Review for Blue Seventy Women’s Thermal Helix Wetsuit – 2017
Most days you will find us near or in the water, but open water swimming isn’t always inviting. For many of us it is often a cold and lonely experience. When we came to the realization that our neoprene accessories were not doing the trick in colder temperatures we set out to make them better. We dissected what the dive and surf industries do for cold-water adventures and pushed our manufacturing team to establish new ways to glue, stitch and tape. We’re excited to push the limits of cold water swimming with our THERMAL line of gear that will keep you swimming when others are daydreaming of the hot tub. Starting with the proven unparalleled performance of our flagship wetsuit, the Helix has been upgraded for frigid conditions. Made with anatomical patterning, improved interior construction and high-quality liner that meets our rigorous standards for stretch and durability. The THERMAL HELIX is different from the standard model in that it is fully lined with our mid-weight zirconium jersey that enhances warmth compared to standard jersey. This unique liner dries fast, minimizes weight and offers excellent flex. The THERMAL HELIX is built with a long-lasting high-grade traditional YKK zipper which will provide solo swimmers the ease of getting into their own suit. Proven TST panels maximize movement throughout the shoulders, arms and chest. Other features include durable SCS coating and a hidden key loop. All seams are triple glued, blind stitched and internally taped at high stress areas. TORSIONAL STRETCH TECHNOLOGY (TST) – The distinct blue panels of the Helix have been upgraded to silver premium Yamamoto 40 cell. Seam lines have been eliminated to free up the deltoid muscle to provide excellent arm and shoulder mobility. ZIRCONIUM – Full internal orange zirconium jersey reduces water absorption and protects against heat loss. FIT PANELS – Body mapped gender specifc 3mm side panels improve ft and compliment the torso and back leg buoyancy panels to improve body rotation. VO2 CHEST PANEL – Cold water can take your breath away. Your wetsuit shouldn’t. The redesigned split chest construction naturally and anatomically accentuates the lungs, producing the optimal amount of buoyancy while maximizing stretch during respiration. STANDARD ZIPPER WITH REDESIGNED LOWERED COLLAR – The Thermal Helix utilizes our industry standard zipper. Our curved closure fap reduces rear collar height improving comfort. BUOYANCY – The Helix is built on a 5-5-4 pattern, centralizing core buoyancy to raise the position of the hips in relation to the rest of the body. The chest and torso panels utilize super buoyant 5mm Yamamoto Aerodome to keep the hips high and promote an effcient downhill swimming position. HONEYCOMB AQUA FEEL – The Thermal Helix has been updated to a full neoprene catch panel to maximize warmth at the wrists.
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