Want a new tri-suit that looks stylish and has great performance benefits, but don’t want to pay a fortune? Step forward dhb’s new triathlon range.
Famous for producing great cycling and running kit that looks cool and performs well at great prices, dhb have just launched their 2017 range that features the Classic and the Blok, each in sleeveless and short-sleeve versions.
dhb’s design and development team worked with their global partners to build on their well-regarded dhb Active tri-suit to develop new suits for the triathlete competing up to Olympic distance.
Their brief was to produce suits that not only looked good and that athletes would want to wear, but to aid triathletes to perform and train at their optimum in all three disciplines. And all of the demands each puts on the body.
Using inspiration from their Classic and Blok cycling range, the designers have come up with designs featuring bold statement prints. The Classic Tri Suit (£66) uses complementary blocks of colour to produce a visibly vibrant and very stylish suit. Colour palettes available range from a navy and electric blue piece, to a more understated yet equally stylish grey palette. The Blok (£72), meanwhile, has a vibrant patterned top set against complementary colours, and both come with 50+ spf UV protection.
XTRA LIFE LYCRA
It’s key to dhb to source and use the best possible fabrics available. Both suits feature Xtra Life Lycra, which is chlorine and suncream resistant, meaning you can slather on the cream and oil without fearing you might damage the suit and compromise its performance.
The top half of the suits are made from Vita fabric, which is sourced from the Italian company Carvico, who say it boasts greater tensile strength so it won’t snag or pull, and has excellent shape retention to stay comfortable across all three disciplines. The warp knit mesh panel down the back and underarms ensure greater breathability in the areas you really need it.
The bottom half of the suits uses light, breathable Revolutional fabrics. These have moderate compression properties, which will help improving venous return, meaning the blood gets circulated back to the heart and lungs quicker, which in turn aids oxygen flow back to the thighs.
Soggy bottoms are as unwanted here as in baking and no one wants to feel like they are competing in a nappy so it’s important that not only are the fabrics used in the chamois are quick-drying and breathable, but also don’t hamper the run phase.
dhb source their tri-specific chamois from industry leader, Elastic Interface, and is made from a breathable and quick drying laminate fabric for added comfort and protection. The smaller pad is designed to dry help triathletes stay comfortable riding in an aerodynamic position for long periods, yet not get in the way and cause chaffing when athletes are out on the run.
The silicon grippers ensure a secure, yet ultra-comfortable fit around your legs, and other finishing touches include two back pockets perfect for carrying race essentials and a YKK zip with lockable sliders. This allows you to lock it at any level if you need some added ventilation.
The Blok is available as a sleeveless (£72), short-sleeved (£76) and two-piece (£87 total) for both men and women, while the Classic is available in a sleeveless version (£72) for women, and in vested (£66) and short sleeved (£70) and two-piece (£84 total) options for men.
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