It was during a blogging event where I had the chance to inform someone (well, he was our coach in a running clinic sponsored by Mizuno in 2007) that I was interested to use Transition One (T1) multisport apparel for an aquathlon event. To my delight and surprise, Coach “Ige” thru his better half, Maui, offered the product for free and asked me to wear them in return for a product review that I could post on my site. Awesome!
The very reasons why I wanted to wear T1 are: first, for comfort. It wasn’t much of an issue during transition time—from swimming to running—as the apparel was meant for those. Second reason is, in terms of quality, it’s more than OK since it’s locally made. I saw some ultra distance friends using those apparels in a race. Third reason is, availability. Since it’s made locally, getting one of those is easy as it’s readily available in select stores. Last reason is, in terms of price, it’s affordable or, not as expensive as the leading brands. I think it’s important to know what multisport apparel to wear based on the distance of the race in which you are competing. In my case, since I don’t do swim race often, shorts with minimal padding and a tank top or jersey with tighter fitting top, which are technically, what I wanted in a multisport apparel. Having tried the not-so-expensive-T1-suit, without sacrificing comfort and quality, I think, was a smart move.
December of last year, I used the apparel not only in an aquathlon race but also in a running event that happened one after the other on the same day. I was given two jerseys. One I wore the day before race day to try and other one I wore on race day itself. For product specifications, you may access this Transition One website for full description. Even though the two races, Unilab’s Enervon HP Recovery 10K running event at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and the Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon in Marikina City, were totally different racing events, wearing the same apparel was alright as it was meant for a two-stage race involving swimming and running anyway.
I liked the snug fitting jersey. Simply pulling the front zipper a few inches down can provide much ventilation and off you go with your best run ever. Overall, l didn’t encounter any problem wearing the T1 suit. ln fact, l would wear them again for another testing once I get myself a bike.
That said, though this is a late post, I would like to thank two people who were instrumental for me to try the suit. Thank you, Coach Ige and Maui Lopez for the opportunity. I was aiming for the win on that day, but for some reason the body did not cooperate. Stress related to work among other things got the better of me that I was not feeling up to par during the aquathlon race. Will make it up next time.
(Disclaimer: I was given this multisport apparel for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Transition One thru fellow Happy Feet Maui Lopez and good friend Coach Ige Lopez. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, nor agree to give a positive review. Aside from information obtained from the T1 website, the opinions are my own.)