My new Xterra Vortex 3 wetsuit arrived today. I am very happy to have it for the Reeds Lake Tri this weekend. I tried it on this evening, and it fits like a glove- a very snug glove. The arms are bit long, but according to the Xterra website you can cut them to fit. I’m not sure if I will do that before Reeds Lake or not. I am sort of hesitant to take scissors to a brand new purchase.
Other than the fit, it feels totally different than my Body Glove wetsuit- much more snug and streamlined. On top of that, it is hot. I was very warm in it, which I suppose is a good thing because some of the races I have done this summer have had quite chilly starts.
On my bike ride today, I had an idea which could be the next big thing. I realized that wearing a wetsuit makes you (at least me) feel like a superhero. So, what if wetsuit companies (Xterra, Orca, etc.) all teamed up with Marvel and DC comics to create superhero themed wetsuits. How cool would it be to have a Superman or Batman themed wetsuit? It would sure add a distinctive look to athletes coming out of the water.
To top that, the Batman themed suit could come packaged with the standard Batman tool belt equipped with Shark Repellent for those ocean swims.