This tri suit from Zoot is one of the very best on the market, and great value too. So why were our testers so impressed?

Traithlon Tri Suits: Zoot Tri-Fit 2010£85

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This tri suit arrived too late for our group test in issue 19 of Triathlon Plus, but it was so good that we felt compelled to review it anyway. You can tell that Zoot have really thought about the design from the first moment you put it on. The material is smooth, soft and cool, and we loved the thigh grippers, which are flat so that they rest snugly on your thighs, rather than gripping so tight that they leave a pattern.

Two energy gel pockets are well-positioned on the sides of your hips and are tight enough so they don’t gape open when you swim, or jiggle around as you run. Even the padded insert is one of the best we’ve tested. OK, it’s on the thin side, making it better suited to Olympic distance rather than Ironman, but it’s well-cut, silky smooth and free of any stitching that might irritate your skin.

VERDICT

Comfortable materials and intelligent design combine to make this tri suit a great buy.

Performance 5/5

Value 5/5

Overall 5/5