2XU Compression Full Zip Sleeved Trisuit
Compression is an instrumental part of the healing process when it comes to a variety of injuries. For many injuries that can occur in the human body while running, such as muscle strain, stress fractures, and tendon inflammation, compression makes up one of the four key aspects of the RICE protocol. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that many people who engage in high-intensity exercises wear apparel with compression properties.
2XU is a company that develops high-end compression gear for a variety of athletes and physical fitness enthusiasts. Many of their products focus on the lower half of the human body, such as their calf sleeves, shorts, and tights. They also design products that are intended to be worn on the upper half of the body as well, which can be useful for individuals who engage in powerlifting, calisthenics, or gymnastics. However, this review is based around one of their most unique products: the Full Zip Sleeved Tri Suit, a compression garment that covers almost all of the wearer’s body. This suit is intended for the most hardcore athletes and comes with all the stock features found in 2XU’s compression gear along with a few new ones that aim to bring out the best in the wearer.
- Performance-boosting technology
- Effective at managing temperature
- Can prevent athletic injuries
- Can withstand a surprising amount of punishment
- Difficult to find the correct size
However, the one activity that this suit was intended to provide the most support for is a triathlon, as its name would imply. The specifics of this 2XU product’s construction makes it ideal for use in running, cycling, and swimming and will ensure that these activities are more easily performed by the wearer. In addition to easing pain and preventing injuries that can occur during a triathlon, this suit also has the potential of improving the wearer’s performance due to its decreased air resistance and impressive durability.
One of the ways that this tri suit sidesteps the issue of ventilation is through technologies designed to keep the wearer’s body cool and dry. For instance, UV blocking properties were implemented into the fabric of this compression suit, which provides skin protection from harsh exposure to the sun. Additionally, a high filament polyester coating referred to as ICE-X is designed to lower the wearer’s body temperature even while they’re exercising. Thanks to these two features, the wearer is far less likely to sweat during physical activity which means that breathability is less of an issue. In the event of moisture, however, the 2XU Compression Full Zip Sleeved Tri Suit comes with integrated moisture management technology that can wick away the sweat, preventing it from pooling and causing skin irritation. All that aside, the combination of polyester, Lycra, and nylon that forms the fabric of this suit still allows for some air to flow in and out.
The second way that this suit provides comfort involves the avoidance of discomfort that could be caused by a myriad of factors. To avoid discomfort from sun damage, 2XU’s tri suit offers UV ray protection through its fabric. Additionally, moisture and temperature management technology help to prevent the wearer from feeling uncomfortably wet or hot. Finally, the compression aspect of this suit’s design helps to prevent a range of running injuries and will lessen the effect of delayed onset muscle soreness, which can commonly occur after a strenuous workout. Thanks to these design aspects, this is one of the best options for comfort-loving athletes.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are rough estimates derived from size charts designed by 2XU based on their other compression apparel. By no means are these accurate measurements relating specifically to this triathlon suit; instead, it is a rough guideline of the potential body shapes and sizes that can fit in this product. Customers who have left reviews for this 2XU product online have stated that it may be a good idea to order a size smaller than usual in order to ensure the right fit. However, it is important to note that this suit shouldn’t cut off your circulation while it is being worn, so any size that does cause this to happen is the wrong one.
Although a significant portion of the 2XU Compression Full Zip Sleeved Tri Suit is made up of material that emphasizes breathability and compression, there are other areas with protective reinforcements. These elements are reinforced with silicone, an exceptionally resilient material that is non-toxic and easily washed. Aside from this, most of the suit is coated with a layer of high-filament polyester; although it isn’t as strong as silicone, it comes close in terms of longevity. Additionally, this material helps to ward off potential hazards that can lead to degradation: sun damage, moisture accumulation, and extreme temperatures. Finally, the elastane and nylon blend that makes up 2XU’s PWX fabric contains enough of the former to ensure a comfortable responsiveness to the material and enough of the latter to prevent tearing or fraying in extreme situations.
Even if it wasn’t designed with the intention of fashion, there’s no avoiding the fact that this product has an aesthetic that will leave an impression on observers. An obvious point of comparison is a wetsuit since both articles of apparel are tight-fitting and cover most of the wearer’s body. However, this suit was explicitly designed with compression in mind and contains none of the insulating material commonly found in a wetsuit, which means that it is even more striking on the wearer’s body. Individuals who want to look their best while wearing this 2XU product will need to focus on their physique over any color choice or accessories since their entire body will be displayed without any modesty. That being said, there are some additional colorways for this product that allow for a modicum of self-expression. Still, the color of this suit is not going to be what draws the eyes of observers and attention will be guaranteed regardless of this metric.
With the 2XU Compression Full Zip Sleeved Tri Suit, the cost is varied but expensive on average. The variance in prices for this product has more to do with the chosen size rather than due to the scarcity of particular models. This is a logical progression of cost since the increase in price directly correlates with an increase in material needed to construct the suit. Although this is certainly inconvenient for larger individuals who dislike having to pay more than smaller people, the fact that this cost increase is justifiable may serve as some recompense and help them to avoid feeling as though they are being taken advantage of. Additionally, this product contains no feature for resistance to microbial organisms and bacteria, which means that its cost isn’t inflated due to expensive materials. Because of this, the price for this triathlon suit is much more reasonable despite still being on the high side.
- Full-body design offers compression to multiple muscle groups
- High filament polyester provides heat and sun protection
- Proprietary PWX fabric ensures comfort and durability
- Three different colorways to choose from
- Reasonable size accommodations ranging from S to XXL
Casual runners, cyclists, and swimmers may appreciate some of the features provided by this full-body suit, such as its ability to speed up recovery and protect them from heat and moisture. However, using this product as a training tool is not recommend since it will likely serve as a crutch that prevents the wearer from getting the most effective training experience. Instead, this is a product meant for use in a triathlon for safety and comfort reasons: only experts need to apply.