There's a reason you never see the usual podium dwellers on your local tri circuit showing up to races in mismatched athletic wear. Tri kit exists to keep you sane during the three teeth grinding legs of a race, so don't ignore it in favor of an old pair of running shorts or your oversized cycling chamois. Put on Castelli's free Tri Short and step into the murky water to wait for the starting gun reassured that your kit won't distract you from putting your training to work. You'll probably still be miserable for most of the race, but not because of your clothing you signed up for this, after all. Castelli arranged fabric panels of its Instadry fabric to follow a contoured, almost compressive fit to limit fatiguing muscle vibrations as you swim, bike and run. Instadry, in addition to having all of the moisture wicking capabilities that you'd expect from high end race kit, also resists the temptation to absorb water, helping you air out faster and avoid chafing when you shakily hop on the bike after your swim. Though you won't have the luxurious cushioning of your favorite long ride chamois in the Free Tri, Castelli's KISS Tri insert will be far better for you and your nether regions in the long run. Flexible and light, the chamois was made to move with you without weighing you down or getting in the way while you're trying to run. Finishing touches like wide leg grippers and a drawstring waistband further the Free Tri's quest to make your race as pleasant as possible, be it a sprint or a 140. 6.