IntroductionAs you would expect from a company with the word “rocket” in their name, Rocket Science Sports puts a premium on speed. True to the second half of their name, they aim to create speed scientifically. Case in point: the Elite wetsuit was redesigned four times before going to the market in order to maximize its benefits. Does all this speed come at the expense of comfort? I had to find out.First ImpressionsThe Elite wetsuit is available in a long john (sleeveless) or a full (long-sleeved) version. I tested the long-sleeved version. Coming out of its package, I was amazed at its lack of weight. At around 3 pounds (for the Large-Tall size), the suit is lighter than the long-john style wetsuit I currently use.
I also immediately noticed that it was very flexible. It felt less like a hunk of spongy neoprene and more like a suit of rubber. I liken it to how I’d imagine the Batsuit feels. Not the 1960’s Adam West pajamas version, but the 2005 Christain Bale version. You know…without the cape and the fake chest.
The wetsuit came folded up in a little package (it was a heavily used demo model). Now, “they” tell you not to fold up your wetsuit because it will get creases, which will ruin the suit and reduce your speed. This suit, which had been sent all over the U.S. and been used by who knows how many others, was still completely unmarred and very nimble.
Rocket Science Sports (www.rocketsciencesports.com)
Highly recommended. Feels like a second skin in the water, but shedding that skin could be easier.
Can this guy saveKatie Holmes?
No water allowed
This may look ill fitting here, but in the water, it feels great
It fits like a glove butlikes to stay on you.
Clear enough for you?
Rocket Science Sports Elite Wetsuit
A bit tricky to get on, but fits like a glove when it all gets situated.
Ease of Exit
Wrist openings hold on a bit too much. Leash should have a retention device. Slides off the rest of you nicely, including your feet.
Significantly improved my lackluster swim times.
Nice fit contributes to an attractive suit. Logos are large, but not overwhelming. I especially liked the little hip logo.
*based on the fashion magazine, not the sitcom character
Random Thoughts That My Only Interest Me
Since companies have started cutting the leg openings on a bias (oval) to improve exits, why don’t they do the same for wrist openings?
Feel Free And Move Your Arms™ Panels - using the most flexible neoprene available -- strategically placed to provide flexibility and comfort NO H20™ Sealspanels made from double-sided neoprene around the wrists to create a tight seal.Materials - 100% Yamamoto neoprene Super Flexible Ankle Panels easier and faster exit from the suit.Above Ankle Design - promotes easier exit from the suit Low Neckline Design comfort and flexibility. Adjustable Neckline Seal - promotes ease of movement Textured Panels helps to generate more speed with every stroke. SizesMens XS, S, M, M-Tall, L, L-Tall, XLWomens XS, S, M, L, XL
Weight - 3 pounds for the L-Tall (tested)
A Note on the Author: Dominic Lazzaretto has completed twelve triathlons (kind of near the front of the age grouper pack) and has competed in dozens of road running races, mountain bike races, and road cycling events. He is one of the official gear reviewers for BeginnerTriathlete.com.