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.
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
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
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 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”
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).
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.
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)
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.
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