Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION GEAR -

THE SEARCH FOR the lat­est edge has led many in the pro ranks to hit wind­tun­nels and aero test labs to find the sleek­est ap­parel. Tests are show­ing that you can get dra­matic im­prove­ments in your swim and bike times with just the right suit – a fast aero suit has be­come a “must-have” for those at the top of the sport right now.

But just be­cause one suit works for one ath­lete doesn’t mean it’ll be the best op­tion for an­other. And then there’s the com­fort fac­tor – even a “short” triathlon is go­ing to have you in your suit for at least a half hour and you can be in it for a good por­tion of a day if you’re do­ing a full-dis­tance event. (Al­though many choose to change into dif­fer­ent clothes for the run, but even then you’re in your suit for six to 10 hours.)

Part of that aero per­for­mance has been seen with sleeved suits, which have be­come con­sid­er­ably more pop­u­lar of late. (You also get the ben­e­fit of more pro­tec­tion from the sun, too.) With all that in mind we had a look at some of the new suits on tap for 2018 from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Huub DS Long Course Triathlon Suit

Huub DS Long Course Triathlon Suit

$350 The DS stands for Dave Scott, who’s six Kona ti­tles give him just a bit of long-dis­tance knowl­edge on the triathlon front. Huub has used that knowl­edge to de­velop an in­cred­i­bly breath­able suit that re­flects the sun’s rays and of­fers some im­pres­sive aero char­ac­ter­is­tics, too. It all starts with mesh pan­els along the back of the suit to help keep you cool, while the Cold­black tech­nol­ogy in the fab­ric helps deal with the beat­ing sun. There’s a long zip at the front that makes it both com­fort­able and easy for na­ture breaks. The short sleeves help with aero­dy­nam­ics on the bike and use com­pres­sion to pro­vide sup­port around the bi­cep mus­cles both while swim­ming and on the bike. A newly de­signed chamois of­fers just the right amount of pad­ding on the bike and free move­ment for the run and has been moved slightly for­ward to take ad­van­tage of the shorter sad­dles that are be­com­ing pop­u­lar on triathlon bikes. Aero per­for­mance is en­hanced thanks to the seam free arm and leg open­ing and the cov­ered rear pock­ets.

Jack­roo Elite Triathlon Top/Comp Pro Triathlon Short Pearl Izumi Se­lect Pur­suit Trisuit

2XU Com­pres­sion Sleeved Trisuit

Elite Triathlon Top/ Comp Pro Triathlon Short

FROM $68, TOP; FROM $93, SHORT You can create your own cus­tom suit at Jack­roo and don’t have to com­pro­mise at all in terms of per­for­mance and com­fort. We chose to look at the Elite Triathlon Top and Comp Pro Triathlon Short, which are a great combo for the triathlete look­ing for a suit that is both good look­ing and per­forms well, too. The Elite Tri Top uses Jack­roo’s AirStream Ital­ian fab­ric that helps keep you cool while pro­vid­ing an ex­tremely com­fort­able and aero fit. There’s a ¾ zip­per so you can cus­tom­ize your own ven­ti­la­tion and two rear pock­ets for stor­age. The Comp Pro short uses com­pres­sive Ital­ian fab­rics that dry quickly after the swim, flat­lock-stitched seams and Swiss-made grip­pers on the legs for a com­fort­able, per­for­mance-ori­ented fit. The draw­string at the waist al­lows you to dial in a com­fort­able fit while the Su­per-Tri Chamois pro­vides just the right amount of sup­port for the bike and ease of move­ment for the run.

Pearl Izumi Se­lect Pur­suit Trisuit

$130 Whether you’re go­ing long or fly­ing through a sprint, the Se­lect Pur­suit Trisuit is a vi­able op­tion thanks to Pearl Izumi’s Se­lect trans­fer dry fab­ric which of­fers ex­cel­lent com­pres­sion and cool­ing prop­er­ties. The flat­lock seams keep you com­fort­able while do­ing all three sports and there’s a 10" zip­per for easy ac­cess and some ad­di­tional vent­ing on su­per-hot days. There’s a new quick-dry chamois so you won’t have to worry about be­ing wet all the way through the bike. The sil­i­cone leg grip­pers at the end of the 8.5" in­seam are both com­fort­able and en­sure the leg ma­te­rial won’t bunch up on you dur­ing train­ing and rac­ing. There’s an easy­ac­cess rear pocket for stor­age

2XU Com­pres­sion Sleeved Trisuit

$275 As the name sug­gests, there’s lots of mus­cle sup­port and sta­bi­liza­tion built into the ma­te­rial of the 2XU Com­pres­sion Sleeved Trisuit, so you’re sure to get the most out of your mus­cles over the long haul. The sleeves and dim­pled air­flow tech­nol­ogy in the fab­ric help with aero­dy­nam­ics, as do the spe­cially de­signed Ki­netic Speed pan­els which of­fer ad­di­tional com­pres­sion. The spe­cially con­structed ma­te­rial help keep you cool while the Elite LD Chamois of­fers ex­cel­lent ven­ti­la­tion, com­fort and sup­port.—KM

Castelli All Out Speed Suit

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