Review: CEP tri skinsuit
Comfy tri-suit with lofty claims, but comes at a top-end price
CEP might be a new brand, but its parent company Medi has been around for years and employs nearly 2,000 people worldwide, designing and manufacturing compression-wear for the medical industry.
Instead of preventing embolisms though, this is all about performance, with that compression purporting to improve circulation and reduce muscle soreness by restricting oscillation.
Anecdotally it’s near-impossible to (dis)prove those claims, though six sizing options give you the best chance for a custom fit – a vital factor in the compression equation.
That said, history suggests compression-wear comes into its own around the more vulnerable calf area, with many a post-race week soothed due to cradled gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, so the jury’s out on its upper-body and thigh benefits here.
What is quantifiable is comfort, which is impressive, that 79% nylon/21% elastane mix meaning it flows with you, not against. The chamois is also comfy without being bulky, though the relatively tight two rear pockets are a squeeze for all but the smallest of gels.