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This category contains reviews of the products I feel compelled to buy/acquire to compete in my new triathlon hobby. I’ve do my best to be objective and give thorough reviews.

Triathlon Equipment Review – Sugoi Tri Shirt

Posted by madtrippin on July 31, 2008

Originally I was planning on doing my first triathlon swim shirtless and then pulling on a cycling jersey for the remainder of the race.  After speaking with a few more experienced triathletes and hearing one story of trying to pull a tight jersey on over a wet body, I changed my mind and searched out a tri shirt. 

I’m a big fan of buying online, but was running out of time before the big day and wanted to be able to train a little in the shirt, so I sucked it up and bought through a local store.  I had intended on going to Gear West, as they have a huge selection and it looked like decent pricing online.  The night I headed out there I got stuck in traffic and wasn’t going to make it before close.  So as to not have wasted all that gas and time, I stopped at Start Line (the same place I got my running shoes) and pick up some yankz laces. 

As it turns out, they also had a small line of tri clothing, including a couple of tri shirts with reasonable pricing.  It’s good that I didn’t buy online, as I was sure I was a medium (I’m 5′8″ and a healthy 170).  When I tried on the medium, it was TIGHT (and not in a good way).  The sales woman commented on how you shouldn’t be able to see chest hair through the shirt.  When I tried to take it off I heard a small ripping sound, so I actually pulled it down past my feet, rather than over my shoulders.

So… Large it was.  I decided on the Sugoi Fuel (the price was right – at about $40 – and it seemed pretty comfy).  I wore it for training in all 3 disciplines and it seemed just fine.  I didn’t notice any drag in the pool and it wasn’t so tight I couldn’t breath on the bike or run.

After my first race I can tell you that it worked like a charm.  I went from one event to the next without even thinking about the shirt.  Plus, I looked pretty cool in it - I suppose I should have some pictures to back up my claims.  My feeling is that good clothing should feel like nothing.  I didn’t even notice the shirt at all… that’s good stuff.  It dried quickly and didn’t chaffe or irritate in any way.  PERFECT.

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Triathlon Equipment Review – Aevero Tri Shorts

Posted by madtrippin on July 23, 2008

I’d been looking for tri shorts (basically bike shorts with a thinner, perforated pad to allow the water to drain off more easily and make for easier running) for a while.  I was finding $45 to $60 to be a pretty common price range.  Fortunately I stumbled across a pair while digging through ebay from a company called Aevero for considerably less.  The buy-it-now was just $19.50 + a few $ shipping. 

Of course I asked my friends if they’d ever heard of the brand and they hadn’t.  I had heard of sugoi and louis Gareau, but never Aevero.  I looked  up their site and they were obviously not a big company, but the site didn’t look like a fly-by-night.  Turns out they also sell cycling shirts and shorts.  Too bad they didn’t have a tri shirt for cheap.

I decided to pick up a pair.  I got them in just a couple days.  The shipping packaging was a simple bubble mailer, but definitely sufficient – plus it keeps the cost down.  The packaging of the shorts was a simple plastic bag with a paper insert.  It also included care instructions and a pair of free cycling gloves.  The gloves weren’t anything special, but the shorts looked pretty good.

I took them for a spin on the bike and the pad is about 1/2 the padding of a typical bike short, but good enough to get the job done (especially on a Sprint distance tri).  I emailed the company about wearing them in chlorine and got a response before days end that it was o.k.  They also recommended hand-washing and not wringing out the pad.  Drip dry would do and that’s what I did.

My practice swim went really well.  I was used to wearing the old saggy, baggy swim trunks and felt 1,000,000 times faster with the tri shorts.  Afterwards, I just rinsed and hung them to dry.

I’ve now run one sprint tri with these shorts and they worked like a charm.  I really don’t know how they could have been better.  I didn’t even notice them at all, which I’d say is pretty sweet.  I experienced no discomfort and abrasion or anything through the whole race.  I went right from the lake to the bike and through the run without missing a beat.

My final thoughts…
Durability has yet to be tested, but I’ve now trained for 4 weeks in them and ran 1 race and the reflective Aevero silkscreen logo on the bum hasn’t even begun to peel off and I really thought it would.  I think this is a great product so far.

GREAT DEAL and Great product so far.

***UPDATE AS OF 10/9/08***
So far these are holding up quite well.  My training has slowed considerably, but I’ve been using them in the pool and they’re still in good shape.  I haven’t been using them on the bike since the big first tri in July, as regular bike shorts are just more comfy.  They have faded a little bit and aren’t quite the crisp, dark black they were when new.  I’ve been pretty careful with them, in terms of washing and drying, so the pad is still fully intact.

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