Triathlon Clothing: The Best Two Piece Tri Suits
“What are some of the best Triathlon clothing in the market today? Read on to find out!”
We’ve reviewed 12 of the best two piece tri suits to find out which will keep you comfortable in your next triathlon.
Foor Men’s Zip Top and Tri Shorts
This may not be the most stylish or high-tech suit we’ve ever tested but it just about gets the job done. It’s all made from the same robust material that’s not especially quick drying or light. The vest top has two food pockets that you can access easily from the side, but they’re too loose, and one of our gels fell out during a run. The shorts have a nice padded insert, which is thin and dense and takes the bite out of most saddles. It also means you can run freely without feeling like you’re wearing a nappy. However, our tester thought the seams were a bit too rough and could rub during a long race. If you’re not racing too far, though, the price is brilliant for a full set of separates.
Bargain tri separates that will see you through most shorter races.
Blueseventy Performance Tri Top and Shorts
Blueseventy have been producing fast swim skins for a while, but this is part of their first range of ‘proper’ tri-suits, which also includes the high-end Distance line. It’s a great start with soft, mid-compression fabric that keeps drag to a minimum. Flat, deep grippers on the legs and bottom of the tank don’t dig in, although we found the top tends to slide up when running. The women’s tank has a croptop made from soft and quick-drying fabric, with a chestband that didn’t chafe. A generous pocket on the back of the shorts and three open pockets on the top mean you can stash plenty of gels. One quibble: we’d like a bit more padding in the shorts than the microfleece chamois here, though there’s always the Distance line.
Great-value kit that feels high-quality but could use a thicker chamois.
Zone 3 Aquaflo Tri Top and Shorts
The material on this Zone3 suit is designed to help water flow quickly over it, with less resistance than other materials. This makes it a decent option for pool-based triathlons or open-water races where the water’s too warm for a wetsuit, although a one-piece suit (which Zone3 also make in the same fabric) may be a wiser bet. It’s a soft, comfortable suit that would be well-suited to longer races. It doesn’t dry especially quickly, and it weighs more than many of the other suits here, but it’s built to last and doesn’t rub. The zips are all backed with smooth material and the stitching in the shorts is so soft that you can’t even feel it. The fuel pockets aren’t the best though. There are two in the vest, but they’re shallow and they gape open.
Some brilliant technical features for the price, just needs better pockets.
Trigirl Radience Top and Champion Tri Shorts
The top and shorts are both made from Revolutional material, which is chlorine resistant and offers some UV protection. It’s really light and soft fabric, but we could notice some of the seams during longer bike and run sessions. Mesh panels on the legs and down the back were effective at keeping the heat off. Two thin silicone bands keep each leg in place without being annoying, but we felt the top could do with some grip to stop it riding up on the run (it wasn’t a problem on the bike as the shorts have a classic bike cut with high back). A zip pocket on the shorts, two deep, elasticated pockets on the top and a really good chamois make this set a good Ironman choice. Another good feature is the built-in Powermesh bra which comes in A/B or C/D cup sizes.
Well-fitting women’s kit that’s good for long-distance racing.
Pearl Izumi Elite Tri Top and Inr Cool Shorts
If comfort is your highest priority, check out this Pearl Izumi two-piece. It’s not the lightest set we tested, but the materials are so soft and well-made that it’s a joy to wear. The back of the vest has a super-soft mesh that’s airy and cool, while the rest of the top is made from Elite Transfer fabric that’s silky to the touch. We couldn’t confirm the aerodynamic properties of the dimpled fabric on the shoulders (in fact the more relaxed fit on our tester probably made it less aero for us) but that didn’t bother us. Even the rear pockets are brilliant – deep enough to store gels, with snug flaps to keep them shut. The quality continues into the shorts, made from InR Cool fabric, which sucks moisture away from your skin and disperses it over the finer yarns on the outside to cool you down. They have flat laser-cut seams and a wide, soft pad. We’d recommend this to anyone.
A fantastically comfortable, techy tri-suit, good for training as well as racing.
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