With everything HUUB have done since first introducing the Archimedes, they have had one key goal in mind... “To deliver the fastest wetsuit, with the feeling of not wearing a wetsuit".
The HUUB Archimedes II was developed in the HUUB 'lab' - that is, the sea, rivers, lakes, and pool - to further refine what was already an exceptional wetsuit. By focusing on stabilisation, swim stroke, muscle release and other factors central to 'real world' swimming, HUUB have created a wetsuit that is as close to the feeling of not wearing a wetsuit as it's possible to get.
Through observing how Chloroprene foam moves, stretches and behaves with differing lining materials (especially when we marry it with construction and stitch patterns), we have been able to further enhance the flexibility and reach. The Archimedes // has a 25% reduction in the neoprene thickness of the panels around the side, the back and shoulders - utilising 1mm Chloroprene foam, and the most flexible lining materials available. The under arm gusset has been remodelled with improved ‘mechanical reach’ with detailed analysis of the stitch location. The super flexible material in the lateral panels with thickness reduction allows ‘Non-suit’ feel and reach. The improved design and application of new materials delivers an arm-reach modulus reduction of 18%, in other words, less effort for more stretch.
Non Suit Feel
During the two-year testing period HUUB have strived to reach the ‘Non-suit’ bench mark. It was ITU Athlete and ‘more first out the water than any other’ ITU star Richard Varga whose comment satisfied that search;
“I knew I was wearing the most flexible wetsuit, but now I am wearing the most flexible swimskin, it just doesn’t feel like I am wearing a wetsuit, my speed tells me I am, but the feel tells me I am wearing something like I have never before experienced” - Richard Varga (First out of the swim more than any other ITU triathlete)
“Wow, that is fast, and so comfortable, what have you done? It doesn’t look much different from the first Archimedes, but it feels incredible” - Raoul Shaw (The only triathlete who challenged Richard Varga, 1500m P.B 15:05)
The X-O skeleton is a unique proposition from Huub, researched using ‘active drag’ the only company testing and using the most effective and accurate measurement. Measurement of Active drag (M.A.D) shows what happens when the athlete is swimming, not being towed or pulled - where inaccuracies are rife. HUUB use a cross section of measurement, but the M.A.D is the most accurate and most reliable. The X-O Skeleton delivers structure and control to reduce snaking, power loss and directional waste by gripping and holding the pelvis and hips. Research by Professor Huub Toussaint has taught them many things, and one of those is the secret to improving stroke efficiency, whilst controlling other parts of the body. They don’t want to give too much away, there are more products to come that have benefitted from this research... let's just say; “the more control, the more efficiency.” The x-o-skeleton has been increased by 80% in the Archimedes 2 to deliver more control.
The suit has 3mm thick neoprene in the top half of the suit and 5mm in the legs, this is very much leg swimming with a pull buoy. The 3:5 is Ideal for the following swimmers:
- Those with 'sinky' legs
- If you swim faster / easier with a Pull Buoy
- You are looking at swimming longer distance and wish to save your legs for the bike section
Calf Release™ and Bicep Release™
The Calf Release has seen an increase in volume by 25%, giving the calf more coverage of the lower modulus and non-restrictive super thin nylon. HUUB have reduced the thickness to below 1mm to ensure natural calf movement; this improves kick by lack of restriction and significantly reduces the risk of cramping during swim and transition.
The Bicep Release has an improved modulus to further enhance the panel’s ability to create a natural flexed recovery arm and efficient arm flex for the catch. The Bicep release was the brain-child of Swimsmooth’s Paul Newsome and has proved to be a unique feature that only a swim stroke analyst with his obsessive nature could create. HUUB strived to improve the modulus from the neoprene versus the biceps panel and the results couldn’t be more exciting.
Low Neck Line
We know we have the most comfortable neck in the wetsuit industry. We don’t fold and stitch, we refuse to create a tourniquet of rubber to restrict breathing and flexibility ...we stood alone and we will stand by this simple and effective design.
220 Triathlon Magazine 'best wetsuit brand of the year' 2013, 2014 & 2015
18-month warranty when you register the suit with HUUB