Zhik changed the face of wetsuit design when they introduced their first Superwarm® range just over ten years ago. For 2018, Zhik have introduced two levels of Superwarm wetsuit offering sailors a choice of features and insulation over a wider range of budgets and will be on show for the first time in the UK at the RYA Dinghy Show (03-04 March, Alexandra Palace, London).
Top of the line, the Zhik Superwarm® X is the latest generation suit, and offers maximum warmth, flexibility and durability. It means you can keep sailing in cold climates in a more lightweight all-weather wetsuit.
As the name says, it will keep you ‘super-warm’ with a mere 3-2mm of Zhik’s latest 100% water repellent, super-stretch neoprene, which is so flexible it feels like a second skin. Its hydrophobic outer shell deflects spray and water, minimising windchill and keeping the warmth in. Right next to your skin is the super-soft, fast drying HydroBase® thermal fleece developed from Zhik’s baselayer technology.
3D body mapping
Designed using 3D body mapping for the best anatomical fit, new features include a utility leg pocket, and the use of multiple panel thicknesses across the body to maximise movement, flexibility and warmth in key areas. The seams in lower half of of the Superwarm X skiff suits are glued, blind stitched and seam-taped to prevent water entry, while the upper body is glued and blind stitched for improved flexibility. New internal ZiBand®s are cleverly positioned to reduce water entry up the legs and sleeves. Although technically a wetsuit, the Superwarm X works more like a close fitting drysuit for you to keep the water out.
Superwarm X also features Zhik’s patented Loo Rip™ opening, which is strategically placed to allow easy comfort breaks. It’s also designed to prevent cold water entering the suit unexpectedly! Zhiktex® II abrasive resistant panels on the seat and legs offer the highest abrasion resistance with maximum stretch.
Available in a Skiff Suit and Top; Mens size XS-XXL and Women’s size XS-XL. RRP: Superwarm® X Skiff Suit €299.00 / £255.00; Superwarm® X Top €225.00 / £192.00
Winter warmth and flexibility
The all-new Superwarm® V wetsuits are ideal for sailors wanting warmth and flexibility for all-purpose sailing all at a lower price point. Attractively styled, the V range comprises a Steamer, Skiff Suit and Top in the same 3D design as the Superwarm® X. As with the X range, Zhiktex® II reinforced panels to protect the seat and knee from abrasion. The V ranges uses a 3-2mm neoprene providing exceptional warmth, and the targeted stretch panelling in the upper body aids comfort and flexibility.
The clean design of the Superwarm V offers dinghy sailors of all levels the advantages Zhik’s combination of flexibility and warmth from lightweight fabrics, and has the added advantage that they can use it for other activities such as SUP, windsurfing and kayaking.
Available in Skiff Suit, Top and Steamer; Mens size SX-XXL and Womens size XS-XL
RRP: Superwarm® V Skiff Suit €219.00 / £185.00; Superwarm® V Top €149.00 / £129.00; Superwarm® V Steamer €319.95 / £275.00
Complete the picture with the Superwarm accessories. Using the same 3mm high stretch, warm and flexible neoprene, the Superwarm headband, Gloves and Socks are designed to keep out the cold, and enable you to retain your feel and dexterity. All with glued and blind stitched seams, and fast drying soft fleece inner, the gloves also feature a reinforced high grip palm and ergonomic fit.
RRP: Superwarm Headband €14.50 / £12.50, Socks €55.00 / £44.50 and Gloves €59.00 / £48.00.
See the Superwarm X and V on the Zhik Stand (F16); also on Force 4 Chandlery (B66), Pinnell & Bax (A10 / B48) and the Sailing Chandlery (F14) at the show.
For more information about Zhik visit: www.zhik.com #MadeForWater
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This story is from the RYA.