What is a Tri Suit?

What exactly is a Tri Suit?

A Triathlon Suit is a specialised piece of athletic apparel designed for use in triathlons. Here are the key features and functions of a tri suit:

  1. Designs: Most Tri Suits are one-piece, though two-piece options are also available. The one-piece design reduces drag and the number of seams, which can cause chafing.
  2. Types: A short course tri suit is usually a sleeveless design, ideal for shorter triathlon races such as sprint and Olympic distance. A long course tri suit usually has sleeves and is ideal for longer distance such as 70.3 and full Ironman’s. Short course tri suits are optimised for speed, flexibility, and minimalism, catering to the needs of shorter, faster races. Long course tri suits prioritise comfort, durability, and support, catering to the endurance and extended requirements of long-distance events.

Sleeve vs No Sleeve:

Long- Course Triathlon Suits have sleeves for the following reasons:

  • Additional sun protection – this is crucial for the long races, where athletes are exposed to the sun for extended periods of time.
  • Aerodynamics – Sleeved suits can offer better aerodynamics and reduce drag and improve efficiency on the bike.
  • Temperature Regulation – Sleeves can help regulate the body temperature by providing a layer of protection in both the sun and the wind.
  • Muscle Support and Compression – Sleeves over an additional muscle support and compression for the arms and the shoulders. This can help reduce muscle fatigue and improve blood circulation, which is beneficial during long endurance events.

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  1. Material: Made from lightweight, quick-drying, and breathable materials, such as lycra, or polyester blends. This ensures comfort and efficiency in all three sports.
  2. Aerodynamic: The suit is designed to fit snugly to reduce drag in the water and wind resistance during cycling and running.
  3. Chamois Pad: Contains a thin, quick-drying chamois pad in the crotch area. It provides cushioning for the cycling segment without being bulky or uncomfortable during the swim and run.
  4. Pockets: Often includes small pockets for carrying nutrition, such as energy gels or bars, during the race.
  5. Zippers: Includes a zipper for ventilation and ease of putting on and taking off.
  6. UV Protection: Offers UV protection to guard against sunburn during the race.
  7. Seam Placement: Seams are strategically placed to minimize chafing and maximize comfort.

Tri suits are essential for triathletes as they allow for seamless transitions between swimming, cycling, and running, improving overall performance and comfort during the race.




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