The Axena is a project that has taken over 12 months of refinement, working with athletes across the globe and finally we are so happy with our product we have aligned with one of the most discerning and amazing athletes of the modern female triathlon scene. Caroline Steffen, also known as 'Xena' to her colleagues and friends, has found what she believes to be her perfect wetsuit.
We have taken the NBR composite -39 X-O skeleton™ and wrapped the thighs and hips to deliver increased buoyancy and improved body alignment. Combined with the exclusive Bicep-Release™ and Calf Release™.
There is in our opinion no other suit on the market for the combination of 3mm upper body flexibility which is un-matched in the industry, and 5mm composite materials, that we have tested to be signiï¬?cantly more buoyant than any other neoprene on the market and we have the test data to prove this.
X-O Skeleton for improved buoyancy in thighs and hips
Over reach panel to reduce cross-over and maintain stroke efficiency
Bicep Release™ for improved arm extension
Calf Release™ giving the Achilles and calf muscle freedom of movement
3mm exclusive upper body neoprene for comfort, stroke efficiency and un-matched flexibility
Breakaway Zipper, the quickest in Triathlon.
Unique combination of lining materials
X-O-Skeleton: Researched with Huub Toussaint and Swim Smooth, the X-O-Skeleton is the spine and support structure of the suit holding the core of the swimmer straight and aligned in the water. Many swimmers increase their drag and lose efficiency by fish-tailing their hips side to side as they swim, the X-O-Skeleton supports the swimmer and allows them to cut through the water arrow-straight and encourages good body roll for a more efficient stroke.
Bicep Release: To assist in developing a high elbow catch for great arm stoke propulsion. A concept developed by Swim Smooth in Perth Australia, these panels allow the bicep to expand naturally as the elbow is bent, dramatically reducing the restriction of the suit. The result is near-zero arm fatigue and an improved bent-elbow catch and pull-through under water.
Crossover Alignment: Up to 70% of swimmers cross-over the center line in front of their head when they swim, losing propulsion and causing them to snake through the water. What was developed is a unique over-reach system which restricts the crossing over movement and helps pull the lead arm straight. This is another feature of our suits that actually improves your stroke technique as you swim.
Calf Release: Huub Toussaint specified a new Achilles-friendly calf release system. This super flexible calf area of the suit creates less pressure on the calf and Achilles, and gives more range of movement. The result is a more efficient kick technique with less risk of cramping.
Breakaway Zipper: This zipper is the best design in the market with a super-fast exit with one-pull release. You can also zip-up without assistance.