I was wearing a pair of TYR tri shorts the other day when it came to my attention that not all tri shorts are 'good' tri shorts. In fact, not all tri clothes are 'good' tri clothes. Let's start with the shorts though. Why would anyone EVER put a a seam directly down the center of a pair of form fitting shorts? I don't have an answer, do you? It really doesn't make any sense to me. If these were men's shorts I wouldn't understand either. You see, there are bits down there. And bits, are not flattering when emphasized with a seam.
Let me also take a moment to mention that seams in areas that are in constant motion equals not okay. So why, oh why, would there be large seams (if any) in the areas that do move constantly? I'd rather have an unflattering seam halfway up my behind than right in the creases. Just saying.
Moving away from the lower half of the body let's now talk about tri tops. Not all women have ridiculously small torsos. Nor do we really appreciate showing off our midriff while exercising (I think back to moments when I bend over to take off my wetsuit and the rolls start to pile up - not pretty). Is it hard to make tri tops longer? Or are all women short-waisted? I know I'm not so there has to be others out there too. Besides length issues there is also the built-in bra factor. I realize that women come in all shapes and sizes and so nailing this one is probably harder than the rest. That said...I'm pretty sure a white, mesh, super thin built-in bra is probably not going to help anyone out. Let alone said built-in is worse when wet. I believe it defeats the purpose of having a built-in bra if you need to wear a sports bra underneath the tank...but again, that's just me.
So, for all those manufacturers of tri clothes out there please take note. I know you're all reading this with bated breath. If you don't take note I'll be forced to start my own line. I can sew a mean pillow seam. Watch out!