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"Turtle's" post race wrap on the Fusion Trisuit

John was really fantastic in getting me the printed suit well before the big race so I had a few opportunities to have a hit out and get it settled. After its initial wash however, I noticed a loose stitch and on further investigation found that some of the seams were a little bit wonky and starting to lose a thread. I contacted John and he immediately responded asking me to take some photos so he could get on to the manufacturers. Since it was pretty clear it was a manufacturing issue (sewing machine just zigged a little too far) John promised to provide me with a replacement. When we looked closely, it was clear that due to the nature of the flatlock stitching it wasn’t going to come part – so I was happy to run with the suit at Husky, with John reprinting a replacement shortly after. Again, great customer service. Super quick on the email responses and I was really happy with the immediate offer of a replacement.

So how did it go at Husky? I usually swim in a full sleeve wetty, but bought a new Dare2Tri sleeveless at the Expo, with the speedsuit under. Even accounting for the short course, I had a pretty quick swim – speedsuit? Wetsuit? Who knows. But the suit was super comfy with no chafing, rubbing or catching of the sleeves in the water.

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Onto the bike and it was like the suit wasn’t there – but more comfortable. Nothing much to say here really – super comfy and a nice feel of compression over the whole suit without being restrictive.

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On the run I felt really protected from the sun, and pouring water over myself at the aid stations really made a difference to the cooling effect. I did stop for a loo on the run and had a little trouble getting it back on my arms right – but I just fiddled as I ran/walked for a bit. The only thing I had to keep adjusting was my race belt, that kept sliding up to my waist (or what felt like my armpits!). I don’t know how I manage it, but I must be a total grub. When I finished, the suit looked a bit rough – even though I stopped to drink the bit of coke I had! A wash when I got back to camp cleaned it up a bit but when I got home (6 days later) it took a bit of a soak in the vinegar solution to clean it up – perhaps I should have paid heed to Johns suggestion of a dilute vinegar wash straight away and bought some in Husky!

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So really comfy, really cool, great sun protection. Nice compression support without being restrictive. Gel flasks fit comfortably in the pockets.

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Cons? A little tricky to redress after stripping down for the loo. Can get a bit grubby, but you don’t notice it till you take it off and hold it in front of your face. It also shows all the wobbly/lumpy bits……. Sorry spectators.

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Thanks for the thorough review "Turtle", Ed. 

 

 

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