Father of two, devoted husband, Clydesdale, hope to become just an age grouper someday. Former nationally ranked triathlete (sounds better than it really is, but I like the sound of it). Competing in the 50-54 bracket this year. Have done a 1/2 Ironman tri, a marathon and a bunch of sprint and oly distance races. Member of BT since 12-1-03
VIDEO: De Soto Black Pearl Bibjohn & Pullover - Part 2
In part 2 of this series on mid-range fullsuits, we review the De Soto Black Pearl Bibjohn & Pullover combination for comfort, warmth, buoyancy and performance.
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I live in Massachusetts, and do most of my swimming in open water. I need a wetsuit that will let me get in the open water early and stay there late in the season.
Black Pearl Bibjohn + Pullover
$195 + $160 USD
The De Soto Black Pearl is a very well crafted suit that will work well for most triathletes, especially those used to cooler water temperatures. This suit offers great warmth, versatility in sizing, and the nice option of adding a vest to make this suit a sleeveless for a reasonable additional cost. Adding this suit to the QR sleeveless I already own, would make a nice set of options for warm and cold water swims.
Ease to put on
Ease to take off
The Black Pearl has a very clean and refined look to it. I guess basic black is hard to go wrong with. The graphics are very subtle, but work well.
As a beginner, this suit is on the expensive side for a first wetsuit. If you know you will be using it a lot, it is worth the money all day long.
Ontherun is a father of two and loving husband who competes in triathlons in the Clydesdale- 35-40 AG category. He has been racing with the Beginner Triathlete community since 2004. He has numerous sprint and Olympic races completed. In endurance sports, he is currently most proud of his finishes in the 2007 Mooseman 1/2 Iron distance triathlon and the 2006 Baystate Marathon. As a solid middle to back of the pack finisher, racing is a lifestyle choice and a true passion. You may contact him at [email protected]
Desoto Bibjohn Pullover Video Review (589 downloads)
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