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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.

HUUB Archimedes
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.

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
Zone3 Venture triathlon Wetsuits at great prices direct from suppliers

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
Zone3 Venture Wetsuit one of the best on the market and available at great prices through Triathlonwetsuit.co.uk

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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