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Zone3 - 5:3mm Buoyancy Shorts Aerodome Elite

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Zone3 - Buoyancy Shorts Aerodome Elite - 5:3mm



With up to 30% more buoyancy, these shorts have helped thousands of swimmers improve their technique and speed.


Key Features


·       Designed as an alternative to a pull buoy

·       Provide more natural feeling whilst swimming

·       Enhanced core support

       Premium neoprene construction with SCS Nano coating to reduce drag

       Comfort-focused waistband

·       30% more buoyancy than standard neoprene



Brought to you from the original developer of buoyancy shorts, the Aerodome Elite version is designed to be even more buoyant and use the latest materials to reduce drag.


The shorts are made from a combination of Yamamoto #39 SCS on the front and back panels and Yamamoto SCS Aerodome on the side panels. The #39 SCS material gives a softer, lighter and more flexible fit, whilst the Aerodome provides you with more buoyancy and hip rotation. This is particularly suitable for helping heavy legged swimmers to refine their technique.


The SCS coating ensures minimal drag through the water, while the Aerodome material features air bubbles between neoprene layers offering 30% more buoyancy than standard neoprene. The shorts have been designed using 3mm neoprene on its front and back panels, and 5mm neoprene down the sides. The 3mm provides the additional buoyancy whilst the 5mm side panels complement this by promoting hip rotation through each stroke. The shorts are stitched and bonded in the same way as a triathlon wetsuit.


The shorts serve three main purposes:


  1. If you're a novice or intermediate level swimmer the major factor which prevents you from swimming faster is often your lack of core stability and leg kick. While your arm strength and technique are good, because you are not horizontal on the top of the water this creates a lot of drag and ‘dead weight’ which makes it much harder to swim efficiently.


Buoyancy shorts can help you get more used to swimming in the correct horizontal and streamlined position, so they start to build a ‘neural pattern’ of how you should feel in the water. This means you can concentrate on making a more effective leg kick and better forward glide with each stroke, without that ‘sinking leg’ feeling.


The extra buoyancy support also lets you focus more on the technique of your arm stroke, without the constant battle to keep the hips and legs in a high position in the water.


Tests show that over time, these buoyancy shorts can improve your body position, speed and endurance .


  1. These shorts are suitable for any level of triathlete who wants to refine their open water swimming technique whilst in a pool. Swimming in a wetsuit during a triathlon is very different from being in a swimming race without a wetsuit. In this situation, you will get most of your power from upper body while the essential control comes from your legs and core. These shorts help develop your open water swimming technique whilst in the pool, where wearing a full wetsuit would either be too hot or against the pool's rules.


  1. They are appropriate for use in open-water training or races as an alternative to swimming in a full wetsuit (when the weather is warm enough!).



What makes this product different?


·       Extra buoyancy designed for heavy-legged swimmers

·       Concept has helped thousands of swimmers improve their swim technique and speed

·       New design with comfort-focused waistband


Zone3 was the original developer of Buoyancy Shorts, back in 2007. The original version of this product used a 5:3mm thickness smoothskin material, but due to their overwhelming popularity, Zone3 has now released a more buoyant and comfort-focused 'Premium Option'. 


The product concept has eight years of fantastic customer reviews behind it, during which these buoyancy shorts have helped thousands of swimmers to improve their body position in the water and refine their swim technique.


As a result, Zone3's Aerodome Elite Buoyancy Shorts have received hundreds of positive reviews from swimmers who have seen significant improvements in their body position, speed and endurance as a result of wearing them. Despite the great feeling they give you in the water it's best to only use these shorts during certain swim sets rather than the full session, and they are intended to be worn over your usual swim-costume.


Sizes available are XS, S, M, L and XL. Each set of shorts has a drawstring so they can be tightened to any waist size but we would recommend the size XS for waist sizes 26–28, S for 30-32, M for 32–34, L for 34–36 and XL for 36-38.

The Brand:

As one of the most trusted triathlon brands, Zone3 creates products that aim to maximise your swimming experience.

A well-established British company, Zone3 is a brand whose products are designed by athletes for athletes.


Call us today on 0207 183 7245 or contact us via WebChat for friendly, expert advice and for answers to any sizing queries you may have.


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Reviews (4)

Dennis 29th Sep 2018

Zone 3 Elite bouyancy shorts

Does exactly as it says. Feels really comfortable in the water and helps my horizontal position.

4th Jun 2017

Zone 3 Elite buoyancy shorts

Bought these shorts to help me with my swimming. Tried them for the first time today they are excellent I can swim further with less effort keeps me higher in the water so less drag. My triathlon sent the wrong ones but quickly replaced them the next day. Highly recommended.

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