Soas Tri Kit: Review

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Well, I waited nearly 12 months to purchase my dream triathlon kit, but u finally have it! After a long delay with the postage I had been considering sending it back as soon as it arrived, that consideration was negated as soon as I laid hands on it!

I know not all of you will be into the pink and polka dots that had me instantly fall in love with this super cute design. But that’s not all that’s great about this kit (check out their other designs).

My disclaimer is I haven’t raced in this suit (YET) but I will be for my very next race! I HAVE however cycled to and from work 3 times (=120kms) and done some sprints and a gym session in it.

Overall
Design:
20131012-072745.jpgAmazing colour selections- plenty of options to suit your personal taste!
Flattering! I don’t know how many photos I have of me in my one piece tri suits that make me cringe- they hide nothing and exacerbate every ‘flaw’. This suit is my first 2 piece (I recently had some 2xu tri pants but they left me with awful muffin tips and sausaged legs that they were never worn in public!). This suit however is completely flattering! I was a little bit worries about the short pants (as generally anything shorter than 3/4 does NOTHING for my figure!) but I wear these shorts with complete confidence! (More details below). Even better- definitely no muffin too thanks to the wide waist band design 🙂

 

 
Comfort: As I said above I am yet to race in the kit, but the 120kms I have cycled in it have been my most comfortable yet (even better than my thick padded pearl isumi cycling pants!) which was a huge surprise to me! More details on the chamois below, but the design in general is easy to move in, comfy on the saddle region and does very little ‘riding up’.
Cost: This is the one problem with the suit- it comes with a bit of a hefty price tag. This is why it took me 12 months to justify the purchase…but so far I believe it was worth it. I can’t yet comment in wear and tear, although I have read good things, but I think I will be wearing this suit for its money’s worth! (Along with the other Soas Racing purchases I plan on making!)

Top
Racer Back -Not only contributes to the flattering design but also allows for ease of upper body movements.
Internal Shelf Bra – I’m not sure this would provide enough support for me not to wear a sports bra/crop (although I like to be strapped in tight when running), but it definitely provides additional support. It is double lined with a black material so those that want to go ‘commando’ don’t have to worry about showing the world what their mumma’s gave them !
20131012-073104.jpgPockets – The top has 2 deep pockets on the lower back perfect for stashing gels, inner tubes or anything else you may need for you race/training.
Design – I have already touched in most if this but top specific design strengths would be the length of the top. I have had no issues with it riding up (even with a backpack on). The length also contributes to just how flattering this kit is!

Shorts
20131012-073250.jpgDesign – I love these shorts and they are the only ‘bike shorts’ I’m comfortable wearing in public. This comes largely down to the wide fabric bands around the waist and legs 20131012-073308.jpgthat prevent bulging and muffin tops!
The stitching is flat and so causes no chaffing or irritation (like another pair of tri pants I own!) <

 

 

 
Chamois– The chamois is thin and felt but surprisingly comfortable! No need for any extra padding on my hard road bike saddle. br />
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Pockets– the pants also have 3 shallow pockets perfect for fuel or trash whilst on course!

So if that didn’t make it clear- I LOVE this tri kit and will definitely be purchasing others, as well as some Soas cycling and running gear! Hope this helps you make a purchase you will not regret! (I received no form of payment or incentive to publish this review)

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  One thought on “Soas Tri Kit: Review

  1. July 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I am looking to buy a suit just like this! Any post race words of advice? 🙂

    • July 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I love my soas suit. I have worn it for every tri since. Will buy more when I can afford. Despite the thin fleece chamois it’s very comfortable and most importantly very flattering!

      • July 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        Awesome! Thanks so much 🙂

  2. Jodie
    November 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hi! Thanks for this review. I am planning on getting one of their kits but was wondering if you experienced any drag on the swim due to the pockets? Thanks!

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