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Aqua Sphere Manaus

A simple yet striking design from the swimwear behemoths Aqua Sphere. Although we were a little worried that it would be too small – as there didn’t seem to be much give getting it on, it fitted like a second skin; testing a 34 (a UK10), the sizing was spot on.

With the yellow flatlock-stitched stripes we had concerns about chafing but the second layer on the inside resulted in a rub-free swim. However, that same second layer – an “inner tummy lining with ‘soft stretch tulle’ to provide an extra comfortable support and a smooth appearance” – simply acted as an additional sponge in the water. And although not entirely evident while swimming, once out the suit felt noticeably heavier.

Its Aqua X Power material provides an element of compression and certainly added to its comfortable feel. We’re just not convinced that it needed that much fabric.

Contact : www.aquasphereswim.com/uk

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.