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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.
Fabric: Over 30 fabrics were developed and tested to make sure the Aeroforce-X was the world’s fastest trisuit. Five unique fabrics from Italy and France make up each suit. This combination of fabrics delivers the perfect balance between speed, breathability, comfort, coverage and overall performance. These fabrics are as follows:
Scientific Aero Development: Aeroforce-X started and finished in the wind-tunnel. We first began testing fabrics at different speeds and on different locations on the body. This data was then taken into the prototype design stages and feedback in both 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 testing meant we could find the best real-world averages. We then went back to the wind tunnel for more testing and made further tweaks to find those all-important marginal gains.
Speed: The Zone3 Aeroforce-X suit has the lowest drag compared to all key competitor suits tested between 35-45 km/h. The variability at different speeds was also less than half that of the next best competitor making it the most consistent suit in test.
Comfort: The ultra-lightweight breathable fabrics offer superior comfort against the skin and will ensure you are dry within minutes of starting your 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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