3 Innovative Wetsuit Design Ideas

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Nov 5, 2013
  • Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker


Heat testing

A wetsuit’s effect on body temperature in the swim—whether real or perceived—can influence the rest of a race. To learn the impact neoprene type and thickness have on heat, Roka tested core and skin temperature of athletes swimming in various suits and found a clear trend: Not all full-sleeve wetsuits are equally hot. As a result of its research, Roka constructs the back of its suits in a way that keeps the body a few ticks cooler without sacrificing buoyancy.

Payoff: Swimmers start the bike feeling a little cooler after a high-temp swim.

RELATED: The 2013 Triathlon Wetsuit Performance Test

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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

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