Trialled by elite athletes at last year’s IRONMAN World Championships at Kona and subsequently tested and re-tested to ‘ensure optimal speed and performance’, the new Phantom Speed Suit from Aqua Sphere claims to deliver impressive performance benefits. Offering compression, reduced drag and buoyancy, the Phantom is also billed as ‘the only Speed Suit to conserve core leg and back muscles whilst maintaining freedom of movement, allowing athletes to improve their speed and race performance.’
Designed for elite racing such as IRONMAN non-wetsuit events, the Phantom Speed Suit utilises Aqua Sphere’s expertise in the competitive swim market (in 2015 Aqua Sphere partnered with swimming legend Michael Phelps to create the MP brand for elite swimmers) to ‘create a product with unique capabilities’.
The garment is engineered using Aqua Sphere’s exclusive Exo-Core technology, which uses a strategic combination of fabrics for heightened function. The 3D Exo-Foil fabric gives flexibility, reduced drag and water glide and the high density Aqua Core fabric delivers lift in the water and compression at the thighs for quad stabilization, helping to conserve energy during the swim. Other features include thermo bonded seams for minimal chafing and comfort and a locking zipper for minimal drag and a quick T1 time.
Aqua Sphere elite triathlete Terenzo Bozzone (2008 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, 25x IRONMAN 70.3 Champion) said, “I had the opportunity to race in the Phantom Speed Suit several times at the end of the 2016 season and this suit is a new level of fast! The fabric doesn’t hold the water so it stays light. The tight fit helps to keep my core stable and to keep me hydrodynamic and in an efficient position in the water so I can get through the swim in the fastest possible time with the least amount of effort.
“I know when I put the Phantom Speed Suit on it means business – so let’s get ready for a fast swim!”
Available in male and female versions for February 2018 retail, the Phantom Speed Suit is priced at an SRP of £199.99.