Zone 3 wetsuits are massively popular with open water swimmers and triathlon enthusiasts!
With styles from entry level to advance and full suits to shorties, there are plenty to choose from. These wetsuits are created and designed for swimming, and therefore are not suitable for water sports such as surfing or kayaking. They are finished with a smooth skin surface to enable you to glide easily through water, but this smooth skin is easily damaged so any sports that require kneeling or lying on a board or use of a paddle will put the wetsuit at risk of damage.
Zone3 wetsuits are made up of Yamamoto neoprene which gives all over flexibility, comfort & performance. Yamamoto material has a massive 480-480% elongation, compared to human skin which is only 60-70%, this really shows the level of stretch in these suits. The Eco friendly neoprene is derived from limestone which is environmentally friendly and increases buoyancy levels too.
They are designed with varying panels of thickness to aid buoyancy in the relevant areas to help align you when you are swimming. They start at an entry level 4/3/2mm and go as far as up to 6 panels of varying thickness as you move up in style and grade.
Open Water Swimming
For an open water swimmer, or if you are new to racing, the Agile or Aspect entry level suits are a great choice and reasonable priced for a really good piece of kit! Or if you are looking for something in the warmer months, the new Yulex range is deliciously soft and stretchy- we will tell you more about that later!
For competitors that want to get that edge above the rest, we have some of Zone3’s most popular styles.
The Zone3 Advance has been recognised as the best entry level competition wetsuit on the market. It has 1.5mm Yamamoto neoprene in the shoulders giving flexibility, comfort and efficiency with each stroke. There are 10, yes that’s 10 different materials used in the making of this suit for maximum performance, comfort and durability. The smooth skin prevents the wetsuit absorbing water from the outside and weighing it down, and it has 4mm core support buoyancy panels on the upper legs to help reduce drag and fatigue.
The Zone3 Vision is another award-winning triathlon wetsuit from this brand! Made with Yamamoto neoprene and Aqua-X coatings it also contains Aerodome, which is a unique material making it lighter and more buoyant, giving up to 30% more buoyancy than conventional neoprene. It has a one-piece shoulder panel design that covers across the chest and shoulders to give more flexibility and has a B.R.E (Body rotation enhancement) panel on the front chest which helps maximise distance per stroke and body roll during your swim. This wetsuit is made up of 6 different panels of thickness but costs a lot less than other wetsuits of this quality on the market.
As mentioned before, we also stock the brand new Yulex swimsuit and zip jacket.
These are great for swimming in the warmer months or for those people who like to get into the sea for a bit of cold-water therapy during the year. Having tested them against other shorty suits we can personally say that the quality and comfort of these suits’ tops all. Yulex natural rubber is plant based and eco-friendly, and they use 100% recycled soft polyester on the inner and outer fabric. These suits and jackets are 1.5mm thick and provide great protection and warmth. It helps that they look good too! 😊
When trying on a Zone3 smooth skin wetsuit, there are some tips to take note of and we recommend and provide gloves to use when trying on the wetsuits for sizing to avoid damage
When putting on your wetsuit, undo the zip and crease the suit in half so you can step into the legs of the suit. Pull the suit on using the inside, fabric-side, of the suit to avoid damaging the outside smooth neoprene with your fingernails. Try instead to use the pads of your fingers. Also avoid rushing to put on as this will get you hot and the suit will be harder to get in to.
The seam on leg of the suit should run of the inside of the leg. The longer end of the leg holes should be aligned to the front and the shorter sides to the back. Be sure you move the neoprene in the legs up towards your crotch. Pull the neoprene in the arms of the suit towards your shoulders. Make sure not to use your fingernails at any point.
Hold the base of the zipper with one hand while using the pull cord to do the zipper up. Be sure the inner zipper panel sits flat underneath the zipper. If possible, have someone help you do the zipper up. It is important to push your shoulder blades together, so it is easier to pull the zip up.
The suit should fit snugly but not uncomfortably. If the collar feels too tight, be sure the suit is high enough in the hips and have someone help pull the back of the suit up through the zipper towards your shoulders.
When removing the suit undo the zipper before undoing the collar. Make sure you are holding the shoulder or body of the suit when you remove it.
That’s it for now, but as always, if you have any questions drop us an email and we will be happy to help you!