2XU Compression full zip sleeved TRI suit can take the heat

Can you imagine racing in hot temperatures with a black suit on?  This 2XU compression sleeved tri suit is the most comfortable tri kit that I have ever used.  And it did very well in the St. George 70.3 IRONMAN 2018. So bring on the heat because this tri suit ROCKS!

The St. George 70.3 IM has a reputation for being one of the toughest courses.  It was my 3rd time racing.  Most of the time the temperatures get over 90 degrees on the run.  So careful management of the heat and liquid intake is crucial.

The 2XU Compression Full Zip sleeved TRISUIT was amazing.  What seems like  a typical one piece suit is not typical at all.  The top front zips open and the bottoms are like normal tri shorts.  It attaches in the back and provides a snug fit.  This suit has sleeves that cover the shoulders and biceps.  This was a completely new experience for me.  I am used to a tri top that is sleeveless and more like a tank top.  The compression on the arms and shoulders was a plus.  I really felt great having the top and bottom connected.

The race was the first time I wore the suit.


On the swim the suit fit perfectly under my wetsuit.  No problems at all.  Very smooth and I felt great coming out of the water.


On the bike I felt very comfortable.  I think that having the shoulders covered gives extra support.  The muscle containment was great for my shoulders and torso.  I noticed this especially being in aero position.  The chamois is smooth and ready to go.  It felt great uphill and down.  Hammering the pedals or just trying to keep pace.  I noticed that the suit really kept me cool.  With the 2XU ICE technology my temperature was good.


The heat was intense and over 90 degrees.  I would put ice inside the suit from every aid station.  I would try to strategically spread in out on my chest. The material would keep the ice spread out evenly.  Even in the blazing heat NO SHADE this solid black suit was super comfortable.  (see my finishing pic)

In Conclusion

The 2XU compression full zip sleeved TRI suit is incredible.  I have participated in many triathlons.  This was one of my favorites because I was so comfortable.

Check out this suit and other great accessories for  all your endurance adventures.  https://www.2xu.com/us/p/comp-full-zip-sleeved-trisuit

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About The Author

Gelder Lewis has been snowboarding for more than 30 years. He heard Mark Allen speak at a motivational meeting and wanted to do a triathlon. He decided to get in shape for the winter months so he started doing triathlon. Now he is totally addicted and loves to swim, bike, run year round. Gelder enjoys testing, writing, talking and presenting information about all things gear and how it can enhance the endurance sport experience. Gelder still snowboards until the Greatest Snow on Earth melts each season.