Triathlon clothing for size 26 plus

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18/04/2014 at 14:08

Hi I am new to this forum and as my forum name suggests I am no longer a newbie to triathlon but am now a triathlete having completed my first spring distance on Mother's Day this year in 2hours 35mins and 34 secs. I am in training currently to do another sprint distance tri, The Leicester Flashman, on the 18th May followed by an Aquathlon on the 22nd June.

Having been bitten by the Tri bug I am finding it disheartening to find no suitable tri clothing for size 26 plus - in fact it annoys me that the manufacturers assume everyone who does this type of sport is skinny the largest possible size being 16-18 if I am wrong please enlighten me.

We larger people are constantly being encouraged to exercise yet when we find something we enjoy we cannot find the gear to fit. I am trying to lose weight - trying being the operative - yet still want to feel comfortable in the right clothing while I am trying.

Sorry for the rant but its a big bug bear of mine at the moment.

18/04/2014 at 14:24

They do up to 3 or 4xl - I have assumed you are a female - sorry if I was wrong!  

18/04/2014 at 14:34

Hi SuckitupButtercup yes you are correct in assuming I am female,

Thanks for the link you posted- are they uk based? 


18/04/2014 at 14:55

No!  See this page

US companies are usually OK to deal with... but just do some checking out to see if you can find some (genuine) reviews. To be sure it's not one of the few that are a scam.

18/04/2014 at 15:46

Team Estrogen is legit but if you know someone in the states you could get it sent to them and it forwarded on.  I will check to see if there are some UK companies around

18/04/2014 at 15:53
Thanks much appreciated.unfortunately i dont know anyone in the us.
18/04/2014 at 15:56

TBH the only companies I can see that do bigger sizes are American ones - have you considered looking at men's sizing if you can't get hold of girls ones?

iron fraggle    pirate
18/04/2014 at 17:52

I can vouch for Team Estrogen - get loads of stuff from there, but do have the advantage of Mr Frag being in the states regularly with work, otherwise you may get stung with import tax.


and as KK said - well done for your first Tri

iron fraggle    pirate
18/04/2014 at 17:53

and I should add - I like the Shebeest and Terry stuff 

18/04/2014 at 20:41

There is a bit of a campaign going on in Twitter land today about running gear for the bigger people...under the #kitthatfits.

19/04/2014 at 09:28

This is something I have always struggled with. Spent most of my time originally in men's sports clothing. Triathlon is even worse. It seems that anyone over a 16 can certainly not do sport. Many years ago it was a size 14 cut off. That was an XXL! 

I manage to find bottoms now but still struggle with tops. My main problem is wetsuits. I have skinny arms and legs but big boobs. They cut off my breathing but hang off my legs and arms! Much fun


19/04/2014 at 10:32
MrsD - when you say ' they cut off my breathing but hang off my legs and arms', are you talking about wetsuits or your boobs.
19/04/2014 at 10:59

Probably a bit of both  

19/04/2014 at 11:01

Which is a point, you at 32 any time soon? 

iron fraggle    pirate
19/04/2014 at 11:05

Mrs Digger - the best wetsuit to cope with boobage is a made to measure one from Snugg 

19/04/2014 at 13:25

It sucks for you, but look at it from the sports equipment producers. You rarely see someone size 26+ doing triathlon, so they won't sell many clothes, so it is unprofitable, so why would they do it?

The leicester flashman seems to be a pool swim, so you don't really need any tri specific clothing. Do the swim in a normal swim suit, then throw shorts and t-shirt over the top at T1. Sorted.

You can then buy Tri specific clothing when you've lost the weight you want to lose. That way you don't have to buy kit twice as well.

Edited: 19/04/2014 at 13:26
19/04/2014 at 21:55

Ok, so you don't seem to realise that part of the joy of losing weight IS buying new kit... It's like a reward! 

Perhaps people need to think outside of the 'Daily Mail' box. At my last triathlon there were ladies and gents of all shapes and sizes. Surely availability might actually encourage and make acceptable. 

19/04/2014 at 21:56

Oo, thanks Fraggle. Will have a gander 

Doner Kebab    pirate
20/04/2014 at 10:03

the point Try to athlon was making is that if a company made up to size 26 the company would have to make x amount of all the sizes in between, and the stores would have to stock them, reallistically a store isnt going to risk buying in stock that it probably wont shift or even if it sold half it would still lose money. its a simple supply and demand and economies of scale problem. I doubt anyone here goes to work and expects to lose money from doing it. Its possible to lose a stone a month so its not as though you need to be in make do kit for years

20/04/2014 at 15:08

I was not criticising Try to Athlon's point. I understand entirely what was being said and on a business level agree completely. Just saying that my perspective is that I like buying new kit as a reward and that I wish there was less scrutiny of the 'SIZE' of women in sport. Then maybe more would participate. 

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