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I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

Getting stealthy with Castelli - Review

twiggyby twiggyJan 15th 2014
Last year at Kona there was a lot of buzz about the Castelli stealth tri top. It will be hitting the shelves in 2014 but I have been lucky enough to give it a bit of a test while out in Mallorca on training camp this new year.

The idea behind the stealth top is that it is made of a material more aerodynamic than our skin (especially those with hairy arms!) It claims to give the wearer 3 mins on the bike leg of an ironman. The other main benefit is all important sun protection.

This is probably an item that would give the most benefit to those 'going long' due to the time taken to take it off in T2 vs the time benefit of the aero-ness. Despite this I thought I would give it a go on our 10km time-trial between Alcudia and Port de Pollensa.

The first thing I noticed was that it was nice and stretchy and form hugging. The sample I had was a small which usually wouldnt fit me, but in this case it was fine. it also seemed to do a pretty go job of regulating my temperature. It was around 10 degrees that day and it kept me nice and warm while stood around, but I never overheated while working hard on the bike.

I cant comment on whether it made me any faster on the bike as I wasnt able to give it a proper test, but i think it made me at least LOOK faster! I would probably wear this top for an decent length ride in the sun (for protection) or if I was going to time-trial, as well as for triathlon. It is tight fitting though so it would depend on your own judgement as to whether it is the kind of thing to wear outside of a race setting.
Getting stealthy with Castelli - Review
Castelli always seem to raise the bar when it comes to developing clothing in cycling and now in triathlon. This top isnt an exception. It fits well, it feels very nice to wear, it looks good and is at the top of its game in terms of technical benefits.
 
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