I got my triathlon top and bottom I ordered online today and I am unsure about the fit or if I need to further scour the Web and send it back. Before I began training I was a big guy. After training I am still a bug guy with a smaller waist. I have a measured 50 inch chest and a 48/46 inch waist. Finding triathlon clothes and cycling clothes has been difficult, if you look like a football player wearing pads, without pads, your in trouble. After days of exhaustive searching, back to aerotech designs I went. Currently I wear their cycling shorts and love them.
Problem was there were very limited selections. For big guys there were three top options, all same make but different colors. The 4x went up to a 48 inch chest, but with no other options I figured I would take the plunge and try it.
The shorts I decided to get are 3x,48-50. Usually I would have gotten 46/48 but that size included 44 so I figured it would be too small. The shorts seem to fit well, maybe a slight bit loose in the crotch, maybe I should try a size down. But they are comfortable and pull up past my belly button. Might need to try a size down.
The shirt is where I seem to have some concerns. Its tight, but not so tight that I can’t breath. When I motion like swimming it pulls up quite a bit, it almost seems like its not long enough. Before making a swimming motion the shirt hangs just below my belly button. With the extra height of the shorts you would rarely recognize the shirt rising. I think the tightness is fine, but height seems troublesome.
For now I am going to try a few bricks in them and see if they will work. I hope so, its hard finding tri shirts that are bigger or longer. Is this the usual fit for tri gear? Am I over thinking this? Would I be ok on race day with this set up? The joys of being a large athlete. Til next time.