Girls Run the World founder, Rachael Woolston has worn a lot of tri-suits while racing in 70.3 and Ironman events. Here she gives her verdict on TRI-FIT Geo from Aussie brand, TRI-FIT
I’ve worn all sorts of Tri-suits while training and racing for events, from two piece separates to one piece, from six inch length shorts to 10 inch (sadly, I have to say the GB Age group kit was the MOST uncomfortable and unflattering!).
From first impressions, the TRI-FIT GEO Edition Black looks amazing in the box and it is super flattering. I’m 5ft 7 inches and a size 10-12 and a medium was the perfect fit for me.
The arms and legs are both longer than I’m used to but it meant no chaffing of the inner thighs on the bike saddle of my TT or road bike. And the chamois was great without being too bulky .
The suit uses what the manufacturers call, Hex Dynamic Compression fabric to optimize aerodynamic performance on the bike, whilst it has individual quick drying and breathable fabrics on the front, back and side panels to regulate body temperature and increase moisture wicking.
I tested it on a colder, wetter day and a hot day, both times It dried out quickly after the swim and kept me cool on the hot day.
The tri-suit also has some nifty performance and comfort enhancing extras. Firstly, silicone strip leg grippers which means the leg and arm hems stay firmly in place (if you get the size wrong, I can imagine these cutting into your arms and legs so do check measurements). But the best addition in the design is a side access aero rear pocket.
These have been created to prevent drag that you get from normal rear pockets. This doesn’t matter usually unless you get a non-wetsuit swim like I did at Ironman Austria! It also makes accessing gels on the run so much easier.
If you have ever done a 70.3 or long distance triathlon (read our guide to how to fit the training in!) you will appreciate how stiff your arms and shoulders get after a 3.8km swim and 180km bike ride. Managing to get your gels out of your pocket requires some effort! But these pockets make accessing your nutrition easy.
I usually like bright tri-suits but there is something about this suit that makes you look really bad ass! It’s comfortable, performs well and looks great too.
Priced at £219, it sits at the top end of the market. But if you’re going to be doing long course triathlon, comfort, peformance and a bit of style is all!
Watch out Ironman Italy 70.3 2022! I’m coming for you!
For more details of the TRI-FIT Geo Black Edition. It also comes in Coral.