Following the multi-year global apparel partnership between Santini Cycling Wear and IRONMAN confirmed earlier this year, Santini has unveiled the Santini X IRONMAN collection for athletes. This is Santini’s first co-branded collection with IRONMAN. It will be available both in-stores and on the companies’ websites.
Available in men’s, women’s and children’s versions, the new range includes Racing and Training capsule collections all featuring the signature IM (IRONMAN) logo.
Santini points to its long experience in dressing elite athletes and the four cornerstones of the Italian company’s philosophy: fit, performance, comfort and durability… ‘The result is a collection that is exceptionally aerodynamic, hydrodynamic, light and quick-drying for superb performance.’
The men’s line is split into three capsule collections: Racing, Training and Santini X Kona. The Racing collection features Audax and Cupio sleeveless and short-sleeved tri-suits and two-piece kits comprising shorts and short-sleeved or sleeveless t-shirts.
Santini notes that the Audax pieces are the top of the range and wind tunnel-tested for efficiency. The items feature UV-resistant Clima shuttle woven fabric used for the upper section, and abrasion-resistant Fitter fabric used for the leg areas where it also exerts a gentle compression.
‘The Audax IRONMAN tri-suits are extremely light and help keep body temperature steady as well as reducing resistance in the water. They also feature laser-cut sleeves and leg-ends and heat-sealed stitching.’
The Cupio line is softer and stretchier for athletes that demand a combination of performance and comfort. It is made from a new water and chlorine-resistant fabric that is also fast-drying to aid the transition from swimming to cycling.
The Audax and Cupio lines also use the new IMG (IRONMAN gel) chamois which was designed especially for long-course racing and is made from Tower Gel by Nicolini. The latter gel’s structure comprises tiny ‘towers’ which are higher in the seat bone area and slimmer towards the edges of the pad for improved shock absorption.
Weighing just 52g, Santini adds that this is a very light, thin and flexible chamois that also dries rapidly as it is both water-repellent and much more breathable than normal gels.
The classic IRONMAN colours of black and red have been selected for the range too, with grey added.
The Training line features higher-vis pieces designed for cycling training – featuring a two-piece kit and a windproof jacket made from Polartec Alpha. There is high-visibility detailing such as the iridescent Santini X IRONMAN moniker on the side of the bib-shorts.
The latter also feature another unusual detail: the bib short braces are an unusual X shape to ‘guarantee athletes maximum freedom of movement and comfort’.
Santini has also created a range of coordinating accessories for both lines: cap, gloves, socks, removable sleeves and sweatband.
Last but not least, Santini has dedicated a special tri-suit, kit and accessories range to Kona, the Hawaiian city where long-distance triathlon was born, to allow athletes to ‘immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the tri capital’.
Designed especially for the female body, the women’s collections are divided, like the men’s, into Racing and Training lines. The fabrics and technologies selected are also the same as for the men’s – but the fit has been adapted for the female body. The colours centre around purple, pink, fuchsia, maroon and black. Female athletes can also create a total look with a wide array of coordinating accessories.
Santini has also brought out a children and teenage collection. For young triathletes of between five and 14, Santini has created the Cupio tri-suit made with a water-repellent fabric that also improves hydrodynamics, and the Vis jersey for boys and the Dea jersey for girls for bike training.
Also available are ‘two very sweet jerseys for under-twos in the same colours as the adult versions and featuring the IRONMAN logo.’