Photo: Oliver Baker

Huub Archimedes II


The draw: Flexibility

Not overly buoyant, this suit put us in a neutral position but felt more supportive as we rolled over to breathe. The extremely flexible upper and arms meant that stroke mechanics were unencumbered, especially during a bent arm pull, so those with a good high-elbow catch will appreciate this suit. We did experience some issues with water creeping in from the neck, something that we were not able to fix 100 percent. The calf-release section at the bottom made removal super fast and snag free. Best for racing in warmer conditions, the focus is on freedom of movement, not keeping you warm.