Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Ultimate Challenge

Norman Driskell racing 4 Ironman races in the UK within 13 weeks in his custom SLS3 FX Triathlon suit - made for IMtalk.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

CHICKED: SLS3 FX Tri Race Suit

A comfortable suit with cutting-edge technology

by Susan Grant-Legaqui - Lava Magazine

When the temperature took a serious ascent the day before my recent Nautica Malibu Triathlon, I knew that my wardrobe choice for the day would be especially important.
Clicking through the hangers in my closet, I came upon the SLS3, and initially all I saw was the color: raven black. I immediately shoved it back. No way I could get away with an all-black triathlon suit in heat like that. But a quick look at the tags convinced me to change my mind. The FX’s custom materials weren’t only breathable, they also offered SPF 50 protection and superior compression.
This last part didn’t surprise me, SLS3 is known for their high-end compression wear, and they’ve taken this knowledge and expanded it into the apparel arena.
Their patented “Coldblack” coating on the outside of the suit actually reflected sunlight as it protects your skin, meaning when I hit the last few miles of the run and the temps soared into the low 90s, my core still felt nice and comfortable. And the white stitching over the black material was flattering, which doesn’t normally matter to me during a race, except in one like this, where I passed various television and movie actors during my race. Nobody wants to feel frumpy when Zack Morris from “Saved By The Bell” is running next to you.
Now down to the nitty-gritty: how’s the pad? C’mon ladies, even in a shorter race like the Nautica Malibu Classic, an uncomfortable chamois can be the difference between a great bike ride next to celebrities, and a four-mile run filled with uncomfortable chaffing. The padding in the FX was actually slightly larger than that of some other brands I’ve tried, but it never felt water-logged or overbearing. The quick-dry material in both the suit and the padding were dry within minutes of me exiting the water.
One of the biggest problems I’ve seen with one-piece race suits is the tendency for the suit to bunch at the bottom part of the leg. With the SLS3, this wasn’t a problem at all. There weren’t any uncomfortable sticky bands around the leg to hold it in place, just smooth, flatlock seams that stayed in place during the entire race.
As for fuel pockets, the SLS3 is definitely straddling the minimalist route. There are two side pockets that fold over instead of zip. You coul easily fit four to six gels in there, but it would be bulky. However, for a sprint to Olympic-distance race, the storage was ideal, and overall I found this suit to be a great choice for even the hottest conditions.


Friday, October 5, 2012

It is time to pick a winner!

Dear SLS3 friends,

The Ironman Hawaii is just around the corner (10.13.2012) and we want YOU to pick the Men`s winning time.
Whoever comes closest will win a FREE pair of SLS3 compression socks.
Please post your winning time on our Facebook Page until Friday 10.12.2012.
The winner will be notified on Monday 10.15.2012. In the event of a tie we will randomly choose a winner.
Good luck to everyone.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Heleen bij de Vaate wins Dutch National Championships

" What a race! I felt very excited to race, this morning before the start of the National Championships Long Distance Triathlon. It was only 3 weeks ago that I decided to start here because of not finishing in New York. The weather was perfect: no wind, no rain and a mild temperature. It was clear that a very nice day was coming up.
The 3,8 km swim was to be done in 2 laps in a small lake in the center of Almere. When I came out of the water I had lost 1 minute to my biggest opponent Irene Kinnegim. So I had to bike very hard which is also her strongest discipline. But sometimes you have days where the pain in your legs is there from the very first moment you hit the pedals. And this day was one of them. Luckily I had a very good mindset, so I could motivate myself positively all the time. Despite, Irene was another 4 minutes faster on the bike, so I had to make up a gap of 5 minutes on the run. But I didn't give up. We had to run 4 laps and every lap I closed a bit of the gap. At the end of the third lap I was running 20 meters behind her. And then I passed her, luckily the hard work payed off!
It was a race where I tested my mental skills in this sport. Of course it helps when there are a lot of people you know supporting you, but still you have to do it yourself. When I look back I have mixed feelings. As an athlete you have to be critical, and I know for myself that it was not a top race. On a good day, another sub-9 would definitely have been possible. But with the result I'm very happy. It is my third time that I'm Dutch champion and also my third time that I win an Ironman distance race."
The last important race for Heleen this year will be the Ironman in Florida on November 3rd where she will be wearing her new triathlon suit. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chris McDonald and Thomas Maliszewski finish top 5 at IM Louisville

It was a great weekend for SLS3 athletes Chris "Big Sexy" and Thomas at IM Louisville. Both managed to finish top 5 overall. Thomas was racing his first IM race as a pro and finished 5th in 9:28:50 on a hot and humid day in Louisville. Chris was starting the race as the defending champion and was hoping to to repeat his victory from 2011. He finished second in 8:52:59 around 10 minutes behind his training friend Patrick Evoe.

Runner up Chris McDonald and volunteer Sonja Lenhardt @ IM Louisville. They both love their SLS3 compression socks.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

SLS3: Official compression partner of HITS Triathlon Series

SLS3, a leading high performance sports apparel brand, has signing an agreement as the Official Compression Partner of the HITS Triathlon Series.

As the existing Compression supplier to world class athletes like Chris McDonald, Petr Vabrousek or Jessica Jacobs an alliance with the HITS Triathlon Series marks a logical next step for SLS3. 
“We are extremely excited to partner with the HITS Triathlon,” said Sebastian Linke, owner of SLS3. “Our products are designed by medical professionals with more than 15 years of experience in the industry and in understanding the proven gains for endurance athletes, it’s only consequential for us to team up with the HITS Triathlon Series." 

“The quality and technology of the SLS3 products will support our participants in their pursuit of peak performance”  said John Eickman, marketing director of the HITS Triathlon Series.
SLS3 Compression products have been found to provide benefits to the wearer including improved circulation and a reduction in muscle vibration, a major cause in muscle fatigue.

About SLS3:
SLS3  is a manufacturer of  sport compression and Triathlon race apparel. We design and market high quality compression and triathlon race apparel that meet and exceed the needs of our customers. Our products will enhance performance with emphasis on technical design for comfort. Our goal is to produce the best possible products to serve our customers who are looking for comfort and performance. MADE IN U.S.A. is an important part of our Triathlon apparel line as we have made a commitment to production of our apparel in America. We hire local staff and we purchase our materials from the highest quality vendors available to us.

About HITS Triathlon Series:
HITS Triathlon Series, a new race series designed for seasoned triathletes, as well as first timers. All are invited to compete in the HITS Triathlon Series, from the beginner in the Open, to the experienced triathlete in the Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full, providing for the first time,
"A distance for everyone!TM"
A distance for everyone!TM assures you a challenging course geared to your unique level of training, endurance and personal goals.
Our mission is to produce an exceptional series of triathlons that delivers a challenging multi-sport experience, courses geared to the needs, level of training, endurance capacity and personal goals of each athlete. In addition to providing a product for the seasoned athlete, we believe it's also important to introduce the sport of triathlon to those who may have never thought that they could compete in or complete a triathlon.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Petr Vabrousek wins CZ national Championships.

Petr Vabrousek just won the the CZ long distance championships for the 5th time in a row rocking his SLS3 compression socks.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SLS3 in the NEWS

Great article on Anabel Holland in the current issue of 3/GO Triathlon magazine. Anabel is wearing the FX Race Triathlon Shorts on page 14.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Heleen bij de Vaate finishes 3rd at Ironman Lanzarote

SLS3 athlete Heleen bij de Vaate had a great start of the season: 
"You are never to old to learn. Even in my 20th Ironman finish I had to learn something. And in this case it took me of the win, I think. A small report of the most beautiful and challenging Ironman in the world. In the weeks before the race I felt that I became stronger and fitter. I was eager to race and mentally I was ready for a very though day in the office. A week before the race we arrived on Lanzarote. Still some time to get used to the heat and wind. It was the first time that I started together with 1600 other athletes here on Lanzarote. The result was that I ended up in a real washing machine. I got smashed everywhere and it was a real battle to survive. But luckily I did and the real race started. On the bike, the feeling from the beginning was really good and I was flying. Thanks of course to my fast bike the Isaac Muon TT. I was focusing all the time and getting my nutrition in as planned. But from here it went wrong. The energy drink from the organization was according to me too much diluted. That meant the  energy I had to take in during the bike part was not enough. Besides that, because it was too much diluted the uptake into the blood was too slow. During the bike part I didn’t notice this. I started my run 10 minutes behind the number 1. Normally I’m the better runner and it should have been possible to run more than 10 minutes faster. I tried to find my rhythm in the first few kilometres. But after 5 km, my stomach started to protest. The liquid stayed in my stomach and I heard it with every step. A few times I stopped to try to throw up, but I could not. It was an awful marathon. But now I’m glad that I finished and it is another top 3 finish in an Ironman. I'm really sure I can show much better than this, and I definitely will do so later this!" 
Heleen was wearing her new triathlon suit.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Great weekend for SLS3 athletes around the world

This last weekend has been another great weekend for SLS3 athletes Petr Vabrousek and Jessica Jacobs.
Petr was racing Ironman Lanzarote - one of the hardest IM races in the world, wearing his new triathlon suit. " It wasn´t an easy day today - strong winds on the bike and the heat on the run. But that is OK, Ironman isn´t meant to be an easy affair." After a good swim and a solid bike Petr finished 6th overall. He is now in 11th place at the Kona Pro Ranking. His next Ironman race will be in Cairns in 2 weeks.

At Ironman 70.3 Jessica Jacobs won her first race of the season. After getting second off the bike Jessica pushed forward to earn the fastest run split of the day and claim her title.

                                                              photo courtesy of Lava Magazine

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SLS3 featured in triathlete BUYER`S GUIDE - Spring 2012

We are happy to announce that SLS3 has been featured not only one but twice in the current BUYER`S GUIDE of triathlete magazine. Every year just a small number of companies are being chosen to be featured in this issue and we are honored to be one of them. Check out the reviews about the SLS3 FX short and top on page 22 as well as the SLS3 compression socks on page 106.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 Expo Shedule

The following list is a preliminary list of the races we will be attending this year. If you happen to be at one of those races, please stop by and say "Hello". We would love to meet you in person.

Date Event
3-Mar Palm Springs
18-Mar SuperSeal
31-Mar Oceanside 70.3
14-Apr HITS Napa
5-May IM St. George
19-May IM Texas
24-Jun IM Coeur d`Alene
8-Jul Carlsbad Tri
15-Jul Vineman 70.3
22-Jul IM Lake Placid
28-Jul Vineman
19-Aug Orangeman Tri
9-Sep IM Wisconsin
30-Sep Mission Bay
10-Nov HITS Havasu
18-Nov IM Arizona
1-Dec HITS Palm Springs

Thursday, January 26, 2012

SLS3 supports Sea Shepherd's “Stand Up for the Oceans”

Oceanside, CA – January 26th. SLS3 the leader in compression sportswear just announced its support for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). $1 of every product that is being sold will be donated to Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization which uses direct action tactics to protect sealife.
In 2008, Animal Planet began filming the weekly series Whale Wars based on the group's encounters with the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean.

“I watched the show a couple of years ago for the first time and was hooked ever since” says Sebastian Linke, owner of SLS3. “ In addition to building innovative products that reduce environmental impact, we take our social responsibility mission very seriously - We feel honored to be giving back to those who defend what is so precious to us all.”
Visit to find a retailer near you and learn how YOU can make a difference.

About SLS3:
SLS3 manufactures sport compression and Triathlon race apparel in the USA. We design and market high quality compression and triathlon race apparel that meet and exceed the needs of our customers. Our products will enhance performance with emphasis on technical design for comfort. Our goal is to produce the best possible products to serve our customers who are looking for comfort and performance. MADE IN U.S.A. is an important part of our apparel line as we have made a commitment to production of our apparel in America. We hire local staff and we purchase our materials from the highest quality vendors available to us.

About Sea Shepherd:

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. The organization has gained recognition through the TV Series “Whale Wars”.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Petr Vabrousek 6th at Challenge Wanaka

" It is over! Great swim, the bike and run exactly showed there I am after 3 weeks of training:-). The first half OK, the second always brought a little bit of suffering. The last time I sat on the bike outside was Ironman Western Australia on Dec. 5th... Midway through the run, I even got within a minute of 4th place, but I was ready for the heat and really suffered through the second loop and had to dig deep not to loose the 6th place in the final miles. "loved my new triathlon suit." My next race is Ironman Melbourne in 9 weeks - I will have to put in some training now..."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The new 2012 Tristar Triathlon Pad

We are extremely happy to present our new 2012 Tristar Triathlon Pad. It is being used in our FX (Triathlon shorts) products and has a very light structure and minimalist design for a better freedom of movement. See for yourself but most importantly FEEL THE DIFFERENCE!

Monday, January 9, 2012

SLS3 partners with IM Talk Podcast

We are happy to announce our partnership with IM Talk. IM Talk is the leading Triathlon podcast based out of New Zealand. It is worldwide available at Todays show features an interview with our CEO Sebastian Linke. He talks about the beginning of SLS3 and what motivated him to found his company. If you have a chance, take a look at the website and download the podcast - it is also a great for listening during your long raining runs at this time of the year.