Wetsuits… While non-swimmers love them, swimmers would rather go without them. They mess with our body position and “feel for the water.” Needless to say that we’re generally not fans. We don’t cling to them like pacifiers or weep when a non-wetsuit swim is announced. Nope. We actually rejoice. So it takes a pretty special wetsuit to get approval from a swimmer.
My first thought upon seeing the newly-launched TYR Hurricane Cat5 wetsuit was that I wasn’t going to like it. Eish. It was quite a bit thicker than what I was used to and I expected it to restrict my shoulders and alter my body position in the water.
I tried it out at the local ATC Canal swim… and I don’t want to boast… but no-one could keep up with me 😉 I enjoyed messing with the guys’ heads by swimming backstroke at their freestyle pace. Seems the suit goes fast upside down as well.
I found the suit to be very well balanced in the water. It didn’t inhibit my kick at all (I’m big on kicking) and yet I also felt as though I almost didn’t need to kick. I could concentrate on rolling my hips and my lats would engage instantly, making for a flipping strong pull through the water.
It’s not only fast in the water, but it is also super quick to get on and off – I never use any kind of product to get it off more easily and yet I’m out of it in seconds. I like the cuffs around the wrists which keep water out and the thickness of the suit allowed me to swim in the canals in the dead of winter when the water was around 8 degrees and my ice-cream headache lasted hours after the swim was over.
When athletes sponsored by other brands say it’s “the best looking wetsuit” they’ve ever seen and ask where they can get one you know it’s hot! I love that the whole inside of the suit is bright blue (the men’s one is red).
Ease of getting on and off: 9/10
Buoyancy in the right places: 9/10
Construction and durability: 9/10
I feel as though this review has been too positive, so in the interest of being completely open and honest I have to add that I did chafe. Once. On my neck. The first time I wore it. That is all.