Learn About T1 Wetsuits
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Why the T1 Wetsuit is better than any one-piece wetsuit:
The two-piece design of the T1 wetsuits offer more comfort and less restriction. From its inception in 1999, we took the most innovative approach to designing the T1 Wetsuit. We have seen so many people make their purchase decision based on how a wetsuit feels when they put it on; then they stand in front of a mirror to see how it looks. All T1 Wetsuits are designed to be comfortable and perform when swimming, not standing. We constructed the shape of our wetsuit based on swimmers with their arms up, as well as one arm up at a time, instead of standing with their arms at their side. We then created our own algorithms for optimal comfort, performance, fit, and sizing. Algorithms were based on measured dimensions on over 60 locations on the body. This is how we developed Bio Stroke™ Design.
We quickly learned we needed to either eliminate the zipper, or create a way where the zipper does not hinder flexibility of a one-piece wetsuit to overcome the limited range of motion and discomfort. Any one-piece wetsuit manufacturer on the market has still not accomplished this today. The logic behind our two-piece design still remains true.
Because the top and bottom are not attached, the T1 Wetsuit will not force you to change or limit your stroke. There is no “torso-rubber stretch” or shoulder fatigue that occurs with one-piece wetsuits. All T1 models are sold as separates "modules" for a more customized and personal fit.
What makes the T1 the best wetsuit in the world?
TWO-PIECE DESIGN — means more comfort and less restriction. Because the top and bottom are not attached, changing your stroke is not necessary. We have eliminated the “torso-rubber-stretch” that causes shoulder restriction, and with it, the fatigue that occurs with traditional one-piece wetsuits. The different models of tops and bottoms are sold as separates so you can customize your fit and your performance needs.
BIO-STROKE™ DESIGN — We designed our wetsuits with the arms over your head, this makes raising your arms feel natural. When you lift your arms, your shoulders rotate forward. A wetsuit should not inhibit this motion. The Bio-Stroke™ Design pulls the arms forward (resembling a mummy walking) and makes swimming less confining. Remember a wetsuit is supposed to be most comfortable when you are swimming!
PULLOVERS WITH ZIPPERS FROM THE WAIST — One-piece wetsuits stretch everywhere except around the zipper. This limits the upper body and shoulders from achieving maximum reach, which results in shoulder and arm fatigue. We use a lightweight, custom-made zipper, which allows all pullovers and vests an easy and fast removal; while offering added comfort and flexibility during the swim. Most importantly, the zipper will not hinder your stroke.
LOW NECKLINE — This feature facilitates breathing, eliminating the "first timer's choking sensation" often accompanying one-piece suits. This feature makes it easier to turn your head to breathe and to raise your head to look forward. It also reduces the risk of chafing.
CORRECTS YOUR SWIMMING POSITION — We were the first wetsuit company to optimize hip flotation. Lifting the hips and legs to put the body in the most efficient swimming position. Don't be fooled by the gimmicks other wetsuit manufacturers use by placing thick and thin rubber on the hips. The bottom line is buoyancy. The thicker the rubber is on the hips and upper legs the faster you will swim. This is especially true if you have a weak kick.
SPEED — The T1 Wetsuit has repeatedly proven to be the fastest on the market. It is made with GreenGoma™ Limestone Rubber - making it flexible, buoyant, durable and very fast to remove. The best place to test a wetsuit is the open water. It provides realistic conditions and no pool walls to push off. So test it today and read our next feature!
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE — Buy a T1 and test it for 15 days. If you do not find it to be the best wetsuit you have worn, return it for a complete refund. We encourage you to see if any other wetsuit company will offer you this guarantee. Then you can test any wetsuit against the T1!
All T1 Wetsuits are made of GreenGoma™ - a limestone rubber...bye-bye petroleum wetsuits!
Until recently, all triathlon wetsuits have been made of petroleum. We were first in the industry to introduce limestone rubber into our wetsuits, all T1 Wetsuits incorporate this amazing GreenGoma™ technology.
So what does this mean to YOU? GreenGoma™ rubber is 98.9% water impermeable with more of a closed cell injection construction. It offers better stretch, buoyancy, durability, and insulation than many other synthetic rubbers on the market. The only part of the rubber that gets wet is the new stretch liner that is now made up of recycled post-consumer products. GreenGoma™ has the added benefit of being lightweight, quick-drying and lasts longer than traditional synthetic rubber used to construct wetsuits.
We offer two types of GreenGoma™ rubber:
1. GreenGoma™ #8 Rubber: a high quality, buoyant, stretchy, and highly durable rubber with a slick composite outer surface skin for speed in the water and fast removal out of the water. It is found in our Black Pearl and Speed Collection models making these pieces superior suits at an affordable price.
2. GreenGoma™ #9 Rubber: all the same features as the #8 Rubber above, with a bit more closed cells and better stretch; making it more buoyant. This rubber is found in the First Wave models making these pieces the very best wetsuit money can buy. Yet you will still find the First Wave to be more affordably priced than other brands.
This is the fastest wetsuit that money can buy. We use our new GreenGoma™ #9 Rubber with Slick Composite Skin. This new rubber is extremely flexible and buoyant; the best money can buy!. For more than a decade, no other company has been able to produce a wetsuit as fast as the First Wave Pullover or the First Wave Concept 5 and First Wave Bibjohn. We continue to give you the ultimate wetsuit.
The Black Pearl Pullover and Black Pearl Bibjohn has the same design features as the First Wave, but with a more affordable GreenGoma™ #8 Rubber with a Slick Composite Skin. This is the next best rubber on the market making the Black Pearl almost as fast and just as durable as the First Wave, but for less money.
The Speedtube, Speedvest, Wetshort, and Extreme Sleeves are a collection of great pieces to wear in waters too warm for a full wetsuit. You can add individual pieces to a wetsuit you may already own to stay warmer in cold waters; or you can wear alone or as training aids to reap flotation speed advantage. All are made of GreenGoma™ #8.