Due to concerns over fit, two-piece triathlon uniforms still outsell one-piece suits, according to Kevin O’Connor at Gear Wes Bike and Triathlon, "but the trend is changing as the one-piece clothing choices are growing and the fit has improved," he notes. Two-piece kits—essentially running-type shorts and a separate top—look and fit like universal workout wear. One-piece getups offer a streamlined, race-only fit and feel. One good option, the Long Distance Tri Suit from 2XU offers a tight fit with slight compression of the muscles. A triathlon chamois pad provides support on the bike while remaining discreet for the run. For hot days its fabric has a phase-change ingredient that cools when it gets wet. The company says it can lower temperature on the skin by up to 5 degrees F.
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