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Is there a do-all tri jersey?(6 posts)

Is there a do-all tri jersey?boyd2
Sep 10, 2003 6:56 AM
I am looking for a shirt/jersey for a colder weather tri. I am planning to do one Oct 4 and water temp will be a minor issue. I do not have a wetsuit and do not plan to buy one. In the summer time I would probally just do everything shirtless. I was wondering if an inexpensive top exists that I could do the whole event in? I am looking for a little bit of warmth, a little bit of floatation and a pocket or two for bike gear and GU. Anybody have any ideas for me?

I have never tried to swim in a bike jersey, but I bet the pockets will act like a big sea anchor!
re: Is there a do-all tri jersey?brider
Sep 10, 2003 10:31 AM
Anything that would provide floataion would be unbearably hot on the bike or run. If warmth is an issue, put on something dry in T1, probably a full zip would work best (try putting something over your head when you're wet). Maybe a normal bike jersey that's full-zip.
re: Is there a do-all tri jersey?boyd2
Sep 10, 2003 12:59 PM
I am sure you are correct about the flotation. How about a simple jersey that I can wear in the water and never take off. Perhaps that will give just a bit of warmth?
Sep 11, 2003 7:06 AM
a rash guard provides minimal warmth. I tend to agree with brider, though, If you're concerned about air temps, a nice warm, dry jersy will do you better than a sopping shirt.
re: Is there a do-all tri jersey?brider
Sep 11, 2003 10:25 AM
Once it's dry it'll be warmer than nothing at all, but until then it'll be SIGNIFICANTLY colder. Nature of the beast.

But you could go with virtually any of the full-length tri jerseys (and there's a few full-zip ones that you could don at T1 -- George Hincappie has a line that includes one). Zoot, DeSoto, Hind. Many to choose from.
agree. flotation = nonbreathing.Steve_0
Sep 11, 2003 7:03 AM