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The 2013 Triathlon Wetsuit Performance Test

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 30, 2013
Photo: John David Becker

Zoot Z-Force 2.0 Sleeveless

$250, Zootsports.com
*Gear Lab: Fastest Sleeveless*

Efficiency testing: Despite the sleeveless design, both testers got a substantial boost from the Z-Force 2.0. It was just as effective as many of the full-sleeve options.

Fit & flexibility: While all sleeveless suits offer nearly uninhibited arm motion, not every one makes a solid yet comfortable connection with the swimmer’s body. But the Z-Force 2.0 did exactly that. “Arm openings were tight and almost no water leaked in while swimming,” reported one tester. This arm seal is key to the efficiency of a sleeveless suit—otherwise water can flush through the suit, making the swimmer less buoyant and colder. By sealing effectively without pinching, it earned high praise as one tester’s pick as the most comfortable suit in the review. Despite loving the feel, the tester did notice the difference in lift, saying, “In regard to buoyancy and pull, the sleeved suits were better.”

Balanced swimmer
Race pace DPS: +11%
Average DPS: +12%

Power Swimmer
Race pace DPS: +19%
Average DPS: +19%

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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