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Ryon

Aug 14, 12 16:44

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Curious, What are the fastest skinsuits out there? Or rather, which brands and models have aero data to back them up? (No, the answer is not "the one that fits you best." This is beside the obvious…) I'm looking to get one in my quest toward aero TT level: Jedi.

Thanks!
Ryon
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gtingley

Aug 15, 12 19:21

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Here's what I've tested, in order of aeroness, IMHO

1. Assos chronosuit - snug w/ thumb holds, zipper does not bunch up, chest tight, go 1 size smaller, well made and durable
2. Castelli body paint - construction looks fragile, zipper area bunched up a little
3. Hincapie signature - used this for the past 2 years, fit well and was durable
4. Voler - went 1 size smaller, fit was ok, not really a super aero solution
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Carl Spackler

Aug 15, 12 19:36

Post #3 of 17 (2580 views)
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The Castelli is awesome but a bit fragile as you noted. The seam just below the zipper has separated on two that I've had. Great fitting suit and super comfy chamois.

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hansonator69

Aug 16, 12 1:12

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Trawl through ebay till a nice team issue skinsuit comes up. I have one of the Australian national track team Santini skinsuits but I don't have any numbers to go with them.


camaleon

Aug 16, 12 2:12

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Carl Spackler wrote:
The Castelli is awesome but a bit fragile as you noted. The seam just below the zipper has separated on two that I've had. Great fitting suit and super comfy chamois.

x2

Fit very nicely and the pad is really really good!

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UKathlete

Aug 16, 12 2:19

Post #6 of 17 (2458 views)
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The SMART skinsuit is supposed to be amazing, but very very pricey..!

http://www.smartaerotechnology.com/...o-products/clothing/


(This post was edited by UKathlete on Aug 16, 12 2:19)


hansonator69

Aug 16, 12 3:01

Post #7 of 17 (2435 views)
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Those SMART skinsuits have seams that look a lot like the BMC skinsuits this season... if BMC bought them from SMART they must be good!


codec

Aug 18, 12 12:44

Post #8 of 17 (2229 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [gtingley] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

gtingley wrote:

Here's what I've tested, in order of aeroness, IMHO

1. Assos chronosuit - snug w/ thumb holds, zipper does not bunch up, chest tight, go 1 size smaller, well made and durable
2. Castelli body paint - construction looks fragile, zipper area bunched up a little
3. Hincapie signature - used this for the past 2 years, fit well and was durable
4. Voler - went 1 size smaller, fit was ok, not really a super aero solution

Gary, did you test the CS Speed Suit? if so, where did it fall on your list?


phil combs

Aug 18, 12 12:54

Post #9 of 17 (2215 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [Ryon] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I love my Castelli Bodypaint. I see a couple people saying it's fragile--boy I couldn't disagree more. I was wearing it and hit a section of wet, slick pavement and was promptly upside down sliding across the road (now I can never pretend like my TT bike has never gone down like everyone else on ST when they sell them). I couldn't believe how durable the skinsuit was. Got a little scufffed, but zero tears and sure saved me a ton of skin. Very impressed. Plus it fits like a glove, has a great pad, and just feels FAST


gtingley

Aug 19, 12 12:31

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Did not get a chance to test the CS
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wasfast

Aug 19, 12 13:31

Post #11 of 17 (2038 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [gtingley] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

If not having a Swami logo'd skinsuit counts, you might be able to find a Nike Swift on ebay. They show up now and then.

Otherwise, you're left with the Capo:-)


cwg_at_opc

Aug 19, 12 15:09

Post #12 of 17 (1977 views)
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bought a castelli san remo speed suit and it's really very good, fit is excellent(you should order one size up as it is very tight) BUT - the pad is totally different than the thin pad in the De Soto Forza i'm used to. for me i had to change my saddle on my road bike as it was bunching up weirdly on my Selle SMP Evo(switched back to the San Marco Ponza on my S1). otherwise, great fit, great wicking/cooling, and looks great( i have the Garmin-Barracuda version). time will tell, but after a couple of multi-hour rides, i'm quite happy.

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bobby11

Aug 19, 12 15:31

Post #13 of 17 (1960 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [hansonator69] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I don't get this about the SMART skinsuits, why just white or black? You can spew all the marketingese you like about "cool black" and all, but no, black is not cool when you're racing in the South and it's 95 degrees and 95% humidity. And all white? Really? Seen that video of the tri babe testing her white suit in the tub? I'm no tri babe. Nobody will enjoy seeing my sights.


hansonator69

Aug 19, 12 17:59

Post #14 of 17 (1889 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [bobby11] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Yeah I agree it's a little bit silly. If they were half white/half black like the Assos Chronosuit it would be perfect.


tigerpaws

Oct 31, 12 2:47

Post #15 of 17 (1413 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [Ryon] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I'd be interested in knowing if anyone makes a skin suit w/o logos and brand names plastered all over it. Or something very minimal at least.....just plain jane.


(This post was edited by tigerpaws on Oct 31, 12 2:47)


tim_sleepless

Oct 31, 12 3:20

Post #16 of 17 (1391 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [bobby11] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

bobby11 wrote:
I don't get this about the SMART skinsuits, why just white or black? You can spew all the marketingese you like about "cool black" and all, but no, black is not cool when you're racing in the South and it's 95 degrees and 95% humidity. And all white? Really? Seen that video of the tri babe testing her white suit in the tub? I'm no tri babe. Nobody will enjoy seeing my sights.

You can get a smart suit in whatever colour or design you want.


bobby11

Oct 31, 12 4:34

Post #17 of 17 (1342 views)
Re: Most aero skinsuits [tim_sleepless] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

http://www.smartaerotechnology.com/...o-products/clothing/

According to this page on their website, you can get any color you like as long as it's black or white ... or you pay a huge upcharge for a setup fee and meet minimums, etc. Where are you getting that they're available in other colors?

   
 
 
 



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