The third incarnation of the HUUB Archimedes suit aims to ‘take the expectations of a wetsuit and its material components and shatter the mould, never mind breaking it’. The Derby, UK-based company adds that the new suit incorporates ‘never before seen technology, expectations challenged and conventional materials re-engineered.’
HUUB states that +43 is the ‘most significant technological advancement in wetsuit materials for over 80 years’. Since its inception in 1930, neoprene has been used in many applications. It took until the late 80s for the early triathlon adopters to use versions of smooth skin neoprene. HUUB aims to take this further with +43.
According to a release from HUUB, ‘When tested in our labs we have seen that dimples and contours deliver no benefit to performance. It has taken the constant questioning of the norm, and a multi-year development cycle with our partners in production HD Labs to finally create a material that is lighter, and more buoyant.’
HUUB adds that the result is 43% more buoyant (than standard neoprene) foam. HUUB adds, ‘Forgive us for patting ourselves and HD Labs on the back with our new material +43 foam – because now… it’s no longer just about neoprene.’
HUUB continues to note that… ‘Differing newton values of buoyant materials deliver gradated buoyancy profiles around thighs, hips and lower quads to ensure the correct balance with the body’s centre of buoyancy. This provides a flatter, more streamlined and faster suit profile in the water, resulting in more buoyancy and a hydrodynamic profile.’
Bicep Release 360
With the inception of its original bicep release, HUUB points out that it was able to assist correct arm positioning and bicep expansion to allow a natural bent arm state for recovery and catch. The company has now taken this one step further by also applying this technology to the tricep.
‘With this use of materials (a more relaxed fabric covering) in both the tricep and bicep areas, it offers benefits for arm positioning through stress of catch & pull and enhances the recovery phase by allowing a relaxed arm position with high elbow and less swing. With less tension, less fatigue, more comfort and more efficient stroke alignment the Bicep Release just went 360.’
Incorporating these new technologies, the HUUB Archimedes 3 is billed as the suit for the triathlete wanting a sleeveless ‘no suit’ feel, in a full-bodied wetsuit; the company calls it ‘Rotational Freedom’… ‘For the triathlete pursuing maximum streamlining and hydrodynamic efficiency through strong un-cumbersome leg lift.’
HUUB’s release continues… ‘The +43 Foam offers 43% more buoyancy than neoprene sponge – a new generation of material available exclusively from HUUB. The suit has a new emphasis on upper arm comfort and anti-fatigue, combined with efficient stroke alignment delivered by the new Bicep Release 360.’