For a few years I was an ambassador for one specific triathlon apparel brand. It was great. I still love their clothes. But when that ended it gave me the amazing opportunity to try out a lot of different triathlon clothing brands. Yay!
Here’s what I know about available brands for Triathlon Apparel. Clothing is a very personal choice. I’ll share what I know and my experiences as a consumer with these brands. I hope that it helps.
Some of this is women-specific. I’m a girl. Some of it is also really just cycling apparel but good stuff.
I was an ambassador for Coeur Sports for 2 years. So you’ll see photos of me wearing Coeur gear all over the blog. But I found the brand as a customer because my shorts were driving me insane.
Coeur Sports innovated a seamless chamois that has been a lifesaver for me. You can read my first review of the Coeur apparel before I was an ambassador here. You can read my review of their chamois here. Coeur Sports and it’s founder Kebby are a great small company. The clothing is great, the customer service is top notch.
Ciclista is a local to Miami designer named Tachi who has been involved in cycling and triathlon for years. She’s a sweetheart and always helps me with projects when I ask.
I have one kit by Wattie Ink. It’s a custom 2-peice suit that we did for Team Hammerheads last year. Wattie Ink is one of the premier triathlon apparel companies. Sean Watkins and his wife professional triathlete, Heather Jackson are the brains behind the company and their signature “look” is edgy. I love the look of most of their designs. They are a US company and do all of their manufacturing in the US as well. That’s actually quite a big deal that they do that because I hear from many small manufacturers that it is a big challenge. But these guys stick to that commitment. Their clothes are not cheap.
Working with them for custom gear was a great process. Their design team is fantastic and their service is top notch. I really enjoyed it and I love the design they made for our team.
Many people really love them but unfortunately while I love the look of my Wattie custom kit I don’t love to wear it because I get really bad chaffing from the top. If I wear the top to swim I get a literal open wound from the zipper top near my neck which is awful. I find that the pockets in the top are very hard to use (they are sideways in the back) and anything larger than a gel packet falls out of them.
Lastly, I was surprised by this because Heather Jackson is a long course racer and many people love these kits for long course racing but I personally find the chamois seam extremely painful. I wore the kit today to run and in just 10 miles I got chaffing on my arms. Also, the shorts have a low rise which is fine. I find the shorts very comfortable to run. If you don’t have washboard abs that low rise can give you an unflattering little belly pooch. This is true of every brand not just this one.
This is just my feedback. And clothing is a super personal thing. The seam in the shorts seriously may not bother you. Most tri shorts have this seam and people are fine with it. It makes me want to saw my legs off and sell my bike at about 25 miles. I also want to be really up front that I was told that the kits run small so I ordered medium instead of small and I may have a top that is one size too big for mean which might be the cause of my chaffing. It also might be a girl thing – the girls who ordered this kit all report the issues with the chaffing around the arm holes but the guys don’t seem to have that happen.
Rapha – This is actually just cycling apparel. I will say the one Rapha jersey I own is amazingly well made.
She Beest – This is actually just cycling apparel. My first real cycling jersey was She Beest.
If you are a triathlon clothing company and you would like me to review your clothes. I’m happy to do that. Reach out to amy [at] amysaysso [dot] com.