Written by: Mark Montgomery
Date: Mon Dec 03 2012
From talking to folks who are familiar with this line, the $275 Zoot 2.0 is a big step up from the previous edition. This generation focuses a lot more on compression, and has a more slippery coating than the 1.0.
The surface on this newer iteration of the SpeedZoot sits in between the two TYR suits I tested. It has that paper feel of the TYR Elite but, the fabric is of a higher weight, such as that in the Torque Pro. It would seem intuitive that these suits mad of that heavier-weight fabric probably have a bit better compression and longevity. In a milieu where lighter is almost always better, this is probably one area where weight is not the imperative.
I did this test in a short course yards pool. I used a medium black suit, and it seemed a perfect tight fit. (I'm 5'10" and weigh 173lbs.) The pool was hot, at 85 degrees, so I aborted the last set a few reps from the end.
Quick exit and jammer-only set: 1:20/20/20/20/19/20/20/20
Three-minute change and last set with suit back on: 1:18/17/17/17/17
I did feel good compression on the suit like advertised, and I took just under one less stroke per lap with the suit. For me that is going from 16 to a stretched out 15 on the last stroke. As talked about before, some of this is due to the turn itself, but much is between the walls. Because of the high velocity of turns, these suits most likely get a higher percent of speed overall off the walls. So open water swims will be a little less overall, but for testing purposes you cannot beat the consistency of an exact measure pool.
All in all this seems a very well made suit that performed up to the high end of industry standards. I would have no qualms at all racing in this suit.
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