T1 Black Pearl Bibjohn*
The Black Pearl model offers a very affordable option without sacrificing warmth, comfort, and durability.
The two-piece design of the T1 Wetsuits offers more comfort and less restriction. The top and bottom are not attached. This means you have much more freedom of movement and there is no “torso-rubber stretch” or shoulder fatigue that occurs with one-piece wetsuits. All T1 models are sold as separates for a customized and personal fit. With up to seven sizes of tops and bottoms, you have 49 possible size combinations from which to choose. Other features we innovated many years ago include lower necklines and thicker rubber in the legs and hips to help float the largest bones and muscles in the body. More floatation here means more speed. T1 Wetsuits are not filled with gimmicks, just physics.
Sizing: Please refer to the size chart button above for sizing guidance based on gender. If in doubt, email questions to email@example.com.
- Zipper is lighter weight and corrosion resistant
- Less-toxic bonding agent for people with skin sensitivities
- Interior 4-way stretch nylon-spandex has a higher thread count than any other brand for more stretch and durability, faster drying, and to minimize chafing
Favorite Features Remain:
- The Black Pearl has the same design, construction, and fit as the T1 First Wave, but is made of GreenGoma™ #8 Rubber with Super Composite Skin
- Stretchy 5mm thick rubber starts at the ankles, goes up to the crotch and around the sides of the hips to float the legs and hips more than any other wetsuit.
- Low profile 2mm Bib straps with soft Lycra trim go over the trapezius (base of neck) to allow unrestricted reach, prevents tired shoulders, and aids in faster swim times
- Angled leg openings for faster and easy removal
- Longer seam tape for self-customizing leg length
- Seams are glued and blind-stitched, making them more durable than the rubber itself
- Sleek graphics, no gimmicks
- Sold as separates for a truly customized fit
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- Chlorine resistant treatment, but not recommend for repeated use in chlorinated water
The Bibjohn is 5mm thick from the oval ankle openings up to the crotch and up the sides of the hips. From that seam up, the Bibjohn is 2mm thick. This includes the midsection around the stomach, low back, as well as the bib straps that extends up the spine in back and up the chest in front. It is designed this way so when you wear any of our T1 tops, the total rubber thickness remains less than 5mm thick. You have all the needed flexibility while still keeping your spine and vital organs warm. The total thickness also adheres to all rulings from all national and international governing organizations that limit the maximum wetsuit thickness to 5mm.
Whether you like to swim for exercise or are on the swim course of a Triathlon, T1 Wetsuits offer you speed, comfort and buoyancy that will make swimming pure pleasure!
PRODUCT CODE: BPB3
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From SIPE and anxiety to ease and comfort
Oh my, what a huge difference for me! I have struggled with anxiety in OWS for ten years, many times needing to grab a kayak during a race and slow down my breathing. A couple of years ago my kayak support was an MD and said “you sound like you have SIPE” I had no idea what that was (sports induced Pulmonary Edema) but when it happened again another race with horrible time getting a breath in the water and coughing during the entire bike and run, foamy pink, coupled with lung pain for over three weeks post race, I thought, I need to do something. I called another doctor who had also suffered with SIPE a few years ago and was directed to some articles that led to DeSoto. I ordered it, and have never been happier! I have had 5 OWS including IM70.3 WI (where two men drowned) last week, and can honestly say it has changed everything!
Everything I could hope for
I was first introduced to the T1 wetsuits by a friend who let me borrow his suit for my first triathlon. He had been using T1 First Wave Bibjohn and Pullover for years already so I knew that they were built to last. It wasn't until I began researching wetsuits for myself that I realized that I did not experience any of the common problems that people have with the functionality of their wetsuit. I know have my own T1 suit and will be a life long customer, bottom line I can't say enough great things about De Soto's product and would strongly recommend it. (I can also put to bed anyone's concern about the time required to take off the two pieces!)
T1 Black Pearl Bibjohn and Pullover
Great wet suit. Having a separate size for the Pullover allowed me to get a perfect fit. During testing my arms and shoulders had full motion. I also tested with just the Bibjohns. I was surprised that I got no drag. I can now use it as a full or a sleeveless. The best part of the purchase was the personal service. You now have a customer for life. I cant wait for my first triathlon in it.
Excellent piece of kit
Fits well and super comfortable. Works great with the pullover
T1 black pearl bibjohn - works really well!
reviewing both top and bottom, as they work as a unit - Used both pieces in the GR Triathlon last week - far more comfortable than the 1 piece suit - bought the top a size larger than the bottom and could breath comfortably in the approx. 1 mile swim, way better than with the 1 piece. it’s easier to get on and off than a 1 piece - and I can do the zipper myself, which is nice.
T1 WETSUIT SIZING INFORMATION IMPERIAL / METRIC
||Male Waist||Male Hips||Female Bust||Female Waist||Female Hips|
|1||4’9”- 5’3” 145 - 160 cm||90 - 105 lbs 41 - 48 kg||29" - 31" 74 cm - 79 cm||27” or less 69 cm or less||33" or less 84 cm or less||28" - 31" 71 cm - 79 cm||26" or less 66 cm or less||34" or less 87 cm or less|
|2||5’2” - 5’6” 157 - 168 cm||105 - 125 lbs 48 - 57 kg||30" - 33" 76 cm - 84 cm||27" - 29" 69 cm - 75cm||34" -35" 85 cm -90 cm||30" - 33" 76 cm - 84 cm||27" - 28" 67 cm - 72 cm||35" - 36" 88 cm - 92 cm|
5’4” - 5’8” 163 - 173 cm
|125 - 150 lbs 57 - 68 kg||33" - 37" 83 cm - 94 cm||30" - 31" 76 cm - 81 cm||36"- 37" 91 cm - 94cm||33" - 37" 81 cm - 94 cm||29" - 30" 73 cm - 76 cm||37" - 38" 93 cm - 97 cm|
|4||5'7" - 5'10" 170 - 178 cm||150 - 165 lbs 68 - 75 kg||37" - 43" 94 cm - 109 cm||32" - 34" 82 cm - 88cm||38" - 39" 96 cm - 100 cm||37" - 42" 94 cm - 107 cm||31" - 33" 77 cm - 84 cm||39" - 40" 98 cm - 103 cm|
|5||5'9" - 6'4" 175 - 193 cm||165 - 190 lbs 75 - 86 kg||43" - 45" 109 cm - 114 cm||35" - 36" 89 cm - 93cm||40" - 43" 101 cm - 110 cm||42" - 45" 107 cm - 114 cm||34" - 36" 85 cm - 92 cm||41" - 42" 104 cm - 107 cm|
6' - 6'6" 183 - 198 cm
|190 - 220 lbs 86 - 100 kg||45" - 48" 114 cm - 122 cm||
37" - 40" 94 cm - 101 cm
|44" - 47" 111 cm - 119 cm||44" - 46" 112 cm - 117 cm||37" - 40" 94 cm - 102 cm||43" - 44" 108 cm - 116cm|
|7||6'2" - 6'8" 188 - 203 cm||220 - 265 lbs 100 - 120 kg||48" + 123 cm +||>40" + 103 cm +||>47" + 120 cm +||46" + 118 cm +||41"+ 103 cm +||46" + 117 cm +|
The size chart above should serve as a general guide. If you would like assistance in determining the proper size, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org.