This Sunday I will be racing Vineman 70.3 in Sonoma County California. I have done this race twice before. The first time went really well. The second time not so much. I have been training really hard and I am hoping for a good result. We will see on Sunday. Lately I have been struggling with what to wear. The more I do triathlon the pickier I have become in my gear. I am developing some preferences when it comes to clothing and I can’t seem to find the perfect kit for race day. Here is what I want my kit to have:
- Built in bra (I am small enough on top that the built ones work fine for me)
- Pockets in the top (deep enough to hold a little food and loose enough to be easily accessible)
- Zipper in top to allow for venting if it gets hot
- Top should be long enough to cover top of shorts and not ride up so my belly shows
- Bottoms shouldn’t be very long
- No leg grippers if possible but if they have leg grippers not extra tight so you get sausage thighs
- Wide waste band the same size all around and not super tight to reduce the muffin top issue
- Wide chamois/pad in the back; I don’t want the seam of the chamois to hit rub were I make contact with my saddle
- Not too many grooves in the chamois; that gives extra opportunity for pinching parts
- Fairly snug fitting bottoms overall; I like a little compression
- Whole kit should be cute and distinct and if possible match my bike and make me look 10lbs lighter (ok, maybe that isn’t that important)
- Whole kit shouldn’t be more than $120 all in…
The three kits pictured above are as close as I have to the “perfect” kit
The SOAS kit has everything except good sized pockets and a wide chamois. I love the length of the shorts and everything else. This kit is a little pricey at $180.
The Hammer kit’s(made by Voler) only issue is there is no built in bra and the bottom of the top has a tighter elastic edge BUT it doesn’t ride up. The shorts are great; perfect leg grippers (or lack there of) and good chamois for me. This kit is also the most affordable at $90 all in and you can often get a deal and get it for less!
The Vanderkitten kit (made by Pactimo) is by far the cutest and I really do like the one piece. Problem is the pad is very minimal, the kit is a little loose, it has no pockets, and it zips down the back. It worked well for my Olympic Tri but I think I may run into issues for longer races. I am a VKVIP so I get a deal on this kit but it can range from $129-$169.
So for my upcoming race day I have chosen to race in the Hammer kit. I am still searching for the perfect kit for Ironman Arizona. I have my eye on a Castelli kit, the Body Paint. But at $250 for the top and bottom I am struggling to let myself get it.