Yonda Ghost 3 Swimrun Wetsuit
Having worn a lot of swimrun wetsuits over the years and put them to test on some seriously knarly swimrun routes. It felt fitting to try out the Yonda Ghost 3 swimrun wetsuit on a completely new swimrun route around Desborough Island on the River Thames near Weybridge. Teaming up with my coaching partner, Paul MacKenzie we made quite a pair running through bustling streets thronging with café dwellers and swimming past curious tourist boats and the well known Shepperton swimming lake.
Having enjoyed reviewing YONDA open water swimming wetsuits before, I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.
As someone who is 5’4’’ on a good day and wears a size 10, I opted for a size small which felt snug but comfortable. I think a size medium would have worked just as well but so much about fit depends on personal preference.
Yonda is known for allowing great flexibility of movement and the YONDA Ghost 3 is no different. The neoprene around the shoulders is thin and I found it comfortable over the 3 hours or so we were out. This and the front zip help in removing the suit, known as ‘cabbing down’ over the longer runs but I still needed a little help from Paul, although this is common for many single zip suits.
The Ghost 3 has a lovely large back pocket, again great for stashing soft drinks flasks, gels, gear etc and because of its size it is easy to access with your hand behind your back.
Other great features are the mesh internal pockets again great for storing gels and mandatory equipment. The use of mesh rather than neoprene means that the flexibility of the suit it not compromised.
A whistle is part of the mandatory kit required for most swimruns and it is only when you have had to use one in anger that you appreciate the good quality whistle which has its own pocket on the Ghost 3 suit. It definitely gets attention.
The whole suit is made from smooth neoprene which like many suits is ideal in terms of slipping easily through the water. However, for those swimruns known for rocky scrambles in and out of water, chasing through woodland etc, it would be great to see YONDA develop a suit with a rough, tougher fabric leg section.
The neck seal is smooth and felt very comfortable throughout our adventure.
Overall, a comfortable, well thought out suit and my confidence in YONDA in providing great wetsuits remains.
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Blog written by Tri Wetsuit Hire friend Jude Palmer, Open Water Swimming Coach, Trail Running Coach and all round adventurer. When not on the trails, you will find her in cold water or doing both. Find out more at Run Surrey Hills or follow her on social media @RunSurreyHills