Talk to most lifelong swimmers and you hear the same thing.. “I don’t like wetsuits. They are restrictive, don’t allow full ROM in the shoulders etc.” I have tried nearly all top of the line wetsuits- sure some are better than others but when I first put on the HUUB Axena I knew it was different.
It is by an easy on and off wetsuit but is tight as every once zipped up. The flexibility is o outstanding with no tightness in the upper body, chest, shoulders, arms, neck or the back of the knees. The construction of the suit allows for the wearer to easily get it past ankles and wrists. It is the only suit that does NOT feel restrictive in the neck and chest when you initially put it on. Breakaway Zipper, the quickest in Triathlon (it takes a few tries to figure it out). The zipper needs to be started before you put the suit on and cannot be zipped to the top or you activate the quick release which I did about 5 times in practice, yes I did practice pre- race. When someone is zipping you up, make sure you explain this. As you exit the water you pull up hard and the zipper releases and opens up down the back. Zero chafing for me without any lube or glide- I have done 3x 70.3’s, an Ironman and an Oly – no issues! The soft material allows easy removal as well.
I have a WM. According the Huub size chart, a medium fits women 5’2” – 5’9” of medium build who weigh 122-142lbs. I am 5’8 138 LB and the suit fits me perfectly!