Zoot Wave 1
Triathlon is an expensive sport. Three challenges in one event mean more training time and more gear to invest in. You need running shoes for the run leg and comfortable sweat-wicking clothing to race to the finish. You need a bike and all sorts of bike-related accessories for the bike leg, which is arguably the priciest sport to equip for. The swim is typically the shortest leg of the triathlon, but one of the toughest for many. Having the right swim gear is crucial. Even if you have perfect technique, fogged up goggles and a poorly designed wetsuit can ruin your chances at a fast finish. A wetsuit is the piece of gear that keeps you warm in frigid waters, helps you to move through water faster than without, and helps to keep you afloat. If you’re just starting to enter the world of triathlon, investing in gear can feel overwhelming. The Zoot Wave 1 is a triathlon wetsuit perfectly suited for beginners. One of the most affordable options out there, it offers maximum buoyancy and a comfortable fit. If you can’t find a way to justify spending nearly $500 on a piece of gear for a sport you’ve only started training for, choose an entry-level wetsuit like the Zoot Wave 1.
- Excellent buoyancy
- Gender-specific design
- Accurate sizing
- Easy on/off
- Despite its budget categorization, it’s a pricey piece of gear
The suit features special SCS coating which helps prevent water drag allowing swimmers to slice quickly through the water with minimal drag. AQUAlift panels in the lower abdomen area help users gain the most efficient position as they swim to the next leg of the race.
The wetsuit is 4mm thick in the torso and 3mm thick in the leg area making it suitable for water temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also highly flexible so your arms and legs can move freely kicking and paddling through the water to get you from point A to B.
Reviewers seemed to like the fit of the suit and agreed that it moved well through water.
Reviewers found the fit true to size and appreciated the accurate sizing chart. Flat seams at the neck prevent chafing and slipping into the suit is a breeze. Taking it off post-swim is also effortless so you can spend less time wiggling out of a skin-tight suit and more time on your bike racing to the run leg.
Remember, you likely won’t be training very often in your wetsuit. That doesn’t mean you should pull it on for the first time on race day. Make sure to do a few swims wearing your suit to get a sense for how it feels and get used to swimming with it on. You’ll also be able to spot fit issues and problem areas before race day and hopefully be able to rectify and solve any problems beforehand.
Overall, reviewers found the Wave was a high-quality piece of gear for the affordable price.
Keep in mind: A wetsuit is a long-term investment. You won’t be wearing this frequently during training. It should last you a fair amount of time before it needs replacing, as long as you take care of it accordingly.
Taking care of your wetsuit will also ensure that it lasts you for years. When you’re done your race, don’t store it crumpled in a ball. Make sure it’s dry before you put it away and rinse it off to get out chemicals from chlorinated water or nasty smells and organisms that might have latched on from a swim in open water. Follow Zoot’s care instructions to maximize the lifespan of your wetsuit.
Wetsuits don’t vary too much style-wise, so the all-black design is not uncommon. Thankfully, you don’t need to select a flashy wetsuit for a triathlon since the swim is the first leg of the event. While a flashy outfit, bike accessory, or helmet can help you spot your transition station for the bike leg, you start a triathlon in your wetsuit. More than anything, it should be comfortable.
Remember, too, that a wetsuit represents a long-term investment. Unlike a pair of running shoes, you don’t need to replace a wetsuit every few months. It’s only used for a small portion of a triathlon, and you won’t spend the bulk of your training wearing it. The expensive up-front cost may seem jarring at first, but remember that it’s not something you’ll need to spend money on again. Once you buy a wetsuit, it’s part of your kit for a while.
SCS coating for hydrodynamic performance
GLIDEflex chest material allows wearers to breathe comfortably
AQUAlift for maximum buoyancy and optimal swim position
Tight fitting neck hole prevent water infiltration
Optimal Kick Design for maneuverability
Back DORSALflex zipper closure
Reinforced areas for durability