blueseventy has launched the THERMAL HELIX, the world’s first purpose built
designed for swimming. Born from elite athlete feedback, sponsorship of iconic cold water races and employees of the company requesting a suit that could extend their outdoor swimming season. blueseventy started with the proven unparalleled performance of their flagship wetsuit, the award winning Helix, and fully lined it with a mid-weight zirconium jersey that enhances warmth compared to standard jersey. This unique liner dries fast, minimizes weight and offers excellent flex.
“It was very important for us when using the HELIX name that the suit feature the flexibility and buoyancy customers expect from blueseventy. From our very first sample we were pleasantly surprised with the flexibility of the zirconium jersey,” said Mike Orton, blueseventy’s Brand and Product Manager.
Like the popular HELIX, the THERMAL HELIX is built with premium Yamamoto #39 and #40 cell neoprene and features proven TST panels which maximizes movement throughout the shoulders, arms and chest. A long-lasting high-grade traditional YKK zipper will provide solo swimmers the ease of getting into their own suit. A full neoprene catch panel will ensure warmth at the wrists. All seams are triple glued, blind stitched and internally taped at high stress areas.
Orton added, “We looked at what the dive and surf industries do for cold-water adventures and we pushed our manufacturing team for new ways to glue, stitch and tape. Along with our THERMAL Cap, Socks and Gloves we’re excited to push the limits of cold water swimming with our THERMAL line of gear.”
blueseventy’s CEO, John Duquette, added, “I couldn’t be more excited about the launch of the THERMAL HELIX. This is a project we’ve been working on for a few years and the path that it took from idea to market personifies our brands philosophy of using athletes testing in real world conditions to develop the best possible product.”
Professional triathlete Sara McLarty wore the THERMAL HELIX at last year’s Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon where the swim is held in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. Sara said, “The THERMAL HELIX made a huge difference in the temperature of my core and extremities while swimming in water below 55 degrees. Just like the other HELIX models, it maintained it’s flexibility, comfortable fit, and buoyancy in all the right places.” Sara exited the swim as the first female.
The THERMAL HELIX is available now at select blueseventy retailers and blueseventy.com