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Graph shows the amount of drag created by the Aeroforce-X compared to other leading trisuits. Data is aggregated from tests performed at four speeds (30, 35, 40 & 45kph) by two different sized riders at the Boardman Performance Centre wind tunnel, with normalised data compared at Derby velodrome. Tests were independently carried out by Aerocoach.
Some suits had large variability at different speeds, whereas the variability in the Zone3 Aeroforce-X suit was less than 50% of its closest competitor, making it the most consistent suit on test.
Located on the sleeve panels, this is a unique dimple fabric based on golf ball technology and is located in the key areas to help minimise drag and increase speed by creating a thin turbulent boundary layer of air that clings to the suit’s surface. This allows the air to smoothly follow the contours of the body, thereby decreasing the size of the wake – slicing through the air faster and more efficiently. It also includes a full water repellent nano coating.
An extremely lightweight, breathable and wicking material is located on the back panel for optimum temperature control.
Similar to the Aeroforce-X fabric this fabric is located on the underarm and lat panels and was tested against several other similar materials in this location to ensure it was the most aerodynamic.
Fabrics: Over 30 fabrics were developed and tested to make sure that the world’s fastest Aero suit could be made. Five unique fabrics from Italy and France make up each suit which was necessary in order to find the perfect balance between speed, breathability, comfort, coverage and overall performance. These can be seen below:
Scientific Aero Development: This started and finished in the wind-tunnel. Firstly, on the fabrics and testing at different speeds and on different locations on the body. This data was then taken into the prototype design stages and feedback on the velodrome and in races was used to further optimise the suit design over several months. Different shapes of athletes and a combination of track and wind tunnel meant that we could find the best real-world averages. We then went back to the wind tunnel for more testing and here the slightest of tweaks were made to find those marginal gains.
The results: The Zone3 Aeroforce-X suit has the lowest drag compared to all key competitor suits tested between 35-45 kmph. The variability at different speeds was also less than half than that of the next best competitor making it the most consistent suit on test.
Comfort: The ultra-lightweight breathable fabrics feel superior against the skin and will ensure you are dry within minutes of the bike leg. The core body panel incorporates ColdBlack technology across the core to reduce infrared absorption and help regulate body temperature.
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Firstly when the suit arrived I was impressed with the packaging – it felt special. After checking the online size guide I was a small but I could just get into it and I clearly needed a size up if I wanted to be able to move my arms to swim. The medium fitted better but still pretty tight as you would expect from a top end aero suit. I was worried about restriction in the shoulders for swimming but it wasn't an issue at all. The suit comes into its own on the bike and feels great. The one negative comment I have is that the zipper panel cover chaffs my neck especially on the run. I like having my zipper up but need to pull it down slightly to stop this. Overall a great suit for any distance. Fast on the bike.
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