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2014 Wetsuit Performance Test

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 29, 2014
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Synergy Hybrid Full

$700, Synergywetsuits.com

Precise fit is the hallmark of some suits, but brute force is the most memorable trait of this one. Neoprene with small air pockets is used from the ankles up to the neck, and this giant section of ultra-buoyant rubber dominates the experience of swimming in the Adrenaline. “It feels almost like a life jacket,” one tester said, meaning it forces the swimmer to the surface, overcoming a lack of balance in the water. This ultra buoyancy helped one tester achieve an exceptionally efficient stroke at slower speeds. The suit lifts the swimmer so powerfully, however, that it can overwhelm natural stroke mechanics. Both testers reported that the suit interfered with their typical rotation pattern. This did not, however, prevent the Adrenaline from performing well in the efficiency test. The tester with an excellent stroke benefited the most from this suit.

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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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