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Flailing Like Mad 11-03-2009 07:50 AM

What to wear... what to wear?
 
Hi guys,

Being a former runner who has taken up swimming, I now have it stuck in my head to give this whole triathlon concept a go. But my question is, is there clothing on the market that is suitable for running and swimming? I'm guessing by now someone would have come up with the idea, so I would like to get an honest opinion on the good brands.

Cheers.

CoachDave 11-03-2009 06:02 PM

There are things to try
 
There's a lot of things that fit this niche, but I feel that it's best to swim in swimming stuff and run in running stuff. Tri shorts never feel quite the same in the water- almost like wearing a soggy diaper :)

Flailing Like Mad 11-04-2009 07:20 AM

Well for now, I'm just thinking so that I can run to the pool, swim, then run home afterwards. I may or may not ever compete, but I am particularly lazy when it comes to getting changed.

I might try and hunt down a triathlon store and see if they can part me with my money.

CoachDave 11-04-2009 03:42 PM

Skip the tri store
 
A lot of online retailers are dumping off their 2009 tri season gear right now- check out vendors like Kiefer, Swimoutlet, Walter's, Pure Blue, and so on for their tri suit specials.

Rhoda 11-08-2009 12:57 PM

Be sure to buy some skin lubricant such as Body Glide as well. Running in wet shorts is bound to lead to chafing and friction burns.

Judymac 11-30-2009 12:03 PM

Go the trisuit route, and there are lots of sales at the moment. I personally have both a one piece suit for Sprint Tris, and a two piece top and bottoms for the longer Half Iron events as I like real cycle shorts for the bike.

Zoot, 2XU and Orca :)

dcon 11-30-2009 10:06 PM

...but read the warnings on the tags first. At least the tri suit I bought this year warned that it was not designed for repeated use in chlorinated pools.

Flailing Like Mad 12-01-2009 09:17 AM

I ended up getting a pair of Pearl shorts. They are quite comfortable, though I haven't run in them yet. The chamois is a lot thinnner then your typical cycling shorts, so that is a plus for me as I'm mainly running and swimming.

RVL 12-02-2009 03:29 AM

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There is an unofficial "speedo limit"......some folks should wear board shorts.

sbrdave 02-01-2010 06:35 PM

Tri shorts/suits
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flailing Like Mad (Post 6781)
Hi guys,

Being a former runner who has taken up swimming, I now have it stuck in my head to give this whole triathlon concept a go. But my question is, is there clothing on the market that is suitable for running and swimming? I'm guessing by now someone would have come up with the idea, so I would like to get an honest opinion on the good brands.

Cheers.

As other posters have commented, there are numerous products on the market. I'm a guy and have used the 2XU tri shorts successfully. It has good compression material for my thighs and a micro-chamois for the bike (so no soggy diaper feeling). The material doesn't give me a problem on the run either, and I easily move between all three disciplines in them. Most tri clothing folks realize they have to have a product that will be fairly comfortable and functional for all 3 disciplines. I've heard good words about Pearl Izumi too. I had Louis Garneau shorts for a couple of seasons but they wore out pretty quick. Now, there is the warning about not using in chlorinated pools but most of that is for repeated uses I've seen. If you're doing swim-bike brick or your own mini tri, it's not going to hurt once in a while. Yeah, I also recommend Body Glide no matter what you end up getting.


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