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La Sportiva Syborg Racing Suit

Brand: La Sportiva
Model: Syborg Racing Suit
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Price: $298.95 From $199.95
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La Sportiva tried selling racing suits in North America a few years ago. Unfortunately the suits were too awesome for the nascent local market, which couldn’t stomach the nearly $600 price tag. Not a company that accepts failure, La Sportiva has managed to produce almost-as-awesome suits (just missing the previously included hood and gloves) at a *much* better price.

The Syborg Racing Suit features a reasonably warm lycra weave that, combined with the darker color, makes it feasible to wear by itself. It has all the race suit features you’d expect:

  • Boot buckle cutouts on the cuff will save you from fumbling with pants during transition.
  • Large front skin pocket is a must have feature so you don’t have to remove your pack.
  • Water bottle pocket keeps your hydration close to you for quick access and to prevent freezing.
  • Seams are sewn flat and reinforcements can be found in the shoulders to resist pack wear.
  • Zippered transceiver pocket has outside access just in case the unthinkable happens.
  • Zippered fly has outside access just in case the thinkable happens.
  • Internal pockets keep you organized for the long journey soon-to-be behind.

Update 2016/17: The suit has a new, faster color scheme.

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
509g [M]
Ventilation Mesh back
Hood No
Pockets Outer skins, bottle, & transceiver; two big inner front pouches
Cuffs Boot buckle cutouts + stirrups
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Fit Body
Materials Polyester, nylon, polypropylene, spandex
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, efficient touring
Notes Both vertical & horizontal boot buckle cutouts
Bottom Line Fully functional black & yellow
3/10/2017
Question from Toph
 
I'm 6 ft. 160 lbs. I need a medium right?
3/10/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Toph, that should be spot on.
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3/8/2017
by Jonathan S (used product a few times)
 
Five Stars for a very nice suit overall, and at a very nice price too. I previously had the separate Syborg top & tights, but I liked the pocket configuration so much that I recently bought the suit too, even though I already have suits from Crazy Idea and Dynafit.
A few details observations:
- The 2016/17 version appears to be available both with and without the exterior zippered pocket. The Skimo Co version is shown as having it, but some other etailers appear to lack it.
- If you plan to compete in Europe at races with close gear inspections, then you'll need to add a zipper to the interior beacon pocket with the flap-style closure, as the exterior zippered pocket doesn't meet the new rule. (Sounds like only Plum suits comply with this: "From season 2016-2017 dva will have to be worn in a closed pocket (zipped lock only) opening on the inside of the racing suit, and at the belly level" ... which must be keeping European seamstresses busy!)
- The zippered fly is diagonal. Perhaps this is intended to help when wearing a harness for towing a partner in two-person team races? Or perhaps it's just that you can marvel at the novelty of a diagonal zippered fly?
- No hood, but very few suits have that now. Otherwise, this suit pretty much has it all.
- "Update 2016/17: The suit has a new, faster color scheme." The color scheme indeed adds some flashiness to the more basic bumblebee black & yellow colors of my older Syborg separates, but after multiple time trials, I have yet to be convinced that it's any faster!
4/16/2017
Reply from Jonathan S
 
Yipes, important correction to my review: although the 2016-17 version retains the older interior beacon pocket with the flap-style closure which is no longer ISMF compliant, it now also has a zipper-closure beacon pocket that opens only to the inside as per the new ISMF rule.
(I had just thought it was an interior divider of the kangaroo-style skin pouch on the right, and didn't notice until today the zipper access -- very clever design upgrade!)
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3/3/2017
Question from NORIO K
 
Hi!l am athletic 5'10" & weight 141lb2oz(64kg).Which one should I choose?US S or US M?
3/3/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Norio, it can depend on you measurements, but a US small would likely be the best for you.
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2/23/2017
Question from Frank
 
I don't understand the stirrups. Do they go outside or inside the boots? If outside, how do you work the buckles.m?
2/23/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Frank, the stirrups go outside (underneath) the boots. There are reinforced areas in the fabric which you can cut out to expose the buckles on your boots.
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2/12/2017
Question from Bryan
 
Does LS do euro sizing? I'm an athletic 5'7"...deciding between Small or Med
2/13/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Bryan, small would be my choice as medium might be a bit long. I am 5' 8" and a wiry 130lbs and I fit the small just fine.
2/13/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Bryan, the sizes listed are US sizes, which are shifted from Europe (e.g. US Small = EU Medium).
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1/28/2017
Question from Daniel
 
Hey Guys,

Are the heel stirrups meant to go underneath the sole of the boot? Seems like a stretch for the fabric though I am trying to figure out the best fit for a pair of aliens.

Thanks!
1/30/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Daniel, yes the stirrups go under the sole in the arch area. To operate the lever you'll need to cut open a slot in the reinforced area of the cuff.
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