Free San­remo Short Sleeve Suit

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

Castelli

$280 When it comes to de­sign­ing clothes Castelli starts with the pro ath­letes they work with. The find out what they want, make it for them, then have them pro­vide feed­back to per­fect the prod­uct. The Free San­remo suit is an ex­am­ple of just how well that process works. The pros wanted com­fort­able and fast. The suit went through rig­or­ous wind tun­nel test­ing to en­sure it met the “fast” re­quire­ment. The Speed­f­reak ven­ti­lated race fab­ric on the front pro­vides lots of breatha­bil­ity, while the Ve­loc­ity mesh back pro­vides both speed and com­fort. The In­stadry Speed fab­ric used on the lower part of the suit is both fast in the wa­ter be­cause it re­pels wa­ter, but is also ex­tremely com­fort­able. The Giro Air leg grip­pers pre­vent the suit from rid­ing up your quads dur­ing the bike or run, while the Kiss Tri chamois pro­vides lots of com­fort on the bike but isn’t thick enough to bother you while run­ning. The front, over­lap de­sign with a full YKK zip­per makes it easy to take a na­ture break along the way and there are two small pock­ets that are both aero- and hy­droop­ti­mized so you can carry some nu­tri­tion without hav­ing to worry about com­pro­mis­ing per­for­mance. The San­remo lives up to the pros ex­pec­ta­tions and will do the same for you.

Garneau Course Lgneer Tri Skin

$400 Lionel San­ders has been rip­ping up 70.3 and full-dis­tance cour­ses wear­ing this suit, which lays claim to the fastest ever Iron­man time thanks to San­ders’s record-set­ting per­for­mance in Ari­zona last year. De­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Al­phaman­tis, the aero­dy­nam­ics ex­perts, the Lgneer Tri Skin is de­signed to pro­vide aero ben­e­fits – their test­ing says it will save a sec­ond per km. Four dif­fer­ent types of fab­rics are used in the suit to pro­vide op­ti­mal breatha­bil­ity while also en­sur­ing ex­cel­lent aero- and hy­dro-dy­namic ben­e­fits. The lower part of the suit uses Lgneer fab­ric, which con­sists of three dif­fer­ent com­pres­sion zones to im­prove blood flow and pro­vide lots of sup­port. There’s a quick-dry­ing Tri Elite chamois that pro­vides just enough sup­port on the bike without com­pro­mis­ing com­fort dur­ing the run. The full-length zip and in­ner flap means you can make a “pit stop” with ease while the two rear pock­ets are per­fect for stor­ing some nu­tri­tion for the bike and run. The Lgneer suit looks as good as it per­forms, too.

Pearl Izumi Elite Pur­suit Tri Oc­tane Suit

$280 Us­ing the Elite Trans­fer In-r-cool fab­ric with cold­black tech­nol­ogy, the Pur­suit Tri Oc­tane suit of­fers ex­cel­lent cool­ing and sun pro­tec­tion. You’re sure to go fast on the bike thanks to the Aero fab­ric used on the back pan­els of the suit. The Ly­cra Sport fab­ric used in the In-r-cool tech­nol­ogy pro­vides com­fort­able sup­port where needed to op­ti­mize per­for­mance. The spe­cial Mer­row stitch con­struc­tion used, along with the 15-inch zip­per and elas­tic sil­i­cone leg grip­pers, en­sure a com­fort­able fit. The quick-dry chamois is per­fect for the bike and com­fort­able on the run. There’s two en­ve­lope pock­ets on the back that won’t slow you down in the wa­ter, but are easy to ac­cess once you’re bik­ing or run­ning.

Zoot Ul­tra Tri Aero Skin­suit

$240 Stylish, fast and com­fort­able, Zoot con­tin­ues its long tra­di­tion in the sport (the com­pany started in Kona in the ’80s) with this high­per­form­ing aero suit. Us­ing Car­bon fab­ric, which is de­signed to re­duce heat buildup and pro­vide ex­cel­lent mois­ture-wick­ing prop­er­ties to keep you com­fort­able through long ef­forts. The suit is very form-fit­ting and of­fers lots of aero prop­er­ties, but re­mains ex­tremely com­fort­able whether you’re bik­ing or run­ning, in part thanks to the Seam­link stitch con­struc­tion that min­i­mizes chaf­ing and stretches with the fab­ric. The TT spe­cific Car­bon Chamois has 8 mm of foam padding in the front and 3 mm in the rear – it’s one of the most com­fort­able in our tests and won’t bother you dur­ing the run. The com­fort­able grip­pers keep both the arms and legs down through­out any ef­fort. There’s a 12-inch zip­per and three back pock­ets for nu­tri­tion stor­age. The Ul­tra Tri Aero will no doubt be a pop­u­lar suit at races of all dis­tances through­out the sea­son.—km

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