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Great Tri Shorts. Great in the pool, and fast drying on the bike. The 4 pockets were perfect for holding gels during my tri. Padding appears thin at first glance, however, having used these on a couple long training rides prior to my tri, they are more than adequate to be used as every training shorts....I will probably order at least 1 more pair I like them so much. I wear Medium normally, Medium feels a bit snug in these, however, a Large I think would be too loose. Hope that helps.
Fit: Feels true to size
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I'm a relatively new triathlete, competing in sprint-distance events. I tried the less-expensive nylon/spandex blends from the more popular brands, but they just didn't hold up during training. Mine have lasted nearly 2 full seasons and still going strong. The pockets are easy to access and hold gels securely, even during a swim. These shorts are all I wear now for training and races. No need for separate swim trunks and cycle shorts.
The Woodlands, TX
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The founders of DeSoto are Emilio De Soto and Dan Neyenhuis. Emilio De Soto is a triathlete who is racing in his 27th consecutive season of triathlon competition. He is also fully immersed in his athletic lifestyle as a fitness trainer and coach. Dan Neyenhuis is an age-grouper triathlete who has been helicopter skiing for 20 years. Together, they created a company that designs cutting edge triathlon gear for triathletes, by triathletes.
DeSoto gear is designed to enhance performance in each leg of the race. The founders created the first mesh running cap, zippered tri tops, pocketed tri shorts, transition packs, tri suits, and tri shorts with discreet pads for cycling.
One of their other achievements was creating the DeSoto T1 triathlon wetsuit that is two pieces instead of one. The DeSoto T1 triathlon wetsuit was designed to make a better fit for triathletes, and each year, more DeSoto tri tops and DeSoto tri shorts are being added to the line. DeSoto is still the only company in the world that makes a two-piece triathlon wetsuit.