On Test: Tri Suits

Posted: 27 November 2009
by Alison Hamlett and Steven Seaton

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Novice triathletes soon realise that the best way to save time in transition is to limit kit changes. You need kit you can wear under your wetsuit for the swim, that offers protection and support for the bike leg and doesn’t encumber you on the run. In other words, a one-piece tri suit.

You might be alarmed at the idea of covering yourself from knee to shoulder in skintight Lycra, but it’s a step to consider if you’re serious about triathlon. The advantages of a quick-drying, multi-purpose item of clothing will soon outweigh your aesthetic concerns.

Different models trumpet specific materials and features, but the basics are broadly the same. The suits are sleeveless and extend at least to mid-thigh, they have a thin, integrated support pad for protection on the bike leg and they are all made from either Lycra or elasticated polyester that is both quick-drying and wicks well.

Where you’ll find differences is in the design and cut of the suit, the position and length of the zip, the presence of rear storage pockets and of course, the price. Here’s a selection of the products on the market.

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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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