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