ZOOT Prophet Women's WetZoot - $649.95

While we all need the same thing from a wetsuit on race-day, every maker of wetsuits approaches these objectives in different ways. Some will opt to power your kicks, while others concentrate on flexibility. And at the higher-end of spectrum, we find engineers placing with variable densities in order to positively effect buoyancy. However, while all of these technologies exist within the singular realm, it's increasingly rare to find them concentrated within one design. Note that we said 'rare' and not impossible. With the Zoot Prophet Women's WetZoot, all of these technologies are incorporated to provide a wetsuit that cuts through open water while preserving your energy for the following two legs of the race. First, let's start at the various compositions of neoprene that comprise the Prophet. In order to precisely blend buoyancy with flexibility, Zoot placed different densities of Yamamoto neoprene throughout the suit. So, the front body is comprised of 4.5mm layer of C39 Atmosphere neoprene. Why C39' Because it's the industry-leader in pairing stretch with buoyancy, and it has the second highest cell density of any neoprene on the market. In its construction, Yamamoto uses air cavities in order to both reduce weight and increase buoyancy. As a result, its placement and density at both the front and back panels increases lift to the core, opening up your body for the perfect stroke position in the water. However, you might be wondering why this lift is of importance' Well, just as sleek shapes minimize your drag coefficient on land, the wetsuit's level of buoyancy is the minimizing variable in the water. The supporting science behind this claim is fairly elementary -- water is around 1000 times denser than air, and it produces a potential drag coefficient 10 times that of air, as well. So, minimizing your body's submergence is vital to optimizing hydrodynamics. - $649.95