The FR-C Pro Short Sleeve Doppio Tri Suit is inspired by the aero work done by professional road racers. The Doppio is a cross between a skin suit and separate jersey and shorts, taking the aerodynamics of the former and the comfort of the latter. The right sleeves are more aero than skin, so if you’re looking for speed, the Doppio is the ticket.
The suit is similar to the FR-C Pro Short Sleeve Tri Jersey and Tri Shorts, but the differences make it much greater than the sum of its parts. By sewing the top to the bottoms, the bottoms are held in place by the jersey wrapped around shoulders, helping keep the legs and chamois in place, no matter how wet you are, no matter how much you move around. By sewing the bottoms to the tops, the jersey is stretched for better aerodynamics and the pockets, when filled, can’t sag or move. By having the full zipper in front as well as the front not attached to the bottoms, it feels less binding when running or heeding the call of nature.
Another big benefit of the Doppio Suit is that all the top’s panels are made of High Speed Light Lycra. It’s woven with stripes that function as virtual ‘trip wires’ that improve the flow of air over your body.
The bottoms panels are woven into a medium-compression, abrasion-resistant Lycra Power and treated with a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) finish to minimize water absorption and maximize durability, especially when soaked in chlorinated water.
As the right chamois can make all the difference in the world, Giordana offers a tri-specific option sewn into the bottoms via Tri-Stitch sewing for greater durability.
Everything is secured to the body with contoured panels at waist, sleeve, and leg hems. The sleeves and legs have internal silicone tape to stick to skin without digging in. The 7.5cm Stay Put bands at the leg hems are wide to minimize pressure on the legs.
As with any good tri suit, the Doppio comes with lots of pockets. The jersey has two side-access mesh pockets in back that feature generous stretch. They can take stuff as small as gels, as large as a vest and warmers. The shorts feature two front pockets that are out of the way of your legs, but allow for easy storage for and access to bars and gels.