HURRICANE CAT 1
OUR TESTERS DECLARED this an exceptionally buoyant and secure suit that literally hugs the wearer – a real confidence booster for sinkies who are new to open-water swimming. They also expressed surprise at its flexibility which belied its thickness (often 5mm). The neck was tight and secure (although one tester found it a bit fiddly to fasten at the back and it took a couple of attempts to get it right) and really kept the water out. The lining of the suit was smooth and soft – which is a real plus for comfort. The sheer thickness of the suit made it slower to remove – and it would have benefited from tapes on the inside of the suit enabling leg length to be trimmed to desired length. But if you’re looking for a plain-looking, comfy, buoyant suit to keep you warm in long, chilly, swims, this one is hard to beat.