Australia-based water sports apparel company Zhik has redefined the traditional hiking wetsuit with its latest range addition, the Microfleece Hiker.
Considered by the brand to be “versatile for all conditions for Olympic level dinghy sailing”, the Microfleece Hiker combines a 3D body-mapped panel design with a 1-millimetre thermal neoprene, four-way stretch material and integrated hiking support.
This design direction ensures a wetsuit that’s warm, comfortable and incredibly manoeuvrable – making it ideal for both upwind and downwind sailing.
The impact zone behind the thigh features built-in hiking pads provides an ergonomic fit with a slim profile, complemented by the fibreglass and a 500 Denier Cordura lining that ensures longevity and durability.
Zhiktex II abrasion resistant panelling on the seat and knees adds to these notions of durability and stretch. In addition, the quick-drying inner fleece lining and a high stretch, non-irritating flatlock seams provide further strength and insulation.
“[The Microfleece Hiker is] versatile enough to sail in any conditions, which makes them a great all-rounder,” says Australia’s Tokyo 2020 Laser class representative, Matt Wearn, who has reported as testing the new wetsuit.
“The adjustable shoulder straps make them extremely comfortable.”
Available from Unisex M–XXL, the Microfleece Hiker is currently AU$369.95 RRP.
Founded in 2004, Zhik is a global leader in yachting performance apparel. Based in Australia, the brand is the official supplier to the Australian, New Zealand, Danish and Singaporean sailing teams.