First-look review: Triple Play Elite kit
Triple Play is an Australian company and all of its clothing is made in Queensland. The brand’s Elite kit is designed for racers and performance-oriented riders that enjoy long rides.
Triple Play started in sports apparel over 20 years ago. The company caters to a variety of sports (rugby league, baseball, netball etc.) with almost 10 years experience in the cycling market.
Triple Play may be familiar to some for their custom team wear but they also produce a selection of stock products including the Elite kit that comprises a race fit jersey and bibshorts.
The Elite jersey is made from Lycra with mesh side panels and sleeves designed to provide some compression for the muscles. There is a full-length YKK zipper at the front, three pockets at the rear, and an elastic waist with gel grip to keep the jersey in place.
The Elite bibs are also made from Lycra with compression for the leg muscles. The braces are made from mesh while the leg hems are finished with a double layer of compression fabric rather than elastic.
Triple Play uses Stratos Carbon Max padding for the Elite shorts, which has a gel honeycomb structure that creates an air cushion between the layers. Designed in Europe, the padding is intended for long distance riding.
Flat-lock stitching is used for all seams of the jersey and bibs while the zipper is guaranteed for the life of the jersey. There is a choice of seven sizes (2XS-2XL) and one colour (as shown) for the jersey and shorts. Custom printing is also available for the Elite kit.
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RRP: Elite Race Fit Jersey, $105 AUD; Elite Bibshorts, $145 AUD.
Triple Play’s Elite kit was immediately familiar with a sure and comfortable fit. There was a reasonable amount of stretch in the shorts while the jersey provided a loose fit without being baggy. Overall, a size medium compared well with other brands though riders with a small frame or a preference for a close fit will probably want to go down a size for the jersey at least.
I found that the jersey and shorts needed a couple of outings and washes before they were at their best. The jersey was well suited to springtime temperatures, and while it was a little longer than other race jerseys, I never had any trouble with it shifting around while I was riding.
The padding in the shorts was quite good, offering a measure of plush comfort that was good for at least a couple of hours in the saddle. There was one shortcoming though: I found the material at the front of the padding was firm when it should have been soft, and while it wasn’t abrasive, I was left wondering if I would need a cream for longer rides.
Triple Play will probably have its strongest appeal for Australian buyers that prefer locally made products. The quality of construction compares well with other brands while the fabrics promise to be hard wearing; all that’s lacking are the cutting-edge fabrics that define the more expensive brands.