Crank up the comfort.
Whether you're training for your first triathlon, or a seasoned veteran, chances are you know well that charging through the disciplines is painful enough without your clothing chafing, riding up, and causing ungodly levels of discomfort. On a mission to minimize the pain — and anxiety— caused by an ill-fitting kit, Louis Garneau crafts the Tri Comp Short for Women with compressive fabrics, and a streamlined fit that soars through water and air alike, all the while actively wicking away sweat.
To deliver the perfect fit, the Garneau Comp Shorts use a 12-panel design, constructed of Garneau's Endurexx fabric. This material is shaped to the female body's contours to deliver stellar support with a slight compressive factor. This compression minimizes the muscles' reaction to vibration, which reduces fatigue and increases resistance. Further along these lines, Garneau included its Powerband compressive leg cuffs. Like Endurexx, Powerbands are soft-to-the-touch, non-restrictive, and promote circulation throughout the legs.
For even further comfort, the Comp Shorts use flatlock seams, and feature Garneau's Mini Dryfleece Light chamois. This chamois is designed to be quick-drying. The shape of the chamois is thin and conforming, and touts a barely-there design that provides cushioning for the bike and comfort for the swim and run. For training purposes, the shorts are impervious to chlorine (up to 15 times the prescribed swimming level) and have been given reflective accents for low-light conditions. They feature a single back mesh pocket for race day nutrition.
- Tri-tuned shorts that crank up the comfort
- 12-panel design contours to your body
- Compressive Endurexx fabric supports muscles
- Keep dry thanks to moisture-managing materials
- Fabric is crafted to fight chlorine on training days
- Waistband features drawstring to dial in a perfect fit
- Stash a spare gel in a covered pocket at back
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- Q & A
Not quite as expected
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have not yet worn these but was surprised by a few things. There is no drawstring, as advertised (even on the manufacturer's tag that came with the shorts); this is a bummer for a triathlete who'd like to swim in these (they may well get pulled down by the force of water or jostling fellow athletes). Also, they are super long (I should've read the description) - almost to my (long legs') knees: I'm gonna fold them up for sure. Luckily (3rd surprise), there's NO gripper at all on the legs, so I can fold them up (I don't like or need a serious sausage-making gripper, anyway). Lastly, there's quite a bit of padding for a tri short. It's light padding but I wouldn't want to run more than an Olympic distance tri run (10K) in these; half or full Ironman runs would be insufferable with these. Otherwise, the quality and fit are pretty nice, although the waist dips a bit low (good for running but not for swimming or biking). SO - I'm gonna wear them just for biking.