Developing the new tri-suit
The development process for the tri-suit went from idea to research, design and development, multiple iterative loops, fabrication and real-world testing.
Our focus began on the intelligent selection of materials and surface coatings that feel lightweight even when soaked from sweat. For this, we used the properties of products developed by our industry partner HeiQ: SmartTemp and HeiQ RealSilk. HeiQ's SmartTemp is a product that senses body temperature changes and activates or deactivates cooling accordingly. RealSilk, developed and manufactured on site at Deakin’s ManuFutures facility, increases the next-to-skin comfort and helps reduce chafing.
Through both partners HeiQ and REGNA, our tri-suit utilises Swiss-tech surface coatings, Italian-milled fabrics and Australian design and engineering.
We used lead user analysis and tested a range of aspects including:
- individual and preferred compression profiles
- built 3D avatars for all of our test athletes
- examined cooling and comfort levels.
Our testing has shown performance benefits through the use of this technology and design, and the athletes who have tested the tri-suit have all reported significant feedback in terms of qualitative and quantitative results.
Partner with us
We use high-end data-driven design and engineering to develop technical apparel and outerwear. Our tri-suit is available commercially and we invite you to contact us to discover the benefits for you.
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Paul Collins.
+61 3 5227 3428
Email A/Prof Paul Collins
*Ryan Fisher volunteered to test our tri-suit and did not receive any payment.