We want you to go fast, you want to go fast, the DNA 2 racing suit wants you to go fast. This athletic fitting race suit will quadruple your speed! Okay, maybe not, but you'll still look good going fast, and that's nothing to complain about. The DNA 2 suit is a technical and sleek piece of attire made to be extremely mobile and breathable. There are plenty of pockets placed on the upper torso of the suit for easy access to race-day essentials. Knowing you will want to track your progress and vitals, Dynafit put a slit in the material on the sleeve so you can watch your watch. The 4-way stretch material in the suit that includes reflective highlights down the legs shows that this suit was made with safety (and comfort) in mind. The real standout feature is the covert integration of your backpack's chest strap through the suit's fabric. This enables you to zip the suit open and closed to stash your skins without having the chest strap get in the way; no more fumbling with a buckle on every transition! There is also reinforced material below the calf that can be cut for quick access to your race boot's ski-walk lever. If you need any more convincing for how rad this suit is going to make you look and feel, the calves read, "NO PAIN, NO GAIN." Shamelessly flaunt your natural ability to be better than your competitors with the athletic DNA 2 Racing Suit.
- 4-way stretch nylon fabric moves with you every stride.
- Windproof chest fabric, and a breathable mesh back panel keep you warm and cool at the same time.
- Multiple skin pockets and a zip pocket on the upper torso keep race day needs close at hand.
- Integrated system gives easy access to skin pockets without your pack's chest strap getting in the way.
- Slit in fabric on the sleeve lets you keep an eye on your watch to track vitals and vertical.
- Reinforced material below the calf can be cut for easy access to boot's ski-walk lever.
- Reflective highlights increase visibility from dusk 'til dawn.
|Ventilation||Mesh in strategic places|
|Pockets||Two external chest pockets, two internal kangaroo
pockets, one internal zip beacon pocket
|Cuffs||Stirrups & buckle cutouts|
|Fit||Body suit, 4 way stretch|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||For the PDG, Mezzalama, Pierra Menta or Wasatch Powderkeg|
|Notes||Openings for your chest strap to go under the front zipper for unimpeded access to skin pockets|
|Bottom Line||When you absolutely have to go fast|
|Compare to other Men's Race Suits|
Questions & Reviews
First, to get the negatives out of the way, no hood, although that is a very rare feature these days.
For the neither-here-nor-there, the color scheme is edgy without being excessive outrageous – except for the absurd slogan on the calves, but fortunately that can be hard to see since it tends to fold up as it is positioned on the top of the rear boot cuff.
For the basics, typical nicely proportioned fit of race wear, although just remember the dual sizing, so I’m in a Size U.S. Small at 5’8” (in theory) and 145 lb (ditto), but the garment is also labeled a Euro Size 48 Medium. Dual-direction zipper has very smooth operation, and both pulls are easily grasped.
The integrated gaiters are very nicely designed, although you have to cut your own slot – but fortunately a little cutting outline is provided on the inside (with extras for the Dynafit side-throw), and the slot for a vertical lever can be cut with just one snip from the inside while folding the suit in on itself. Standard zippered pocket on the inside for your avy beacon (or key fob), with the usual dual kangaroo skin pockets. On the outside, perfectly sized pouch-style pockets, deep enough to be secure even for a phone (just don’t take a big digger!), yet not so big as to cause problems with rummaging around. And super extra bonus mesh pouch pocket on the back, slightly below the waist, perfect for stowing some extra gels. (Just don’t put anything mission critical in there, unless you’re wearing a jacket over it provide additional security for the pocket.)
Special features, the slits for a watch, at first I thought they were thumbholes! And that’s what I’ve ended up using them for, since they’re on the underside of the wrist, yet if I want to use the integrated HRM on my Garmin fenix 5x, I have to wear it on the top of my wrist. So as usual during cold wx I strap my watch to the outside of the suit. But those slits do work nicely as thumbholes, yet don’t bunch up with the temps warm up and you wear the suit as intended.
Chest slits for pack straps, those do look cool, but you have to cut them, which I couldn’t bear to do for a new suit in that prominent a location. And reflectivity, based on inside tests, all of the neon yellow/green is going to look so wild in other skiers’ headlamps that this suit will always be my choice for pre-dawn patrols!
[Picture from some rather thin October skiing.]
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