Why Castelli's top tri suit should be on every triathlete's wishlist

With the UK triathlon season set to get underway in the next few weeks, now's the time to invest in a new race suit – and there's no better option than Castelli's Free Sanremo Short Sleeve.

Leading the industry as ever, Castelli was one of the first triathlon clothing brands to offer a short-sleeved race suit with a full length zip. Honed by hours of prototyping in the wind tunnel and tested by Ironman world champions Mirinda Carfrae and Frederik Van Lierde, the first Free Sanremo Short Sleeve tri suit was launched in 2014.

The suit offered the perfect fusion of comfort, fit and performance, the wind tunnel data showing the sleeve material to be faster than bare skin. While it took a little while to convert some athletes to sleeves, pros have led the way in adopting the design.

By the Ironman World Championships in Kona last year, the top 10 men – and 16 of the top 20 – wore sleeved suits including Germany's Andreas Raelert, who wore his Sanremo suit all the way to the second spot on the podium. In the women's race, six of the top 10 women were also wearing sleeved designs.

The all-new 2016 Free Sanremo Suit SS is the most comfortable version of the suit so far. The light weight, multi-density Kiss Tri seat pad has been shaped to offer exceptional comfort in the aero position while being totally unnoticeable during swimming and running.

The shoulder panels have been specifically designed for maximum freedom of movement, which means triathletes can now take advantage of Ironman's rule change to allow sleeved suits during non-wetsuit swims.

Bike speed is ensured by the combination of well-ventilated SpeedFreak material on the front of the upper and the Velocity mesh back – wind tunnel tested for minimum drag. FreeAero 2 aerodynamically optimised pockets hold additional nutrition safely while those all-important elbow length sleeves hug the arms for added speed. The full zip design makes nature brakes easy and also offers extra cooling on the run when the weather heats up.

The shorts use Instradry Speed fabric, which minimises water absorption, and also feature broad Giro Air legs grippers that stay put without pinching. Castelli has also added two gel pockets on the front of the hips for extra storage without any annoying bouncing during the run.

All in all, it's the perfect choice regardless of race distance.

Check out the 2016 Free Sanremo Suit SS at you local Castelli dealer. Use our stockist locator to find your nearest store.

Photos: Marino Vanhoenacker – Castelli / Andreas Raelert – Ingo Kutsche / Frederik Van Lierde – David-Pintens