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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

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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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

Triathlon wetsuit size guide Zone3 Aspire wetsuit

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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