NETHER­LANDS NEO­PRENE

DARE2TRI

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM - CD

FOR COM­FORT, FIT, train­ing and per­for­mance gains, the Dutch wet­suit com­pany Dare2tri of­fers a line of prod­ucts with an ideal blend of f lex­i­bil­ity and buoy­ancy. Set a swim PB with the Mach4 wet­suit or boost your pull with the neo­prene swimshort.

Dare2tri Mach4 $550

The Mach4 is a higher-end suit that al­lows for ex­cel­lent flex­i­bil­ity thanks to its over­all 5 mm thick­ness and strate­gi­cally-placed Su­per Stretch pan­elling in key ar­eas. Triath­letes will love the aqua grip pan­els at the an­kle and wrist cuffs which pro­vide enough wa­ter-grip­ping to aid with strong and pow­er­ful strokes. We loved the on-top-of-the-wa­ter feel of this suit. The fu­sion of the side sta­bil­ity pan­elling and the front body Al­pha Speed grooves help main­tain ideal body po­si­tion­ing and bal­ance in the wa­ter. We didn’t feel like we were fight­ing the wa­ter in the Mach4, but like we were glid­ing in­stead. Dare2tri leaves no de­tail for­got­ten with a wa­ter-block­ing, dou­ble layer “no chafe” col­lar (par­tic­u­larly help­ful for ocean swims) and exit pan­els just above the heel to aid with the quick­est tran­si­tions pos­si­ble. For those won­der­ing how a thin­ner suit would fare in cooler tem­per­a­tures, the Mach4 kept us warm dur­ing test­ing in a crisp 12 C Lake On­tario.

Dare2r­tri Neo­prene Swimshort $70

Triath­letes who strug­gle with keep­ing their hips high in the wa­ter will love the new Dare2tri Neo­prene Swimshort. An al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard pull buoy, the shorts pro­vide ex­tra buoy­ancy through the waist and cen­tral body al­low­ing ath­letes to free up at­ten­tion to their stroke. But, un­like the pull buoy, the shorts en­able a smooth lift in the wa­ter as they come to just above the knee yield­ing more bal­ance and sup­port. The shorts are uni­sex in siz­ing but a tie-waist en­sures a snug fit and the 5 mm thick 39 cell su­per stretch Smooth­skin neo­prene is both aqua­dy­namic and com­fort­able. The shorts are ex­cel­lent for sim­u­lat­ing a wet­suit swim in the pool. They are easy to take on and off be­tween sets, too.–

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