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Tri-suits: 14 of the best reviewed, tested & rated

Need a comfy and fast tri-suit to match your triathlon needs this season? We test and rate 14 of the best tri-suits on the market. The first 7 are vested, while the last 7 are sleeved



Heart Sports impressed with their debut tri-suit and, although the look is radically different, their new suit also has subtle changes in the construction. A shortened collar lessens the chance of the zip rubbing on your wetsuit collar, and the sleeve cuffs are firmer to stop them rolling up. The large pad is suitable for long-course racing but trouble-free on the run. They say they’ve made a ‘better material choice’, which has led to a price increase, but we found it no different than their previous suit. In terms of looks, the design is our favourite here.

Verdict: This small British brand continue to impress 86% (Awarded Cutting Edge title out of the sleeved tri-suits)



 Seen here in a team limited edition, Blueseventy have redesigned the TX2000 after a hiatus in 2016. The short sleeved suit is the same RRP as the vested version, offering value for money and a racey, aero appearance. The chamois cuts down on bulk but offers plenty of padding, and the suit is close fitting but true to size. Bobble leg grippers wouldn’t be our choice but they caused no irritation, and Coldblack tech prevents sunburn. The side-loading pockets take getting used to, but there’s room for gels in each. And the price won’t break the bank either.

Verdict: A top quality, good value performance suit 91%



For the price tag, we expected quality construction from Z3r0d’s Ultimate TT Suit; but a breakage after minimal use revealed the white back panel is crudely stuck on, and we’d expect far better for the money. Dimpled fabric on the sleeves purportedly provides an aero advantage, but there’s little sun protection. The bottom half of the suit is fine until you get to the plastic race number cover; while a novel idea we didn’t feel it made a difference when using with a race belt, although it provides some shield from the wind if you’re pinning a number on for a cycling time trial. 

Verdict: Innovative, but too many shortcomings 55%



 We’re huge fans of Zoot’s Ultra Aero suit, so expected great things from the 2017 version. While this broad tester usually has to size up in skinsuits, we found the Ultra Tri Aero to be unusually loose, especially on the arm and leg grippers that didn’t really grip at all; bodybuilders aside, the arms and legs would be loose on any triathlete. Elsewhere the padding is just right, and the three pockets on the back provide plenty of space for provisions. There’s lots of venting, and during a long ride in warm temperatures the UPF50+ protected us from burning.

verdict Leg and arm grippers aren’t quite grippy enough 74%

Continue reading our guide to the best tri-suits of 2017 (4/4)


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