This year sees some interesting new products and developments
In recent years Huub have been the most innovative brand on the UK and I would say global triathlon scene. The Archimedes wetsuit launched in 2013 to rave reviews. This was followed in 2015 with the Dave Scott Long Course range, developed with six times Kona winner Dave Scott. In 2016 the Archimedes 2, Amphibia swimrun wetsuit were launched. In 2017 they have not slowed down their innovation stream launching further 6 new products [8 if you include the women's ranges].
In 2017 Huub have raised the game again with the Albacore wetsuit. They have also widened the long course range with a female version of the Dave Scott Long Course, a short sleeved version of the Core Trisuit which includes a women's version.
- Albacore Project Swimskin
- Albacore Wetsuit 3:5 and 4:4
- Kickpants, Sphere and Alpha Buoyancy shorts
- Dave Scott LC new colours - Green and Navy
- Men's Core Full Sleeve and S/S Long Course Trisuits
- Altair swim goggles with changeable lens.
Probably the second most innovative brand - and also a UK brand!
In 2016 Zone3 re-launched their full wetsuit range - Vanquish, Aspire, Vision and Advance. They launched the Evolution swimrun wetsuit, which has been upgraded in 2017 to include the calf guards and a whistle. The calf guards can be purchased separately.
The Trisuit range was enhanced by the short Sleeved Lava which even thought it arrived late in the season has been popular. The Aquaflo + range brought new vitality to the old Aquaflo brand which has now been dropped.
- Swimrun Men's wetsuit package upgraded to include a whistle as well as specific swimrun calf guards - essentially to provide extra buoyancy.
- Specific women's swimrun wetsuit package - only Orca and Zone3 offer a female version.
- Aeroforce trisuit - ITU and Age group versions re-launched
- Activate + triathlon suit ranges launched - we expect this to sell extremely fast, so grab one early in the season
In 2016 the Thermal Helix was launched. This is the ideal solution if you want to swim through the winter or feel the cold.
In 2017 Blue Seventy have launched new versions of the Reaction and Sprint wetsuits. The Reaction is our favourite for those that need lots of buoyancy - for the money its fantastic value. The new Sprint is not 100% neoprene, which for me, rather detracts because although it lowers the cost, it doesn't provide the same warmth and buoyancy.
They have re-launched their tri-suit range, but it does lack some of the innovation of the two British brands.
The best seller is the Core Shorts that compete against the Zone3 range of buoyancy shorts and competes very well - their distinctive orange marks are functional as well as looking good. Their function is to enable a coach to check if you are rotating sufficiently from a distance.
In 2016 2XU launched the GHST and Ignition wetsuits. The GHST is a highly flexible top end wetsuit, the Ignition a highly buoyancy warm wetsuit.
In 2016 2XU launched their short sleeved Trisuit with the Project X trisuit and Compression Short sleeved tri-suit -
In 2017 the X-Vent has replaced the very popular Perform range. An excellent technical piece of kit