Triflare is an up and coming apparel company based out of Missouri. Owner, Andrea Robertson, has been participating in triathlon for 13 years. She was Mrs. America in 2010 and has experience in the fashion industry. Triflare currently specializes in triathlon race suits, with FLARE! When I first laid eyes on these suits I was immediately blown away by the patterns and thought to myself: how did she come up with this?! Custom sublimation exists in our sport, but no one has thought to marry the fashion industry with triathlon race suits and be rid of the traditionally masculine and boring woman’s tri suit.
Andrea sent me some race suits to try. I put on the first suit and I looked at myself in the mirror: I was tired after a long hard day of training, but I said out loud, “I feel pretty”. It was a surprisingly emotional experience. I think the idea of feeling good about how you look while racing is a new idea to me. I was not only blown away by how beautiful the suits were, but also by the cut, fit and fabrics. Did I mention how comfortable the suits are? They are designed for female triathletes and it shows- I’ve truly never worn a more comfortable race suit. Let me break down my love for TriFlare tri suits:
The suits dry quickly, are lightweight, and move efficiently through the water. The fabrics don’t “bag out” when wet and stay tight to you skin, ensuring you’re as efficient and aero as possible. Triflare fabrics are meant for high performance.
An additional bonus is that all TriFlare fabrics have a UPF rating of 50+. It’s great to know that my skin underneath my tri suit is going to be protected from the suns rays.
No more side boob ladies! These suits have you covered. The suit stays in place as you swim, bike and run. There are grip strips around the quads so the legs won’t ride up.
You’ll find two medium sized pockets (yet they are completely streamlined), on the low back and one small pocket on each quad. There are also convenient features like rear pockets and tiny pockets on the legs perfect for a gel or lip protectant. No more cuts on my chest from shoving my gel packs down the front of my suit!
A zippered back allows you the freedom to undo it for a little extra breathability.
When I was testing my first batch of Triflare suits, I was concerned about the pockets potentially catching water on the swim. I performed a test set and I swam the exact same time in my TriFlare suit as I did in a skin suit. Andrea and her designers spent a lot of time ensuring that these suits work with a woman’s body geometry.
All Triflare suits incorporate a light fleece chamois, which provides a barrier between you and the saddle. The construction of the suits incorporate flat seems to prevent chaffing. The fabric offers 3-way stretch allowing the material to move with you without restriction.
Andrea worked with an established and successful fashion designer to create prints with two thoughts in mind: femininity and power. I feel both of those things when I wear these suits. The designs are actually made to flatter a woman’s muscled curves, and it shows!
I’ll be debuting some new designs this weekend in Minneapolis and hopefully my new podium dress that they sent me. It’s cheetah print- watch out!
It feels great to work with a company who saw a need in our sport for women and is making the effort to fill it. Perhaps, most importantly it comes from the authentic personal experience of a female triathlete. I don’t think that you have to be wearing a TriFlare suit to feel beautiful while your racing, but it sure does help.
If you would like to purchase one of these amazing suits or find out more, please visit their website at www.triflare.com. Follow them on twitter @TriFlareInc to keep up to date on their brand and more exciting things to come!