Of all the suits in Kiwami's lineup, the Kaiman was the one we most looked forward to reviewing. On paper, it looks like a great suit; it has a great cut, it's very pleasing aesthetically, and it has ample pockets for storage. We wanted to love it, and the suit didn't disappoint. It's a great suit for any distance tri, and if we were to choose just one suit to own, this would be it.
An All-Purpose Suit
The first thing we noticed about the Kaiman is its lack of a waistline. Instead of putting a horizontal seam where your waist would be, Kiwami puts the seam up near the middle of the torso. And it isn't exactly horizontal; it comes up at a peak whose apex sits roughly at the solarplexus. Taking the seam off of the waistline provides more comfort through your core. We have always noticed the seams that occur at the waistline of other suits, but didn't notice the Kaiman's torso seam. Less compression on your core improves breathing, and also makes for a unique design aesthetic that we definitely liked.
The Kaiman sports a whopping six pockets: there are two at the back, one on each leg, and two at the ribs. These last two are a notable addition that we haven't seen on other suits. They'd be great for a last-minute decision to grab a gel during an aid station, if your other pockets are full, but we wouldn't use them for primary storage. The other pockets are similar to the pockets on traditional trisuits, and function as you'd expect.
If there's one thing we'd like to see, it'd be this exact suit, but made of the amazing fabric of Kiwami's own Amphibian. But overall, we love the suit. In fact, we liked it so much, we decided to get one for ourselves. This will be our primary race suit going forward. Whether you're buying your first trisuit, or your tenth, definitely check out the Kaiman.