Tri Suit or Tri Top & Shorts??

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    Apr 08, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    I been reading about this debate on online forum and stuff.
    I see many pro triathletes wear tri suits, and more non-pros wear tri-top and shorts.
    I know tri suit is a bit hassle when you ned to go to rest room, but
    I'm thinking about wearing tri-suit for my triathlon.

    Which you guys prefer? and why?
    I've been try not to post about this, but I'm just curious about your preference.
  • UStriathlete

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    Apr 09, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    top and shorts for me. most long distance pros where top and shorts. ITU pro's have specific race kit rules, for tri suits, zipper must be in the back.

    it's called personal choice.
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    Apr 09, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    trisuit for me...I prefer not to have to change clothes the whole race or swap anything off. I also don't wear a wetsuit, so I choose trisuits that function as swimskins...it cuts down my transition time by a great deal as I am only swapping out shoes, shades, number belt, and/or helmet. It truly is a comfort factor and personal choice though.
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    Apr 09, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    I recommend the tri suit. It saves a lot of time during the transition, and is really pretty comfortable. After a couple of races, you will get used to being practically naked when you take a dump wearing one. Some people don't like the tri suit and think that they are uncomfortable, but it works for me. You should think about how much flexibility you want (tri-suits sure don't work well on days when it is cold and rainy), and just go for it. You can/will change your mind a couple times about your race day gear.

    Happy running!
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    Apr 09, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    I like top and bottom (oo that came out bad). Personal choice though.
  • Atriathlete

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    Apr 09, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    If it's your first race, I don't think it matters in terms of performance. I personally like to do my running training in tri shorts, so they might get more use than buying a tri suit and only using it for race day.
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 09, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    It should be whatever you are most comfortable in and causes the least amount of chafing.

    The reduction of transition time is minimal. Important for time shavers but not for other normal human beings.

    I also see people running without socks to save more time. Not me! I always chose comfort first whenever possible.
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    Apr 09, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    I wear a two-piece. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 09, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    In my triathlon heyday I wore a one-piece lycra tri suit. Excellent for transitions. But I also used it for training, especially in fast cycling and running. For swimming sessions I prefered a cossie.
  • Tritimium

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    Apr 13, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
    I have used both tri shorts and top, and a tri suit: I prefer a tri suit, I find it more comfortable, and it's what my club kit is, so if I'm racing with my club I wear the club tri suit.

    I'm with swimbikerun on wearing socks for the run! Might be a faff to put them on, but I couldn't run for a week because of blisters when I raced without them once! (Even though my shoes were covered in Vaseline...) Ouch.

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    Oct 11, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
    2 piece for me ... one piece tri suit -- not a friendly gear for "party breaks" ....