HUUB ALBACORE SWIMSKIN

Will the tech trans­late to the wa­ter?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

Huub have opted for a more clas­sic look with the de­sign of the Albacore Swimskin. Yet the all-over black suit – punc­tured by the sil­ver and red stripes down the side of the suit that fol­low the line of the thick seams – was harder to pull on and off in com­par­i­son to Orca’s RS1 on the right. The zip at the back also proved dif­fi­cult with­out the help of our fel­low club swim­mers. Even when we man­aged to get it half­way up, it would zip back down with any slight move­ment. Hap­pily it was easy enough to get off, so shouldn’t cost you time in T1. The com­pres­sive el­e­ment of the suit is ev­i­dent in the wa­ter, and it felt snug around our thighs and kept them ready for ac­tion dur­ing sprints thanks to the no­tice­able ab­sence of mus­cle fatigue. But the over­all thick­ness of the suit felt restric­tive in the wa­ter, which meant our swim­ming ex­pe­ri­ence wasn’t ef­fort­less, plus we ex­pe­ri­enced some chaf­ing around the neck dur­ing the test pe­riod. The suit also seemed to ab­sorb a fair amount of wa­ter, which com­pro­mised the se­cond skin feel­ing we ex­pe­ri­enced in the RS1, and cre­ated drag. If you’re af­ter more ma­te­rial for your money then the Albacore is the suit for you, but we pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle lighter.

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