Two events down and I can say that the B’Twin Tri suit has served its purpose in a very beneficial way.
2014 season kicked off with the Fit I Am TAD 2014 held at Delhi Public School, Sarjapur close to the Decathlon Store. After being hit by longer transition times between each leg, I was looking for a Tri Suit to start with. I’m happy that I decided to start with the B’Twin Tri Suit. Also, this was my first Tri Suit purchase from Decathlon.
I wore a size M. The material felt comfortable with no visible seams to chafe the skin. Zipper felt rugged enough and the saddle padding was enough to serve the needs. Putting it on wasn’t much of a difficulty because the material was quite stretchable.
During the swim, there was no noticeable restriction for shoulder movements and had a snug fit all through. Once I was out of water, the material didn’t feel heavy or tight. This helped me transition to bike leg comfortably. Transition times improved greatly thanks to elimination of switching wet clothes. Almost 8 minutes from my previous attempts!
During the bike leg, the thigh seams kept the comfort of cycling alive and again no particular restriction was noticed during the ride.
Post run, there were no visible chafing marks on the skin. A good beginning I would say! But this was for a Sub-Sprint level distance.
However, during my Olympic distance attempt at the Thonnur Lake Triathlon, the main observation was that the inside end of the zipper caused a bit of chafing which I noticed after the event. This happened during the run and did hurt for a few days. Improvements can be made with the zippers. I feel overall this is a great suit to start with and has a great value for money.
My Verdict: The quality and the price makes this a stunning piece of kit!
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(Sharath Raju works with Decathlon Anubhava and is a passionate swimmer, cyclist and runner)