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Decathlon Short-Sleeved Trisuit Front Zipper LD

This is a suit that should easily cost two to three times as much as it does.

The only thing that may give people pause is the brand: Though American consumers may not be familiar with Decathlon—a company that could be called the Trader Joe’s of sporting goods—it’s time to learn. Decathlon is a French brand that produces, distributes, and sells all of their own product, stuff that ranges from boxing gloves to road bikes. Through the fuzzy magic of in-house production and sales, Decathlon has somehow managed to create gear that has below Wal-Mart prices but matches up with mid-range quality nearly every time. Think $5 running shorts that are on par with $30 versions elsewhere. The prices aren’t even close. And in the very specialized world of triathlon, this Decathlon Short-Sleeved Trisuit Front Zipper LD ohits the nail on the head in nearly every way. It’s got a dual-density gel pad that’s actually a rarity on suits even in the $200 range, it’s got leg grippers, water-wicking fabric, and sleeves that actually go down to your elbow for sun protection and possibly (maybe) some aero benefit. Combined with pockets on the legs and lower back, this is a suit that punches way outside of its weight class from short course to full iron.

$75, Decathlon.com