“What are some of the best triathlon suits for men? Read below to find out!”
The triathlon is considered by many (including myself) to be one of the most complete and pure competitions on the planet. Swimming, cycling and then running, it takes everything you’ve got just to finish, let alone place well. It’s exhilarating and something I recommend any athlete try. On the day of the race you don’t want any distractions, so I recommend you find a great tri suit for men to help keep you mobile, streamlined and in top racing form at all times.
The triathlon suit is a specialized piece of clothing that allows you to compete in all three of the stages of the race, and it’s intended to protect you from the elements without making you too warm or limiting your mobility. There’s a reason that most serious triathletes wear them in their races. There are a wide array of options now, including full body, one piece and two piece suits, and the options can get a bit bewildering.
I’m writing this article to share several of my favorite tri suits for men, in the hopes of helping you make the right choice the first time around. We’ll be looking at three of my top choices, and I’ll go over each one carefully and explain why I feel like it’s a solid product to invest in. We’ll also briefly cover why you should consider a men’s triathlon suit in the first place. Let’s begin.
WHY NOT JUST WEAR A SWIM SUIT OR SPEEDO?
I hear this question often, and I can understand why it might be a bit perplexing why you’d need a specialized suit for running this race. There are a few good reasons, which I will get into shortly. Let me say that men’s triathlon suits are always optional, they are just preferred by most people. It’s the same reason why a cyclist will often opt to wear the spandex shorts and jersey: it makes the activity much more comfortable.
EASIER TO SWIM IN:
A tri suit for men is built to be a lot better for swimming in. The material is very thin and almost fragile, but it’s intended to let you cut through the water with ease. Tri suits increase your hydrodynamics in the water, especially if you have a lot of body hair and aren’t really wanting to shave. With a really good tri suit for men, you should notice a difference in your level of efficiency, and sometimes you’ll even be a bit more buoyant.
CHAFING? WHAT CHAFING?
A major issue with running or cycling in a wet swimsuit is chafing. When moisture and fabric meet, it can often cause it to grab and irritate skin, and it’s a big problem. The advantage of a triathlon suit for men is they have a lot less chafing, and they often make use of a chamois type material that not only increases your comfort, it wicks away moisture to keep you dry. The better suits will use flatlock seams and protect you from zipper rash too, and they’re usually designed to keep the legs from ‘riding up’ as you go.
One of the key reasons why a men’s triathlon suit is the best option is the issue of transitions. When you move from one stage to the next, there is a hectic period of changing clothing and getting your gear ready. If you’re wearing an optimized suit, there’s no need to change clothing at all, and you can just worry about shoes. It can save a few seconds, and those seconds can mean the difference between winning and losing a race.
Pearl Izumi Triathlon Suit for Men
I’m a big fan of most of Pearl Izumi’s product line, and this suit is no different. What I really appreciate about the product is the combination of great features and wearability along with a very reasonable price tag that most racers can afford.
This suit is comprised of mostly nylon, but there’s a significant component of elastene that makes it like a second layer of skin. It also includes chamois elements that keep the suit quick drying and very comfortable as you run. Despite the skin tight nature of the suit, it’s actually very flexible and comfortable and resists chafing with its plush material construction. It breathes fairly well for a suit in this price range.
The legs won’t ride up too much on this suit, and you won’t find the need to do much in the way of adjustment. It dries very quickly and it’s pretty fast to get in and out of. Chlorine resistant material should stand up to prolonged use. Overall it’s a one piece tri suit for men that will suit just about everyone.
Two Piece Men’s Tri Suit by 2XU
Finding a decent two piece option is often a bit more difficult because they aren’t typically sold as a set, so you’ll need to find a good set of shorts and a good top. 2XU is a great company that produces triathlon clothing for a very reasonable price point.
The Comp series is meant for anyone who wants to be competitive and undistracted during a race. Let’s start with the top. It’s constructed of nylon and elastene and it’s form fitted for greater aerodynamics and comfort. The stitching is ‘flat lock’ and it’s mostly done externally, limiting any seams that could cause chafing or discomfort as you move. It’s covered in vent panels and dries extremely quickly, and there’s a good freedom of movement.
The shorts are very comfortable and with 20% elastene construction they will compress your leg nicely for a bit of support while you run. They are quick drying and feature chamois components that increase your comfort level. They grip well and shouldn’t ride up much while you run.
Both the top and bottom feature some small pockets for race day essentials, keys or whatever you need to hang on to.
These pieces will tend to run a bit on the small side, so you may want to go up a step in size. Their exchange policy is great, so if it doesn’t fit you aren’t stuck.
Louis Garneau Full Body Triathlon Suit for Men
Looking for something a little more professional? Louis Garneau is another of my preferred brands, particularly in the realm of cycling. They usually run pretty high in price so I’m surprised to see such a nice tri suit for such a low cost. This suit is one of the best choices, especially if you’ve been burned in the past by poor quality construction.
The comfort level is really high, and the construction is all flatlock seams and flexible materials. There is a flexible mesh under the arms and in the crotch, and the front zipper comes with a protective inner panel to prevent any zipper rash.
Unlike other suits that make use of silicone nibs to grip your legs, this suit uses an elastic band that really compresses your leg muscles, which I personally love. The legs won’t ride up much and overall the suit should fit like a glove. You’ll experience a high freedom of movement, and high abrasion areas are protected with a chamois material that is soft and wicks away moisture from your body.
Like many tri suits, this one runs a little bit small. Available in a few different colors and sizing configurations. If you want a further step up, consider the Elite Course suit by Louis Garneau is excellent, though it’s a lot pricier at nearly double the cost of this item. More at 3 Great Tri Suits For Men | My Favorites and Why