Today we’re talking Tri Suits. Well, more specifically, the Blueseventy TX2000 Short Sleeve 2018 Tri Suit.
The gear that you use during a triathlon can make the difference between a good race, and a bad one. That may sound like an exaggeration, but even the smallest of problems with your gear during a race is the last thing that you want to deal with. It could mess with your pace and focus, and ultimately stops you from giving it your all. So finding the right tri suit that feels good on and that is best suited to your style of racing is a must.
I started using the Blueseventy TX2000 2018 Short Sleeve Tri Suit at the start of the year and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been training and racing in the TX2000 for my longer races and any non ITU races this season (ITU regulations require you to wear a different tri suit for shorter races). There are a lot of different elements that you can look into when it comes down to tri suits. But I focus on the fabric, the fit, the design and the feel.
Fabrics these days are filled with research and science, and the TX2000 is no different. The tri suit is made with Carvico VITA fabric with Coldblack. Put simply, an awesome fabric that has incredible UV protection, retains shape and is ultra aerodynamic. Coldblack though, if you haven’t heard of it get ready! Often the hardest part of a race for me is that dreaded heat. With Coldblack integrated into the TX2000, heat absorption is reduced to a minimum. It reflects heat from the sun, blocks UV rays and has a cooling effect as it absorbs thermal radiation. Data has recorded the effects of Coldblack to be 7-10 degrees cooler – winning!
How a tri suit fits is essential. The first few times that I put on the TX2000 it was super tight and I was a bit concerned that it would be restrictive but that wasn’t the case at all. The shoulders had an INSANE amount of mobility and the compression of the suit felt really aerodynamic in both the water and on the bike. Over time I noticed that it was easier to put on but remained well fitted.
Blueseventy really thought out everything when they redesigned the TX2000. Other tri suits that I have used have always had the zip on the back and I was interested in how it would feel with it on the front. I was stoked that it opened up quite wide and was breathable but stayed well fitted. I noticed the chamois rode up a little to begin with but once I wore it in it was comfy as. The pockets are awesome too. It has compressed side designs which stopped any drag during the swim, and I also trained with a gel in them and it stayed secure.
At the end of the day, the tri suit you use has to be the right one for you. Blueseventy outdid themselves on the TX2000 and I have to say that they deserve a massive thumbs up. Racing in this is awesome, I always feel good and the colour really stands out from everyone else.
All in all, the Bluseventy TX2000 is a solid tri suit and well worth it. Available online at BlueseventyNZ from October 2018.