A Tale of Two Trisuits
article & images by Nick Salazar
Aug 21, 2011  hits 53,610

Custom Suit

We've seen quite a bit of cool stuff from Epix Gear. They broke onto the apparel scene with some extreme design ideas rooted in excellent fit and function. Now they're continuing to expand on two different fronts. First, is their new "X-Clusive" program, which basically means custom-printed suits. They're offering custom-printed suits in either the standard cut or Airflow cut, featuring the same fully-sublimated printing that will never crack, and resist fading much better than other printing methods. Okay, that's cool - the Epix suits are great. But what makes the X-Clusive program REALLY cool is that there is no minimum number of suits. That's right - you can print just ONE custom suit if you want. That's HUGE!

Just think of it - for the same price as the entry fee for one Olympic distance race, you could have your own custom jersey. Just for you. In any colors you want, with the craziest design you can think of. And if you aren't very creative, Epix has some templates for you to start from. Well, when we heard about this, we were sold, and went straightaway to design a custom suit for TriRig. Epix sent us a couple design ideas, and we customized from there, ending up with something unique, and not seen anywhere else. The process was easy, and it was really fun to see the design develop. The suits arrived about six weeks after we placed the order, and they're beautiful. They're exactly what was expected, and it's undeniably fun to pull on a jersey that is distinctly, uniquely yours. This level of customization is normally reserved for much larger teams with much larger budgets. Epix is making it available to everyone, and that's awesome.

Features

We chose to have these suits done with the standard trisuit cut. That means we didn't get the leg pockets or the upgraded chamois of the Airflow model, but did get two larger pockets versus the single mesh pocket of the Airflow. Ultimately, this suit is meant mostly for racing, although it's certainly comfortable enough to ride in for a couple hours at a time. But for 3+ hour rides, a cycling-specific kit is preferable.

As we've noted before, the biggest point of concern on a trisuit cut is the waistline seam -- there shouldn't BE one. And Epix smartly leaves it out, using just one panel of fabric on the front. It goes all the way from the leg grippers to the top of the shoulders. This just makes for a much more comfortable suit than one with a waistline seam, especially when you're folded up in an aero tuck. Sizing is true to what you'd expect in other brands, or perhaps just a hair larger than average.

So that's the Epix X-Clusive program. But that's not all they're up to. Epix is also exploring high tech fabrics, and are now making suits with Coldblack tech. Hit the next page for more.


Tags » apparel,  epix,  trisuits
  • This is the TriRig custom one-piece suit from Epix.  We sent in our design ideas, had some back-and-forth collaboration, and settled on this final design.  I love it.
  • The design came out exactly as it looked in our renderings, and fits great.
  • The suit is all quality.
  • The fully-sublimated graphics will never crack or wash off.  They look great, even up close.
  • Based on the quality of Epix Gear's other kit, I can say with confidence that this is a piece that will last and last.
  • I chose to get the Standard cut, because of the ample storage space in the pockets out back.  They can hold a lot of gear for when you need it, or hug flat when you don't.
  • Custom suits based on the Standard cut feature a minimal chamois, which is good for racing, but might leave you wanting a bit for training days.
  • The silicon leg grippers keep the suit from riding up.
  • The Airflow Coldblack features advanced fabric, and tasteful, minimal styling.  This suit is much like the one-piece version I tested previously.
  • The black-and-white styling is subtle and elegant.
  • The back features a large white mesh to keep the suit very breathable.  All the black parts are Coldblack.
  • The two-piece suit is comfortalbe and versatile.
  • The Airflow suit features one pocket on each leg, great for gels.
  • For the Airflow cut, the actual text of the Epix logo is the part that grips your leg.
  • The Airflow suit features a much more supple chamois, suitable for longer training days as well as racing.
  • A single zippered pocket on the back limits storage space, but should be enough for shorter races.  If you're doing an Ironman, you might want to supplement with some kind of belt storage, or use the leg pockets.
  • This one is a two-piece, which is more convenient for getting it on and off.  But Epix also makes the Airflow in a one-piece design.

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