On Test: Tri Suits

Posted: 27 November 2009
by Alison Hamlett and Steven Seaton

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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Speed Suit, £129.99

They say: Constructed with lightweight, aerodynamic and friction-reducing materials, the P.R.O. Speed Suit gets you to the finish line in record time. P.R.O. Transfer Gloss fabric is half the thickness of other swim fabrics and is chlorine-proof. P.R.O. Molten Silver fabric with titanium for thermal regulation is highly breathable and provides water buoyancy. The P.R.O. Direct-Vent mesh’s hydrophilic treatment performs for the life of the garment, dries fast and produces low wind and water drag. The quick-dry chamois is antibacterial and thermal regulation is generated from active carbon yarns and silver ions. Available in men’s sizes S-XL and women’s XS-L.

We say: This suit features unusual but effective fabrics. The wide mesh back and smaller mesh sides breathe well, while the  peculiar rubberised side panels slide easily apart from a damp wetsuit. Once our tester was on the bike, the fabric felt dry again almost immediately. The suit is a snug fit around the chest and low-cut under the arms. One small pocket immediately above the backside, with a small stretchy strap, is big enough for a bar or gel.

Contact www.pearlizumi.com

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"We say" taken from previous Santini section and Ironman totally incorrect
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 11:36

"I listen" removed from the older Lemond department and Outlas almost positive
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 11:48

Posted: 09/01/2010 at 13:08

Thats what I thought JD, but then I thought, hang on, maybe its a kind or jibbish game and fancied my chances

Doesnt kind of make any sense?
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 16:05


we say 10 is 9

Posted: 09/01/2010 at 16:16

and 12 is rubish
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 16:17

some of the "we say" reviews have been repeated, I think the OP is pointing that out.
Posted: 09/01/2010 at 16:21

Sorry, I thought this was a serious forum for triathletes, clearly I was wrong.
Posted: 31/07/2010 at 21:57

So Meldy, what do you recommend....

Not particularly qualified as I am a chap but I would suggest the bust support would be more in the sports bra than in the tri-suit....after that I'm not sure there is much difference whther you are a beginner or a more expereinced athlete....

Others may know better......

...and Claire....chill....he was being (apparently) funny......

Posted: 01/08/2010 at 11:00


Claire, Mrs74 liked the Craft tri stuff, although at RRP then you'll not get one for £35.  However, it should be coming up for sales season over there now, and so you may get lucky.  I beleive she used her normal triumph something or other (white with red bits) running bra under her tri suit as it's designed for sporty stuff so is quick drying. 

Posted: 01/08/2010 at 11:09

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