After months of training through cold mornings, gray skies and minimal sun, spring is the perfect time to inject some color into your wardrobe. Presenting six kits that’ll perk up your training and racing.
DeSoto Riviera Flisuit, $270 DeSoto took their Riviera tri short and top, put them together, added sleeves and added a few new features for 2017. A feature we’ve never seen before, the hidden fly, is a small front zipper to make your trip to the Port a John a bit faster. The new pad adds more more stretch while keeping the same thickness, and the bright colors aren’t just for show; they use Skin Cooler 90 fabric, designed to keep you from overheating on race day.
Desotosport.com Louis Garneau Pro Carbon Triathlon Suit, $145 Available in a few different colors, this suit lets you pick how loud you want to be (one version features a lot of white, for the boldest triathletes). Laser cut shoulders and thigh band keep it comfortable while the Coldblack material reflects the sun’s rays. There is no inner seam on the legs, reducing the chance of getting chafed over the course of your race. The Tri Air chamois features four way stretch and an antibacterial treatment. Pick the suit that fits your personality. Garneau.com Wattie Ink American Punk Speedsuit, $400 Nearly every suit in Wattie’s line has a bold design, but the American Punk collection is the loudest. Made in San Diego, California, this suit has long sleeves for better aerodynamics and a carbon mesh back panel for better ventilation. Unique to the brand are the four side-entry pockets in the back that make it easier to grab your nutrition. The 8-inch leg length offers coverage and protection from the sun. If this is a bit too much for you, try their Patriot or Camo collection.
Watieink.com Sugoi RPM Tri Suit, $110 Two words: polka dots. This fun design sticks out without being garish. But this suit isn’t just about looking fun, it has some great features as well. Speed mesh side panels increase breathability, as does the racerback style. The leg grippers are soft and are free of any silicone for improved comfort. Two rear pockets will store your essentials while you go for a PR. Sugoi.com Castelli Free SanRemo Suit Short Sleeve, $230 The Italian brand goes fluro green with this speed suit designed for maximum speed. The arms go to the elbow and both the front fabric (called SpeedFreak) and back portion (called Velocity) have been designed to cheat the wind. The full length front zipper makes the suit easy to get into and allows for better ventilation (and faster nature breaks) on race day.
Castello-cycling.com Coeur Sports One Piece Tri Suit, $180 This women’s only brand combines a fast suit with a fast looking design. Made in the USA, the long sleeves improve aerodynamics and protect your from the sun. Vented rear and side panels give the suit breathability so you won’t overheat during long races. The seamless chamois and 5 inch inseam with a soft silicone gripper to provide comfort in key areas. Two rear pockets provide storage on long day. Coeursports.com