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Why Do Swimskins Work?

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Wearing a wetsuit for the added buoyancy gain and inherent thermal protection certainly isn’t cheating and for many athletes it can be an absolutely necessity, but at a certain level of racing the competitive advantage gained from wearing a wetsuit is banned. Triathlon’s pinnacle race distance, the Ironman, and its respective championship race, Kona, have witnessed the rise of a new form of swimming garment; the swimskin.

Bred out of the need for a hydrodynamic suit that adheres to the guidelines from the scrabble list of acronymic governing bodies: USAT, WTC, and FINA, the swimskin has evolved into a textile based solution for elite open water swimmers looking to always be faster than the rest of the pack and to gain a competitive edge against other racers. TYR would say that you’re only as fast as your suit will let you be.TYR Torque Pro

Enter the Torque Pro swimskin.

This swimskin is not only going to give you a competitive hydrodynamic edge in the water during the elite races, but for shorter, mid-temperature and high surf-condition races, you’ll be less buoyant through the break, actually making you faster out to the first buoy since you’ll be able to leverage your bodyweight in a more efficient manner against the waves. I’d say for any sprint race or elite IM athlete, these new TYR swimskins are exactly the edge that you need to get the initial lead on the competition and keep them in your rear sights during the swim.

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TYR Hurricane Category 3 Wetsuit

“You’re only as fast as your wetsuit will let you be.”-TYR


With that said, and your money pockets taken into consideration, feast your eyes on the Category 3. TYR’s Hurricane wetsuit series is composed of three tiers (pun intended), 1, 3, and 5. For those that want the primary technologies of the Category 5, but don’t want to spend top dollar, the C3 is the perfect option for a mid range suit. The wetsuit boasts light-weight Yamamoto 38/39 SCS coated neoprene, as well as varying 5mm panels. The high-buoyancy 5mm panels found in the chest, legs, and core were designed to help the swimmer to be elevated in the water and keep the swimmer from dropping their lower half. This feature, known as Speed Wrap Paneling, as well as the ones listed below were carried over from the CAT 5. The only features the Category 3 doesn’t come with when comparing it the 5, are that the entire surface area isn’t 100% Yamamoto Nano SCS rubber, and the inside isn’t lined with soft jersey fabric.

  • Free Range of Motion Zones – Less pinching and constriction, meaning more flexible reach.
  • Form Fitting Wrist Cuffs – Multi-stretch cuffs at the wrist allow powerful strokes while keeping water from entering the suit.
  • Quick Release Ankle Cuffs – Tapered legs allow for a speedy release of the suit without much effort.
  • 360 degree core stabilization system: Creates the sensation of your core feeling a wrap-around support which works to elevate the swimmer, ensuring optimal body position and saving energy over the long-term of the swim.
  • Graded Force Catch Panels: Paneling along forearm allows for greater pull in the water, such as a built-in paddle would.

If you do have an entry-level wetsuit and want to make the upgrade to a mid range suit that’s going to come with all the bells and whistles, the Hurricane Category 3 by TYR is great choice. Check out this wetsuit and many other triathlon wetsuits at One Tri.

TYR Competitor Triathlon Apparel Line

TYR has debuted a new line this year called the TYR Competitor Line. The line of tri shorts as well as triathlon singlets were designed particularly for comfort so that athletes could reap the benefits of their hours spent on the road training. What’s so great and different about this line? Let me explain….

Beginning with the TYR singlet, I’d like to note the fact that it’s white. No other company makes a top for women in this color. Why white? I get asked by countless people in the shop for white tops in general. After 4, 5, 6, hours on the road you’ll understand why a black top (in pretty hot weather mind you) will feel most certainly warmer. Beyond the fact that it’s white, it still offers 50 SPF and UV Protection. It conveniently has a zipper pocket on the back to store your necessary nutrition (my favorite part about the top, other than it being white). A front zip can be found on the front of the top, which is again perfect for adjustability in warmer weather.

On to the short..I realize that I have raved about the De Soto Carrera in a previous post. The only thing the De Soto Carrera tri short is missing is a decent tri pad. The Competitor Tri Short features the newly designed and advanced TYR Tri-Pad to help with even weight distribution and chafing, as well as irritation prevention. It’s hard to find a decent tri pad that’s perfectly in the middle of not-too-bulky-like-a-diaper, but still offers some padding. Fleece liners don’t quite cut it for me after miles 30 or 40. Another note-worthy addition of this short is the gripper. It is lined with a silicone beading, which keeps the short from sliding up and down, while leaving you WITHOUT irritation and sausage legs! A zipper pocket is also featured on the back of the short to store even more of your goodies. The shorts come in both a 6″ or modest 8″ inseams.

TYR Competitor 9″ Short

Last week, I bought a pair of TYR Competitor 9″ tri shorts just so I can change things around.  I’ve got in the habit of regularly using tri shorts in my training so I can do a swim bike brick.  I’m still just more comfortable running in a regular pair of shorts however.

I bought the 9″ inseam version, all black.  It’s a great looking short, but the magic of this product is the Amp-Pad.

Features:


The pad itself is highly breathable and comfortable.  To personally describe the pad, after wearing it on a ride, it’s dense, and thin.  There’s no doubt that it’s a tri short, but the pad feels better than two of the chamois I currently have on my other bike shorts.  Granted, those other shorts are old, but it’s impressive.

The “gripper” on the short are beaded, providing for more comfort around the thighs.  The short has a total of three pockets.  Two are on each side of the lower thigh, and one is a rear zipper right around the tail bone.
Awesome short. A 7″ short is also available.  And if you’re so inclined, the Carbon version is available  here as well!

TYR Cat 5 Hurricane Wetsuit Review

TYR has arguably put themselves in a class of their own with the Cat 5 Hurricane Wetsuit. The technology and science behind this suit is simply genius. Let’s begin with what I noticed the instant I tried it on, which I’ve never felt in any other suit:

The 360° Core Stabilization System. What is this and why does it matter? This is a panel on the wetsuit which surrounds the abdominals, providing what feels like a tightening affect. This system allows for two things.

  1. One, optimal body position in the water and
  2. Two, the conservation of precious energy due to not having to constrict your abdominals nearly as much.

Free Range of Motion: The ability to not feel constricted around the neck as well as the arms comes paramount to most triathletes when looking into wetsuits. This goes to say, the flexibility and Free Range of Motion in this suit are unreal. This can be attributed to the use of Yamamoto SCS Rubber which happens to be the lightest and most flexible on the market.

The Form Fitting Wrist Cuffs keep the water out around the writs and the Quick Release Ankle Cuffs allow for the suit to slide right off your feet (which we all know is a real pain in transition).

To sum it up, this suit is going to move with you, not against you.  This isn’t your every day wetsuit to train in. But, if you’re looking for the highest end best performance race wetsuit, here it is.

If you want to try out the TYR Category 5 Hurricane wetsuit here are some options:

1. Buy it:

Click here for the Cat 5 wetsuit for men (full sleeve)

Click here to buy the Cat 5 wetsuit for women (full sleeve)

2. Rent it

Click here to rent the suit at OneTri.com. (As of this writing I don’t think any other store in the country rents the Cat 5.)

If you want to see all triathlon wetsuits that One Tri offers you can click here.