2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Race Apparel

Photo: John David Becker

Pearl Izumi Octane Tri Suit – Men

$300, Pearlizumi.com
The draw: Proven aero performance

Since the body creates roughly 75 to 80 percent of the aerodynamic drag while riding a bicycle, if a company can create a suit that allows air to pass more efficiently than skin, it will provide an advantage. In a recent third-party wind tunnel test, this suit was significantly faster for a well-fit athlete than other suits tested, including another aero kit. The full shoulders provide sun protection but may create the sensation of extra heat during warm races. The body is cut tightly for a snug fit.