Once again, new triathletes get bang for their buck by starting out with Zoot’s entry-level gear (if you can even call it that). The Force 1.0 mimics the tech of higher end wetsuits but swims in at a reasonable price.
Materials and Features: Neoprene of different densities target specific zones on the Wetzoot: 4mm on the front of the suit, 3mm covers the back, with 5mm on the rear and 2mm around the DORSALflex back zipper (for lung expansion). The suit is coated in SCS (Super Composite Skin), a hydrodynamic treatment proven to improve glide.
Design: Forget swimming in a regular old wetsuit. The Force 1.0 propels you forward with OKD (Optimal Kick Design), which, according to Zoot, “increases kick velocity, frequency and efficiency.” While this was our tester’s first triathlon, he noted that the Wetzoot, “noticeably improved my leg positioning and kicking endurance—both in the pool and on race day.” He went on to say, “It was easy to take on and off, my arms still had full range of motion and the tight fit was more comfortable than constricting. Pretty much everything I was hoping for.”
Finish Line: The features of a mid/high range wetsuit at a steal of a price; an investment for this race, the next and the ones after that.
- Yamamoto C38 neoprene
- Super Composite Skin hydrodynamic coating
- Aqualift back panel
- Optimal Kick leg panel design
Size: XS - XXL
Materials: Yamamoto C38 neoprene, [coating] SCS Nano hydrodynamic coating