Zoot Wave 3

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Zoot Wave 3 Review Facts

The Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit is a great suit for those who are participating in any kind of outdoor water sports, including those looking to participate in a triathlon. Whether you are new to the sport or you have been doing this for years, the Wave 3 would be a welcome addition to your race day gear. It does not have the cheapest price tag on the market but customers have suggested that it is worth the little bit of extra money they paid for it. The suit is super comfortable, giving you a snug fit while still allowing you the freedom you need to move and breathe comfortably. You will get an added advantage on race day as the buoyancy panels will help you achieve the perfect form, the Optimal Kick Design helps reduce muscle fatigue in your legs and provides the ease of removal, saving you precious seconds that you will need on the big day.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable and flexible
  • Easy to take off
  • Gender-specific design
  • Reduced risk of chafing
  • Durable
  • Great buoyancy
Cons
  • High price tag
  • Difficult to put on
Use
Use

Use

The Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit is a great option for those who are planning on participating in a triathlon. You will want a great wetsuit for the swimming leg of the race to help give you a small advantage over some of your fellow racers. This will help keep you a little warmer and more comfortable in some of the colder waters you might encounter on race day. Racers can take advantage of the buoyancy panels which will help you achieve the perfect form as well as the ability to move as freely as possible and not have your movements restricted while you are swimming. This suit is also fairly easy to remove, saving you some precious seconds when transitioning to the next leg of the race, giving you a small advantage over some of the other racers.

Of course, you are not limited to wearing this wetsuit for participating in a triathlon, there are a plethora of other activities they are used for. It is beneficial to wear one of these suits for anyone who might be swimming in colder water as it will help keep them warm, as well as anyone who is planning on doing any long distance swimming. The suit will help increase your buoyancy, therefore, helping you float higher on the water, saving you a little energy with each stroke you take.

This wetsuit is perfect for just about anyone who is participating in water sports. Whether you are surfing, diving, windsurfing, or participating in a triathlon then this suit is going to be great for you.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Zoot Wave 3 is meant to protect you from the water while you are swimming and therefore it is not breathable at all. The suit cannot let air flow in because if it did then it would not be able to do its job by keeping the water off of your skin. This is not something that is unique to this particular wetsuit, as all of them are designed to be waterproof and therefore not breathable.

When it comes to purchasing a wetsuit you are not looking for something that is going to be breathable, you are looking more for something that is going to keep you warm when swimming through colder waters. You do not want to run into freezing water on race day without a proper suit to keep you protected. The Wave 3 changed this up a bit from the past versions of the suit, decreasing the thickness of the neoprene in the chest area to 3mm in the front and 4mm in the center. The thickness on the legs took a jump up measuring between 4mm and 5mm on the upper legs. The rest of the measurements are about the same as the previous iteration. The thickness of the materials tells us that this wetsuit is ideal for those who are going to be swimming in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10-27 degrees Celsius).
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Zoot did a good job ensuring that the Wave 3 is going to be comfortable for just about anyone who is wearing it, so long as you have the proper size. The suit fits your body snugly but also gives you the freedom and flexibility to move around unhindered thanks to the GLUIDEflex panels. This flexible material of this suit ensures that you will be able to expand your lungs full and allow you to take a breath without any feelings of tightness that you might get from some of the other suits on the market.

Zoot gives you a FLEXback design that is made out of 100% broken knit Nylon which is a patterned design that will cover your back and shoulders so you can move those parts of your body more freely which in turn can help reduce fatigue in your shoulders. For even more stretch, the suit is lined with a BGX broken knit structure. Everything about this suit is designed to give you the freedom to move as naturally as possible.

Another great feature to help keep you comfortable while wearing it is the fact that it is designed to help prevent any uncomfortable and irritating chafing that can sometimes occur while wearing a wetsuit. The thin neck panel uses fuse welded SCS (super composite skin) to help give you more stretch in the neck, but it also gives you a lower profile neck seal that sits flat against your chest. This not only helps keep the water out of your suit but it also helps stop any chafing which is much appreciated by many customers.

Zoot makes use of their proprietary patterns on the legs of the suit that help work with your body allowing you kick your legs faster and more efficiently which is important to anyone who is swimming, especially if you are participating in a race. Not only does this design help you swim faster but it also helps prevent the muscles in your legs from wearing out halfway through your swim. Do not forget, the swimming part is only the first leg of the race, you want to make sure you save as much energy as you can to finish up and Zoot can help you do that.
Size
Size

Size

Size is extremely important when purchasing a wetsuit, you want to make sure you choose the right size for your body type. You want something that is going to be snug so you can maximize your drag while you are in the water, but you do not want it so tight that it will restrict your movements and make it difficult to breathe. The great thing about the Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit is that assuming you get the correct size, it is going to meet that criterion. You will get the snug fitting suit with the flexibility you need.

The Zoot Wave 3 does have gender-specific sizing. Both men and women can choose between size XS through XXL with the small and medium being available in tall sizes. Many customers have commented that these suits do run true to size but it is recommended that you take a look at the sizing chart that is provided by Zoot to ensure you get the correct size. If you happen to fall between two of the sizes on the chart then Zoot recommends that you pay attention to the weight suggestions more than any of the other measurements. When picking your size height is not really an issue, even though they do offer some tall sizes. You just need to make sure that your body mass and physical size fit into the suit. If you do not follow the size charge and recommendations then you might end up with a suit that does not fit you properly which can cause some real discomfort.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is important for a wetsuit. You do not want to be in the middle of a race or hitting the waves and have to worry about your suit falling apart at the seams or tearing open letting the frigid water in and slowing you down. This is not something that you will have to worry about with the Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit as it is made with extremely durable materials that are made to last, as long as it is taken care of properly. On top of the already durable Yamamoto #39 neoprene materials, Zoot uses Melco Tape as spot reinforcements on the higher wear and tear areas to ensure that it will stay intact and not fall apart on you.

In order to ensure the suit is going to last you are going to want to make sure that you are taking care of it properly. The suit comes with a changing mat that you can use to help increase the life span. No, you probably will not be able to use the mat on race day as time is of the essence, but if you are training or participating in some other water sports then it is recommended that you use the mat. If you stand on the mat when you are removing your suit it will help prevent the sand from getting in it and rubbing against the materials which can cause some damage.

How you take care of the suit when it is not in use is also a big factor. Storing the suit properly matters to the lifespan of it. You do not just want to wad it up and throw it in a gym bag until the next time you use it as it can cause the suit to deteriorate quickly, making it unusable. You will want to make sure that it is completely dry before storing it. It is ideal to find a place to hand it up when storing it, but if space is limited you can fold it in half and store it in a dry place.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

Customers who purchase the Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit will get a few accessories in addition to the suit itself. It comes with a convenient changing mat so you can change out of your suit while at the beach reducing the amount of sand it will come in contact with. The mat can also serve as a temporary bag to store your suit in until you get home and can properly take care of it.

The wetsuit also comes with a pair of gloves that you can wear to cover your hands, giving you a bit more protection from the elements while you are in the water. Many triathletes do not use the gloves on race day, but it is nice to have them just in case.
Style
Style

Style

Customers do not seem to have any problems with the look and style of the Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit. There is only one color that you can choose from when purchasing this suit but customers do not mind. The suit is mainly black with some high viz orange speckled around the arms and lower legs, along with a stripe on the chest. The words Zoot is written sideways on the chest and back in white. Zoot Wave is written on the collar of the suit as well as the arms. The suit is designed to be gender specific so it does have ergonomic panels that are specifically designed to help fit each gender better.
Price
Price

Price

When participating in a triathlon it can get a bit pricey when you think about all the gear you will have to buy in order to get ready for the big race. The Zoot Wave 3 wetsuit is just one of the many pieces that you will need for a successful race.

Wetsuits, in general, are not very cheap and you can expect to spend a little bit of money for a good quality one. That being said, the Wave 3 is a bit on the pricey side when compared to other ones on the market, although it is a great suit and it is meant to last. The MSRP of this suit comes in at $500 but can generally be found with a cheaper price tag online. Keep in mind though, you should not have to replace your wetsuit too frequently so spending a little extra money now will save you more in the long run.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Yamamoto #39 neoprene materials
-Yamamoto SCS (super composite skin) AEROdome
-SCS finish reducing friction allowing you to swim more efficiently
-Thin neckline fused with welded SCS to help keep water out and reduce chafing
-DORSALflex zipper for a better stretch and to help improve lung expansion
-1.5mm Zero Water wrist cuff with a silicone seal to help keep water out
-AQUAlift buoyancy panels to give you the most effective swimming position possible
-Optimal Kick Design (OKD) to help increase your kick velocity
-Spot reinforcements thanks to the use of durable Moon Tape
-Gender-specific ergonomic panels
-Air pockets located between neoprene layers for added buoyancy
-Allows for a full range of motion
-Comes with changing mat and gloves
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Zoot Wave 3 is the perfect wetsuit for just about anyone looking into participating in any outdoor water sports. Whether you are surfing or swimming this product will suit you. The third iteration of the Wave brings you some changes to help give you a better experience while in the water. If you do not mind spending that little bit of extra money for a superior wetsuit then this is going to be the perfect option for you.