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Reviews Maru MX2 Xtra

Maru MX2 Xtra

A striking design from the UK brand and one that divided opinion in the 220 office. Aesthetics aside, though, it was by far the best-fitting suit on test, with perfect coverage for the 34 tested.

The only fiddly bit being the crossover straps at the back, which took a few minutes to adjust. Pleasingly, Maru has gone for a “50% thickness reduction compared to standard textile fabric” to make it “feel like a second skin”. And we can attest that it does just that… until you get in the water and the straps start rubbing your actual skin raw.

We’d been dubious about that flatlocked stitching and unfortunately those doubts were realised, leaving us with red shoulders after just 200m. Another drawback is the in-yer-face logo slap bang in the middle of the chest. Not only did it cheapen the suit, but it also cracked during the initial wear for the photo shoot.

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.