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Old 04-24-09, 09:24 AM   #1
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Aero Tech Designs Tri Short Review

I'm going to be cross posting this in the Triathlon forum as well, but as a bigger guy my specific need was a short that fit my size, so I believe it should be posted here as well.

A little over a week prior to my first Triathlon, I came into the forums looking for advice on a Triathlon short that would fit a larger guy. I had previously purchased the 2XL short from Performance Bike, but that was designed for someone with a 44 inch waist, not a 44 inch hip and larger thighs. It simply wouldnt fit. Plus, that was their largest size. Returning it, and now in a rush, I was given a few different brands to look at.

Because I am on a budget, looked specifically at the brands with offerings under the $50 range, and after looking at a few different sites, I decided on Aero Tech Designs.

Due to the problems I'd had with the Performance short sizing, and wanting to be sure I had a pair to wear, I ordered both a 2XL and 3XL short. They offered several different shipping options, and I chose USPS Priority Mail. Online ordering was easy, and I got great phone support calling to ask about how true their sizing was. They actually put one of the employees who rides on the phone with me in order to make sure I got proper info. My order processed the next day, and arrived quickly, in plenty of time to try them out before the race.

I tried on the 2XLs and knew right away I'd made a good decision. They fit snugly along the legs as expected, but not so snugly as to be uncomfortable. I often have trouble with pants staying up properly. As a big guy, I have a stangely small rear. The Aero Tech Tris stayed up where they belonged throughout practices and the race.

The padding is a triathlon padding, so it's thinner than most bike shorts padding for quick drying. Not only did it dry quickly, but even with the little water retained in the pad during the swim, the difference between the tri short and the drag from my board shorts is unreal.

For not having trained nearly hard enough, the tri shorts helped me stay comfortable in the saddle for the hour and a half I was there.

There are only a couple negatives I can think of. First is that the shorts arent designed for swimming on a daily basis in training due to potential breakdown of the nylon fabrics. I'm guessing this is a factor of these being less expensive shorts, which was a compromise I was more than willing to make. The other is that the return process is not electronic on the Aero Tech site. I'm sending back the 3XLs unworn for a full refund, but I had to print and mail a form, and I need to get them back in within 21 days to make sure I get an electronic credit instead of a check. My fault for delaying, but that does seem a bit tight of a deadline.

All in all, these are terrific shorts, and when I need to order my next pair (when I drop to the next size), they're going to be from Aero Tech.
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Thank you for that review I have purchased a couple of undershorts from them and looking to buy more. Thanks again.
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Also. I guess I just can't use the search engine like should but what is the biggest difference in bib shorts and regular shorts.

Do the bibs help in any other way that I should be aware of.
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Also. I guess I just can't use the search engine like should but what is the biggest difference in bib shorts and regular shorts.

Do the bibs help in any other way that I should be aware of.
I guess I dont know how the term "bib" should be used here, as im still a novice in some areas, but in comparison to say standard biking shorts, they are similar except when it comes to the pad which is designed to be thinner and retain less water. It actually looks like it's made from 2 or 3 separate components.
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Made in Coraopolis, PA (outside of Pittsburgh). In 2004, my then 10-year old daughter and I drove over there to pick up some things. We were given the royal treatment by the owner. Cathy gave us a nice tour of the "factory", helped me with sizing (even tried on the shorts there) and presented each of us with a bicycle pin to comemorate our first mother/daughter tour. I've been doing business with them ever since. Nice people.

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i scored these in XXL and they fit me surprisingly well. http://www.swimoutlet.com TYR . i am only 5'9" but the gut makes up for the slack. it fits me skin tight and luckily it doesn't restrict any movements. as we larger people know buying stuff that doesn't sag somewhere is hard to do. the guads fit good and my gut as well (54" at its widest). i found this in the $80 range. i scored the last XXL from swim outlet who was the cheapest at $75. The runners belt also fits good from TYR. hope this helps out others as well. there is almost no point at looking at the size charts alot of the time. actual fitting size of others into the same suit matters.
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Also. I guess I just can't use the search engine like should but what is the biggest difference in bib shorts and regular shorts.

Do the bibs help in any other way that I should be aware of.
Bib shorts are the ones with straps that go over your shoulders; sort of like a pair of built-in suspenders. Regular bicycle shorts stop at the waist, just like any other type of short. Triathlon shorts are a variation on regular bicycle shorts. As TechKnowGN says, they're designed to be used in all three phases of a triathlon: swim, bike, and run. As a result, triathlon shorts have a lighter chamois pad that is designed to dry quickly. I haven't spent much time looking at them, but I think some triathlon shorts have a shorter inseam than normal bike shorts. I'd guess that this might help with swimming or running or something?

Bib shorts are nice because they don't slide down or roll up at the waist, like some bicycle shorts tend to do. I've also noticed that if you're a bit flabby, the bibs will give you some additional support so you don't look quite as big as you actually are
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TechKnowGN:

Congrats on the TRI !! "Thank You" for the report. I'll be giving the Aero Tech Designs TRI Shorts a shot.
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