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This is my first wetsuit, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Also, be sure to read reviews on this site and others. I liked it. It was difficult to put on when dry, and needed a hand to pull the back down. It felt fine in the pool, and removing it was pretty easy when the suit was wet. Check out www.t1wetsuits.com for a quick-time movie on how to remove it. It was pretty comfortable, though I only swam a few hundred yards. I purchased it due to potential comfort savings (compared to one-piece suits) in longer races I plan on doing.
If you don't want to put effort into T1, and your not going to be doing more than an oly, possibly consider the Piel. Just a thought, around the same price point of the T1.
Hope this helps....Bob
I bought mine at full retail and I still thought that it was worth it. It takes some time to get to use to getting off but practice makes it work. The best thing about it is the amazing customer service. They took care of all of my problems with my retailer adn took everything in their own hands when my retailer would not help me out... very helpful on the phone. Great company
the aquaman is interesting if you like the reverse zipper.
This thread may help answer your question (lot's of other opinions as well).
If you want the quick (but incomplete) answer to your question. IMHO, the Piel is the wetsuit of choice for sprints. And, yes - it is stiffer than the T1 but the effort (and the resulting speed) from removal is a plus for shorter distance tris. That is not to say the T1 is not a good wetsuit. Just that the T1 is better suited for longer tris.
A wetsuit is made of neoprene. Specifically, a T1 Wetsuit is an unusual design. See,
As for the padding, it's not that much of an hinderance and will not slow you down that much. Typically, these are worn under a wetsuit and the padding will have no effect on your swimming.
FWIW Joe Moya
I made two mistakes... The name is really ZOOT.... the problem is that since I bought I always call the ZOOZ, which is wrong... I read better and realize the the T is almost like Z on the suit....
You are right is language barrier !!!! I thought you guys were talking about that kind of suit....
Sorry... In Brazil we call a wetsuit "ROUPA DE BORRACHA" which the correct translation for english is Rubber Clothes...
Thanks for the answer.....