You have the will to race in a triathlon. You may even have the will to win one. Even so, you can't will away discomfort or fatigue. Fortunately, you can reduce both with a little help from the folks at 2XU. The Long-Distance Tri Short is a warm-weather specialist that can, through the use of high-tech fabrics and intelligent design, actually reduce your body temperature. This reduction in body temperature spells a reduction in discomfort and fatigue and, with a generous helping of your will to win, a reduction in the amount of time it takes you to cross the finish line.
So, you might be asking yourself what gives this short the 'long distance' designation when compared to 2XU's other tri short offerings. Well, while you still retain 2XU's hallmark compression, the primary composition of the Long Distance is made from the ICE X fabric. This material takes a twofold approach to endurance, starting with its yarn being embedded with Xylitol. Yes, the sugar substitute. And like its application in gum, your skin will receive a cooling rush when ICE X is confronted with perspiration. Basically, the material operates as a refrigerant that rapidly evaporates moisture, then converts it into cool air. So, the fabric counteracts heat by utilizing its byproduct–kind of like physiological recycling. Additionally, the second approach to endurance is the material's IR-blocking properties. This means that infrared light is largely blocked from penetrating the skin. What's infrared? Infrared light is the most predominant form of radiation from the sun's sea-level irradiance. Basically, IR transfers around 16% more heat to the body than visible light. So, limiting your skin's exposure to this energy minimizes spikes in your skin temperature. In fact, 2XU claims that ICE X will actually lower your skin temperature up to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Specifically placed panels of the short have also been constructed from 2XU's 70D Kinetic Speed fabric. Basically, the '70D' stands for 70 denier. What's a denier? Simply put, a denier is a unit of measure for the weight of a fabric. Technically speaking, it measures a fabric's grams-per-9000-meters. And while a typical recovery compression piece features a material around 200 deniers and up, the Tri Short uses a lighter, less constricting 70 denier fabric. This means that you still receive a lightly focused graduated compression, but the most direct gains are made through limiting muscle oscillation. So, whether you're getting slapped by wakes, getting rattled in the saddle, or pummeled by your pounding on the pavement, the Kinetic Speed fabric provides an enhanced level of muscle support that will minimize fatigue. Additionally, this material utilizes 2XU's turbulent airflow technology in order to minimize drag while you're in the saddle.
For the chamois, the Tri Short features 2XU's Elite LD insert. Developed specifically for triathlon, the Elite LD uses a thin, yet ample, 3mm variable density padding. This design provides the necessary support while in the saddle, but it won't become irritable over the course of your swim or run. In fact, 2XU selected this chamois because of its impressive ventilation and quick-drying characteristics.
To ensure the short's fit, 2XU placed its own non-abrasive, elastic leg grippers, and nutrition storage is made possible by a rear pocket. For further comfort, the Long Distance Tri Short features a complete flatlock seam construction. So, you won't experience any more pinching or painful rubbing over your body.
The 2XU Long Distance Tri Short is available in five sizes from XS to XXL and in the colors Black/black, Charcoal/burnt orange and Indigo/charcoal.