I went to Contes to try on the tri gear but now when I look in the shop on this site I can't figure out what is what. Can any one help provide some insight on what top and shorts I'm suppose to buy?
Our basic uniform is:
SUGOI Rush Tank
SUGOI RS Tri Short
The Hincapie products are biking products. The swim cap is a decent add for finding people at pools. The sports bra is new and I have no comment there.
We're triathletes - you know the real answer is 'all of it'.
But more seriously, Lettie, the Sugoi products are most likely what you would race in. A tri short has a smaller pad than you would find in a biking short, allowing you to swim and run in the same shorts that you bike in while still having some padding for the ride. As you noticed when you tried them on, the top is more close fitting than a standard running or cycling top. Also, the fabric won't hold as much water and will dry more quickly so that the swim/bike transition can be more comfortable.
As for the sports bra, while I know a bit more about those than Simon, whether you get one or wear another style is up to you. However, you are going to want to consider how the ones you have usually been wearing will hold up in the water. I know some of mine would just turn in to big sponges if I tried to swim in them. Or, considering the size of my chest - teeny tiny sponges.