Jan Frodeno succeeded on October 12, 2019. On this date, he not only won one of the most demanding endurance competitions in the world, but was also the first German to win the Ironman World Championships for the third time - and also set a new course record: 7 hours, 51 minutes and 13 seconds.
A year and a half of research and development is behind this historic moment, so that Jan Frodeno was able to meet the challenges in Hawaii in the best possible way. Together with the new record holder, we have developed a racing suit that helps triathletes to concentrate fully on their performance - even at temperatures well above 30 degrees Celsius - the Verge Aero Sleeve Tri Suit.
"The suit was an essential element in my having the temperature management in Hawaii under control." Jan Frodeno
The Verge Aero Sleeve Tri Suit
During the 18 month development period, we worked closely with Jan to use his valuable feedback to create a suit that would withstand the immense challenges of the Ironman in Hawaii. With Jan as an athlete - and as a perfectionist - we have optimized the triathlon suit down to the last seam. We have carefully considered every smallest wrinkle formation.
The Verge Aero Sleeve Tri Suit builds on our multiple award-winning Myth Aero Sleeve Tri Race Suit. Its main fabric, with ideal aerodynamic and hydrodynamic properties, forms the basis for the further development of the Verge Suit.
We have extended the aerodynamic fabric on the arms and shoulders to the torso for this innovative suit. Microscopic elevations in the main fabric, which resemble the grip of sandpaper, reduce air and water resistance here. The test in the wind tunnel showed that the resistance values could be further reduced as a result.
The dark coloring of the Verge suit is not only a deliberate design feature, but also stands for another innovation of the suit - the Coldblack® coating means that the suit in dark shades ensures ideal heat regulation even under extreme solar radiation. The so-called evaporative cooling leads to a demonstrable physical cooling effect.
Graphene Gridflow Technology (GGT)
New solutions are constantly being tried to help athletes’ bodies regulate their temperature. Particularly in climatic conditions such as those prevailing in Hawaii, heat is one of the main factors affecting the body's performance. Our answer to this is the Graphene Gridflow Technology (GGT), which is being used for the first time in the Verge Aero Sleeve Tri Suit. It forms the backbone for optimal temperature regulation. The secret: With the help of Graphene Plus (G+®) - a revolutionary material - body heat is distributed over a large area.
Graphene Plus is a two-dimensional carbon derived from graphite. In the clothing industry, the colorless graphene is printed on a lining using a special process and processed into the actual material. Graphene has a particularly high electrical conductivity, is extremely tear-resistant - around 125 times stronger than steel - and flexible. At the same time, the material is ultra-light.
For triathletes, the conductivity of Graphene Plus proves to be a real superpower. By using this effect, cold is directed to selected parts of the body during competition when using ice or water. In combination with the Advanced Compartment System, our pocket guidance system, the graphene-printed inside of the suit counteracts overheating during the race and enables targeted and rapid temperature regulation in the most important areas of the body.
Together with the Italian Graphene Laboratory, we are able to use only certified Graphene Plus for our fabrics. In the production of Graphene Plus - unlike in conventional extraction - every gram of graphite is converted directly into one gram of Graphene Plus through a waste-free process. This process is based on complete physical processing without the use of chemicals or solvents. Graphene Plus is thus certified as absolutely safe, skin-friendly, non-toxic and non-cytotoxic.
Advanced compartment system
The double pocket system is another important innovation of this highly technical suit. It contributes to the optimal regulation of body temperature. On the chest there is an inner pocket consisting of two chambers. The upper part offers space for the beverage bags. Wet sponges or ice are stowed directly underneath. This not only keeps the drinks cold, it also cools the chest area directly. Thanks to the graphene conduction system, the temperature of the entire torso is regulated, right down to the main arteries of the groin and the thighs. This even cooling supports optimal thermoregulation – even under extreme conditions.
More than a piece of fabric - a piece of history
With the Verge Aero Sleeve Tri Suit, we proudly claim to have achieved a technical milestone that allows athletes to focus solely on their performance in the race. Worries about increased temperatures or aerodynamic optimization are now a thing of the past. Innovative solutions such as the Graphene Gridflow Technology used, aero fabrics or the Coldblack® equipment make the Verge Suit an unprecedented weapon in the fight against the extreme challenges of a race. A revolutionary triathlon suit. A piece of triathlon history - the Verge Aero Sleeve Tri Suit is nothing less.