Last year I competed in my first triathlon. Whilst preparing I took a look at various Tri shorts but decided to just use my bike shorts. I figured “what’s the difference?” it wasn’t until CW-X sent me the Tri-Short to review that I saw the difference.
CW-X Tri-Short Features
- CW-X Support Web
- Coolmax & Lycra for moisture wicking
- Polyester fleece chamois
- 6.5″ inseam
- Body is 80% Coolmax® polyester, 19% Lycra® spandex. Support panel is 80% nylon, 20% Lycra®
- Price: $59
CW-X Tri-Short Review
If you are into triathlons or even duathlons the CW-X Tri-Short would be a good choice for you. They provided a good blend of everything you want and need for multi-sport races.
The first thing I appreciated was the drawstring. It’s a simple and basic feature but when swimming in the Tri short I didn’t feel like they were going to drag down over my butt, mooning everyone around (an issue I found swimming in my regular bike shorts).
The shorts provided a tight enough fit that there wasn’t an unnecessary drag while swimming and they didn’t really ride up when running or biking.
At first I thought the chamois was a little thin while biking but quickly found that if it were any thicker it’d carry a lot of water from the swim. Still, though, I found the chamois was a little slow to dry. There could be some chafeage potential so be sure to use BodyGlide or something similar.
The CoolMax fabric was useful in helping keep me dry and cool. The Tri-Short also features the signature CW-X support web technology to provide additional support to the lower abdominals, lower back, hip flexors, and quads.
One thing I will say is the Tri-Short is kind of short with an inseam of 6.5″. This is definitely shorter than some of the other CW-X short styles. I wonder if this negates some of the benefits of the support web technology?
Sizing though was good. I have a 34″ waist and the size large fit me nicely.
Overall I found the Tri short to be a great short for triathlon endeavors.
- Good fit
- Drawstring was key to not losing the shorts while swimming
- Good support
- Chamois a little slow to dry
The CW-X Tri-Short would make a good entry level short (great pricepoint).
Buy Now: Pick up the CW-X Tri-Short