Whether it's your first ever race or you're a seasoned competitor, you need a women's triathlon suit that's going to perform. We look at the different elements and working parts that make a great womens tri suit.
Women's Triathlon Suit
Triathlon is a complex sport and has lots of moving parts. Your women's triathlon suit needs to be comfortable for all three disciplines - the siwm, the bike, and the run. What you may usually wear for one of these sports on their own might not be comfortable or suitable for the other two, which is where a tri suit comes in to play. There are certain technical qualities that you should look for in your women's tri suit to be sure it will be up to scratch on race day.
There's a good chance you'll be doing a lot of training in a swimming pool, and the swim section of your race may even take place in a pool too. Chlorine is a strong corrosive substance and can have a bleaching effect on fabric and clothing. The lycra used in most women's activewear is also extra sensitive to chlorine and may sag after a few times in the pool. This is why you want your women's tri suit to be chlorine-resistant.
If you were to try to run any distance in your cycling shorts, you'd probably feel like you were trying to run in a diaper! You need your women's triathlon suit to have ergonomic padding just for women and to be subtle enough that it doesn't get in the way when you run. You also want it to be comfortable on the bike, especially over longer distances. Check the reviews of a tri-suit before you buy it to see if others have commented on the comfort of the padding.
One of the worst things when you're running is having your shorts riding up and becoming uncomfortable. While a good chamois cream will stop you chafing where it counts, having the material of your tri suit rubbing as well could be the difference between a good race and a bad one. Make sure your women's triathlon suit is made from premium, luxury materials, now is not the time to cheap out! Investing in a great quality triathlon suit will be an important investment and aid your race. A good triathlon suit will have leg grippers to stop them riding up and keep you comfortable throughout the race.
Finally, you want to look good to feel good! A lot of triathlon suits can be unflattering and make you feel rather self conscious. Make sure your womens tri suit is stylish and that you feel totally comfortable in it so that you can perform at your best when it really matters.
Women's Tri Suit
For further reading, Sundried have an informative article on triathlon gear that will help you decide whether you have everything you need for your next triathlon. If you're thinking of doing a triathlon for the first time, make sure you read our guide of everything you'll need for your first triathlon in our triathlon race day checklist.