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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

ZONE 3

Race-specific training
$75, Racezone3.com

Swimming in a wetsuit differs from training in a bathing suit in a few important ways, including body position. The added buoyancy that comes with wearing a wetsuit lifts the body into an unnaturally horizontal (and efficient) position in the water, subtly affecting stroke mechanics and reducing resistance. To simulate those changes in training, Zone 3 created the Neoprene Buoyancy Shorts (Roka makes a similar product) that prop the body into a position similar to swimming in a wetsuit.

Payoff:
Training in these shorts reduces resistance slightly, and helped the tester get accustomed to a faster stroke rate without compromising stroke power.

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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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