While it might seem like a simple task, there are a huge amount of considerations when putting on a tri suit. First and foremost, a tri suit is a performance garment, so it should be firm, and it should require some cajoling.
The importance of the correct fit
Fit is not just about size, size is a factor to fit, but ultimately fit is the way the garment has been designed to fit. A tri suit must first and foremost be a firm fit. It should be difficult to get on, but comfortable once on. Putting on a tri suit, is not like putting on a t-shirt. There should be adjustments along the way. You should have to pull the fabric either side of the zip together to get the zip done up. This does not mean it's too small. Remember a tri suit is made the use in the swim as well as the bike and run, and when fabric is in contact with the water it does loosen.
INCH ON THE LEGS
A tri suit is a performance garment, so it should not just be pulled on, it should be inched on, making small adjustments as you go. First position the leg bands where you would like them, then move onto the legs, moving the fabric around your thighs - remember this should be firm. Make adjustments to the chamois so it is sitting in the right place, and the fabric around your hips is pulled up as high as possible.
UPPER BODY FIT
We offer a range of open front, jacket style, tri suits. We made this change for a number of reasons (and you can read about our different styles in detail here <<LINK>>). But it's worth noting this feature here as one of the features of this style is making it easier to get into (and out of, then back into if you're on a toilet break in a longer race). However, the jacket style does lull people into a false sense of security. The top half of the tri suit should take as much time, maybe more, to inch into. It is not unusual that you would need a second person to help hold the fabric on each side of zip to get the zip together, especially when first trying the item on, or before it's been worn in the water. We use the best most durable and reliable zips in the world, YKK zips, so we are confident you will not bust the zip, just hold the suit together and zip up.
Once you have the suit on and zipped up there are a couple more adjustments to make. Move your arms around, adjust the sleeve, pull the sleeve up under your arm. Swing your arms around to get it settled into the groove of your body and make any final adjustments on your legs, crotch or body.
So, well done, suit is on! I know it was a slog, but that's great news. It means you've probably got a good size. Now it's on, how does it feel? It should feel firm but not uncomfortable. Is there excess fabric anywhere? Was it a bit too easy to get on?
CONSIDERATIONS ON FEEL
Remember this suit is designed to be swum in first, and you want your suit firm in the swim so you don't have any billowing causing drag. You want to ensure there is not any loose or excess fabric as this could cause chaffing and reduces the aerodynamics of the suit. You also want to test how the suit feels in the bike position.
Still unsure - get in touch, we'd love to help!
We offer a free 15 minute fit consultation, as well as a sample service so you can ensure you get in the right fitting suit before you order your custom suit. It is very important to us that you get in the right size. So make sure you take advantage of these services if you're not sure on size. Every brand is different, so while we expect our fit to be standard (unless noted), we do not recommend you base your size off how other brand fit or even other garments. Check the size guide, book in a chat and if you're still unsure, it's worth getting some samples to double check.