Two-Piece Tri-Suit Reviews
While many pros will use a one-piece tri-suit for even and Ironman, many age group competitors prefer a two-piece option for their racing because they are looking for a bit more freedom of movement and find it a bit easier for pit stops along the way.
As you’ll see from our collection of two-piece racing (and training) suits below, it’s not like you need to sacrifice any performance if you choose separate shorts and tops over a one-piece suit. As you’ll see below, apparel companies are putting lots of technology and style into these suits. The only tough part is deciding which set is right for you.
Competitor Collection: Men’s Singlet $64, 9″ Tri Short $74
Even if the lightweight, cool, comfortable and quick-drying material starts to feel too warm, thanks to the 10″ locking zipper you can add some air flow to this snug fitting racing singlet. There’s one easy to access back pocket to store a few small items while training or racing.
Thanks to the extremely comfortable Amp-Pad that provides lots of comfort and protection while you’re riding (but doesn’t get in the way for the other two disciplines in our sport), the Competitor Male Tri Short is a great option for long distance racing. There’s an elastic waist band with a stretchy draw chord and silicone beaded leg grippers to keep things in place. A zippered back pocket has just enough room for some nutrition or a set of keys.
Women’s Performance Tri Short 4″ $70, Performance Hydro Tri Crossback $85
Women’s Performance Tri Short 4 Inch, Performance Hydro Tri Crossback
The crossback styling and performance bra construction of this top makes it a comfortable option for smaller-busted women who don’t want to use any extra support while training and racing. This stylish top is long in the body, providing full coverage. The small side-stash pockets provide room for some gels or bars.
The Performance 4″ Tri short will no-doubt be a popular choice for the stylish younger crowd. The SeamLink stitch construction make these extremely comfortable. Despite the short length there’s still some padding in the form of Zoot’s Integra SBR 1D pad construction and a couple of small hip-holster pockets.
Men’s Comp Tri Singlet $80, Tri Short $90
The coutoured fit of the Comp Tri Short helps support muscles while the stretchy fabric makes this an extremely comfortable choice for tri training and racing. Comfort is enhanced thanks to the adjustable waist band and flatlock seams.
To go along with the Tri short, the Comp Tri Singlet uses SBR Skin X fabric, flatlock seams, a streamline cut and lots of Lycra fibre to create a comfortable, quick-drying singlet.
Women’s TX2000 Tri Short $109, Tri Top Tankini $94
The extremely comfortable tri shorts were very popular with our long-legged reviewers thanks to the length and the comfortable thigh-grip that kept them in place through a variety of activities. The comfortable women’s specific chamois will get you through a swim, bike, run or tri with ease. The UVX fabric provides lots of UV protection and there’s a handy rear pocket for small items.
Like the Tri Short, the Tri Top Tankini uses Blueseventy’s cold black heat transfer technology to keep you cool during hot-weather efforts. There’s a slight bra shelf, a half-zip for easy access, three pockets for storage and a mix of comfortable materials (soft mesh on the back and stylish, but functional, side panels) to make this an extremely comfortable option for races of any distance.
Elite INRCool Tri Short Long $150, Elite Tri SL Jersey $85
Whether you want to race or train in the INRCool Tri Short, you’ll enjoy the cooling and UV protection provided by Pearl Izumi’s InRCool technology. The comfortable chamois is also extremely breathable.
The Tri SL Jersey uses SELECT transfer fabric that also utilizes the INRCool technology to keep you cool and wick moisture away from your body. There are vented panels and a 12″ zipper to enhance the air flow if you want it and two envelope pockets to ensure you’re nutrition or valuables stay put.
Women’s Elite Lazer Tek Sleeveless $130, Elite Lazer Tek Shorts $130
Designed for high performance athletes, the Sleeveless top combines high tech fabrics (a Durable Water Repellant treatment is designed to be water-resistant and anti-absorbant) with body-fitting design to create a stylish top that performs at the highest levels. The dimpled mesh construction helps with aerodynamics and helps wick moisture away from your body, while the Carbon-X Mesh inserts make it even more breathable. It’s extremely comfortable and snug fitting, so you’ll have no excuses on race day for not going fast, but don’t worry about getting in and out of this top easily – there’s a ¾ zip that helps on that front. The two side-angled pockets with flaps are perfect for storing gels.
The stylish LazerTek shorts have a wide thigh band that seems to enhance comfort, which is enhanced by the quick-drying Tri Elite chamois that works equally as well whether you’re swimming, biking or running and has an antibacterial top layer.
Men’s H Fl.Uno_SS Red $180, nS_superLeggera $240
Men’s H Fl.Uno_SS Red, nS_superLeggera
Steve Jobs was always big on creating an “experience” for consumers when they buy and Apple product. Apple’s got nothing on Assos when it comes to packaging, though. Just opening the box to unpack these high-end Swiss cycling shorts and shirt is an experience. Once you get to the shorts and pull them on, you’ll wonder how you ever managed in other shorts before. The six-panel H Fl. Uno SS short uses Assos Type A 360 multidomensional compression spandex and supple leg grippers and the inevitable super-comfortable Assos “insert” – what the rest of us call a chamois – to create an incredibly comfortable short for training rides. (Or races, if you’re doing an Ironman and choose to change into cycling wear for the ride.)
The nS.superLeggera Sleeveless jersey uses a lightweight fabric on the front panel that’s incredibly breathable but manages to provide a bit of a shield from the wind. There’s a full-length zipper and the back of the shirt is even designed not to sag even when any of the three pockets are full. -KM