According to a report by Innovation in Textiles, Speedo’s LZR Racer triathlon suit was put through its paces by Progressive Sports Technologies, a Loughborough University spinoff company.
Progressive tested a selection of elite triathletes running and cycling in the LZR suit in a controlled climate chamber. Infrared skin temperature measurements were captured, along with the triathletes’ perception of comfort, fit and function.
Regular contributor to leading UK triathlon magazine 220 Triathlon and Head of Aqualab, Speedo’s R&D arm, Dr Tom Waller said, “Our performance wear is underpinned by extensive research with world-leading experts. Progressive has tested our LZR Racer Tri-Pro suit to the extreme to ensure it performs exceptionally across all phases of the triathlon.”
Ross Weir, Managing Director of Progressive, added, “As a company originating from within Loughborough University, Progressive benefits from excellent relationships with sports scientists and engineers and the array of elite athletes based here. Our work with Speedo has enabled our expertise, coupled with access to Loughborough University’s facilities, to help Speedo launch a groundbreaking product.”
Progressive works with many of the world’s leading sports brands on cutting edge research. Current projects include the commercialisation of a garment that boosts athletic performance by training breathing muscles. This was successfully trialled by members of the GB Triathlon team also headquartered at the University. Progressive has also developed a range of licensed fitness equipment, including an abdominal muscle training device known as the Ab-pump, which has recently been commercialised.