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Triathlon Wetsuit Reviews

Helix Wetsuit (updated November 14, 2019)

October 18, 2019

In this post you can find information about Blueseventy Helix wetsuits – description and key features from the manufacturer website plus added reviews and experiences from users.

Helix wetsuits were introduced in 2006. Up until now Helix wetsuit has had six incarnations: HELIX (2006), HELIX TST (2008), HELIX3 (2010), HELIX4 (2012), HELIX15 (2015), HELIX (2016).

Description of Helix Wetsuit

The manufacturer Blueseventy description of Helix: “The sixth incarnation of the HELIX is our finest suit ever. Built using all-new LIFT technology, this suit puts every swimmer in an efficient downhill swimming position. Tested and refined by Olympic & World Champion athletes, it features premium materials, a proprietary shoulder design, and many other speed-enhancing features. A true second skin and lightning fast through T1.”

Helix wetsuit is an elite/pro performance level wetsuit with a Buoyancy Profile: 5:5:4 and foreseen for the lowest temperatures of 55F / 12.5C. Standart manufacturer price $850.

Key Features of Helix Wetsuit

Torsion Stretch Technology (TST): the distinct blue shoulders and back are designed to offer the ultimate flexibility throughout your full range of motion

Layered Insulation Foam Technology (LIFT): ultra buoyant foam sandwiched between the outer and inner layers on the back of the legs improve body positioning

Aqua Feel Catch Panels: Hydrophobic, permeable textile catch panels return the feel for the water

The Insides Count: extremely flexible, 100% nylon ultra-stretch jersey is lighter and offers significantly increased stretch compared to previous suits.

Vo2 Chest Panels: buoyant Yamamoto Aerodome is split by a flexible panel improving both buoyancy and performance through easier breathing

Contour Fit for Comfort: gender specific contouring and thinner 3mm side panels allow for more natural hip rotation and easier suit removal

Reverse Zipper: eliminates chafing at the neck due to the position of the zipper head and allows for a lower more comfortable collar

Check out the video about Helix 2018 key features on the YouTube channel “Swim Shop NZ”.

 

Reviews about Helix Wetsuits

I wrote already in my earlier post about my own experience with Blueseventy wetsuits. Here I gathered different reviews about Helix wetsuits from different sources. I hope it will help you form your impression about the Helix wetsuits.

Review on the “Triathlon Magazine Canada” website, dated July 22, 2019.

Short summary: The stroke just felt so natural. The Helix also features a reverse zipper which does make sighting easier and reduces friction around your neck. I would advise to practice getting out of the wetsuit before you race, especially if you’re used to the traditional zipper. The low neckline reduces stress on your airway, but the tight fit takes some getting used to.

Review on the “Complete Tri” website, dated February 7, 2019.

Short summary: One model that gets rave reviews from racers is the Blue Seventy Helix. We love the soft feel of the Helix, the thin neoprene in all the right places, and LIFT technology that really puts a swimmer in a nice body position for a long swim. The reverse zipper is a nice touch, allowing the zipper head to be at the small of your back during the swim, rather than competing for space around your neckline. We have personally used this wetsuit, and think the excellent range-of-motion makes it a great choice.

Review on the YouTube channel Simply Swim, dated June 5, 2014.

Review on the “Intelligent Triathlon Training” website, dated November, 2012.

Short summary: Overall I would highly recommend the Blueseventy Helix wetsuit if you are a competent swimmer looking to improve swim times. It is a comfortable suit, and a great fit. It might not be the best choice for a beginner triathlete

Additionally, you can check out an interesting and useful video from the YouTube channel “Swim Smooth” where swim Coach Paul Newsome shows body position comparison swimming in BlueSeventy Wetsuit, Speedsuit, with Pull Buoy and in Bathers.

Related sites

Blueseventy official website Blueseventy.com.

My post “Triathlon Wetsuits – Materials and Technologies”

Website of “Triathlon Magazine Canada” – triathlonmagazine.ca.

Website of “Complete Tri” – completetri.com

Website of “Swim Smooth” – swimsmooth.com

Blueseventy Helix Wetsuit purchase options by affiliates: Triathlete Sports, Amazon.co.uk, Wiggle.com.



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