance™ has received high praise since its launch in 2013. It has become a very familiar around car parks in the UK’s best surf spots & on the back of the best UK Pro surfers & cold water athletes. It has become an essential companion for open water swim training for triathlon. Technical input from some of the most respected swim & triathlon coaches, including, coach Joe Beer, Paul Newsome (swimsmooth.com) & Dan Bullock (swimfortri.com). Warmth while changing before an event, after racing or hanging about outdoors is the core concept.

Dryrobe Reviews

My wife bought me this for a Birthday gift and I really love it. I use it before and after runs and tri-events it is ideal. It is warm and cosy and very versatile. I am 6ft 2in and 18st and the standard adult size is plenty big enough my wife loves it so much she bought herself one in the junior size as mine burries her. The price tag is quite steep but worth every penny.

Pros Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality

Cons Expensive

This robe is nice to have on chilly days, if you’re out swimming or surfing. On warm days this robe is a little too much as you get really warm quickly.  The Dryrobe is quite big, so you’ll need a big bag if you’re dragging this along. I will not bring this when bicycling to where I usually swim outdoors, I’ll have to drive before I drag it along. The double zipps is perfect if you need more room for getting your feet inside a wetsuit. Open the zip from below a little, and you are still covered if you need to.

Pros  High Quality

Cons Bulky

Thought a while about getting one of these. The price put me off. Ideal to use it at every open swimming session and pre/post triathlons.  Great to keep or get warm, but also to get changed under by the car.  Saves those busy, dirty changing rooms. After last weekends triathlon in the heavy rain and wind I might have looked at the long sleeve version that is available but costs more.

Pros  High Quality

Cons Bulky, expensive

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HUUB Wetsuit – Axena 3:5 Women’s

HUUB Wetsuits

Team Huub has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports (yes, they’ve done the miles, but still have the drive and passion!). Focusing wholly on the triathlete to maximize performance and comfort, they’ve explored both the odd and the conventional to create the best HUUB Wetsuit in the world. Team Huub are not slaves to fashion, but to form, fit and performance. They quite simply have delivered what competitors want. What’s more, they know their suits work, because the science says so. Huub’s aim is to create better products combining research, science and reality. And their success shows!

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HUUB Wetsuit Axena 3:5 Women’s Wetsuit

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There is in HUUB’s opinion no finer suit on the market for the combination of 3mm upper body flexibility which is un-matched in the industry, and 5mm composite materials. Tested to be significantly more buoyant than any other neoprene on the market. Top Features of the HUUB Axena 3:5 Women’s Wetsuit X-O Skeleton for improved buoyancy in thighs and hips Over reach panel to reduce cross-over and maintain stroke efficiency Bicep Release™ for improved arm flexion.

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HUBB Wetsuit Calf Release™ giving the Achilles and calf muscle freedom of movement. 3mm exclusive upper body neoprene for comfort, stroke efficiency and un-matched flexibility Breakaway Zipper, the quickest in Triathlon.

Unique combination of lining materials Two buoyancy versions 3:3 and 3:5 (Buy Now).

HUUB Wetsuit Axena 3:5 Women’s

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3:05 3MM UPPER BODY MATERIALS AND 5MM LOWER BODY MATERIALS. 85% of triathletes come to the sport from a non-swimming background and many suffer from low sinking legs in the water as they swim. Of course the buoyancy of any wetsuit helps bring the legs up higher but never before has a HUUB Wetsuit been designed specifically for these swimmers. Larger buoyancy difference between the upper and lower bodies. Until you swim in one of these suits you won’t believe how high your legs can be. They will feel glued to the surface and your potential as a swimmer will be truly unleashed!

As they designed these sophisticated high technology suits, HUUB Wetsuit increasingly moved away from neoprene towards new materials. With properties of increased buoyancy and specified levels of stretch these suits are amazing.

The Perfect Wetsuit

The aXena is a project that has taken over 12 months of refinement. Working with athletes across the globe and finally HUUB are so happy with their product they have aligned with one of the most discerning and amazing athletes of the modern female triathlon scene. Caroline Steffen, also known as ‘Xena’ to her colleagues and friends, has found what she believes to be her perfect wetsuit. (No finer endorsement could they ask for)

HUUB have taken the NBR composite -39 X-O skeleton™ and wrapped the thighs and hips to deliver increased buoyancy. This improves body alignment in the water. Combined with the exclusive Bicep Release™ and Calf Release™.

There is in HUUB’s opinion no finer suit on the market for the combination of 3mm upper body flexibility which is un-matched in the industry. 5mm of composite materials, that they have tested to be significantly more buoyant than any other neoprene on the market and HUUB have the test data to prove this. This is the 3:5 version.

For those who prefer a more balanced suit, HUUB offer a 3mm upper and 3mm lower body version called the 3:3 (available on a seperate listing).

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Zone 3 Venture Triathlon wetsuit

Zone3 Triathlon Wetsuits

Zone3, makers of Zone 3 Venture is a British triathlon brand that continues to be an innovator and leader in the world of triathlon wetsuits such as  Zone 3 Venture and apparel. They focus on research, performance and product quality above all else. Whether you are an elite leading out of the field or training for your first triathlon, Zone3 has the goods to get you the best results.

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Zone 3 Venture Triathlon wetsuit

The Venture wetsuit was designed by Zone3 specifically for Wiggle. An exclusive wetsuit which combines performance, comfort and speed and all at an amazing price. Top Features of the Zone3 Venture Wetsuit – The Venture wetsuits offer a fantastic specification including:

• Great flexibility around the shoulders and arms for comfortable and energy efficient swimming.
• Core support buoyancy panels to maintain a streamlined body position in the water and save energy.
• The use of ‘SpeedFlo’ fabric on 70% of the wetsuit to minimize drag through the water, increase speed and improve durability. The remaining 30% made from high quality rubberised smoothskin neoprene.
• Zone3’s trademark Silicone coated ‘Pro-Speed Cuffs’ on the arms and lower legs to help increase speed of removal and be more noticeable when in the water.
• A combination of 3mm and 4mm body panels for warmth.
• Low and comfortable neckline.
• Fully Stitched and Glue Bonded for increased flexibility and comfort.
• High quality YKK downwards zipper making the suit easy to take on and off.
• The thickness is 2mm around the shoulders and under arms, 3mm on the chest and upper back, 4mm on the torso, legs and side panels. Please see supporting image.
• For your consideration

We STRONGLY recommend using either Bodyglide when using these or any other wetsuits. These lubricants help prevent chafing, help with the removal of the wetsuit in transitions and are safe for the neoprene (unlike Vaseline).

Zone 3 Venture designed without compromise

It was mandatory that no corners were cut and the quality of the suits stood in line with over five years worth of first class customer reviews. Zone3 believe this is the best value wetsuit available on the market for the level of performance which is offered and the perfect suit for those starting out in Triathlon or Open Water Swimming.

The most important things about a wetsuit are flexibility, buoyancy, comfort and how easy it is to get off in transition. Swimmers need different things depending on their level of confidence in the water, the Venture wetsuit features everything you need in an entry level or as a training suit.

Zone 3 Venture
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Buoyancy and Flexibility

The Zone 3 Venture is made up of different thicknesses of neoprene between 2-4mm, 2mm around the shoulders and under the arms which is important to ensure a natural and comfortable swim stroke. And 4mm on the torso, legs and side panels to help lift you out of the water and ensures an optimum body position whilst you take to the water.

Comfort and speed

To ensure that you feel comfortable in your suit the venture has a low neckline and stitched and glue bonded seams to eliminate chaffing. The suit is finished for speed with Zone3’s trademark Silicone coated ‘Pro-Speed Cuffs’ on the lower legs to help increase speed of removal in transition as well as a YKK downwards zipper.

Fitting and swimming in a wetsuit guide

Fitting your wetsuit is of great importance and should be done with care and attention. Please refer to our Guide – Zone3 Performance: Beginner’s guide to swimming in a wetsuit or watch the brands video guide, on the video tab above.

Zone 3 Venture  Reviews

“Product seemed well made. I couldn’t find a size that suited me. Also I found the zip pull cord too short for me. I have in fact purchased a more expensive different Zone 3 wetsuit elsewhere and the fit is much better and the zip pull cord is a much more realistic length.  My advice to other people interested in this wetsuit is check the sizing carefully and make sure that the zip pull cord is long enough for you”

Pros: Attractive, Great Value, Lightweight

Cons: Poor Fit, Un-adjustable, I found the zip pull cord too short

“Upgraded from a wetsuit which had neoprene the same thickness all over, and not all of ‘smooth’. There are several big advantages of this entry level Zone3 wetsuit over my old one bought for the same price:  1. It’s so much more flexible. Therefore it’s so much more enjoyable to swim in. I haven’t felt like I’m fighting against inflexible neoprene on my shoulders, or struggling to breathe due to inflexible chest. This flexibility makes it tricky to get on but is well worth it.  2. The different panels of neoprene vary in thickness, buoyancy and flexibility. Thought this might be gimmicky but it makes a huge difference.  3. It does not rub. Was worried about chaffing around my armpits and shoulders when I first put it on, but it has not happened at all. I don’t even use any anti chaffing lube anymore.”

Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit, Great Value

“I bought this wetsuit for my first ½-ironman last year. The suit has a tight fit and I was a little concerned about this before entering the water for the first time. However, in the water the fit feels excellent and is not too tight to hinder free movement of the arms and legs . The Zone 3 Venture  is warm and was able to keep me comfortably warm for the 1,9 km swim in the no-so-warm danish waters in September. The wetsuit is in my opinion good value and an excellent choice for any entry level open water swimmer.”

Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit, Great Value, warm

Cons: Restrictive on dry land

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Orca S6 Mens Triathlon Wetsuit 2016

Orca Triathlon Wetsuits

One thing you’ll notice immediately upon sliding into an Orca S6 Wetsuit is that it fits incredibly well. Orca designs products with the athlete in mind and with the direct feedback of some of the elite names in our sport. Anyone heard of Craig Alexander? Many of Orca’s most innovative new designs and features are the direct result of working with professional athletes. Who else could provide the insight into what really works on the race course?

Orca products are designed and tested on athletes, not computer models. The design, materials and production techniques are always at the cutting edge. Creating a wetsuit line such as the one you are about to see takes years of experience. In the congested world of look-a-like triathlon wetsuits, Orca truly stands out with a suit for any occasion. Come see why some of the most accomplished athletes in the history of triathlon started and finished with Orca triathlon apparel and wetsuits.

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The S6 is the ideal entry level open water wetsuit that offers great flexibility and buoyancy at a superb price point.

The S6 is the ideal entry level open water wetsuit that offers great flexibility and buoyancy at a superb price point. 

Features of the Orca S6 Mens Wetsuit 2016

Flexibility

2mm 39cell SCS coated Yamamoto underarm, shoulder and arm panels combined with a flexible Powerstretch lining provide a superb range of motion and improve flexibility.

Buoyancy

Orca S6 has 5mm SCS coated Yamamoto front panel and a 5mm lower back panel provides maximum buoyancy and freedom of movement in the water.

Comfort

With less panels on the legs and arms, both functionality and comfort of the suit has been increased from it’s S5 predecessor.  Yamamoto 39cell is an extremely flexible neoprene which supports an uninhibited natural swimming motion. 39cell extends to a 513% elongation rate, meaning this material is sure to move with you. Added benefits of zero water absorption and zero weight variation can mean only one thing: more speed. A fine balance between buoyancy and flexibility. 39cell is a durable material which will stand the test of time and distance, representing the best neoprene available in it’s class.

SCS  Acting as a coating over closed-cell neoprene, Super Composite Skin (SCS) has become the benchmark for coating the smoothskin neoprene used in triathlon wetsuits. To reduce friction and increase speed through the water. The micro-cell structure of the SCS coating repels water when in contact with air and reduces surface resistance when in contact with water.

Exo-Cell

Exo-Cell is a unique sandwich-designed neoprene that provides over 25% more buoyancy than Aerodome. Panels of Exo-Cell are used in strategic panels on the Predator, Alpha and 3.8 to optimise swimming position.

Hydrolote

HydroLite panels featured on the Orca S6 make transition that extra bit faster using the super fast SCS (Nano ICE in the Predator) which combined with a special lining which absorbs less water to improve buoyancy while also being extremely sleek. Making the Orca S6 suit fast to remove in transition saving you precious seconds.

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The S6 is the ideal entry level open water wetsuit that offers great flexibility and buoyancy at a superb price point.

Incinityskn

It’s what’s on the inside that counts and Orca’s unique InfinitySkn lining plays an integral part in the unbelievable flexibility of our top end wetsuits. Constructed from a high stretch nylon, InfinitySkn is strategically placed where ultimate stretch is required.

A wetsuit for every swim style

Orca biggest focus has been on how they can help athletes swim faster when they’re in their wetsuits. Orca know that not all swimmers are alike. Within their wetsuit range they offer wetsuits to suit every swim style and budget so that every athlete’s individual needs can be met. In over twenty years of studying swimmers, they’ve narrowed these main requirements down to the following:

Orca S6 Mens Wetsuit 2016 Reviews

“The Orca S6 triathlon wetsuit gives a overall great performance for freediver. It is not designed specific for it. Nice as expected.”

Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit, High Quality

“Great buoyancy. Sizing chart is accurate. Sleeves do not restrict arm rotation and fitting on not as cumbersome as other products. Dries fairly quickly. Lightweight. Must buy for any dedicated athlete wanting to take it to another level. Bit pricy but you are going to have it for a while. ORCA arsenal was not easy making the choice as their product line is so diverse.”

Pros:  Good Fit, High Quality

I am very tall,, 2.00 m, and slim and I was concerned about buying without trying, but I’m glad I did. The orca sizing guide put me at an 11 but I choose a size 9 as that was closest to my chest size. My torso fits it like a glove and I am able to swim so much further than in my winter, surfing wetsuit before my arms get tired. However, because of my very long limbs, it is almost a three quarter length suit on me, which is not a problem now that the sea is warning up.
Having a loop to arch my car key to is a plus and it is quick and easy to get in and out of. I love it.
Pros:  Good Fit, High Quality, Lightweight

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Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit

About the Speedo brand

Speedo produce a fantastic range of swimwear and swimming accesories including Speedo super elite, swimsuits, swimming goggles, kickboards, swimming fins and pullbouys plus much more.

Founded in Australia by Alexander MacRae, a 22-year-old Scottish immigrant who arrived in the country in 1910. The ‘SPEEDO’ company began when MacRae Hosiery manufacturers, established by Alexander in 1914, extended the manufacture of underwear to swimwear and became MacRae Knitting Mills. This acceptance of swimwear and the introduction of the ‘Racerback’ costume meant it was time for a new company name.

Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit

Experience the power of the Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit and enjoy unparalleled speed and racing efficiency during your triathlon swim Top Features of the Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit This wetsuit combines key Speedo technologies with noticeable style, to show the wearer is a serious contender. The core stability system reinforces your core for better control in the water, thus allowing for more powerful strokes. Thicker panels have been strategically placed for more buoyancy and perfect adjustment of swim position.

Flexible neoprene strips allow for an enhanced range of movement during the stroke phase. Flexible underarm panels interact with the back panels for maximum extension and range of motion across the back and shoulders, reducing shoulder fatigue. Improved collar construction tailored to reduce chaffing whilst swimming. The most buoyant foam existing, which provides the highest lift to the body, thus minimizing drag.

Product Data for Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit

Pioneering technology delivers buoyancy that reduces drag, conserves racing energy and improves your hydrodynamic efficiency in open water, while super-flexible neoprene rubber allows you reach and power through every stroke without feeling restricted.

The Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit Fullsuit Wetsuit is worn and endorsed by professional triathlon racing team BMC-Etixx. Flexibility – Enjoy full and unrestricted range of movement on race day with the Super Elite, which features the most flexible neoprene available – Y45 cell Yamamoto neoprene – on the torso and legs.  Ultra-flexible Y40 cell Yamamoto neoprene, in thin 1.5mm panels, is used around the shoulders and under the arms, offering 4-way stretch which allows you the freedom of movement to swim without compromising your natural stroke style.

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Front view of Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit Black Gold 2016 available through triathlonwetsuit.co.uk

Fitpoint Markers™ on the lower arm, hips and legs make the Super Elite easy to fit and align for maximum efficiency in the water.  Hydrodynamics – -Nano SCS coating, Speedo’s fastest neoprene surface yet, together with the wetsuit’s seamless bonded construction, enhances your hydrodynamic efficiency, drastically reducing drag. The nano technology delivers even lower surface friction than standard SCS technology, making you faster through the water. Meanwhile the Core Stabiliser reinforces your core for a better swim position and improved control in the water.

The Revo Zipper is easily fastened, but rapidly unzips to peel off as you head to T1. Reverse zip construction can be opened easily in seconds, allowing for even faster transitions from swim to bike.

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Rear view of Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit Black Gold 2016 available through triathlonwetsuit.co.uk

Buoyancy for reduced drag – Extra buoyant Aqualift Panels in the lower legs improve kick stability and conserve energy by limiting the need to kick, ensuring you arrive in transition fresh for the bike.

Sandwich constructed Aerodome 2.0 Panels in the torso and legs enhance buoyancy, keeping you higher in the water to reduce drag, increase speed and promote a better swimming position.

Warmth – A super thin film of Titanium Alloy coating provides excellent heat retention properties, making the neoprene 20% warmer than standard – without limiting the natural stretch ability or texture of the rubber.

Super Sealed Cuffs on the Speedo Super Elite SE16 Wetsuit and a fused V shaped Anatomic Collar maintain superior water-tightness, ensuring comfort and warmth whilst preventing the drag that occurs from a water-logged suit.

Yonda Ghost Wetsuit

About Yonda Triathlon Wetsuits

Yonda Sports, home of the Yonda Ghost wetsuit, custom tri suits & cycle wear. Using high performance fabrics we are able to produce high quality sportswear for teams, clubs, companies, and individuals.

Yonda is based in the heart of the historical Holme Valley in Yorkshire, an area famous for its textile heritage and rolling hills. It’s a magical place to be an athlete with challenging climbs, fells and woodland with amazing views around every corner.

Developed by athletes for athletes of all levels – everything at Yonda is about Performance, Quality and Innovation giving you the competitive edge. We are proud of our products, we don’t believe in cutting corners to fit a price point and only use world leading suppliers of fabric and neoprene – suppliers who are at the top of their own fields.

Our wetsuits has been developed, tested and adopted by current elite triathletes. Designed by competitive swimmers, careful thought has gone into the most important areas of open water swimming – buoyancy, comfort, technique and speed.

YONDA – with you all the way

Yonda Ghost Wetsuit

Developed, tested and raced directly with current elite triathletes, we believe the new YONDA Ghost wetsuit exceeds many on the market, even those at a higher price point. Designed by competitive swimmers, careful thought has gone into the most important areas of open water swimming – buoyancy, comfort, technique and speed.

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Yonda Ghost Features

Buoyancy – The most flexible Yamamoto #39 SCS Skin AERODOME is used on front chest and thigh to centralise the core and raising the hips. This allows for a perfect natural body roll when extending the arms into the catch and pull.

Comfort – Chest and Torso uses Yamamoto #39 SCS Skin AERODOME allowing flexibility to breath easily by accentuating the lung area.

To Aid Technique – Yamamoto #40 SCS Skin AQUAPULL is used in sleeve, wrist and underam areas – this is super thin permeable fabric that is married to FASTDRY waterproof lycra in the forearm. This creates a great feel in the water and makes the catch point more sensitive and allows for a stronger pull.

To help allow for better sighting the YONDA Ghost wetsuit has a reverse style zipper which means no bulky collar.

Speed in water- -SCS (Super Composite Skin) coating on the outside reduces friction and increases your speed though the water.

Speed in Transition – Tested in the 2014 & 2015 World Series and British Super Series, the YONDA wetsuit proved to be very fast to take off in T1 where seconds make all the difference. The design of the YONDA Ghost wetsuit coupled with Yamamoto #39 SCS Skin in the calf area allows for the suit to be kicked off fast!

Full Specs:

  • Front chest/front thigh/bum = #39 SCS SKIN AERODROME
  • Back/calf/crotch/upper front chest = #39 SCS SKIN
  • Collar/sleeve/wrist/underarm = #40 SCS SKIN AQUA PULL
  • Forearm fabric = Fast dry waterproof Lycra
  • Sizes Available (YONDA WETSUIT SIZE CHARTS)
  • Men (Neon Green) = XS, SM, MS, MD, MT, LS, LG, XL, XXL
    Women (Neon Magenta) = XS, SM, MD, LG, XL
  • All wetsuits include an internal key pocket and come with a mesh carry bag.

Yonda Ghost Wetsuit Reviews

Thank you to Yonda who turned around an order for kit for the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Junior Triathlon Team. The service was fantastic, with samples for all sizes to try on. The kit arrived in good time even with the short turn around time they were up against. The finish on the kit was very high and definitely made the kids feel like elite athletes. They were all very proud to wear the kit and very pleased with quality and fit.
Debra, Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Junior Triathlon Team

At Holmfirth Harriers we have been waiting a long time for a kit supplier to tick all the boxes. Yonda did that with our first order:
Great Kit, Great Price, Great Service – and we didn’t have to wait 6 weeks for delivery.
Andrew Kerry, Holmfirth Harriers

I have raced in the Yonda Evoke wetsuit and Elite trisuit all season. The trisuit is very comfy and snug enough when racing in non wetsuit races. The Yonda wetsuit is the comfiest I have worn with great flexibility on the arms, the high quality of the suit while swimming is second to non and also makes for super fast transitions too.
Lewis Byram, Yonda Athlete

The elite trisuit is comfortable to wear and as it is Teflon coated it is a dream to swim in, I’ve had plenty of positive comments about it!! There is just the right amount of padding in the seat for the bike but not constrictive in any way on the run, highly recommended! The wetsuit is amazing to swim in, I have nothing to compare it to as this is my first wetsuit, but I have just completed my first half ironman distance triathlon and its a great fit and comfortable to swim in.
I would highly recommend the Yonda range and I will definitely be purchasing more kit!
Dinah C, Half Ironwoman

Having a running background, the swim was the one I needed to work on. In the beginning it really didn’t matter what to wear, however when the open water swim distance increased, the wet suit became the most important factor. For someone like me, Yonda’s wet suit provided me with a confidence I needed, it fits brilliantly and even makes you look slimmer! Its light but warm, its flexible and durable. It is brilliantly designed with accent on every single possible thing that matters, small or big. This wet suit looks cool and most importantly it is fast!! It makes you feel like you’re gliding, whether the waters calm or choppy. Truly looking forward to the next tri season, felling confident with my swim Great value for money and you are worth it!
Bea P, Ironwoman

As a newbie to the world of triathlon, I have faced many challenges, one of them being kit. What’s good, what’s not, is it overpriced etc. Yonda has taken that worry away allowing me to focus on the race. Whilst there kit is competitively priced, the products are first class in quality, durability and comfort, and I hope they expand there range very soon!
Tracey N, Half Ironwoman

I have exclusively used Yonda for all my races this season and it has out performed some of the top branded kit I have owned. The pricing is extremely competitive and is not in any way indicative of a compromise in quality, durability or performance. I look forward to the range expanding as more people become aware of this exciting new brand.
Jen W, Half Ironwoman

Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit

Orca Triathlon Wetsuits

One thing you’ll notice immediately upon sliding into an Orca Wetsuit is that it fits incredibly well. Orca designs products with the athlete in mind and with the direct feedback of some of the elite names in our sport. Anyone heard of Craig Alexander? Many of Orca’s most innovative new designs such as Orca TRN Thermo and features are the direct result of working with professional athletes – who else could provide the insight into what really works on the race course?

Orca products are designed and tested on athletes, not computer models. The design, materials and production techniques are always at the cutting edge. Creating a wetsuit line such as the one you are about to see takes years of experience, years of trying new things and countless hours of testing. In the congested world of look-a-like triathlon wetsuits, Orca truly stands out with a suit for any occasion. Come see why some of the most accomplished athletes in the history of triathlon started and finished with Orca triathlon apparel and wetsuits.

Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit

The Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit sets a new standard for Orca and the industry in the entry level triathlon and open water swim wetsuit range. Top Features of the Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit – Great flexibility across the shoulders and underarms provided by 2mm Yamamoto 39 cell neoprene.  Increased buoyancy through 4mm smoothskin neoprene over the hips and bottom, helps to optimum the body position in the water.  SCS-coated (on shoulders & arms) Yamamoto #39 Cell Neoprene.  Speed Transition Panels – allows quick transition out of the suit.  A great entry level suit or the perfect training suit for more advanced athletes.  Need help finding the best size for you? Click here for Orca’s Sizing tool.

We STRONGLY recommend using either Bodyglide when using these or any other wetsuits. These lubricants help prevent chafing, help with the removal of the wetsuit in transitions and are safe for the neoprene (unlike Vaseline).

Orca TRN Thermo triathlon Wetsuit is Flexible

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The Orca TRN offers exceptional flexibility across the shoulders as it is construction with 2mm Neoprene, flexibility in the shoulders is important for a comfortable, natural feeling swim stroke

Optimum Body Position

Constructed of 2-4mm neoprene for optimum power, correct body positioning and buoyancy in the water. The 4mm smoothskin neoprene over the hips and bottom provides exceptional buoyancy by lifting the swimmer out of the water to ensure the correct body position.

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Fast And Long Lasting

The TRN has been finished for performance with a durable easy to access YKK zip and cord, speed transition panels to help you save those precious seconds in transition and a SCS coating on the arms and shoulders to help your suit last longer.

About the Orca Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit

The Women’s TRN Thermo sets a new standard for Orca in the entry level triathlon and open water swim wetsuit range. Designed with all the expertise and experience you would expect from 20 years experience. Orca and Wiggle have worked hard to give you a great value entry level/training wetsuit.

The Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit offers 2-4mm Smoothskin Yamamoto neoprene for durability and flexibility, hidden seams for speed, and also thermal protection. The suit offers excellent value for those wanting to have a go at the fastest growing multi-sport or have a spare training suit without breaking the bank.

Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit Reviews

“Bought first tri wetsuit for cold swims in open water in Northumberland, up north. Held out well in cold may water in training. Went on to first tri race in Eton dorney where much warmer. Suit was buoyant and comfy in race and quickly came off in transition.  Good value wetsuit.”

Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value

Cons: None at this price point

“I have used Orca TRN Thermo Wetsuit for my first open water swims and it has performed very well. I have used it in water temperature of 13 Celsius it has kept me warm. The fit was perfect from the size guide. I have only used it twice so far so cannot comment on how it will perform over a long period of time. At the moment I am very happy with my purchase.”

Pros: Comfortable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight

Cons: takes a few swims to bed in

“Regular sea swimmer only strong easterlies keep me out of water, gets too rough thankfully westerlies nine out of ten days. Have used this suit from late December to end April in water down to 7.8° amble warmth once over initial shock and not too much buoyancy and good flexibility unlike my surf suit. Appears to be wearing OK a few minor Nick’s hopefully will get another winter out of it. Flo green on arms shows up well in the water which is good when going out in cove to the marker bouys in dull winter sun. Got the matching cap and wear a normal speedo pool cap under it during the coldest months. Now weaning myself out of it with the water getting close to double figures. Overall very pleased excellent value and cost less than would have spend going to local heated pool during the winter. I’m 180cm 41″ chest 75kilogram and size 7 fits comfortably snug don’t think I’d be able to get in a 6 if that helps anyone”

Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Great Value

Cons: Didn’t turn me into Brownlee brothers

Zone3 Aspire Wetsuit Woman’s

Year on year the Zone3 Aspire wetsuit builds on its world renowned reputation. Perfect for the beginner, all the way to the pro athlete, offering a fantastic swimming experience to all of those who have chosen this suit since its conception in 2008.

Top Features of the Zone3 Women’s Aspire Wetsuit

One of the highest rated wetsuits of the last decade winning a wide range of industry awards. Made with 100% Yamamoto materials for maximum comfort and performance. Designed for a fast, smooth and natural feeling swim.
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Zone3 Aspire wetsuit Product Data

It continues to collect accolades from the Triathlon industry, having scored an impressive 10 out of 10 rating in both Triathlete Europe and 220 Magazine in its early years and more recently a 95% rating and the prestigious BEST BUY award. The Aspire is constantly given praise for its great fit, remarkable flexibility around the shoulders, carefully balanced buoyancy and rapid removal.

Due to the popularity of the Zone3 Aspire wetsuit , Zone3 have made minimal changes to the latest version of the suit. The main focus has been on increasing the flexibility even further and this has been achieved with the introduction of a new one-piece shoulder panel design and by incorporating higher stretch materials.

The Zone3 Aspire wetsuit is the As the reviews say: “Swimming in the Aspire is every bit as comfortable and energy efficient as swimming in suits costing twice as much.” If you have any doubts, ask anybody who has swam in the Aspire to help explain what makes this suit stand out from the rest.

Zone3 Aspire wetsuit size guide

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Zone3 Aspire wetsuit Design details

  • Premium SCS Yamamoto Fabrics: Designed to ensure superb all-over body flexibility, comfort and performance.
  • Aqua Dynamic Nano Coating: Applied to the neoprene meaning that there is almost no drag through the water.
  • 1.5mm One-Piece Shoulder Panel: No seams from elbow to elbow to offer even more flexibility and distance per stroke. This feature helps to conserve energy and allows you to swim faster with less effort.
  • Maximum 5mm Neoprene As allowed under ITU regulations from the ribs down to the knees, giving plenty of buoyancy and core support to ensure the perfect swimming angle.
  • High Stretch 4mm Chest Panel: Aids in course sighting during the swim navigation, keeps up core body warmth and allows chest expansion during heavy breathing.
  • Pro Speed Cuffs™: Present on the arms and the legs for rapid removal after the swim to ensure the quickest transitions, saving you vital time on any course.
  • Premium Inner Linings: Used to further add to the comfort and flexibility of the suit.
  • Downwards YKK Zip: Enables the suit to go on and off easily.

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About triathlon Wetsuits

Modern triathlon wetsuits were invented by Dan Empfield in 1987 and are customized to the needs of triathletes, they generally incorporate the following key features which differentiates them from a normal wetsuit. 1, Thinner and/or more pliable rubber near the shoulders. 2, Long zippers to facilitate quick removal during transition. In addition, tri wetsuits have a very smooth, but often fragile, surface. This slick surface helps to reduce water friction and allows a faster swim. Another advantage of a tri wetsuit is the added buoyancy that the wetsuit provides, this can provide triathletes with a considerable speed and energy saving advantage over swimming without a suit.

About the Zone3 Aspire wetsuit brand

Zone3 is a British brand specialising in Triathlon training and racing products. It was developed by elite athletes at Loughborough University, one of the leading sports Universities in Europe.

The product has always come first for Zone3 Aspire wetsuit. Nothing is more important than making sure that each product is as good as it can be. Zone3 don’t only use sports technology and lab testing but, more importantly, also listening to customers and use their feedback to further improve the range. This has resulted in some of the best product reviews in industry magazines, as well as being the chosen brand of a number of the world’s best triathletes.

Zone3 Aspire wetsuit product reviews

Great wetsuit and finally found one that fits. Small/tall. 55kg and 165cm. Very stretchy, very comfortable. Super buoyant. Definitely need help to get the zip done up! I’d also had a good experience with Wiggle trying and returning suits and talking to someone in person.  HOWEVER, I went online to review this suit to find that 48hrs after I received it, it had gone down 20% in price. Sadly I had already swum in it..otherwise I’d have sent it back and repurchased. A price drop weeks or months later is one thing, but it’s super maddening within days. Shame.

Pros Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality

Cons Expensive (but not with Triathlonwetsuits.co.uk)

 

The Zone3 women’s aspire wetsuit ticks all the boxes for me. I especially love the flexable shoulders allowing for increased freedom of movement compaired to other brands. It is by far the easiest wetsuit I have owned to slip on and more importantly to take off, allowing my faster transitions. The overall buoyancy of the suit is perfect giving me greater confidence in the open water. Very happy with this wetsuit desighed with the female athlete in mind.

Pros Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight.

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