ROKA Maverick MX Review | Maverick X and Maverick Comp Comparison | Triathlon Wetsuit for Beginners

ROKA Maverick MX Review | Maverick X and Maverick Comp Comparison | Triathlon Wetsuit for Beginners


– More in Trainiacs,
very exciting day here. In my hot little hands. I have the Roca Maverick MX wetsuit. And the idea behind this, this
is their brand new wetsuit, that for those beginner athletes that want more buoyancy than the outright entry level wetsuit and they want some of the
flexibility in the shoulders, but still be at that more
entry level price point, not the super eight, 9, 11
hundred dollar price point. This Roca Maverick MX is what
they’ve designed this for so it has 20% more buoyancy
than the entry level wetsuit and the same arms up technology as a super expensive wetsuit. So what we’re gonna do, is we’re gonna do an hour
and 15 minutes swim here in the swim spa. We’re gonna do a chunk of
it in the Roca Maverick MX, we are going to do a
chunk of it in the entry level Roca Comp and then
we are going to do a… Don’t tell Roca I did this. Do a swim with the unreleased 2020 version of the Roca Maverick X to compare mid range, to entry
level, to top of the line. (bright upbeat music) Alright trainiacs, let’s get
into the Roca Maverick MX, Roca’s new wetsuit now full disclosure Roca is a sponsor of this channel and of teamtrainiac.com where the athletes who train
with us on teamtrainiac.com, can get some pretty sweet
discounts that Roca provides them but they do not tell me
what to say in these videos. Besides, we just want
your honest subjective opinion on your first impressions
of the Roca Maverick MX, thank you. But because they know
the specs of the wetsuit, why not just let them have 60 seconds to explain like the sales pitch of why this MX was designed the way it was. – Hey, Taren, what’s up, man? First of , just send a positive vibes hoping that you and everybody
out there able to stay healthy and stay smart and adapt
to all the crazy challenges that are going on right now. Can’t wait to get back out on a racecourse or in some open water with you guys soon. And then on the Maverick MX, you know, we always think that it’s
really important that anything that we uncover
anything that we design for the top end of our line, that
we try to bring that down and design that into the entry level suit, We really want the first time athlete or the athletes that are just
starting out in the sport to have a really, really
awesome experience. And so as we were going through
the process on the X two, we said how can we bring some
of these design breakthrough some of these changes that we’re making at the top of the line on the x two, and apply those to the entry
level suit to the Comp. And that ended up becoming the Maverick MX or the Max buoyancy suit. And so, you know, we
have the arms up design that we started and pioneered
in the original Maverick x that we’ve now brought down across the entire Maverick lineup of wetsuits. And so the maverick MX
leverages that arms up design, but increases the buoyancy,
you know, across the board from wrist to ankle on that suit. I hope that you’re able to jump in the, jump in the pool and the pain cave there. And check these things out and looking forward to
hearing what you think. Thanks so much, man. We’ll talk soon peace. – Alright, so my personal take on the MX is that it’s much more similar
to the $350 entry level Maverick Comp than it
is, the $950 Maverick X or the $750 Maverick Pro. I have a special place in my heart for that Roca Maverick Pro
that was the very first wetsuit that I ever reviewed on this channel. It was the OG wetsuit,
that put Roca on the map and this suit has a lot
of the same benefits that that Maverick Pro did that basically revolutionized
Triathlon wetsuits, we’re gonna get into those features. So the price point of this is $495. That makes it a little bit
higher than a lot of the absolute entry level wetsuits that are just one strict fitness of neoprene without any features. This has a lot more features, it has more of those features
that you would expect from a higher end wetsuit, but with a slightly higher price point. So because it has that higher
price point than the Comp or other total entry level wetsuits, you do have to start
thinking like does it work? Does it do what it’s supposed to do? And is that going to be money well spent. Well, yeah, like, in
my experience in there, it certainly has more
buoyancy than the Comp popped me up on the water. And I was instantly floated up to the top a lot easier than what the Comp and it has just a little bit
more stability in the core from wiggling side to
side, then the Comp does now those are both
really important things. If you can be up in the water, you’re gonna have a lot less drag. If you’re not as wiggly in the water, you’re gonna be more stable,
you’re gonna go faster because you have less side to side drag. So I was popped up in the
water more than the Comp that makes sense because this has 20% more buoyancy than the Comp. The buoyancy is fairly similar, however, to the X and the Pro,
where both of those suits gets you higher up in the water. Whereas with this suit, the
buoyancy is kind of all over it’s lower body, it’s upper body, so your whole body comes up. Whereas with the X and the
pro, it’s more in your legs. So that gets your back
end higher up in the water so that you’re more streamlined. This is more just like
buoyancy across the board get you up, get you
comfortable on top of the water so you don’t feel like you’re sinking. Now like I said the core in here is slightly more stable
than that entry level Comp but its not nearly as stable as that high end Roca Maverick X, that X is completely
designed with the stripes in the back here of the wetsuit to keep your body from going like this. This doesn’t have that so there is still a little bit of side to
side wiggling in this, the shoulders have that
same arms up technology that Roca is really well known for. It’s very similar to the Comp however, I didn’t notice a really big difference in the shoulder flexibility between this and entry level wetsuit, but I did notice that this
wasn’t nearly as flexible as the X or the Pro both of those wetsuits are about as close to swimming
with total shoulder freedom. It’s similar to swimming in a pool. That’s why Kurt and Rob
the founders of Roca actually founded Roca,
because they were ex swimmers and they wanted that
complete shoulder mobility that they didn’t get any other wetsuit. This doesn’t quite have that same shoulder mobility from the Pro and the X. Of all three wetsuits, this one was by far the warmest because to get that extra buoyancy, they need a little bit thicker
neoprene in certain areas. In addition to that, because
of that thicker neoprene, it’s gonna last a lot longer
than the Pro and the X both of those real high level suits and frankly, all high level suits that ended up having really
thin shoulder material to allow for that shoulder mobility. They tend not to last as long they’re designed for
performance, not for durability. This is built like a tank, even just getting it on the first time I was like holy smokes, this
is really tough neoprene, so I didn’t have to worry about not digging my fingernails and
not pulling things too much. I could yank this around
and get it on fairly easily because it was just tougher and it’s gonna last a lot longer. Now related to that when
you get into transition one, and it’s time to get off the wetsuit, it’s not gonna come off nearly as well as those high end wetsuits, it’s gonna be more similar to the Comp. When I got out of here, I tried to do a little mini transition, see if I could kick off my feet. And I wasn’t able to really
do it in this or the Comp, but I was able to do it in the X because the ankle cops in this are really, really quite thick. Whereas in the X again, it’s
designed for performance. This is designed to be a tank to get you up on top of the water at
that entry level price point. As far as like just the features go, it’s got all the same features
of all the Roko wetsuits, it’s got that center line panel with a little bit thinner
material on the side to help you rotate side to side, it’s got a really nice
comfy inner on here, the liner on the inside
is really very nice. So all you need is just a little bit of body glide
in the rugby areas, and you’re not gonna
experience any chafing and it has the same nano
coating technology to help you get through the water. But the question is with this MX, who should buy it, and
really should you buy it? Is it a good buy? Well, one thing that I’ll say is that Roka is certainly getting to
the point with their wetsuits that it’s hard to distinguish
who should buy what, with four different wetsuits
from Comp, to now MX, to Pro, to X and only one to
$200 in between each of them. It’s getting a little bit less
clear who buys which wetsuit. Now if you’re a pretty good swimmer, and you’re looking to just
rip the fastest race possible, and money isn’t a concern, the
Maverick X is what you want. And the reason for that, is
that this is nice and buoyant. And this has inside these strips, (intense upbeat music) these strips inside to keep
your core really stable. Now, if you are an
athlete who is potentially looking at saving a little bit of money and you have a history of swimming, so you don’t need that core stability, then you can certainly consider the Pro, save yourself a little bit of money and probably get a lot
of the same performance. But the decision between this new MX and the original entry level Comp, that’s a much harder decision about which one you should go between. Is this a good wetsuit? Yes. Is this a good wetsuit? Yes. Which one should you get, if you are a more
beginner focused athlete? That’s a tougher question. I’d used this in training because it’s a good wetsuit at $350. I will use this in training
because it’s a good wetsuit that is better at $495. Is it worth that extra price point? Well, it depends who you are. If you’re racing in slightly colder water, you’re gonna wanna veer
towards the MX wetsuit because it does have
that thicker neoprene, so it’s going to keep you a lot warmer, leaving you a lot fresher
by the end of the swim because the cold takes a lot
of energy out of our body. So in that case, you’re
gonna wanna look at the Mx if you’re a fairly sinky swimmer, like if you just feel like your legs sink and you want that extra buoyancy to help pop you up on top of the water, give you a little bit of extra comfort, little bit of extra confidence. Maybe it’s your first race and you are scared of the open water, you probably gonna wanna go to the Mx because it does have that significantly higher amount of buoyancy than the Comp. But here’s the one thing about this MX that I would probably caution you on is that at the current price
tag of launch price is $495. It’s only $30 less than
the Roka Maverick Pro. when that Maverick Pro is on
sale typically for around $525. This and the Roka Maverick pro have very similar buoyancy features. But the Roka Maverick Pro has much more flexibility
in the shoulders. So you’re gonna get a lot of the buoyancy in the Roca Maverick pro
that you’d get with this for just $30 more and
you’re gonna be kind of like future proofing your swimming because this is so entry level focus. Once you start getting more
confidence in open water, you’re gonna want that
shoulder flexibility from the Roca Maverick Pro, but let’s say that $525 is
just too steep for price tag or the $495 is too steep for price tag. Here’s what I would recommend if you’re looking for
that additional buoyancy, but you don’t think you
need the Roca Maverick pro or that cost is getting
just a little too high. I think that this is
a really good wetsuit, if you can get it for a little bit cheaper than the current $495. Now, it’s going to take a little while for that price to regularly come down. But if you go to
roca.comforward/taren right now, and you put in your email address, you can get a discount on this. So then all of a sudden, the
difference in cost between this and the Pro is more significant and then it becomes an easier decision. Which one do you go with? Well, this is a good wetsuit and if the price of this gets down closer to the price of the Roca Maverick Comp, then by all means go with this because you’re gonna have more buoyancy, you’re still gonna have
shoulder flexibility, you’re gonna have a little bit
more stability in the core, and you can race in cooler water, in my opinion, you’re just
gonna have to wait until it’s at a little bit more
attractive price point. So go to roca.comforward/taren cash in on whatever discounts they’ve got because we’re always
just kind of changing up what the discounts are
@roca.comforward/taren and thank you to Roca for continuing to be an awesome sponsor of this channel and team trainiac. I’m gonna do some open water
training in that wetsuit. If you aren’t already subscribed
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