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The TN7 swimsuit was designed from scratch with the aim of providing a 2 discipline tri-suit. A performance enhancing tri-swimsuit in the water, but also suitable to run in.
The design was inspired from World ITU series and now Super League Triathlon series.
The first decision in the design was which fabric to use to achieve our goals. We chose 390 Vita from Carvico in Italy. 390 Vita is used throughout sporting apparel industry.
Vita is a sustainable techno-fabric, made of a ECONYL® regenerated Nylon that turns waste problems into yarns. Vita is versatile, hyper-resistant, thin, soft and breathable: a unique mix of muscular compression and comfort. Thanks to its innovative construction, Vita is two times more resistant, to chlorine, suntan creams and oils than other competitors’ fabric. The fabric also has a UP50 rating.
The other major material we used was Spider PL also supplied by Carvico: an innovative micro-mesh fabric made of polyester. Being made of polyester and featuring an open structure, it is naturally moisture wicking and prevents the spreading of bacteria which may generate bad smell.
Supplier and fabric decided we set about designing the suit maximising the fabric qualities.
TN7 is a multi-panel swim suit which provides a fit like a second skin and avoids any sagging material when wet. Thus, reducing drag through the water. Drag is further reduced by the application to the fabric of water repellent treatment (WRT) C0 at Carvico.
The WRT C0 stops water being absorbed by the fabric and creates a "slippery" surface which allows water to flow around the suit aiding the swimmer to maintain correct body position and also faster swim times.
The zip at the front has a internal zip guard flap for the full length of the zip and a overlap at the top of the zip to prevent chaffering around the neck in the swim and run.
On the run the 390 Vita is fast drying and has excellent breathing properties. The back is open providing ample cooling and on the sides is polyester spider PL micro-mesh for additional cooling/breathability.
The TN7 tri-suit was designed to be used for training, aquathlons and super sprint triathlons (400m/10km/2.5k).
NOTE at present TN7 suit doesn't have a cycle pad.
Tenola founder and CEO Ian Nolan has a lifelong love of all things active and has competed in a variety of sports over the years involving mud, sweat and tears – the latter following various serious sporting injuries! But it was the challenge of the dual or tri-disciplines of Triathlon, testing not only fitness but endurance and skill that truly captivated him and led to an ongoing passion for the sport. Read More >