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Zoot Fuzion Sleeveless Wetsuit Review

Looking for a Sleeveless Wetsuit?  The Zoot Fuzion might be a great candidate in your search for your first or all around training triathlon wetsuit.

Offering nine sizes, this wetsuit was designed to ensure a proper fit on different body types.   A notable feature on this suit is that fact that it’s made with Yamamoto 39 cell neoprene.  It’s the world’s most light weight and low-density rubber, making the suit extremely flexible, buoyant, and durable.  This translates to more speed.

The Fuzion also has a tapered collar line SCS smoothskin, which will help minimize chafing.  An updated cuff construction seals out water, and helps with getting the wetsuit on and off, giving it a feature that many entry-level wetsuits do not have.

The torso and thighs are 5mm,  sleeve and underarms are 1.5mm, and in the legs between 3-4mm.

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Nineteen Frequency Wetsuit

With awesome flexibility, the Nineteen Frequency Wetsuit features excellent freedom of movement in the upper body,  and delivers the speed and buoyancy where it’s needed.

  • Dual Seal Zipper – unique hidden zipper design features an additional internal seal next to the skin to further reduce water entry.
  • Uncollar – This will make you forget about uncomfortable and restrictive wetsuit collars. With its ultra-thin dual-sided construction and just the right height, you will forget that the suit has a collar.
  • Wingspan System – This is the evolution of Nineteen’s ground breaking flex panel. Now incorporating Yamamoto Cell 40 foam with an all-new ultra-stretch jersey, this 1.5mm panel is contoured around your lats and reaches all the way to your lower back. When combined with high-stretch arms, seamless shoulder construction and more 1.5mm neoprene on the side of your body, the Frequency encourages body roll and a fluid swim stroke — all designed to improve your swim technique.
  • PT Buoyancy Panels – The PT Buoyancy panel puts the most 5mm neoprene where you need it the most, around the hips. This lifts the hips in the water putting your body in the most powerful and hydrodynamic position possible.
  • Easy Off Legs – A very stretchy 2mm stretch panel covers the entire back of the calf allowing for ultra fast leg removal. The Frequency is fast in the water and fast on land.
  • Arm Grips  – These unique silicon seal bands at each wrist will minimize water leakage at this critical point allowing for fast and smooth hand entry and catch.

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Orca Equip Review

Intro

Moderately priced at $299, the Orca Equip Wetsuit is an excellent choice for what is considered in its price point, a mid-tier triathlon wetsuit.

Specs

With SCS coating throughout the majority of the Orca Equip wetsuit, its composition is 39 cell Yamamoto neoprene.  At the torso, chest and and arms, the thickness is 2mm.  Varying neoprene thickness throughout the suit is important, as less neoprene is needed in certain areas, notably the arms.  You’ll likely want the flexibility and range of motion there.

Throughout the lower back and torso, 3-5mm neoprene panels are used throughout the suit for buoyancy.  This is important, many swimmers, eh hem, triathletes tend to sink their lower half of the body while they swim.

Insights

The one insight I would impart is the fact that the Equip, like other Orca wetsuits, have a “performance” fit to them.  Because many of us don’t have the luxury to try on wetsuits before buying them, this bit of information might be important.  When you fall in between sizes, it’s not a bad idea to select a size up when making the purchase.  From my experience fitting people, and back when I took a lot of customer service calls, this was often the case with these types of suits.

Conclusion

The Orca Equip is a good buy.  My person philosophy with triathlon wetsuits is that because they’re thrashed at races, and heavily used in training, I don’t intend them to last often more than two years.  Because this is a suit with all the key intermediate features, at this price point it’s a no brainer.  But if you’re able to afford it, and are in the market for higher end  Orca Wetsuits, a Sonar, 3.8, and Alpha is something worth looking into.

If you are just getting started and want a list of all reputable triathlon wetsuits just click on this link: triathlon wetsuits. Best of luck with your training, races, and wetsuit search.