We review French firm ZeroD’s astonishing top-end ZeroD Vflex wetsuit.

ZeroD Vflex

ZeroD Vflex

ZeroD’s top-end Vanguard Flex (Vflex) is as technically advanced a wetsuit as we’ve ever tested: super stretchy 1.5mm Yamamoto #40 neoprene around the arms and shoulders; full nano SCS coating for hydrodynamics; aerated neoprene from chest to thighs for buoyancy; tricep catch panels; reverse, easy-out zip; and stretchy ankle cuffs for quick removal. Although we’re normally quite sceptical of catch panels, the VFlex’s Water Grip Panel – striated neoprene blades on the forearm – really did have a noticeable effect against the water, feeling a bit like a small paddle, presumably thanks to its quoted 22.22% increase in forearm surface area. We’re less convinced about the need for the catch panel Water Claws on the shins but these certainly did no harm. Exceptionally comfortable and flexible, the Vflex felt very fast through the water and was effortless to swim in.

Fantastic features, performance and comfort but at a steep price.

Performance 5/5
Value 3/5
Overall 4/5

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