The Best Triathlon Kit For Your Race

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

Too Hot?

More skin coverage doesn’t necessarily equate to feeling hotter during a race. Fabric around the shoulders and arms can block the sun and help keep the skin damp between aid stations. Research hasn’t measured a change to core temp when wearing arm sleeves in hot weather, but the psychological effect has been clearly observed. On the other hand, pro triathletes Matt Reed and Luke McKenzie both felt comfortable racing a full-sleeve kit in hot Ironman races. If you’re worried that covering your shoulders will affect your race, it’s best to stick to sleeveless.

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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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