Deboer Wetsuit Review
by Laura Siddall
Being up front, I admit that am supported by Deboer and have partnered with them over the past year. So I didn’t actually buy my wetsuit, however, I did chose the brand for a reason, and of course I race in a wetsuit, and have worn probably most other brands over my career. I also want to point out here, that I’m also not a swimmer and don’t have a swimming background. Therefore, I don’t have the natural swim ability and amazing stroke that you see on the Lauren Brandon’s, Lucy Charles-Barclay’s, Dylan McNeice’s and the other top swimmers in the sport. To me, therefore, a wetsuit really matters and can make a huge difference, not just for time in the water, but also for conserving energy during the swim, so that I can then get the most out of myself on the bike and in the run.
How does the Deboer wetsuit rate? Why did I chose Deboer? Would I buy one if I wasn’t a Pro?
Yes! Is the short answer. Here’s the why.
Throughout my career I’ve tried probably most of the wetsuit brands out there and worn them for races over the years – Huub, Zone3, Roka, and Volare. There are suits amongst these brands that I did love wearing, but not coming from a swimming background, I guess I never really knew what I was meant to feel like swimming. It was when I was at Challenge Roth in 2019 that I came across Deboer. I was about to do one of my first swims, after breaking my collar bone in May, in the Roth pool and Deboer were there with a few representatives from the triathlon media. As a result, I got chatting to Deboer and was then invited to try the suit.
The first thing I noticed was the flexibility in the shoulders. Remember I’d only just got back in the water and using both arms, after shoulder surgery, so to then not feel any pull, or restriction, or fatigue, from the wetsuit in my shoulders was pretty amazing to be honest.
The suit just felt so comfortable, and well not really like I was wearing a wetsuit. I didn’t feel restricted at all. You can feel like you are wearing something special with the neoprene as soon as you put it on.
The suits also have a unique neck line of the wetsuits, which removes the chaffing and rubbing you experience with wetsuits in longer swims. It has a super soft feel, and is an extended flat that folds over the neck line when you start swimming, and protects your neck from any rubbing.
Then there’s the team. The team behind Deboer are just as impressive as their wetsuits. There passion and belief in the wetsuits is obviously key, but I’ve just been impressed by the customer service they provide to everyone. They want to make buying and owning a Deboer wetsuit, something really special. They want to make you feel special and I can vouch for that, but also athletes who have purchased a Deboer, have said the same. I was also impressed because they were keen to work with me, even though I wasn’t a known for being a swimmer and wouldn’t be first out the water (the suits are good but not quite that good ;-)), but it was the ethos and values from the Deboer team, and them wanting to work with me and seeing the benefit of the partnership, that was impressive for me. I can say there aren’t that many companies out there with that approach.
Ok, so as every product review, here’s the techy bit.
Deboer use a ribbed neoprene, called Whale Skin or HBF Limestone Rib Neoprene. It’s the whale skin that you find down the front of the wetsuit and down the legs that allows the wetsuit to move in all directions and feel so comfortable and removes that restricted feeling. Whale skin moves in both directions, compared to conventional neoprene that only really works in one direction at one time, allowing that freedom of movement.
The ribbing also has a benefit in increasing the surface area of the suits by 18.3%, which in turns increased the buoyance (and ultimately therefore your speed.)
Deboer uses DuraFlex in the arms. This material is only 0.3mm thick and incredibly flexibly and highly durable, and fingernail tear proof! This last part being very important with putting the suits on and off for training and racing. It’s this DuraFlex fabric which allows such freedom of movement in the shoulders, which is so key for our swim strokes. Not only does it give us that freedom, it reduces the fatigue we’d experience over the longer distances because we aren’t fighting the wetsuit and fabric as well as the water with every stroke.
About the DolphinSkin neck line, that makes for a super soft, leak-free, non chaffed neck – have a look at this good video to explain more.
There is a lot more technology that goes into the suits and fabric! It can all be found on the Deboer website tech page , and there is no real surprise with Alex Deboer (founder) having an engineering degree and works hands on to develop the suits and make them as hydrodynamic as possible, as well as working with the athletes and always looking to improve and evolve.
They use the finest materials, that do not only give you the performance benefits, but also are better for the environment. The best factories (ISO certified) are used, with highly skilled workers piecing the suits together by hand!
So, would I choose a Deboer wetsuit if I wasn’t a Pro, yes! For all the reasons above and many more!
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Oh and lastly, deboer is pronounced “de-bore”