The 2XU Men’s Elite Tri Suit is a one-price triathlon suit designed with the elites in mind and is intended to allow slicing through the water with speed and fluidity. An optimum gauge and knit construction has also been selected to ensure a balance between speed, breathability, and flexibility in both water and on land. This lends toward 2XU Men’s Elite Tri Suit providing an effortless and unrestricted feel on any leg of the event. The suit features many advanced technologies such as the X-Stretch back panel, seamless front, silicone impregnated fast fibres of Hydrocell fabric, and so on. Without doubt, the 2XU Men’s Elite Tri Suit sure seems like it has been painstakingly designed to maximize performance for the competitive triathletes, positioning them with every ounce of equipment edge over the field of competitors. I have the pleasure to test try the triathlon suit recently. I eagerly set out to try it on for my training sessions as well as during one of my recent races. To my pleasant delight, the one-piece triathlon suit did not fail to impress, meeting most of the needs I demand in a high-quality triathlon suit.
Construction Features & Fabric Technology
At first sight, the 2XU Men’s Elite Tri Suit looks like any other typical one-piece triathlon suit, indistinguishable from the rest. However, I learnt from the web site that it actually boosts many speed-enhancing and comfort-focused features in its construction and uses advanced fabric technology, to which I was skeptical over initially. Some of the listed features include:
- Streamlined zip for speed through water.
- Seamless front panel for reduced friction and speed through water.
- Flatlock stitching with low profile, contributing to speed through water and comfort against skin.
- Stretches along seam enabling free unrestricted movement.
- Hydrophobic SBRFleece Chamois, to prevent water build up, giving comfort and reduced weight on the bike and run legs.
- X-Stretch back panel for extra flexibility through the bike and run.
- Hydrocell Fabric: High Gauge Silicone coat preventing water molecules from penetrating through the fabric from outside, thus keeping the triathlete lighter and slicker through the water; yet providing enough fibre separation to allow heat out.
- 40 Denier Lycra Prime Yarn for better muscle holding ability, less muscle vibration contributing to reduced fatigue and enhanced circulation for better recovery.
- Silicon Coated SBRSkin2 that employs Lycra Prime, providing 400% better Chlorine/Bacteria resistance than regular Elastane.
- Excellent stretch memory that works with body movement, yet retaining shape and support
- Streamlined zip for speed through water.
I maintained my objective stance and decided not to be overwhelmed and taken over by such impressive sounding features. I am more interested in the tangible performance the garment is capable of delivering rather than the psychological boosting effects it brings on. Thus, I paid little attention to such features as I set out on my test tries.
Review & Verdict
I set off to test the suit over a series of triathlon training sessions. The attention focus during these sessions was to determine the comfort of wear provided by the garment. I was quickly won over as I tested it during my swim training. The suit does not impede my arms and shoulders movement as I front crawled through the water. It feels as if I was not wearing anything on my torso. Personally, this is one critical aspect in comfort of wear, as it allows me to be able to fully concentrate on achieving the most efficient strokes. Most importantly, it actually helps enhance my feel of slicing through the water with each stroke I execute.
Out of water, the suit dries rather quickly, thus making the suit feels light and enabling a smooth transition to the bike segment. This adds to the comfort of wear as it reduces the drip while preparing for the bike segment at the transition area. On to the bike, I experience a little discomfort though. The padding seems rather thin and inadequate to provide sufficient cushioning for a comfortable ride. However, it should also be noted that there needs to be a tradeoff in this aspect. Too thick a padding would impede the legs on the running segment while providing a more comfortable ride. I expect this would be a matter of getting used to the thin padding layer, as with my experience with other makes of triathlon shorts. Padding aside, I like the quick-to-unzip front zip feature. It proves crucial in allowing instantaneous ventilation straight out of the water. This is an essential comfort of wear aspect, especially when competing in hot and humid weather commonly encountered in South East Asian countries.
Running in the 2XU Men’s Elite tri suit proves comfortable and not stifling. This is owing to the fact that it boosts a ventilating top and minimally padded bottom. For those who swear by compression shorts’ function of reducing muscle vibrations while running (thus reducing muscle fatigue), the Lycra that 2XU uses all over the suit does just that. Not only does the tri suit speed up transitions, but very well also help speed up on the run.
Overall Speed Factor
On the top of everybody’s mind is the speed performance factor that any triathlon equipment is capable of providing, be it the bike, running shoes, or even nutrition. This is no exception for the triathlon suit. Speed enhancement is the most critical test that I impose on the triathlon suit. Wearing the triathlon suit during one of my recent races, I was pleasantly delighted that the suit actually does help in shedding off measurable seconds for each segment of the race. Evidently, this could be attributed to the low drag profile of the material used as well as the comfort it delivers through its high quality fabric and workmanship. My conclusion is that this one-piece suit definitely helps the triathlete in speeding through each segment and transition, thus helping the triathlete in achieving observable speed improvement in his timings. It is seriously designed to enhance the performance of the competitive triathletes.