If you need the best, and you're willing to pay for it, you've come to the right place. Simply put, the TYR Hurricane Freak Of Nature Women's Wetsuit is the fastest suit in the water. Why? Because, TYR thought of, and engineered a solution to, every imaginable variable in the water. As a result, it features a 100% Yamamoto C40 neoprene construction, the highest available stretch on the market, and Elevation Panels that have been described as 'otherworldly effective' by Andy Potts.
Like any top-tier wetsuit, TYR approached the Freak of Nature with a four-part ideology -- body position, flexibility hydrodynamics, and buoyancy. And if you're at all familiar with the science of wetsuits, you won't surprised to read that most of TYR's engineering towards body position also aids in buoyancy. For example, the suit features FON elevation panels along the torso that raise and flatten your body against the water. And by reducing your shape and submergence, the design results in less sideways movement in choppy conditions, and also, it provides an enhanced lift to the body in glassy waters. Additionally, the flattening shape, and its attached principles, has been extended to the suit's FON V-GCP (graded catch panels) forearm zones. Together, the systems provide a positive engagement with the water, minimizing the shoulder and lats tendency to sink inwards during the locomotion of your stroke, and propelling you further with less effort per stroke.
Surely, the aforementioned system of position control sounds right on paper, but you're probably wondering what its real-world application is? Well, aside from proprioceptive dynamics, it also brings us to our next subject, hydrodynamics. Basically, the Freak of Nature's goal is to make you faster in the water. And just as curvy, sleek shapes minimize your drag coefficient on land, the wetsuit's level of buoyancy is the minimizing variable in the water. The supporting science behind this claim is fairly elementary -- water is around 1000 times denser than air, and it produces a potential drag coefficient 10 times that of air, as well. So, minimizing your body's submergence is vital to optimizing hydrodynamics. Accordingly, the Freak of Nature features five 360 degree core stabilization panels that are each 5mm in thickness -- the maximum thickness allowed under IFR. Additionally, the legs are solely constructed from 5mm neoprene.
These neoprene segments, like the rest of the suit, also has the highest available cell density, 40 cell Yamamoto rubber, for the greatest level of buoyancy in the triathlon market. Additionally, the Freak of Nature benefits from a Nano SCS coating that provides an added 4% of buoyancy over standard SCS, while lowering the suit's coefficient of kinetic friction to 0.026, compared to an untreated neoprene's coefficient of 4.0. Without entering into a physics lesson, the coefficient of kinetic friction is most simply described as the ratio of the force of friction between two bodies, and the force pressing them together. And in this case, the two bodies are your body and the water and friction occurs concurrently with their motions. So, in the real-world, Nano SCS acts almost like an accelerant as it reduces the friction between yourself and the water, ultimately requiring you to exert less force in order to gain more speed.
And if you're really looking nerd-out, this material has a specific gravity of 0.17. This means that the cell density of the material is less than that of water, and so, when the material is submerged, the ratio of density between the neoprene and water is 0.17 -- or a specific gravity 0.17. For perspective, specific gravity reflects higher levels of buoyancy the further that it gets from 1.00. And for a fun fact, the average human's specific gravity is around 0.974 -- we are, after all, mainly composed of water.
TYR's 100% Yamamoto 40 cell neoprene construction not only makes the suit buoyant, but it also makes it the most flexible wetsuit in the world. However, in pursuit of perfection, TYR kept engineering. As a result, the Gold sections of the suit are the colored delineation of the suit's FON ROM, or Range of Motion, Zones. These zones have been altered as to reach the absolute limit of positive range of motion. And if you're wondering what that equates to, it's a 7x stretch factor over the back, shoulders, lats, inner-calves, wrists, and forearms. Essentially, this is just the icing on the cake needed to reaffirm that the Freak of Nature is the fastest wetsuit in the water.
The TYR Freak of Nature Wetsuit is available in the color Gold/white and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large. Please note that TYR is also offering the suit in Small/medium and Medium/large sizes.