What to wear to the pool is always a tough call for the triathlete. Some people prefer a traditional brief cut, while others prefer the modesty of the full length jammer. Others find themselves somewhere in between. It was really tough going to swimming stores, because they were primarily focused on competitive swimmers and not triathletes.
I was really excited to see TYR start to address the triathlon market. I love the swimsuits they have been making for swimmers, and finally they have heard triathletes.
The triathlon specific line they introduced is called the Competitor Collection. It’s a well-designed, quality line of clothing and accessories for multi-sport athletes. It offers everything from competition tri-shorts to running singlets.
I was especially happy to see that TYR finally introduced training swimsuits for the triathlete. They made their triathlon training suits available in a brief, square-cut (boxer) and a jammer. Regardless of which length your personally prefer - you’ll be happy.
First of all they look and feel great. Quality is one of TYR’s strong points. These swimsuits are made out of 92% polyester and 8% spandex. The majority of the fabric being polyester makes the suit much more resistant to the chlorine. Also, the little bit of spandex still provides some stretch to make the suit very comfortable to wear. The Competitor Collection training suits swim to be very similar to TYR Durafast suits – specifically designed for swimming endless laps in highly chlorinated water.
For those who like the brief cut suit, this cut seems a little more generous than other swimmer focused racing briefs. I personally like the Square Cut (boxer) suit, because it provides a little more coverage than the brief, but for some reason helps me pay more attention to my kick then a full-length jammer. Another nice feature is that the legs openings aren’t really tight and uncomfortable – something that triathletes with bigger quads, like me, appreciate.
Finally, the style of these suits is right on. They use the classic colors of black and white, with your option of red, gray or blue highlights. The red looks awesome, and I would definitely recommend it. Another bonus is that they really understand their target market well. When my suits showed up, it included these very funny little motivational cards.
If you have been waiting for a line of training swimsuits with the triathlete in mind, look no further then the TYR Competitor Collection. These well-designed, quality suits will keep your swimmer and triathlete egos in balance. The line features 3 styles of suits: a brief, square cut (boxer), and jammer. The fabric is 92% polyester, so that it will be durable in chlorinated environments.