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Profile Design – Wahoo Review

April 5, 2011

Over the weekend at IM 70.3 Oceanside, I spotted a pro female exiting the water in a Profile Design Wahoo.  I did a second take, as I always thought it was merely an entry level wetsuit!

The truth is that it is an “entry level” suit, but there’s really more than what meets the eye – and after a bit of research the Wahoo is a pretty killer deal.

Wahoo Profile Design

Priced at $199, the suit was designed by an industry expert in triathlon wetsuits named Karen Sing.  Prior to coming on board with Profile Design, she was the Wetsuit Product Manager at Zoot.  She designed the Wahoo as an entry level wetsuit, but it has features of wetsuits that cost nearly twice of much at retail price.

Carefully thought out and crafted, the suit features:

  • SCS coating!  This is probably the greatest feature on this wetsuit for the price.  SCS (Super Composite Skin) Coating reduces friction, and assists the swimmer to glide through the water better.
  • A lower collar to reduce chafing;
  • 4 mm wetsuit thickness on the front (torso) that goes to the knee for buoyancy and body positioning;
  • 1.5mm sleeve for flexibility and shoulder rotation;
  • Sleeve cuffs are cut higher so it’s easier to get out of the suit (and to check your watch);
  • 3mm leg also cut higher for faster exit in transition;
  • 20 inch YKK zipper (this is money, as any zipper I had growing up that was a YKK never failed me!);
  • Backed by Profile Design’s world class customer service and warranty.  This is probably what I value the most – they really stand behind their product.  Since I’ve started working in the industry, Profile Design (and a few others) have really stood out when it came to professionalism and attention to the customer.

You can buy noticeable speed with higher end wetsuits on the market, there’s no doubt about it. But the bottom line is that Profile Design Wahoo really is a product of something special. It’s an amazing suit and extremely well constructed for its price point.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura M permalink
    May 6, 2011 7:28 pm

    I am a newbie recreational triathlete in southern California who, of course, wanted to have all the “right” equipment. After purchasing a new bike, shoes, tri gear, etc, I realized I still needed a wetsuit. Oh, and I’m a cold water wimp. SO I decided I needed a full suit. OneTri just happens to be less than 20 miles from me, so I went in to try on a few wetsuits. The Profile Design Wahoo was the first one I tried on. Being budget-minded, I definitely liked the price, but hey, it really fit! I proceeded to try on a few others (with bigger names and slightly bigger price tags), but thankfully the PD Wahoo truly did fit the best.

    I’ve used it in a few OWS, and I’m happy as can be with my purchase! A big thanks goes out to OneTri and Profile Design!

  2. May 7, 2011 4:31 am

    Laura,

    Thanks for your kind post regarding the Profile Design Wahoo and our experience at OneTri! It’s great to hear that you found a great fit with a great price. Wish you the best at your race, and please feel free to stop by or call us should you have any questions about any other triathlon gear.

    Will
    OneTri.com
    888-289-1874 (toll free)
    info@onetri.com

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