With credit due to Aaron Hersh and Triathlete Mag, it's an honest attempt to rank and quantify something that is really hard to rank and quantify.
However, even when you get close and you have a person swimming in several wetsuits that are deemed good for them based on fit. If they swim in 5 wetsuits, and then you rank those wetsuits based on how fast that swimmer swam in them from best to worst. Then if you carefully repeated the same test, with the same 5 wetsuits, the ranking may be very different for you . . or another person. The reason is you can't neutralize or control the tests for a persons stroke mechanics, or buoyancy, micro fit of the wetsuit here and there on the body due to different body shape or weight distribution, etc . . so many things will be different athlete to athlete, even when you try and control them.
So that ranking, is a great ranking, for that person
BTW - Aaron Hersh, if you are reading this, you missed out on testing a number of wetsuits and wetsuit brands, including the one I used to work for, Nineteen! Curious as to know why?
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