Prior to Challenge Melbourne triathlon I was lucky enough to be fitted into a new Rocket Science Aqua Sense Wetsuit by Scott at Xosize Active. The Aqua Sense is Rockets top of the line suit and is packed with innovative features such as superior Yamamoto #40 neoprene providing maximum stretch and comfort. I had previously worn the Rocket Science Carbon model which replaced my Blue Seventy Helix in 2012. My initial impression of Rocket wetsuits was the extreme flexibility they provided through the shoulders, quick releasing reversible zipper, strategic buoyancy panel placement through the torso and the innovative mag-lock sealing system. With all new toys I like to review their performance; here is my Rocket Science Aqua Sense Wetsuit Review
I only had one opportunity to wear the new wetsuit prior to the 1.9km Challenge Melbourne swim however had faith the Aqua Sense would get the job done. My swim training leading into Challenge was based heavily around building strength in the shoulders whilst conserving the legs (my strategy for half IM swims). This included loads of ‘band only’ (band around the ankles), pull buoy and band, paddles and butterfly sets. The shoulders were strong and primed for a wetsuit swim and the Aqua Sense definitely complimented my training.
Race day I had a sufficient warm up which included kicking, sculling, single arm freestyle and backstroke to ensure the westsuit was fitted correctly and was feeling mobile. Placing some water in the wetsuit also assists to improve your range of movement and enhances flexibility through the shoulders. I like to work the westuit up my forearms and shins (as pictured right) to allow greater range of movement through the shoulders.
The shoulder range of movement is second-to-none and this suit allowed me to have a great swim at Challenge sitting in the front pack very comfortably and exiting the water in 4th place. The buoyancy was fantastic through the chest, torso and hips and kept me very high in the water as a good wetsuit should. The legs also provide good buoyancy however not over-the-top like some wetsuits; when I kicked the feet remained in the water and provided propulsion. I believe top-end suits should not provide extreme buoyancy through the lower legs as they are designed for swimmers whom already have a sufficient body position in the water. The legs however remained quite still during the swim and only came into effect when I surged a little to put some pressure on other competitors and also to regain a drafting position.
The Aqua Sense westuit is a high performance suit and the buoyancy paneling compliments this. The fit is very comfortable and the magnetic lock system is very effective for quick removing the suit. Likewise the cuffs on the legs have a small non-neoprene panels to allow the suit to easily slide over the feet when removing (no hands required). Another positive is that I also did not receive any chaffing/rubbing around the neck with the non-velcro zip technology.
Rocket also designs a great range of other suits which provide greater buoyancy through the lower legs (thicker neoprene). Check out some other reviews. A wetsuit should be a firm fit and the rule of thumb ‘if you can get it on – it fits’. I am a size medium and my specs are 74kg and 181cm. Once you are in a vertical position and allow some water in the suit it will loosen up. I am a firm believer in the Rocket Science Sports brand and would encourage you to trial one of their suits. If you are lucky enough to live in Melbourne visit Xosize Active and if you are interstate visit the online sports store. You will not be disappointed by Rocket Science Wetsuits and they are fantastic value for money.