As the only bit of apparel that’s with you for every step of your race, the tri-suit is a fundamental piece of triathlon gear. Here’s our guide to the best tri-suits on the market, whether you’re racing sprint or Ironman, on a budget or looking for aerodynamic gains.
What is a tri-suit?
A tri-suit is a garment specifically designed for racing all three disciplines of triathlon. Made of a similar quick-drying fabric to swimwear, it’s flexible, hydrodynamic and aerodynamic so it can cater for the demands of swimming, cycling and running. It includes a pad/chamois for comfort on the bike leg, but this pad shouldn’t obstruct your final run leg.
What tri-suit should I buy?
As the only piece of triathlon gear that’ll be with you from the starting horn until the finishing chute, the right tri-suit is a key purchase: too tight, baggy, poorly made or slow to dry and you’ll be flirting with a DNF instead of reaching for a personal best.
It also depends on what distance you’re planning to race and whether comfort or speed is your priority, and race conditions. The main options are vested, short-sleeved and those designed especially for Ironman, and there are advantages and disadvantages of each.
See below for more information on choosing the best tri-suit for you.
How are the tri-suits tested and reviewed?
The tri-suits here were all given multiple tests on the swim, bike and run to find the best one. Key factors included breathability, how fast they dried, chafing (or lack of), pocket sizing and accessibility, and the effectiveness of the leg grippers and zippers.
The pad was assessed for how quickly it dried after the swim, its ability to provide comfort on the bike leg and whether the size impacted on the run.
The price, aesthetics, durability and aerodynamics were also considered, as was the versatility of each suit. Many of the Ironman tri-suits were also tested for their aerodynamic abilities at the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub’s wind tunnel.
Best tri and Ironman tri-suits to buy in 2022
- The best short-sleeved tri-suits
- The best vested tri-suits
- The best Ironman tri-suits
- The best two-piece tri-suits
Best short-sleeved tri-suits
Elbow-length suits are equipped for the needs of the modern-day triathlete: shoulders and sleeves help to protect your skin; improved pads aid comfort; and fabrics are designed to be both hydro- and aerodynamic.
On top of all that, manufacturers have thought about the practicalities of getting them on and off and have started getting creative with their designs, producing tri-suits for a variety of distances. Time, then, to take a look at some of the best triathlon short-sleeved tri-suits on the market…
Best short-sleeved tri-suits for men
Orca Athlex Aero Race Suit
We don’t look at the price tags of these suits until after the testing has finished and I figured the dimpled fabrics, superior meshing and breathability of the new Athlex would put it above the £200 barrier.
Happily, it’s well below that. The cooling material composition and sizeable white back panel also lends this one to warmer racing climes.
Those aero dimpled sleeves are the business, while the pad is supportive yet supple on the bike and run, respectfully. The covered rear pockets and stretchy material make this the one for non-wetsuit swims, although the swallow depth of the two rear pockets means that taller gels can dislodge.
Points are also lost for lack of a zipper garage and the relatively basic leg grippers tend to move up and down the legs when cycling, though this is a mild irritation rather than a full-blown catastrophe.
Verdict: A brilliant suit that’s speedy yet supportive and is a good choice
Tri-Fit Evo Next Gen
Tri-Fit’s debut Evo suit was just a couple of tweaks away from near maximum marks when we tested it in 2019 and the acclaim keeps flowing with the Evo Next Gen in 2022.
The suit builds on what made the Evo so good, the combo of Italian and German fabrics providing a silky-smooth internal experience and aerodynamic ribbed outer, with smartly-placed underarm mesh vents and superior leg grippers, adding to the winning composition.
The Next Gen again utilises the floating back pocket trick, which stops the pockets pulling on the suit when loaded, and yet there are swim benefits thanks to the side entry points.
That said, stuffing gels into the stealthy hip pockets in T1 at speed is tricky. The pad is a reliable one and the finishing quality has been improved, but some might want more padding for Ironman. It features a great full-length zipper and garage, though.
Verdict: A classy contender with silky-smooth fabrics and well-crafted tri flourishes
Decathlon’s in-house brands largely score well on these pages for their functional design and affordability, yet Aptonia’s trisuits haven’t yet answered the demands of triathlon racing.
Until now, with the new ShortDistance Trisuit. Neat triathlon touches abound, with a mesh strip along the spine for ventilation, leg pockets for gels, a full-length zip guard and a covered rear pocket for swim gains.
We even felt some compressive properties in the thighs. Of course, there are compromises. We’d prefer more than the single back pocket, the material composition and design can’t compete with Santini et al, and the elastic grippers are pretty limited.
The legs come up quite short as well. Given their quality bike kit, we’d like to see what Decathlon’s Van Rysel brand could do with twice this budget, but this is still a strong beginner suit with a welcome price.
Verdict: A few compromises, but we’d recommend this as a debut tri-suit for beginners
Santini Aahonoui Viper
This Ironman collaboration from top-end Italian brand Santini instantly shows its class, with silky smooth materials and lengthy ribbed sleeves aimed at increasing the aerodynamic prowess.
So far, so expected. It continues to impress in the innovative details, the best being a grippy exterior that runs on the outside of the high-quality and supportive pad to prevent saddle slippage after the swim.
And yet it’s not all good. The lack of a breakaway zipper is an oddity on a suit with Ironman racing intentions in 2022, and the irritable inside of the zipper also tends to graze the skin on the bike and run.
The duo of rear pockets is also a little shallow for securely holding taller energy gels and the leg grippers, although seriously effective, may be a little too tight for those with stockier legs. Stylish design, however.
Verdict: Sleek and stylish, but zipper troubles and a worry and rear pockets are a little shallow
Zoot Elite Triathlon Aero Racesuit
Zoot’s famously bold designs are missing from this sleek pinstripe suit and we miss them. Luckily the Elite has a trick or two up its aero sleeves, with a full-length zipper for speedy toilet stops, Zoot’s reliably smooth Italian fabrics and a sizeable mesh back for warmer climes.
There’s plenty of ribbed ‘Highway Aero’ fabric targeted at maximising any drag reduction, although we haven’t seen any wind tunnel or CfD data and we couldn’t detect recovery gains from the touted compressive fabric.
Those who prefer a plumper pad and are racing longer than Olympic distance may well want a beefier chamois, although the positive is that it’s near invisible on the run.
We’d prefer flatlock internal seams and more than one rear pocket. For all its class, the Elite struggles to justify its price tag.
Verdict: Classy fabrics but there are more versatile and better value suits here
Dhb Aeron Ltd Edition
One look at this limited-edition tri-suit makes you think there’s something a little unique and quirky behind it. So it’s no surprise to find that the design is inspired by one of Britain’s finest long-course triathletes, Joe Skipper.
Joe has been wearing the exact same one in racing. It’s obviously suited to long distance, with a chamois that doesn’t chafe, even after multiple hours in the saddle.
Meanwhile, two rear pockets provide accessible and secure storage. There’s plenty of shoulder flex, and the wide arm and leg grippers mean there’s very little movement on the run.
If there’s one downside it’s that the bottom of the zip rubs slightly, even if there is no pull down through the shoulders. Of all the features that makes this typically Joe, it’s the design – loud and stylish.
Verdict: A striking suit that’s ideal for long distance, but the zip could be improved
Zoot Ltd Tri Aero Tokyo
The Tokyo visual theme may have been extended into 2021, but the LTD Tri Aero from Zoot is still a good all-round tri-suit with little to fault.
It definitely delivers a nod towards longer-distance triathletes thanks to its superior pocket space; the rear pocket is complemented by two tight side pockets on either leg that are perfect for gels and solve the storage issue better than many.
The fit is also reasonable and didn’t inhibit run form, while the SBR 2D pad is agreeable on both the bike and run, including for extended periods.
The Italian Primo fabric is comfortable and breathable, while the technology employed in the suit should result in aerodynamic returns.
The full-length zipper and design appeal of the suit help to deliver a solid all-rounder, which is well-crafted and does a lot of things well, rather than one or two things that are truly outstanding.
Verdict: A high price but great style, and the versatility ensures something for everyone
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Assos Triator SS Speedsuit
Swiss cycling brand Assos has made a bold debut into the premium tri market with the attractive Triator Speedsuit. It’s clear from the chamois that this is a suit designed by people who spend time on bikes, offering a perfect blend of comfort and minimalism for long-distance racing.
The suit itself feels like a second skin, with honeycomb textured arms for enhanced aerodynamics and a scooped neckline which offers zero restriction.
Our only gripe’s the shoulders being set a little too narrow, which caused some tightness on the swim. The ultralight material dries exceptionally fast, with vented sides aiding heat dissipation and a special ice pocket in the neck for cooling during hot racing.
We like the graduated leg compression, offering all day support, and in addition to two rear pockets, the suit has two small pockets hidden inside the front.
Verdict: This suit oozes quality, a real luxury item for those who can afford it
Castelli PR Speed Tri Suit
Castelli’s gone all in on aerodynamics, so much so the PR Speed would be illegal in a cycling event. In practice, this means the wind-tunnel-tested design has elbow-length striped silicone arms which aim to reduce drag on the bike.
Ultra-thin 50 denier fabric on the upper body means the fabric is quite literally barely there. This gives maximum cooling, but we’d question its sun protection capabilities.
Despite offering great shoulder flexibility, the upper body is on the small side, with the neck pulling us down when standing and the jersey-style top spontaneously unzipping on occasions when the zip’s nudged.
The chamois is also minimalist in design, but it still provided comfort and support in testing. Though not marketed as such, the legs feel compressive and supportive even on tired legs, and the dual rear pockets provide plenty of room for several gels or bars.
Verdict: A tri-suit for serious racing, with a luxurious feel and ample storage
Huub Her Spirit Long Course Tri Suit
The energetic and fun colour scheme makes you want to get racing just by looking at this suit, the result of a collaboration between Huub and Her Spirit.
Lightweight and flexible, the suit feels like a second skin and provides UV protection for long days in the sun. An open-neck design allows great freedom of movement.
The chamois feels thick and supportive on the bike, but may be larger than ideal when it comes to the run. Despite the leg grippers looking thin, they hold firm and don’t give any unwanted bulging.
Although not littered with aero features, the suit felt slippery in both the air and water. The only negative was the pocket size, with only enough room for two gels in each of the two pockets.
Despite this, as the cheapest suit on test, it wasn’t out of place with those twice the price.
Verdict: A colourful, well-designed tri-suit at an affordable price from a top triathlon brand
Stolen Goat Upstart Tri-Suit
Stolen Goat’s vibrant design is striking, but this tri-suit’s about more than just its looks. ‘Airstripe’ sleeves claim to save eight to 10 watts per arm – the equivalent of a disc wheel – with the close-fitting upper body maximising aerodynamic gains.
Thankfully, the four-way stretch material and the split front design allow full flexibility, meaning that the suit doesn’t feel restrictive despite its slim fit.
The Upstart also offers UV protection, while the breathable fabric kept us cool throughout testing. The two large rear pockets comfortably hold at least four gels each.
Wide grippers stay in place, but as the legs come up shorter than others on test, they sit more in the meaty part of the leg, resulting in tightness and a slight bulging effect.
The Upstart’s available in an impressive seven sizes, so it maybe that sizing up eliminates this issue for those with powerful ‘cyclist’s legs’.
Verdict: Performance, comfort and style come together in a package thats fantastic value for money
With claims that the Aeroforce-X is the world’s fastest tri-suit, Zone3 has worked with Nopinz to produce a suit that aims to perform at a range of speeds for all abilities.
Using ‘golf ball technology’, dimpled sleeves and ‘Aerostripe’ sides, the suit’s designed to maximise aero gains, with lightweight panelling on the back to regulate temperature.
Our sample came up short in the upper body, leaving us feeling restricted around the neck, collarbone, and when on aerobars. While supportive, the chammy finished awkwardly on the leg inseam, causing rubbing against the saddle.
By contrast, the lower body fitted well, with the smooth, soft fabric offering core and leg compression and deep aero pockets providing storage for at least six gels.
The suit ticks many performance boxes, but with only five sizes available, taller athletes may need to look elsewhere.
Verdict: Lots to like and impressive tech, but for the price the chamois needs improving
You may not have come across this tri-specific brand before. In fact, this is Tenola’s first outing in a 220 women’s test, but we did see them in our men’s reviews in 2019.
Made and designed in Great Britain by keen triathletes, we like the credentials of this brand. The Italian fabrics and cold-black treatment were nice to see during a heatwave in the testing period.
This suit did a reasonable job of keeping us cool, with mesh panels under the arms helping too, but we did prefer the more breathable fabric of the Airofin on balance.
Less positively, the design felt quite basic and old-fashioned, and the single-strip sticky leg grippers weren’t that comfy and started to peel away from the fabric early on in testing.
Two slanted rear pockets were adequate for an energy gel each, while the chammy was soft and comfortable, if a little bulky.
Verdict: Needs a few improvements; feels overpriced for what’s on offer here
Huub Commit Long Course
The Commit is Huub’s new range of quality racewear offering value for money for novice triathletes. That said, we were impressed by the features on offer and the reasonable price point.
We’d happily pay an extra £20 over the Tenola suit here to get a more stylish design (that striking aqua blue on a women’s suit is a winner and looks great when on), as well as the lightweight fabrics that dried quickly and a 3D tri-specific pad that was silky and comfortable.
While it didn’t feel as cool as some others, the fabric felt smooth and nice quality, with a breathable mesh insert down the spine and lower back.
Two angled pockets with fold-over tops kept our gels safe. Our size small suit was a touch tight for this size UK10-12 tester, and we did find the leg grippers a touch unflattering, but that’s easily solved by sizing up.
Verdict: A stylish suit from a big brand that performs as well as it looks and is good value
Aptonia Long Distance
Aptonia is Decathlon’s triathlon brand and we were pleasantly surprised to see such an unusual design sitting at the budget-end of this year’s grouptest.
First impressions on the feel and quality were good. We liked the jacket-style suit, the choice of mesh around the arms and the breathable striped back panel, which kept us cool.
A few quirky touches included a pleat in the back for added movement across the shoulders. This was also the only suit on test to offer four pockets – two mesh on the lower back and one on each leg – allowing plenty of space to stash things for long races.
The chammy is a thin, stretchy gel pad which was quick to dry, but a touch more padding might be preferred for full Ironman distance.
Our only real niggle was the laser-cut hems on the shorts, which were a bit sharp on the edges, though those with slimmer thighs might find them okay.
Verdict: A striking suit with some nice features and the least expensive on test!
Kudos to Santini for putting together a suit with a striking design, packed with extra features that the Italian brand claims are designed to help you achieve your ‘fastest bike performance ever’.
This is a bold claim, but we did like the feel of the fresh-touch Artico fabric and the ribbed aero panels on the arms. Overall, the fit on our size medium (size UK10-12 tester) was good, although it did feel a bit short in the body on the run, so we’d be tempted to size up, as is often the case with some of the more top-end ‘race fit’ brands.
The chammy was among the best on test, but although we understood the sentiment, we didn’t really get on with the large grippy area on the crotch, which is designed to help you stick to the bike.
For us, it seemed unnecessarily large and perhaps more suited to time triallists than to triathletes, as it felt odd to run in. Grab yours from Santini.
Verdict:Some great features, but this tech-packed suit did feel quite bike-specific
There are still numerous cases for a vested tri-suit. Firstly, a vested tri-suit will often be cheaper than a sleeved version simply because there’s less of it – it’s easily possible to pick one up new for £50 or less by shopping around online or in specialist shops.
The next consideration is the extra restriction that some triathletes perceive to feel in a short-sleeved suit under a wetsuit.
Even now with super technical tri-suits that are purpose-built to cause minimal swim restriction, some fussy pros are still sceptical and opt to roll theirs down to the waist, before putting it on properly during the run through T1.
Dhb Aeron Sleeveless Tri Suit 2.0
Dhb’s Aeron range regularly punches above its fiscal weight, and the 2.0 proves very hard to fault in its tri capabilities. In the swim the fabrics bead water well, yet the two open rear pockets do cause some underwater drag.
The large mesh panels on the spine and sides are brilliant for breathability, a zipper garage minimises run-leg irritation, while the tacky leg grippers are as good as the lofty competition here.
Despite being billed as ‘suitable for long-distance triathlons’, it’s not something we’d personally want to spend circa 15hrs in due to the moderate pad (almost identical to the Zone3), but those with tougher bottoms and swifter speeds may find solace here.
The pockets can carry a buffet, however, and the suit is already reduced to £85 online, which ramps up the bargain appeal even further.
Verdict: High-quality and smart triathlon touches at a decent price; the Aeron range has done it again
Assos Triator NS Speedsuit
This is the sleeveless version of Assos’ unique Triator SS Speedsuit (reviewed largely positively in issue 402). It loses the integrated ice pockets and, thankfully, the zip that extends worryingly close to the nether regions.
Elsewhere, Assos’s cycling heritage is evident in the supportive, low profile and run-friendly chamois that ticks the long-distance bike-leg boxes.
The highquality fabric beads water on the swim and the cut in the arms ensures a decent range of movement. It’s swift to dry on the bike and the textured material’s targeted at aerodynamics (not that we’ve seen any data).
The two rear pockets are fine for a gel each, but you’ll need a Bento box for more. The leg grippers are minimalist yet effective, but the lack of a zip garage is an odd omission given the mighty price tag.
Verdict: Innovative and ready for Ironman, although the price and lack of zip garage limits appeal
2XU Light Speed Front Zip
As befits an Aussie brand, the Light Speed from 2XU would be my pick here for racing in the heat; the mix of lean materials, Coldblack treatment and perforated panels scoring the midsummer points.
Worth noting is that the chest front panel is seethrough, meaning nipples are on parade. The compressive properties seen in 2XU’s celebrated run tights is evident here in the thighs, although we think it’s time for 2XU to update the slightly-too-tight grippers of the long legs, especially when compared to Assos and Castelli’s contenders.
The small rear pockets, which just about house a small gel each, might not suggest so, but the comfy and cushioned pad, full-length zipper and breathability make this our long-distance pick. Yet the Light Speed will also be at home in any of the tri distances.
Verdict: The most versatile suit here for multi-distance racers, just be prepared to bare!
Castelli SD Team Race Suit
Planning for non-wetsuit sprint races? Then the SD Team, developed with the German Triathlon Federation, is the one for you.
Were it not for the chamois, it could almost double as a swimskin, with a hydrophobic treatment that beads water, no pockets to increase drag (meaning you’ll need a Bento on the bike for gels), and barely a seam to further disrupt the flow of water.
The cut of the arms ensures the maximum range of movement, even if you’ll need swimmer’s shoulders to pull off the look. And out of the water?
It dries swiftly, but it’s later in the bike leg where problems may arise, given the chamois lacks any serious padding – 20km is doable, 40km a push.
The effective, techy silicone grippers are the usual Castelli class, but you’ll need someone to do the suit up for you before you race.
Verdict: Superb on the swim, but lack of padding and pockets reduces longer bike ambitions
Aptonia Short-Distance Sleeveless Trisuit
Aptonia’s short-sleeved Short-Distance Trisuit impressed us last issue and it’s much the same with this wallet-friendly vested version.
Again, there’s a mesh strip along the spine for ventilation, a smart leg pocket for gels, a full-length zip guard, and a solid own-brand chamois that can handle short-course tri without proving bothersome on the run.
That’s the good stuff. We’d like some rear pockets for mid-ride and run fuel included while, understandably for the outlay, the material composition and finish quality of the stitching falls short compared to the rest here.
The elasticated grippers are adequate, and the legs come up quite short, while the other colour schemes on offer – navy/yellow and navy/light blue – are more attractive than this dated black/grey number.
Verdict: A few flaws but recommended for those dipping their toes in tri
Zone3 Aeroforce X Sleeveless
This is the sleeveless and short-course version of Zone3’s feted Aeroforce X tri-suit, a winning, wind-tunnel proven yet comfy contender for iron-distance racing.
The zip’s moved to the rear for non-wetsuit swim gains, while the hydrophobic material and slick covered pockets add to the aquatic appeal.
The textured and ribbed fabric has proven its credentials in 220’s own windtunnel tests, while the lean Elastic Interface pad will suit short-distance bottoms.
The laser-cut ends and tacky grippers of the lengthy legs continue the stellar theme, but a major flaw is that the suit’s nearly impossible to remove due to the zip head repeatedly catching in the full-length guard. Not ideal if you need a pre- or mid-race visit to the loo, and you certainly won’t want to rip it given the price tag.
Verdict: Hydrophobic, aero and comfy, but you may end up wearing it to work the next day!
The ITU logo on the Argento Performance from British brand Yonda gives you a good idea of who it’s for; speedy triathletes who wouldn’t intend to use it for anything above Olympic distance triathlon, and possibly just sprint distance and below for non-elites.
Every second counts so there are no pockets to store snacks here, and the padding is just some thin fleecy material sewn onto the main fabric.
Made in Italy, the suit has Lycra Energy fabric from Cervico that promises UV protection, compression and stretch. Yonda also say the Teflon yarn coating makes this suit fast through the water, particularly useful for elites such as the Scottish national and GB paratriathletes who use it for non-wetsuit swims.
We can vouch for the stretchiness of the fabric, and it’s just as well because our size medium was very close-fitting on this tester and wasn’t quite as comfortable as the other suits on the run.
Flat seams increase comfort, but we found the heavy-duty reverse zipper was a little rough against the skin. The leg grippers are comfortable and fit well around the thighs, and we found the suit breathable on hard run and ride efforts.
Out of all the suits on test, the Argento Performance was indeed the fastest through the water in pool testing, saving us almost as much time as a swimskin would at around 2-3 secs per 100m consistently. For this reason, we can understand why the suit it popular with elites.
Verdict: Minimal yet effective suit for short course racing
Huub’s new Raceline suit has plenty of impressive tech features that we’ve come to expect from the brand in recent years.
High-density chamois with drainage holes, wide leg grippers and two ergonomic pockets that are easy to grab from are some standout features, with lightweight Italian fabrics specced throughout.
Coldblack technology features on the main panels for moisture management, and there are flatlock seams to prevent chafing.
Billed as an aero suit, we found the Raceline offered a fairly relaxed fit, and the legs are on the shorter side, so don’t offer much coverage on the thighs.
The mesh back panel is also minimal, so there’s not much ventilation. But if you mainly race in the UK, that won’t be an issue.
Verdict: Comfortable, technical performance suit that promises some aero advantages
New for 2021, the Activate+ tri-suits from Zone3 have a few upgrades on the entry-level Activate range. Tested here is the range’s Tropical Palm suit, which is aesthetically pleasing without being too loud.
For a medium it’s a relaxed fit, perhaps more relaxed than we expected considering we’re on the larger end of medium! So if you’re in between, check size guides and size down if necessary.
In terms of storage, there’s one rear pocket with room for a couple of gels, which makes the Activate+ less suitable for middle distance and above.
Zone3 have specced their Lycra sport fabric for most of the suit, with a thinner, breathable mesh panel on the back that kept us cool during hard efforts.
Verdict: Stylish and affordable suit that will keep you cool and comfortable in your next race
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Dhb Moda Sleeveless Tri Suit
The Dhb Moda offers an impressive array of tri-specific features for such an affordable price-point. The Moda’s best suited for up to Olympic-distance events due to the relatively small rear pockets which can fit one to two gels.
The smooth polyester/ elastane body is comfy and we liked the back mesh panel to aid breathability. The ‘moderately compressive’ material did sag a bit on the swim and we needed extra support in the chest for run efforts, though the locking YKK zipper and the leg grippers felt secure.
Along with the Huub, the Moda could be a good pick for sunny racing thanks to its claimed UPF rating of 50+.
We like the Moda’s blue polka-dot colourway and style, and while its chamois is one of the thickest on test it didn’t get in the way when running.
Verdict: Has all you need at an affordable price, though lacking the tech of pricier
Fresh from Santini’s new collaboration with Ironman, the Ikaika suit’s designed for long-distance racing performance. It’s certainly one of our favourites designs on test, and the quality construction didn’t disappoint.
Our favourite feature is the ‘second skin look’ of the extra wide honeycomb leg grippers, which stay in place during all disciplines and aren’t too restrictive.
The large double rear pocket with ‘thermo-welded’ top side openings are a similar size to the Tri-Fit, but we found the high positioning a bit tricky to reach around and grab gels from on the run and bike.
Though the fit feels compressive and secure, as well as being fast-drying and feeling hydrodynamic in the water, comfort was affected by a slight down-pulling on the body.
As with most suits on test, those larger than an A cup will need to add their own extra support on the bust. It could be a good move to pair this with a sports bra as the chest part does become semi-transparent when damp.
Verdict: Professional-looking suit that’ll go the distance over an Ironman race
Huub Aura Triathlon Suit
The Aura is proof that simple but effective’s the way to go sometimes with trisuit design. It’s a good pick for racing in hot climes thanks to mesh panels across the lower and middle of the back, along with the ‘Coldback temperature management coating’ with UPF30 which aims to deflect heat and protect the skin from the sun.
The relatively thin but comfy, female-specific chamois and two envelope-style rear pockets that fit up to three gels each are suitable for distances up to half-iron at a push, but we’d want a little more padding for longer.
The 15cm leg inseam’s also the shortest on test (the Tri-fit’s the longest at 20cm), while the silicone leg grippers are comfy but not the most secure.
We felt the most comfortable and at ease in this classy black suit, the fit across the chest also providing just enough support for the run leg (on small busts).
Verdict: Smart and flattering design with features primed for hot racing conditions
Tri-Fit Evo Sleeveless
The only suit on test to have a split top and bottom design, the Tri-Fit Evo impressed with its well-thought-out features.
Silky smooth material gives way to an aero ribbed back panel which has two built-in, floating pockets that are very easy to access on the bike and run.
The suit performs well for all distances thanks to the substantial pocket capacity and added leg side mesh pockets – easily fitting around 10 gels in total.
The high-density foam chamois has an average thickness and doesn’t feel like an oversized nappy on the run, while also proving quick-drying post swim.
While we experienced no pulling thanks to the split design, we found the silicone leg bands cut into our skin somewhat and the zip garage to be a little scratchy.
Overall, it’s another good suit from Tri-Fit with a quality build, just falling a little short to be our number one.
Verdict: High-quality construction and features, just lacking slightly on comfort for our tester’s build
Zone3 Aquaflo+ Trisuit
The only suit on test to be designed with a ‘double chest layer’, we were excited to try out this updated model from Zone3. Smooth water-repellent ‘Aquaflo’ fabric gives way to back and side mesh panels with two slim and discreet side pockets, which can house two gels each.
Best suited for short-distance, the female-specific ‘Tri-lite’ chamois provides decent padding around pressure points while the leg grippers don’t compromise circulation, actually turning out to be a little too baggy.
A big plus for us is the extra support around the bust area, which helped with comfort on the run leg. While the retro navy and coral colourway isn’t particularly flattering, it was the seams around the zip and chamois that resulted in some pretty extreme rubbing and irritation. Though we had no problems with the sleeved version.
Verdict: Affordable standard-distance suit option, shame the construction caused discomfort