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Some of us aren't, believe it or not, professional triathletes, so we have to strike a balance between performance and affordability. Lucky for us, Blueseven understands our predicament and made the Fusion Men 's Wetsuit, which cribs features from both the top-shelf Helix and race-ready Reaction to create an impressive suit without the cringe-worthy price tag. The Fusion isn't designed for beginners, by any means, but it doesn't have the eye-watering feature array of the Helix. It does boast the same ultra-thin Honeycomb forearm panels, which are designed to increase awareness of arm positioning, in turn boosting power, enhancing technique, and reducing injury risk. And, like its big sisters, it focuses on buoyancy and flexibility, the characteristics most important to serious triathletes.
that end, Blueseventy coated the entire Fusion with SCS, a hydrophobic
friction-reducing layer that lets you cut through the water like a hot
knife through butter (it also gives the suit a sweet shiny finish). Thin 1.5mm gusseted underarms
improve fit and ease core and shoulder rotation, while the single-seam tube legs maximize flexibility and offer quick removal when you're in the transition zone.
Blueseventy also sealed the inner seam with liquid taping, which
increases durability and lets you cut the legs to your preferred height.
To finish things off, Blueseventy outfitted the Fusion with a thin neckline for easier breathing and a lowered collar that reduces chafing and keeps the traditional rear zipper from digging into your neck. Additionally, the silicone cuffs sport an Aquaseal gasket, which prevents unpleasant water entry and and won't catch when you're removing the suit, saving you valuable transition seconds.
- Item #BLS000K
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: ML
6'0 , 190 lbs (ML fit perfect)
Awesome suit! The only downside was the velcro on the neck which can get annoying.
Great budget tri wetsuit!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium Tall
A wetsuit for a triathlete like myself that competes in 4-6 races a year can seem to be an expensive peice of gear considering you may not get to train in it all that often. Spending thousands on a bike I use almost everyday is easy to explain to the wife...but hundreds up to a thousand for a wet suit that is mostly used only during races, hard to argue that point. I don't live anywhere near good open water that has access to the public for swimming, so in reality I may only get to use it 8-12 times per year.
I did a lot of research on my own as well as speaking with some of the experts here at Backcounty.com before making my decision to purchase this suit. My main focus was on cost, fit, and thickness in the chest/legs of the suit. I race olympic distances all the way up to full ironman so I needed a suit that would work for any distance race. After reading other reviews and talking with my gearhead at Backcounty, I decided on the blueseventy fusion suit...I made the right choice! First off, I ALWAYS go with Backcounty especially for things like this where I know if it doesn't fit I can just exchange it or even get a different product, hastle free!
I am 6 foot even and weigh 165 so I ordered the medium tall. Fit is perfect, quite tight but not restrictive. I've used it in several races now and am a huge fan! Favorite features: the strap attatched to the zipper does not get in your way during the swim but is easy to find on the way to transition; with the use of a little body glide on the neck there is no chafing whatsoever; and as I mentioned, with the right fit, there is almost no restriction in movement thanks to the perfect amount of material where you need it. I've used it all the way down to 56 degrees and up to 72, obviously a great price point as well, I can't see why I'd need anymore than this. I'd recommend this suit to anyone needing a wetsuit for triathlons of any distance and that doesn't have a budget for a $1,000+ wetsuit.....maybe someday, when I'm sponsored..HA! Oh, and get it from Backcountry.com!!