We’ve been having heatwaves in Denmark lately. The temperature has been perfect for a quick swim and what better time to try out my new and very fancy wetsuit?
Mind you, when I say heatwave, it’s probably not what you think. This is Scandinavia, so take “heatwave” with a grain of salt. It’s hot for us. Probably not for most other people.
This is the 2XU P:2 Propel Women’s Wetsuit in black/green. Winner of the 2018 Triathlete Magazine Buyer’s Guide ‘Best In Class’ when it comes to wetsuits – and retails for £380 or £247 if you’re lucky to get it on sale. That is 3.124 DKK, 472 USD, or 419 EUR.
SCS COATING (HYDRODYNAMIC SILICONE COATING)
To reduce resistance when taking the suit on and off and to alleviate water resistance
INTERMEDIATE STRETCH ZONE (ISZ) PANELS
For fluid movement
EMBOSSED CONCAVE WATER ENTRAPMENT ZONE
For extreme ultra enhanced distance per stroke
39 CELL FRONT BUOYANCY PANEL
For maximum buoyancy with a 5mm neoprene thickness
With seam overlap technology
520% STRETCH LINING
For enhanced lateral flexibility
FLOATING ZIP PANEL
For increased movement for better distance per stroke
For increased core buoyancy and improved body position in the water
2 YEAR WARRANTY FABRIC BENEFITS
The most buoyant neoprene available with a thickness varying from 1mm to 5mm
SCS COATING (SUPER COMPOSITE SKIN)
Applied as a layer over the surface of the neoprene, creating a very unique material. The micelle structure on the rubber surface repels water when in contact with air and reduces the surface resistance when in contact with water. Low resistance allows for faster speed through the water. As a result, SCS provides comfort, extra freedom of movement, keeps the body warmer decreasing body fatigue whilst ensuring durability and abrasion resistance.
You can buy it here from a UK store.
It is admittedly expensive and a luxury item. Definitely not a “need to have” for recreational purposes. I know this, but… I saw it, I fell in love with it, it’s “my” colors and it makes me look goddamn amazing (if I do say so myself), I feel like an Avengers superhero in this.
The buoyancy of it is astounding. Like… seriously, it will not let me sink. And I tried valiantly. Drowning in this thing while you’re still conscious doesn’t seem possible. Also, it kept me hot and comfortable. I noticed no real difference in my body temperature out of the ocean or in the water. All the while, everyone around me was freezing their asses off when they came up from a dip – shivering like leaves, I tell ya. I actually felt really sorry for them.
Now, here’s the thing, I am the biggest whiner when it comes to the cold so I was like; “What is going on here? Why am I the only one (for once in my life) not dying from exposure?”
There is only one answer, it’s the wetsuit. Suddenly it makes sense why it’s so hard to get in and out of; it’s like a second skin keeping you totally insulated. I am pretty sure I could have stayed in the water for hours on end and never felt the freeze. It blows my mind.
I can see myself using this for multiple purposes all of a sudden… for kayaking and obstacle races like Toughest and Copenhagen Warrior where you are in and out of the water a lot.
Definitely, money well spent.