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Intelligent Design: 6 New Gear Trends For 2014

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jan 6, 2014
  • Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM UTC
Champion System Custom Apex Triathlon Speedsuit — $240, Champ-sys.com. Photo: John David Becker

Aerodynamic Race Clothing

The inspiration: Follow this chain of logic: Improved cycling aerodynamics makes a triathlete faster, but the body, not the bike, is the most important factor in cycling aerodynamics. Race clothing is the connection between the wind and the most important factor in cycling aerodynamics. While a race kit isn’t the sexiest upgrade, aerodynamic race apparel is exploding in popularity because it’s effective and has a great performance value.

In practice: Luke McKenzie raced to second place at Ironman Hawaii in the Champion System Custom Apex Triathlon Speedsuit (with a custom design), and he was one of many top athletes, including Craig Alexander and Tim O’Donnell, who wore longer sleeves for a little extra speed. Aero tests conducted by multiple clothing designers have found that covering the shoulders and armpits can substantially reduce aero drag.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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