As Coach of the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy, a Former Professional Athlete and Surf Life Saver that saw my swim leg as a strength, I have had the opportunity over the years to trial out and wear different wetsuits. I had a meeting with Vorgee, they have been the Swim Goggle / Training Equipment sponsor of SCTA for the past 8 years. While meeting them they showed me their New V-Force VIII Wetsuit at the Warehouse.
First Impression - Looks
What drew my attention straight away was
First Swim Trial
Not only did I say it looked fast, but it feels fast in the water. I swam for around an 1hr in the open water in the sheltered bay of Mooloolaba Beach. Wow this wetsuit is fast. Now I have said that about some wetsuits before, but I have to give this as the best wetsuit I have swam in. Not because I am sponsored by them, but because a lot of thought and design has gone into this wetsuit. In fact, it has taken nearly 2 years for them to be at this point and 12 prototypes.
Verdict - Final Thoughts
A lot of thought has gone into this suit. The varying levels of thickness throughout the suit shows this. they are in the right place to get the best out of your swim in the open water with a wetsuit on. The top of the range Yamamoto Rubber along with the underarm component material that the speed skaters use is very flexible, but at the same time the durability and consistency isn't compromised.
When I got sent the technical aspects of this wetsuit and how they configured it you can understand why it took 2 years and 12 prototypes. A lot of thought has gone in the process and all I can say is wow. Love this suit. You are on a winner with the design and construction of the New Vorgee V-Force VIII Wetsuit. Do yourself a favour and make sure you do check this out if you are in the market for a new wetsuit.
Lucy Bowden - SCTA Senior Athlete of the Year for 2018/19 and 2019/20 Review + Verdict
Like many the athletes finding a wetsuit that doesn’t restrict your shoulders, interrupt your stroke and cause fatigue whilst swimming can be tricky, and to finding it a reasonable price is not often seen.
Due to several shoulder operations I first opted for a sleeveless wetsuit lowering the risk of flaring my shoulder up particularly throughout a race. Eventually, I transitioned into a long sleeve wetsuit however, found this particular brand too fiddly whilst swimming and the longevity of the suit with minimal use was poor.
Vorgee products have be a part of my training and racing for the last three years since moving to the Sunshine Coast from Adelaide. Thanks to Toby Coote for introducing me to Vorgee and the family behind the brand.
In early 2020, I was on the hunt for a new wetsuit leading into World 70.3 in Taupo NZ and I’d seen the Vorgee wetsuit in action whilst capturing some content for Toby, SCTA and Vorgee themselves.
‘I was impressed by the shoulder area, the first area I take note of when analysing a wetsuit’
Lucky enough I was able to get the Vorgee V-Force VIII in my hands soon after this photo shoot. In comparison to other wetsuits, I noticed the general comfort the wetsuit provided. The internal layers of the suit being very soft on the skin. As first thought, the shoulder area firmly fit in the right places due to its thin and sleek design – allowing an athlete to feel confident heading into the water knowing the suit would provide the flexibility promised.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, I’ve been swimming daily in the ocean over the last three months, the V-Force has allowed for enjoyable swimming no matter what the session. The suit is a great addition to the Vorgee range providing the brand with a product that is well up there in the wetsuit market.
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