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Huub Brownlee Agilis wetsuit review

This top-end suit with design input from the Brownlees is still going strong in 2023, but does it perform as well as ever? Editor Helen Webster finds out...

Huub Brownlee Agilis wetsuit

The Brownlee Agilis wetsuit from Huub has been around for a few years now, but is still going strong – its popularity reflected by two new colourways released this year (red for men and coral for women).

It’s a striking suit with design input from the Brownlee brothers, who stipulated two requirements: to “swim like they’re not wearing a wetsuit throughout the full stroke cycle and to get their hips and legs as high as possible and keep them there.”

But does this translate for the average age-grouper?

Huub Brownlee Agilis wetsuit review

Well, we last included the suit in our June 2021 issue when our (male) tester awarded it 91% on his second time testing it, remarking that it continued to grow on him offering “a hugely supple and flexible wetsuit that really moves you through the water with each stroke”.

Our male tester also appreciated the 3:5 buoyancy on the male suit, which did a great job of lifting sinky legs. Here, we have the female version on test (though the male colourway is shown here), which is slightly different with a 3:3 buoyancy profile, reflecting the fact that women typically have more buoyancy in their lower body thanks to fat distribution.

For this tester, this is our second time in the Agilis. We were so taken with our last one that we chose it to take part in the Coniston end-to-end swim (8.5km) in 2021, such was the superb combination of flexibility through the arms and support through the core and lower body that made swimming long distances feel much less fatiguing than in other suits we’ve tried.

That’s thanks to Huub’s ‘arms neutral’ design, which reduces the amount the suit needs to stretch through the front crawl cycle and certainly made things feel easier, even on this swimmer who tends to have quite a ‘swinging’ style of swimming.

The lower part of the suit feels much more supportive, with Huub’s +43 buoyancy foam through the core and thighs.

Once on, this really helps with rotation through the core and felt like it helped us avoid snaking, especially when fatigued.

That said, it does make the lower part of the suit feel quite rigid, which made it tricky for this curvier swimmer to squeeze in to.

There’s also a fragile area where thicker neoprene attaches to thinner, very flexible neoprene on the back, which means you need to take your time pulling it on.

In short, though, this is a great feeling suit, if one that has to be treated with care (plus it’s worth noting this suit has Huub’s trademark ‘breakaway’ zipper, which won’t be for everyone).

We’re happy to have it back in our kit bag, though, even if we might be saving it for ‘best’ and race day rather than the rough and tumble of daily swims!

Verdict: Wonderful-feeling suit, if you’re in the market for a top-end buy.

Score: 90%

Pair this with…

Zone3 Wetsuit Changing Mat

Zone3 Wetsuit Changing Mat

If you’re spending all that money on a new wetsuit, it’s important to try and keep it in good condition. There are multiple ways you can do that, including trimming your nails, using those white wetsuit gloves (typically included with a new wetsuit) and just taking extra care.

A changing mat is another tool at your disposal for wetsuit protection, as it allows you to stand on it when changing, reducing the risk of abrasion that might otherwise happen without a mat.

This option from Zone3 is said to be both durable and waterproof, packs down small, comes with its own carry bag and also has drawstrings round the edge, allowing you to cinch it together and turn it into a bag.

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Helen has been 220's Editor since July 2013, when she made the switch from marathons to multisport. She's usually found open-water swimming and has competed in several swimruns as well as the ÖtillÖ World Series. Helen is a qualified Level 2 Open-Water Swim Coach focusing on open-water confidence and runs regular workshops at the South West Maritime Academy near Bristol. She is also an RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard trainer/assessor.

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