(Updated January 24, 2021) The year 2020 has almost past and during this time few new wetsuits have come into the market. The newest wetsuits in 2020 are Roka Maverick MX, Huub Brownlee Agilis (model for women), Yonda Ghost II, Orca Openwater SW, Zone 3 Thermal Aspire, Zone 3 Valour and Deboer Ocean 1.0. In this post you can find information about these wetsuits – description and key features from the manufacturer website plus added reviews and experiences from users.
ROKA MAVERICK MX WETSUIT
Description of Maverick MX
The manufacturer Roka description of Maverick MX: “The all-new Maverick MX is a game-changer for non-elite swimmers who want elite-level performance. It is the first maximum buoyancy suit that manages to increase the buoyancy profile around the core, chest and arms, while maintaining snappy body rotation and a full-range of shoulder mobility thanks to our patented ARMS-UP™ design.”
Maverick MX is an entry level wetsuit. Models available for men and women. Whereas most wetsuits in this price range use 5mm neoprene throughout the chest, 4mm and 3mm throughout much of the body, and 1-2mm neoprene in the arms, the Maverick MX uses only 5/4/3mm throughout. Standard manufacturer price €435 ($495).
Reviews about Roka Maverick MX
Here I gathered different reviews about Roka Maverick MX wetsuit from different sources.
Review on the Youtube channel “Triathlete“, dated March 3, 2020
HUUB BROWNLEE AGILIS (model for women)
Description of Brownlee Agilis
Up until 2020 there were only men models of the Agilis wetsuit available, but from 2020 also a model for women is available. As the name of the wetsuit states the wetsuit is closely developed together with Alistair and Jonny Brownlee brothers.
The manufacturer HUUB description of Agilis: “It has been a two-year development, two years of testing and approving with the Brownlees sitting alongside us every step of the way as our testers and developers. They accept no compromise, no “could it be better?” If it isn’t the best, then they are not interested. Listening to Alistair and Jonny has given us a suit like no other, a suit with two very simple goals: 1. Swim like they’re not wearing a wetsuit throughout the full stroke cycle; 2. Get their hips and legs as high as possible and keep them there..Thanks to the input of Alistair, Jonny and professor Huub Toussaint we are now confident in saying there is no faster wetsuit.”
Agilis wetsuit is a elite level wetsuit now also for women with buoyancy profile 3:3. It’s made from Neoprene 80%, Polymide (Nylon) 15%, Metalised Fibre 3% and Cotton 2%. Standart manufacturer price £599.99 ($900).
Reviews about Brownlee Agilis
Here I gathered different reviews about Brownlee Agilis wetsuit from different sources.
Review on the “Triathlon Magazine Canada” website, dated April 1, 2019. Short summary: The Agilis is not inexpensive, but it is a much smaller investment than buying an expensive bike or wheels. If you are in the market for a new wetsuit, it is worth a try.
Review on the Youtube channel “Triathlete”, dated April 25, 2019.
Review on the “220 Triathlon” website, dated October 9, 2018. Short summary: A delicate but sublimely comfy suit with huge freedom of movement 90%.
Review on the “Tri 247” website, dated September 14, 2018. Short summary: Extremely comfortable and should help make you quicker in the water. However, as is common with high-performance wetsuits, it comes with a high price-tag and limited durability.
YONDA GHOST II WETSUIT
Description of Ghost II
The manufacturer Yonda description of Ghost II: “The all-new 2020 Ghost II is the most performance enhancing and flexible wetsuit we ever built. We have designed the ultimate performance wetsuit that optimizes your body position and works with your body (not against it) delivering an unparalleled feeling as you cut through the water.”
Ghost II is a top-level wetsuit. Models available for men and women. Body construction using 4.5mm. Standard manufacturer price £589 ($737).
Reviews about Ghost II
Here I gathered different reviews about Yonda Ghost II wetsuit from different sources.
Review on the “Outdoor Swimmer” website.
Short summary: Although it’s a pricey suit, it’s comparable (and in some cases cheaper) than other top-of-the range wetsuits and it more than holds its own in the water.
Video on the Youtube channel “Yonda Sports“, dated March 28, 2016
Review on the “220triathlon” website.
Short summary: A highly comfortable and a superb all-rounder that’s also the cheapest here 92%.
ORCA OPENWATER SW WETSUIT
Description of Openwater SW
Orca Openwater SW wetsuit model is the newest model from their Open Water line. The model before is called Open Water Core and it is one of the safest wetsuits for open water swimming, because it has a lot of bright orange color and can be seen in the water. With Open Water SW Orca went one more step further.
The manufacturer Orca description of Openwater SW: “The new Openwater SW wetsuit is the perfect combination of safety and technology. An openwater wetsuit with built-in technology that will increase the level of safety for swimmers at sea.”
Openwater SW models available for men and women. The 4 mm thickness of the abdominal area will provide the thermal insulation you need, helping you maintain an ideal body temperature throughout your journey. Standard manufacturer price Eur 299 ($367).
Purchase options by affiliates: Amazon.co.uk.
Highlights of the Wetsuit
NFC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM: The Openwater SW wetsuit features Emerid, a universal identification system using NFC/Contactless technology that instantly provides the athlete’s information in the event of an accident or emergency.
RESTUBE READY: The wetsuit features a Restube Ready connector so you can attach the Restube buoy without a belt, which will keep it stable, preventing wear to your wetsuit. Note: This wetsuit does not include the Restube buoy.
VISIBILITY: The high visibility orange used in the design will make it easy to locate you at all times.
Reviews about Openwater SW
Here I gathered different reviews about Orca Openwater SW wetsuit from different sources.
Review on the “Outdoor Swimmer” website.
Short summary: All in all the suit is comfortable, well made, and well thought out for both competitive and wild swimming with innovative additions for safety and making good steps towards sustainability.
Review on the “Restube” website, March 11, 2020.
Review on the “Openwaterschwimmen” website, May 30, 2020 (German).
Short summary: I think the idea and the implementation are great – it was just about time something like this hits the market. I am a huge fan of buoys and think that they should be included in every competition – so I am very happy about this “idea”! The wetsuit works great for me when swimming and I didn’t notice the buoy at the back, neither inflated nor in the pouch.
ZONE 3 THERMAL ASPIRE WETSUIT
Description of Thermal Aspire
It’s the first thermal wetsuit model from Zone 3. The manufacturer Zone 3 description of Thermal Aspire: “Whether it is geography, seasonality or just pure motivation, sometimes we need to swim in conditions that our normal wetsuits just weren’t made for. For those colder swims we have taken one of the highest rated wetsuits of the last decade, the Aspire, and added a carefully constructed thermal fleece lining.”
Thermal Aspire can be used for beginners as well as top level athletes. Models available for men and women. Buoyancy – chest, leg and body panels are a combination of 4mm and 5mm thickness, but the shoulders and arms a 2mm thickness. Standard manufacturer price €465 ($541). Zone3 Thermal Aspire wetsuit purchase options by affiliates: Triathlete Sports.
Reviews about Aspire Thermal Wetsuit
Here I gathered different reviews about Thermal Aspire wetsuits from different sources.
Review on the “Surf Hungry” website.
Short summary: However, not all brands can provide the best thermal control, unlike Zone3. If you need an exceptional wetsuit, you can never go wrong with the Thermal Aspire.
Review on the “220 Triathlon” website, dated April 24, 2020. Short summary: Impressively light and flexible for a thermal suit; and warm, too 88%.
ZONE 3 VALOUR WETSUIT
Description of Valour Wetsuit
The manufacturer Zone 3 description of Valour: “The Valour is the perfect suit for anybody just starting out in open water swimming or triathlon. The suit has been designed with a number of Zone3’s key features built-in to help ensure that you can have a fast, comfortable and enjoyable swim.”
Valour is an entry level wetsuit. Models available for men and women. Buoyancy – 1.5mm neoprene in the shoulders and arms, 4mm Core Support Buoyancy Panels which aid with improved leg and hip position. Standard manufacturer price €169 ($200).
Reviews about Zone 3 Valour Wetsuit
Here I gathered different reviews about Zone 3 Valour wetsuit from different sources.
Review on the “The 5k Runner” website, dated June 30, 2020.
Short summary: With the pools shut most of us prefer to wear a wetsuit to make open water swimming both easier and more comfortable. If you are considering race needs then Zone3 have that covered as well.
DEBOER OCEN 1.0 WETSUIT
Description of Ocean 1.0 Wetsuit
The manufacturer deboer description of Ocean 1.0: “The Ocean 1.0 is a thermal lined wetsuit designed for athletes who never back down from a challenge. We incorporated the same zero resistance shoulder movement technology found in our Flōh 1.0 wetsuit and added a ThermaFur thermal lining to create a no-compromises wetsuit. We also integrated an Ocellus pattern on the Ocean 1.0 to make the wetsuit more visible from a greater distance. Don’t let conditions dictate what you can do, when the Ocean 1.0 is paired with the Polar hoodie, gloves, and socks it will keep you warm in water down to 6°C/43°F.”
Ocean 1.0 is for top level athletes. Models available for men and women. Buoyancy – 1.5 mm in shoulders and arms, 5 mm stability panels. Standard manufacturer price €1180 ($1399).
Reviews about Deboer Ocean 1.0 Wetsuit
Video on the Youtube channel “Kristian Blummenfelt“, dated January 19, 2021
Roka wetsuit official website – roka.com
My post “Roka Brand Review”
HUUB official website Huubdesign.com.
My post “HUUB Brand Review”
Yonda wetsuit official website – yondasports.com
Orca official website Orca.com
Blog post “How to use Orca Emerid System”
My post “Orca Brand Review”
Zone 3 official website Zone3.com
My post “Zone3 Brand Review”
Deboer official website – deboerwetsuits.com
Zone3 Thermal Aspire wetsuit purchase options by affiliates: Triathlete Sports