Gear Pick: Trigirl Olympus Tri Suit

Trigirl Olympus Tri Suit, £98

Alison says: “Cross the finish line in style!” exhort the folk at Tri Girl, who have been making women’s-specific triathlon apparel since 2006. This is a big ask after you’ve been dunked in water, broiled on the bike and steamed on the run, but the good-looking Olympus Tri Suit will certainly help.

A new style for 2012, the Olympus covers the basics well, featuring everything you’d expect to find in a mid-range tri suit: quick-drying compression fabric, a thin women’s-specific chamois, secure silicone leg grippers and flat-locked seams to prevent chafing.

There are several thoughtful extras too: subtle reflective details both front and back, a generous mesh panel on the back to promote cooling, and a small hidden waist-level back pocket, big enough for a couple of gels or a packet of sweets. The suit also comes with a separate crop top, which you can choose to wear when you race or replace with your favourite sports bra.

I particularly liked the high cut around the shoulders on this suit, and the flattering coloured side panels (think Kate-Winslet curves in that Stella McCartney dress).

The Olympus comes in small, medium and large, and is available in black/blue and black/pink.

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