CHAL­LENGER

Triathlon Plus - - Budget Wetsuits - aqua­s­phereswim.com

TALK ABOUT A makeover. This men’s suit has un­der­gone a trans­for­ma­tion, looks-wise, from its plain and sim­ple pre­de­ces­sor (plain black with white min­i­mal trims) to a sleek look­ing suit with red arm pan­els and flat­ter­ing red pan­els, which con­trib­ute to a six pack look. We re­ally did want to love this and were thrilled when testers re­ported great flex­i­bil­ity in the arms, which helped for an ache-free, com­fort­able, swim. It’s not overly buoy­ant so def­i­nitely one for stream­lined swim­mers who don’t need as­sis­tance with body po­si­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, (as with last year’s test) the neck is still an is­sue. “The roll-neck felt cum­ber­some and ac­tu­ally seemed to catch the wa­ter and let it trickle down the back while the rash guard at the back gave me a nasty rub,” said one. The arms were very thin – just 1mm thick – which are great for warm wa­ters and a quick tran­si­tion – but not so great for chilly Bri­tish wa­ters. With a neck tweak this could be a first class suit.

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