Best Tri Suits Review 2012
We review 15 of 2012’s best one-piece tri suits from budget buys to sleek supersuits
This suit from Canadian company Louis Garneau is fantastically comfortable, with wide bands of thin, laser cut fabric on the legs and shoulders keeping the suit in place without chafing seams. In the water, it topped all other suits speed-wise apart from the ZeroD, its comfort allowing an unrestricted stroke while supporting in all the right places. It also shed quickly after swimming, its Tri Elite chamois draining nicely and despite being thin, remaining very comfy. There was no aero sapping flappiness on the bike, with the large but enveloped pockets minimising drag and maximising storage, while the 43cm zip adds additional cooling if the mesh panels aren’t enough. Running was also sublimely comfortable and supportive with no hint of chafing.
A comfy suit with fantastic performance and plenty of practicality too.
Triathlon Plus Gold Award, issue 40
If the shape of the oSuit looks familiar, it’s because you will have seen it on some top ITU athletes. ZeroD say their special Water Weapon Wear woven fabric gives better freedom of movement and hydrodynamics and that was borne out in our test; it’s the best suit we swam in. The women’s suit is especially good, with an open racer back and thin straps helping give complete freedom of movement. Long legs and smooth seams keep it drag free and slippery in the water. All of that of course makes a great cycling and running suit too; it’s really cool and breathable, and there’s nothing to rub on the run. The pad is perfect for Olympic distance and could see you round a 70.3. Only lack of support (the women’s version just has a liner in the chest) and pockets limit its versatility.
A high-end suit at a high-end price, but if you are racing short and fast this is the one for you.
Triathlon Plus Peak Performer Award, issue 40
This mid-range suit from Blueseventy has a slim, pro-style fit with a Coldblack finish designed to reflect infrared heat. In the water, the suit felt quick but a little too compressive across the chest, making it tricky to get a full breath at times, so be sure to try it on before buying to get sizing right. The TX2000 held a fair amount of water on exiting the pool but dried off quite quickly on the bike. Here, the pad was superb – comfy and buzz reducing – but the long legs, which come almost to the knees and are backed by small rubber grippers, occasionally rubbed the back of the knee. The enveloped rear pockets, complete with reflective trim, were aero and held gels well while running. The suit regulated heat well and the lack of horizontal seams across the belly kept things comfy.
A solidly performing suit but the long legs and tight chest mean trying on is essential.
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