Castelli Free Sanremo SS tri-suit
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Review: Castelli Free Sanremo SS tri-suit

A tad restrictive in the shoulders, but still a neat suit

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This is Castelli’s Free Sanremo tri-suit with sleeves. Castelli say that the sleeves save nine watts on the bike at 40 km/h, a claim which we definitely can’t corroborate, but if you prefer sleeved to sleeveless, this will set you back just £10 more than the sleeveless version. 

Being Castelli, fit is excellent, while the Kriss Tri pad provides plenty of saddle comfort. However, the sleeves make it feel more like a speed suit than a tri-suit, and despite the good fit it can’t help but feel more restrictive around the shoulders.

But the open jersey-style front is a neat – and very welcome in the summer heat – idea. Having the pockets on the side makes them easier to access than those in a bike jersey and they hold a decent amount despite the openings being quite small.

Overall, it’s a really nice suit, and sleeve length will come down to personal preference. You may well save nine watts with this one, but being comfortable will benefit you far more – so choose carefully.

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Patrick B

Just finished Ironman Mallorca is this suit and absolutely loved it. It managed to stay comfortable for 12 hours and keep me cool on the bike and the run. Only issue I had was that I couldn't swim in it as it was too warm for wetsuits and you aren't allowed covered shoulders in Ironman events for some reason so had to swim in trunks and change in T1. Great suit though.

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