Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the difference between the Maverick Pro and the Maverick Elite?
There are 2 bigger differences as well as a number of smaller differences. There are also a lot of similarities. The 2 bigger differences are:
- Shoulder flexibility - The Pro has slightly greater shoulder flexibility due to the use of #40 neoprene in the upper portion of the suit, vs. #39 in the Elite. #40 stretches to 620% before breaking, and #39 stretches to 520%, so there is a slight difference in feel. However, the Elite is still extremely flexible compared to competitors due to our unique panel construction and the use of an ultrastretch liner with 1.5mm thickness throughout the chest, upper back, shoulders, armpit, and arms. Brandon Marsh won the 2013 IM Mt. Tremblant swim in the Maverick Elite, because we didn't have a Pro suit in his size at that time, and he said the Elite was great and didn't offer any noticeable shoulder restriction.
- Centerline buoyancy (RS2) - The Pro has more accentuated centerline buoyancy to enable side-to-side rotation. Both suits have 5mm centerline buoyancy panels; however, the Pro also has 1.5mm rotational speed stripes (RS2) running the length of the hips and legs, while the Elite only has centerline buoyancy in the chest and torso, with uniform thickness in the hips and legs. These panels help your suit get out of your way so you're not "fighting your suit," and the result is more powerful and more efficient rotation.
- Smaller differences include: a more forgiving fit on the upper end of each size range in the Pro, a different forearm catch panel construction, some minor material differences in less mobility-sensitive areas of the suit, and graphics.
- For more details, see the "Product Details" and "Tech Specs" tabs on the Maverick Pro and Maverick Elite product pages.
Q: What are the key similarities between the Maverick Elite and the Maverick Pro?
- The Elite shares a lot of the same DNA with the Pro. Commonalities between the suits include a similar ultrastretch liner in the upper areas of the suit (most flexible liner available), 1.5mm neoprene in the upper portion of the suit, centerline buoyancy in the chest and torso, a 1.5mm / 3mm / 5mm top-to-bottom buoyancy profile to put your body in the fastest body position possible in the water, quick-release ankle panels, and a relative increase in rigidity in the core for added stability. Both suits are made to the same manufacturing standards and have the same warranty
Q: Should I get a fullsuit or sleeveless wetsuit?
- For most athletes in most conditions, a fullsuit wetsuit will be a little faster than a sleeveless. However, there may be some tradeoffs in terms of body temperature management for warm weather races. These temperature tradeoffs will vary from person to person, but in general, for warm summer races, we recommend a sleeveless for wetsuit legal races of 70.3 distance or longer when the water temp is in the 72-76 °F (22-24.5 °C) range.
- Several athletes that in the past have categorically ruled out fullsuits because of shoulder fatigue have told us that ours is the first fullsuit they can wear.
Q: What size should I wear?
- If you are in the middle of a size range on our size chart, this should be easy. If you're between sizes, it depends how you like your suit to fit. Overall, more than 80% of our exchanges are for a larger size, but pros and elite amateurs are more likely to size down to a smaller size. A rule of thumb is that unless you are sure you want your suit to fit very tightly, size up if you are between sizes. Note that even in cases where our suits fit very tightly and some compression in the chest is noticeable, they still allow near perfect shoulder flexibility.
- Note also that you probably will have a hard time zipping up a suit that is the right size for you. This doesn't mean it's the wrong size! Once you have the suit zipped up and you hop in the water, it should loosen up. We highly recommend that you swim in your suit before making a final decision on fit.
- Of course, if you don't like your fit once you have had a chance to swim in the suit, we'll take an exchange if it is within our 30-day return policy window.
Q: Can I still return/exchange my suit if I have swum in it?
- Yes, it is expected that you'll swim in it before making a final decision on fit. We have a 30 day money-back guarantee on our suits.
Q: What is the difference between the SIM Pro and the SIM Elite?
There are 2 main differences:
- The Pro is an exact copy of our Maverick Pro Fullsuit pattern, while the Elite is a copy of our Elite pattern. The Pro uses slightly more flexible material and a slightly nicer liner. Because of this, when an athlete is between sizes we recommend that they size down if they are getting the SIM Pro and size up if they are getting the SIM Elite.
- The Pro has rotational speed stripes (RS2), or centerline buoyancy, to help the suit get out of your way for side-to-side rotation in the water.
- For more details, see the "Product Details" and "Tech Specs" tabs on the SIM Pro and SIM Elite product pages.
Q: Can I wear the SIM in a race?
- The SIM is considered by USAT rules to be the same as a wetsuit. Therefore, you may wear the SIM in a race where wetsuits are permitted, but you may not wear it in a non-wetsuit race.
Q: What is the difference between the Viper Pro and the Viper Elite?
- Functionally, the main differences between the Viper Pro and Elite are that the Pro uses two stretch woven fabrics while the Elite uses a single knit fabrics. The stretch woven material in the Pro is light, more durable, has more natural compression. We purposefully added extra compression in the legs of the Pro to help you in those non-wetsuit swims, where a little extra kick is needed. The suits have different feels to them, but they have the same hydrophobic Teflon® coating and bonded seam construction with hidden reinforcement, so both suits are very low drag and very fast.
- For more details, see the "Product Details" and "Tech Specs" tabs on the Viper Pro and Viper Elite product pages.
Q: How can I unzip my Viper without a lanyard?
- The zipper on your Viper is a YKK auto-locking zipper. Flip it down, and it will lock in place. Flip it up and you can simply pull the material apart at the shoulders without even touching the zipper. This eliminates the need for a lanyard, which causes extra drag and has a risk of being pulled on by another athlete in crowded water.