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Triathlon Suits

Triathlon suits, considered essential gear for competitive triathletes, are specifically for participating in triathlons. Preferred by most racers over conventional swimsuits, these suits provide competitors with an aerodynamic racing profile, cutting down the drag on a runner by up to 15%. Also called "tri-suits", they are constructed of scientifically designed and tested fabrics that dry quickly and wick away moisture from the skin. Some more advanced versions of these suits provide UV and antimicrobial protection.

Picking a Tri-Suit

There is some debate in the triathlon community over which tri-suits are best. Some racers also wear traditional wetsuits over the tri-suit because they work well in the swimming portion of the event. However, if you don't wear a wetsuit over the triathlon suit it cuts down on time lost in transitions between the different legs of the event.

The most critical decision when selecting a tri-suit is which type of suit will work best for you. Suits can be one-piece or two-piece. They can also have sleeves or be sleeveless depending on the preference of the racer. Finally, the racer needs to determine the features and fabric of the suit.

It's critical that you try the suit on prior purchasing it. A suit may look great in a catalog or on the rack, but it's always best to test the suit by trying it on. Finding the Right Fit

Triathlon suits need to be the right length in both the arms and legs along with accommodating the groin area. It's important that the suit not bulge or be too tight. Any bulges in a suit can allow water to collect, which can slow a racer down.

In general, a tri-suit should fit snugly, but have enough flexibility in the fabric to allow easy shoulder and leg mobility without causing any stress on the muscles or being restrictive. It should also not be too tight as to rub or cause chafing.

Between Race Care

After competition care and storage of tri-suits is very important. You should turn the suit inside out and rinse it thoroughly with fresh water. After it's dry, lay it out flat for temporary storage between races.

Long Term Storage

Triathlon suits should be stored carefully if they are not used for a long periods. Experts say that you should store them by them laying them flat with the arms folded across the suit to the opposite shoulder. Fold the legs of the suit to the shoulder, and then fold the suit in half at the waist.

If the suit must be stored using a hanger, then sturdy and thick hangers are recommended. You should fold the legs up and drape them over the shoulders to avoid unnecessary stretching while the suit is hanging. Suits should be stored away from prolonged exposure to sunlight as it can cause fading and break down the integrity the fabric. Cost Considerations

High quality triathlon suits can range in price from very expensive to affordable. While price doesn't always equate quality, you also shouldn't buy the cheapest suit available. Most experienced triathletes recommend that you purchase tri-suits from a retailer willing to assist you after the purchase. The best practice when it comes to cost is to get a suit at an affordable price that fits you well and is durable enough to take on the challenges of a long race.

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