Since launching the new SLi range there's been plenty of interest of interest in the technical aspects which make them faster, lighter and more comfortable. In particular relating to the SLi Triathlon Shorts, Tri Suit and the SLi Cycle Bibs and questions around - How light are they? How are they water repellent? If water repellent how do they breath?
Superlight - The SLi fabric weighs less than 50% of the PWR fabric used in the top selling Tri PWR Shorts. Also including real 4-way stretch woven fabric give a firm compression fit.
Water Repellent - The SLi fabric is fully water repellent i.e. the fabric does not absorb water. In relation to triathlon this means the technical benefits of a Swim Skin are now available in tri gear. No water absorption in to the fabric itself makes it faster, lighter and more comfortable. This equally applies to bib shorts, with no heavy, wet and cold knicks when riding. Staying dry and comfortable in all conditions. Some video and images to demonstrate.
SLi Tri Suit
From athlete Jared Medhurst in Kona, training in SLi Cycling
SLi Tri Shorts
Breathability - The question when looking at the water repellent aspects that we get most often is, how well does it breath? The SLi fabric is not like a wetsuit i.e. it's not a completely impermeable layer. The fabric fibres themselves are designed to repel, and not absorb water, however the fabric retains the ability to stretch and breath at the same high standard as the Fusion PWR fabric has always done. It provides the same firm compression fit and when on, and 'stretched', at micro level the fibres open up i.e. small gaps between them, allowing it to be openly breathable. This in turn allowing for two, albeit related, things. Firstly allowing moisture i.e. sweat, to evaporate away as it would naturally, so as to stay comfortable and dry. Secondly, it helps regulate temperature. The body sweats to cool down and by allowing this natural cooling process (evaporative cooling) to occur it allows the body to regulate temperature naturally.
Fusion Pro Camilla Pedersen - Kona, Hawaii
With absolutely no compromises during the research, development and production the final phase of testing involved Fusion professional triathlete Camilla Pedersen racing in SLi Triathlon tights at the big one, the Ironman World Championships at Kona, Hawaii in 2015. Placing 8th and also validating the breathability and performance of the fabric in the warmest and most intense of racing conditions. Also racing in SLi in this year's Kona and placing 11th.
Also the SLi Men's Triathlon Suit winning Ironman UK 2016 (see image below).