2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Best In Class

Photo: John David Becker

Race Apparel

Orca 226 Tri Top And Kompress Tech Pant
$218, Orca.com
The draw: Design to go long

There are 226 kilometers in an iron-distance tri, and testers were left with no doubt this comfortable chamois can go the distance. The kit feels just as primed for a hard, fast half. Solid quad compression on the 8-inch shorts helps keep legs fresh, while two rear pockets securely cradle gels. With two side pockets on the top, excellent arm range of motion and a zipper guard to avoid chafing when the zipper is up, the top will stay out of your way while you chase a long-course PR.