We road test an affordable Trisuit that leaves change in your pocket but doesn't shortchange you on features.
Triathlon is not what you would class as a cheap sport. Sure it’s not motor racing or yachting but the endless list of “must haves” certainly adds up. Sure a lot of us have stuff that we have and maybe don’t need, but there is stuff that we do need and you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get some good quality kit. Race clothing is a necessity, you can’t get around that fact. Regardless of the price though, race clothing needs to be made for racing and that means it needs to be fitting and functional.
Dare2Tri’s philosophy is “to provide high quality triathlon gear at reasonable prices” and a trisuit that retails for $100 is a good start on one side of the ledger so now it’s time to suit up and check out the other part of the equation.
On test is the men’s front zip trisuit which in case it’s of interest to anyone weighs in at 220 grams for a large. The suit despite its price contains all the features you would expect in a range topping suit. There are four pockets, two in the rear and one on each thigh. The leg gripper is a wide band elastic, and the back panel is white mesh for a nice cooling effect. The padding is thin enough to not be bulky when running but dense enough to provide reasonable comfort on the saddle.
When putting on the suit it is comforting not to hear any stitches popping as you try and bring the upper section over the shoulders. The zipper has a lining full length on the inside to prevent it rubbing on the skin and this lining continues over the top of the zipper to cover the zipper when it is fully zipped up. The rear pockets are side entry pockets that prevent the contents bouncing out when running, the thigh pockets have a flap that covers the opening to also keep the contents in place when riding or running.
The leg grippers keep the suit from riding up and the zipper is long enough to provide plenty of cooling or possibly give a few QLD. Tech officials cause for concern. In the “gentlemen’s area” the suit is well contoured and prevents any “Shirvington” action (yes it is winter so probably not the best time to judge) and also keeps the suit in place and prevents any rubbing or chaffing. While no doubt Dare2Tri are proud of their brand they have kept the logos small and tasteful which is a nice touch for those that don't like looking like a walking billboard.
Throughout the test period I used and washed the Dare2Tri suit more times than I would normally use my own suit in a normal tri season, as I don’t tend to train in my race suits. After all this use the suit still looks as fresh as it did when removed from the packaging. While the Dare2Tri trisuit may be an entry level price it really wouldn’t do it justice to pigeon hole it as an entry level suit. It has all the features you could possibly want without an exhorbitant price tag. Would I buy and wear the Dare2Tri suit? Well, personally I’m a fan of a tri suit with a short sleeve as opposed to a sleeveless version as I get older and more sun sensible, but if this suit came in a short sleeved version then certainly I would have no qualms about buying and wearing one.
Dare2Tri gear is available from their shop in Brisbane or online and as a recent customer of theirs “Quack” can attest, “thumbs up to their great customer service”.
Stay tuned for a review of the Dare2Tri Mach 3 wetsuit that "Nealo" is currently testing for us.