Three upstart brands are injecting new thinking into the world of neoprene.
Wetsuit design could use a shot of creativity. As we found while quantitatively testing wetsuit performance for Triathlete’s July issue, conventional thinking about wetsuit design doesn’t always lead to the results we’ve believed for years. Three new companies have brought fresh ideas to wetsuit design that may help maximize the benefit of
racing in a neoprene suit.
Almost all road bike manufacturers now make one top-flight road bike for riders wanting an aggressive position, and different bikes for those who prefer a more upright riding style because there is no one solution for every person. This same philosophy applies to wetsuits as well, but wetsuit makers are behind bikes when it comes to accommodating different types of athletes. There is no such thing as a wetsuit that is “high-end” for every swimmer, so Huub offers the same suit with different neoprene thicknesses so you can pick the degree of buoyancy and flexibility.
Payoff: Offering choice in suit thickness allows swimmers to select the characteristics that are most important to them without sacrificing overall quality.