13 Jul 2012
( 4.5/5 )
The Torquay from Australian swimwear specialist Zoggs is a legsuit designed for general swimming and water-based activities such as aquagym. It has an internal shelf bra, a racer back, and is made from Zogg's proprietary chlorine-resistant fabric, CR25TM, which the firm claims offers 25 times longer life than conventional nylon/lycra swimwear. It also offers UPF50 sun protection for those who do their swimming outside.
I ordered the Torquay to give me extra coverage in the pool and for aquagym, and was attracted to it mainly by the very small back gap (there are many legsuits that give excellent front coverage but are then very exposed at the back). I also like a racer back for its complete freedom of movement.
On arrival, it proved to be a very sturdy garment. The fabric is quite thick and comparatively unstretchy and it's important to get the right size - I chose a 12, which is a nice snug fit. The colour is a very dark navy, almost black, which suits me fine, as I'd really wanted a black one but it wasn't available in my size.
The sturdiness of Zoggs suits appeals to those who do activities such as wild swimming and kayaking, where a thinner suit would take a hammering, but I just wore it for general swimming at the pool and still found it very comfortable - I felt very 'dressed' in it. I hadn't tried a legsuit before, and was unsure what to expect, but it's very nice and secure - you can bend and stretch every which way and nothing feels like it's going to fall out. I feel very happy about having this much coverage in the pool, and also warmer, as my local pool tends to be pretty chilly.
The legs rode up a little in the water, at least at the inner thigh (rather than the outer thigh), but not to any great extent.
My Torquay cost $41 including international postage from Wiggle.
Wiggle quotes in dollar prices, although it is a UK company, and also quotes ex-VAT. It offers free shipping but charges a handling fee that costs more than I've paid for shipping from other vendors. Nevertheless, my suit worked out at about £28 including shipping, which is a pretty good bargain.