Review: Epix Gear Custom GoFierce Kit
May 11, 2016
article & images by Nick Salazar
I've been writing about Epix Gear for a long time. They first caught my eye with their incredibly wild designs, and an interesting business model of constantly-rotating graphic designs as well as apparel design. Moreover, the company was perhaps the first in the industry to offer one-piece minimum orders on fully-sublimated apparel. Some others have recently adpoted that model, and while Epix has generally been the brand to beat on pricing for low-quantity custom apparel, they haven't always had a true top-shelf trisuit line. Until now.
Epix got in touch a few months ago and let us know about their newer GoFierce lineup, a new suit featuring higher-end fabrics, a tighter race-worthy cut, laser-cut leg grippers, and still available in the full-custom goodness that Epix is known for.
I went through the full design process, which is what any team would experience when ordering custom kit from Epix Gear. The process involved multiple rounds of input back and forth, to arrive at the designs you see here. For individuals ordering just one piece, the process would be a little more streamlined, owing to the lower volume of sales and the time involved.
In Round 1, Epix created a trio of different designs, based on more simple geometric shapes (rather than wilder tattoo-esque shapes Epix also often does). Using these starting points as an inspiration, I worked up what would become the final design for the suit. Epix then ported that design to a two-piece suit as well, extending some of the design elements I created over to the sleeved top. You can see the full design process below.
So, once the designs were all in the can, it was time to pull the trigger and place the order. About 6 weeks later, the finished product showed up at my door. First, we'll look at the one-piece trisuit, and then the two-piece kit. Hit the jump and let's check it out.
The design process with Epix is fun and collaborative. If you're an artist, you can have a hand in the process, as much or as little as you'd like. If you're not an artist, they'll provide you with unique designs and inspiration based on your input. Here's how our designs evolved.
The suit is my favorite piece of apparel from this custom process. It fits very well, is snug all around but not constrictive, and leaves virtually no wrinkles for the wind to see. The abounds with little features like dual leg pockets, a zipper cover flap up top, a comfy flared collar, and a dual-layer modesty panel in the crotch. This is an excellent racing kit, with custom TriRig design all around.
Two-Piece Kit (Shorts + Tri Jersey)
The two-piece kit offers more flexibility in terms of creature comforts, as well as sleeving options. We had a mid-sleeve kit made, and Epix Gear delivered a beautiful custom design. Still, we have some small nitpicks of the two-piece design versus our preferred one-piece suit, but they are minor.