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ROKA Viper X

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The Draw: Wetsuit-Like Benefits

ROKA specializes in designing wetsuits that feel like an unfair advantage, and they’ve brought that skill to this speedsuit. In our hands, it felt like practically nothing, but wearing it in the water, we felt incredibly streamlined, gently floated up, and like the thing was softly guiding our rotation. Bonded seams aren’t noticeable—we felt no chafing. Our arm rotation was stellar, and dotted silicone grippers on the legs kept the suit in place. The auto-locking zipper will take an extra hand to zip up, but simply flip the tab up when you’re ready to rip the suit off in T1 and you can do just that—the zipper unzips automatically as you peel the suit away from your shoulders. Now that we’ve experienced the Viper X, we wouldn’t want to do a warm-water tri without it.

$335

*Women’s Best in Class*

Review by Erin Beresini