Since the sport of triathlon began two of its disciplines were able to fall back to many years of research and the benefits to be had within running and cycling product development. Swimming for triathlon is a different story. Swimming with wetsuits is seen by many as the “Easy option” for open water swimming, and the hardcore of the sport will not allow wetsuits for such challenges as the channel crossing and other marathon swimming feats. Wetsuits for swimming did not exist until triathlon gave them a place, yet time trial bikes and running shoes were firmly planted in development and the product was exciting.
For the past 24 years the wetsuit has evolved very little aside from the development of more flexible and buoyant neoprene materials. Manufacturers still offer the same material, the same thickness and the same make up with key differences unverified and unsupported with science and testing. And what we find kind of bizarre, there are three parts to a triathlon and the swim is currently the one area the majority of athletes can drastically improve their performance through identifying their own body type and choosing a product designed to increase their performance rather than having to settle for one product that suits all.
You choose stack and reach, rim depths, bar widths and materials to suit you
You choose shoes on: foot type, weight, terrain, widths and running style.
You choose a wetsuit, you swim, there are no great differing body type options….Until now.
We understand at Huub that in order for our products to make a difference, we need to understand how products currently available perform and how we make changes be they minor or major. The ultimate goal for us here at Huub is to maximise your potential. By aligning ourselves with the worlds leading experts we are able to squash a few myths and realize a few ideas, some surprisingly we have been believing for years to improve our performance yet have no benefit whatsoever.
VU University Amsterdam, Department of Human Movement Sciences. PhD-Mechanics and energetics of swimming. Huub has had 3 decades researching and developing human movement for sport. Huub comes from a swimming background and still swims at least 8 Km/week.
He has (co-)authored about 110 scientific papers, 75 about swimming. He was the first to measure the drag reducing effect of a wet suit (published in 1989).
At present he acts as the chief scientific officer of the National Fieldlab Swimming in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
With the great assistance and testing facility of one of the worlds leading swimming research centres based in the technology hub of Eindhoven. “InnoSportLab de Tongelreep”
The catalyst for the design-team are the world’s leading swim coaches Swim Smooth who introduced innovative design features which actually improve your stroke technique whilst swimming in your Huub suit! Extensive design, testing and development at their home base in Perth Australia gives you the perfect suit for your individual build, experience and stroke style. Find out more at www.SwimSmooth.com