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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

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

Orca-TRN-Thermo Triathlon Wetsuit
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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.

Orca-TRN-Thermo Triathlon Wetsuit
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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