The Best Triathlon Kit For Your Race

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published May 13, 2014
  • Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 12:48 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Pearl Izumi Pro Tri Sprint Suit

Best for: Short-course racing

The fabric texture has a plastic feel, and the robust material squeezes firmly against the body, reducing the athlete’s size by a small but meaningful amount. It’s perfect for races barring wetsuits because the fabric repels water and doesn’t get heavy when wet. On the bike, the form-altering kit is purported to reduce aero drag. The drawback of the suit’s speed-boosting design is breathability and comfort. Compression around the midsection can feel restrictive when running and it traps a bit more body heat.

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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

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