Determined to be different, Roka has always been a unique part of the wetsuit market. Our readers voted the company as the wetsuit brand of the year.
December 20, 2016 | GEAR|
Author >Kevin MackinnonSwipe me
It was a close vote - European standout Sailfish was only a few percentage points behind in your voting, but in the end you made the call - TriathlonWorld.com's wetsuit brand of the year for 2016 is Roka,
Rob Canales and Kurt Spenser, a pair of former collegiate swimmers, signed up for their first half event about a decade ago and quickly decided they could build a better wetsuit than the ones they found on the market.
They started creating and testing wetsuits on themselves, pros and other age group athletes and eventually came up with the "Maverick." One of the pro athletes they took a lot of advice from in those early days was a notoriously weak swimmer who was looking for all the help he could get in the water - Jesse Thomas. That was then - now there are four different versions of the Maverick - the top of the line X, the pro and the elite (which are both available as sleeveless) and the comp. The company prides itself with its attention to detail when it comes to both the design and manufacture of its suits. (Oh, and Thomas might not lead the way out of the water, but his multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 wins speak volumes to his success with Roka gear!)
Designed to put athletes in the fastest position possible, all the Roka wetsuits use 100 percent Yamomoto premium neoprene and have premium liners for optimal stretch, comfort and low water absorption. The suits all use a premium YKK zipper and are handmade glue and blindstitched suits. All the suits also have a unique low profile design and quick release ankle panels, which have no-doubt helped with their popularity on swim starts around the world.