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T1 Espresso

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Price: $250.00
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T1 Espresso


    The ultimate entry-level and recreational triathlon wetsuit!

    If the innovative two-piece design of all our other models of T1 Wetsuit models is a bit too technical for you, or if you are just getting into this great sport, or if you are just on a budget, this is what you need and why:

    • It is very inexpensive and one of the most affordable.
    • It is very durable and easy to take care of.
    • It will keep you warm and is comfortable.
    • It will help you float so you will swim faster.
    • It is easy to put on and easy to remove!
    • It is great for surfing and other water sports

    Here are the details of the T1 Espresso:

    • One-piece made of 2mm GreenGoma™ #8 Rubber with Yamamoto SCS™ (Super Composite Skin) and 2mm GreenGoma™ #8 Rubber with double-sided nylon.
    • Short arms and legs make it easy to put on and to remove.
    • 5-panel contour design glued and blind stitched seams.
    • YKK® Custom floating zipper with insulating zipper tongue.
    • Low neck line and easy Velcro closure.

    By the way, this does makes a great surf wetsuit! See photo above.

    All T1 Wetsuits are made of GreenGoma™ a limestone rubber…bye-bye petroleum wetsuits

    Until recently all triathlon wetsuits have been made of petroleum. First in the industry to introduce limestone rubber into our wetsuits, all T1 Wetsuits incorporate this amazing GreenGoma™ technology.

    So what does this all mean to you?

    GreenGoma™ rubber offers better stretch, buoyancy, durability, and insulation with a more closed-cell injected construction thus making it 98.9% water impermeable. So it is lighter, it dries quicker, and lasts longer. The only part of the rubber that gets wet is the new stretch liner that is now made of recycled post consumer products.

    So is this rubber environmentally friendly? Is it a “green” wetsuit?

    We have seamlessly replaced one rubber with another that is better, more buoyant, helps you swim faster, and lasts longer. If nothing else were to change, you will have a better-performing product with less detriment to the environment, which is always our goal.

    Please allow us to be perfectly upfront. There are a handful of companies that are manufacturing wetsuits out of limestone rubber and then marketing them as environmentally-friendly. Currently, wetsuit rubber is either made of petroleum, which begins with oil exploration and drilling, or, in the alternative, made of limestone, which begins with mining. Both petroleum and limestone have taken hundreds of thousands of years to produce and both are nonrenewable resources; both are in limited supply on our earth, require heat, and create pollution and waste to refine into a finished product. So for one to claim that a limestone wetsuit is “green” is just not true, at least not yet.

    It is apparent in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, that limestone is cleaner when one considers the risk of environmental disasters. The factory that makes our GreenGoma™ uses much less heat to refine it as compared to its petroleum counterpart. This is a step in the right direction.

    In order for us to step away from limestone in the future, we need to first step away from petroleum and look for other “greener” options. The idea of trying to create a green wetsuit has inspired us to change to recycled internal fabrics with no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) dyes. The use of non-toxic laminates and adhesives during the assembly process are additional steps in our goal. We are getting closer to finding water-based adhesives that are stronger and more flexible. Finally we are working with YKK on developing a wetsuit zipper made of recycled materials.

    As for recyclability and sustainability, no wetsuit rubber in the world is recyclable. Yes, old triathlon wetsuits can and should be re-used for other sports, or can be cut up and used as potholders, used for insulation and even be turned into beer and soft drink koozies. For now, the most obvious form of sustainability is simply that we have created a wetsuit that will last longer, so you will not have to replace it as soon.

    Before any of us can swim 2.4 miles, we first need to get across the length of a pool. When it comes to making a greener wetsuit, we are the first to dive in!

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    Product FAQs

    1. What are the sizes?
    2. A one-piece wetsuit? Really, Emilio? Are you selling out? Are you going after the money?
    3. So this one-piece T1 Espresso is just faster to remove. Is the T1 harder to remove than other full-length one-piece wetsuits?
    1. What are the sizes?

      T1 Wetsuit Sizing

      T1 Wetsuit Sizing Euro

    2. A one-piece wetsuit? Really, Emilio? Are you selling out? Are you going after the money?

      We posed these questions to company founder, Emilio De Soto, and here was his reply:

      "We have finally conceded that there is one advantage of a one-piece wetsuit and that is that it does not take much instruction to show someone how to use it. People like beginners will find the T1 Espresso to be the easiest ever given it has short arms and short legs, you can put it on even with while wearing shoes and gloves.

      But are we going after the money? No. At De Soto we do not want your money, we want your soul."

    3. So this one-piece T1 Espresso is just faster to remove. Is the T1 harder to remove than other full-length one-piece wetsuits?
      Not at all. In fact if you click on T1 Wetsuits on the above menu, then click on Video, you will see that the T1 can be remove in 13 seconds and even less when you consider that the Pullover can easily be removed while exiting the water, the real "stop-time" is much less than 13 seconds.

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