Ready to race.
Some of us aren't, believe it or not, professional triathletes, so we
have to strike a balance between performance and affordability. Lucky
for us, Blueseven understands our predicament and made the Fusion Men 's Wetsuit, which cribs features from both the top-shelf Helix and
race-ready Reaction to create an impressive suit without the
cringe-worthy price tag. The Fusion isn't designed for beginners, by any
means, but it doesn't have the eye-watering feature array of the Helix.
It does boast the same ultra-thin Honeycomb forearm panels, which are
designed to increase awareness of arm
positioning, in turn boosting power, enhancing technique, and reducing
injury risk. And, like its big sisters, it focuses on buoyancy and
the characteristics most important to serious triathletes.
that end, Blueseventy coated the entire Fusion with SCS, a hydrophobic
friction-reducing layer that lets you cut through the water like a hot
knife through butter (it also gives the suit a sweet shiny finish). Thin 1.5mm gusseted underarms
improve fit and ease core and shoulder rotation, while the single-seam tube legs maximize flexibility and offer quick removal when you're in the transition zone. Taped internal seams let you cut the legs to the right length for you without compromising performance.
Buoyancy is perhaps the most important wetsuit feature
for triathletes, as it reduces the percentage of your body
that's actually moving through the water, in turn minimizing drag and
maximizing efficiency. The Fusion boasts a thick 5mm lower-body panel and 3mm upper-body panel,
concentrating buoyancy around the hips, lower torso, and upper
hamstrings, which helps you achieve an efficient and powerful "downhill"
swimming position (as well as a natural roll when breathing) so you can
focus on propelling yourself forward and
not on raising yourself up and out of the water.
To finish things
off, Blueseventy outfitted the Fusion with a thin neckline for easier
breathing and a lowered collar that reduces chafing and keeps the
traditional rear zipper from digging into your neck. Additionally, the
silicone cuffs sport an Aquaseal gasket, which prevents unpleasant water
entry and and won't catch when you're removing the suit, saving you
valuable transition seconds.
- Race-ready performance that won't destroy your savings
- Yamamoto neoprene is exceptionally buoyant and lightweight
- Thicker neoprene at core, hips, and lower torso aids body position
- Flexible shoulder and thin arms allow greater stretch and comfort
- SCS coating reduces water friction for enhanced speed
- S-Grip forearm panels improve feel and technique
- Thinner side panels allow torso mobility and easier suit removal
- Aqua-Seal cuffs prevent unwelcome water entry