Customer Review: BoiDapChay

BoiDapChay (which translate to ‘SwimBikeRun’) is a Vietnamese triathlon team and this is their review about PURPOSE:

Different from the perennial trisuit giants mostly from Western countries, PURPOSE is a brand new name from Asia. Founded in Singapore in 2017 by Noor Ashikin Aziz, PURPOSE selects a different but also risky way: focusing on high-end triathlon clothing designed for Asians.

“We recognise athletes [in Asia] have smaller bodies and the climate here is also much hotter, so why not make a trisuit more fitting and comfortable for them? “Noor said when BoiDapChay approached him in December 2018.

Although the brand is still young, a strategic focus on design quality and finished products is seeing PURPOSE being used by leading names in the region as well as internationally. For example, Colin O’Shea (veteran triathlon athlete and coach of COS Coaching, Singapore’s leading triathlon training club) or Dan Plews (who broke the 2018 Kona record in age group with his time of 8:24:36).

For our trisuit, we were deciding between the PURPOSE Victory and PURPOSE Flow Pro Performance. The biggest difference between these two products is that the PURPOSE Flow series uses a variety of mesh designs on the chest, arms and back, providing good heat dissipation for countries with hot and humid weather conditions.

After testing both product lines, BoiDapChay decided to use the Flow Pro Performance for the Ironman 70.3 Danang 2019 Asia Pacific Championship so our athletes can be the most comfortable especially on the challenging run. Just to add, Dan Plews opted for the same Flow Pro Performance model for reasons of heat escape thanks to that grid design. This design helped him to cope with the harsh weather conditions at the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

After receiving the suit, our BoiDapChay athletes tried the trisuit for four weeks before the race. We all agree that PURPOSE is a trisuit brand that is very suitable for races with hot and humid climate like Vietnam. Here is our overview:

What we loved:

  • Comfortable, cool with good heat escape capability
  • Moderate, reasonable length for long pedaling sessions
  • Good compression
  • Pretty aero
  • Roomy pockets to fit lots of food

Factors to consider:

  • A little pricey
  • Might be tight for athletes with wide shoulders / hips (so make sure you get the right size)

How we tested the product:

To ensure the difference and accuracy, BoiDapChay used the PURPOSE suit for training and competition, specifically in the following activities:

Design sense & light operation – We tried with walking first, to help assess the comfort and fit of the product.

Swimming – We tried the suit both in the pool and in the open water, for about 30 minutes each time. For the Open Water test, we ran 3km and weighed the product after to consider the trisuit drainage.

Brick – We wore the suit for indoor bike intervals (20-30km) followed by an outdoor run (70km + 7km).

First impressions:

The first impression we got was how light the PURPOSE trisuit is. With size M, the suit weighs only 218g, while Zone 3 Activate + weighs 240g and Orca 226 Comp weighs 240g. A few dozen grams may seem insignificant, but when worn with water constantly poured on during the race, you will feel the difference when the fabric is light, airy, volatile.

In terms of size, it can be said that PURPOSE is a brand with the most suitable fit for Asian people that BoiDapChay has ever tried. Those with wider shoulders and hips will feel a bit stiff initially. However, because the material stretches well, after about 2 times of wearing it, the suit will fit better.

In general, choose your size properly. An S in another brand might not be an S for this brand. We feel that weight is often a more accurate measure of size. If you are in the middle of 2 sizes, you can choose a larger size (again remember to look at the weight).

The PURPOSE trisuit feels cool and comfortable when worn and it also drains the water out well, unlike other brands. It provides good compression too.

We chose to go for the open design, where the front zipper separates the upper and lower body, making it quite convenient to wear and also easier to go to the toilet. The pockets on the back are wide enough to fit 500ml water bottles, as well as energy gels, salt, electrolytes.

One thing we really like about PURPOSE trisuits is that the design and quality of fabric makes the trisuit ‘nonslip’ from the body when cycling. Compared to products in the same segment like the 2XU Comp Full Zip or Zone3 Aquaflo, the area around the thigh and abdomen of the PURPOSE trisuit clings close to the body without restricting movement, thus limiting chaffing.

The second thing we like about PURPOSE trisuits is the chamois. We have tried more than 10 different types of trisuits and concluded that the chamois for PURPOSE trisuits is not too big, not too small, and most importantly, comfortable even on long rides. One of our members cycled 120km and ran 10km after and it didn’t cause any discomfort.

Running in the PURPOSE trisuit is great – there is sufficient compression to keep the muscles tight and the heat dissipates through the mesh fabric. We felt this trisuit is a lot better to run with in hot weather, compared to previous suits that our members have used.

CONCLUSION:

If you want to find a comfortable, lightweight and well-ventilated trisuit for training and competition, PURPOSE trisuits make an ideal choice. It is a little pricey but other than that it is hard to find much criticism about this young brand.

Top age-grouper Dr Dan Plews chose PURPOSE for the Ironman World Championship

For the Ironman World Championship last year, Dr Dan Plews was doing his research online for a ‘cool’ race suit for hot conditions.

“I found out about PURPOSE because I was looking for a suit for Kona. I love the suit because it’s comfortable and most of all, cool. It dissipates the heat really well and keeping cool during hot endurance races is really important,” the 36-year-old British-born New Zealand-based father of one said.

Dr Plews impressively finished as the top age-grouper with a course record of 8:24:36 and we are so proud to be part of this victory.

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Suara Naluri – Episode 4

We are so blessed that Suria featured us on their Suara Naluri documentary series, telling our founder’s story and the journey of our homegrown label. Here is the full video:

Team PURPOSE athlete: Ng Wei Quan

From learning how to swim from YouTube two years ago to representing Singapore in the ITU Long Distance World Cup this weekend, Ng Wei Quan is only just beginning.

The 23-year-old Singapore Management University economics undergrad was inspired by his wing commander in Officer Cadet School, LTC Matthew Wong who was a multiple Ironman finisher.

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PURPOSE @Ironman 70.3 Bintan 2019

PURPOSE headed to Bintan for the annual Ironman 70.3 race that was held on 25 August 2019. Sharing a booth with PURE, we were at the race expo with some of our trisuits and cycling kits. Thank you for coming to visit us!

We also had a group photoshoot on Saturday afternoon, where we gave out arm sleeves and cycling bags to the first 30.

The race was a brutal one as usual, with the tropical heat and humidity bearing down heavy on the athletes. Nonetheless, a huge congratulations to all who battled through and finished the race.

We were very proud to see many athletes decked in our PURPOSE trisuits, including the custom ones!

Here is a collection of our products from the Ironman 70.3 Bintan 2019:

Flow Pro/Performance Mesh Trisuit (Waves)
Flow Pro/Performance Mesh Sleeveless Trisuit (Waves)
Flow Pro/Performance Mesh Trisuit (Aero Blue, Sleeved)
Victory Elite Racing Trisuit (Atomic Blue)
Victory Elite Racing Trisuit (Italian Sky)
Flow Series PRO Trisuit (Transcend)
Flow Series PRO Full Length Trisuit (Transcend)
Victory Series Elite Racing Trisuit (Sun)
Team Elite Series Trisuit (Boron)
Flow Series PRO Trisuit (Mirage)
Victory Ascension Long Trisuit for Muslimah

CUSTOM

Integrated Riding Club Kit Pro/Performance Mesh Trisuit
Integrated Riding
TriFactor PRO Performance Trisuit
Terai Melayu
COS Coaching
Singapore Women Triathlon Club

We will be at Ironman 70.3 Malaysia too and we have exciting activities lined up – see you there!

Profile in purpose: Faced with type 1 diabetes and cancer, he chose triathlon instead

Nick Glover Dubai 70.3 – 5wide

Nick Glover

Born on the Isle of Man, 1977. Nick grew up playing football, like most young boys; growing up stout and with good reflexes.

However, adversity struck when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 14. From henceforth, it was weeks in the hospital at a time, followed by several years of getting used to the adjustment of living with such a condition.

He had a close encounter with death at age 18 when his condition turned into Diabetic Ketoacidosis; a life-threatening complication that occurs mainly in patients with type 1 diabetes.

Needless to say, he survived. However, this also meant that his teenage years, up to his 20s, he was prone to injuries – many broken bones, hernias and accidents. More than 10 surgeries, in all.

The most major of which was for testicular cancer. More surgeries and months of hard chemotherapy were to follow.

He fought and won the battle again.

Today, Nick is an accomplished triathlete. Diabetes does not get in his way, and his cancer did not relapse. He lives his life and savours his moments of victories. To help him, he uses an app called HALZA to monitor, track and manage his health. Through HALZA, Nick has managed to live his life, manage his condition and go through his training regiment.

Nick finished the Dubai 70.3 Ironman in a spectacular time of 5 hours and 8 minutes.

Purpose is honoured to have Nick wore our Purpose | BESPOKE Victory Elite Racing tri suit to take on this race.

Every day is tough, but every day is also a day for us to smile for the people around us.

That is Nick’s purpose.

The Purpose | MAGAZINE is a content website of Purpose Performance Wear. The most comfortable triathlon suits and cycling jerseys you will ever wear. For more information about the content in this MAGAZINE, send an email to hello@purpose.asia or visit http://purpose.asia

Colours. They fill us. They’re there for our best achievements and are always there in our everyday efforts.

In 2018 may colours fill you. With joy, happiness, elation and accomplishments. From your training, your rides, your races, and most of all, your training mates. Colours. May they find you. And may you, find your 2018.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, and colourful year ahead.

#findyourpurpose To cap off a purposeful first year, Purpose showed up strong at Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Langkawi 2017 surprising even ourselves. Fulfilling the promise of performance wear for triathlon and cycling built for the humid weather of South East Asia, Purpose was worn by triathletes over the half and full Ironman distances.

We are truly proud of this achievement and would never have done it without those triathletes who believed in us.

Thank you for making 2017 astounding.

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#findyour2017 With the season in full swing in September and October, Purpose began gaining traction in the triathlon and cycling scenes within Singapore and Malaysia. Straight from the high of having proven at the global stage at Race Across America, we began proving ourselves at races around this region.

Purpose-built for the hot, humid conditions of South East Asia, Purpose triathlon suits and cycling kits began powering athletes to top ten and podium positions. It is through these successes that we know we’ve developed not just the most comfortable, but also one of the best performing, premium technical racing suits for triathlons and cycling.

Made by South East Asia, for heat and humidity of South East Asia.

In July and August, we showcased ourselves at the Race Across America

Collaborating with Team Australia II, we took the leap to feature our jerseys and cycling bibshorts in the world’s toughest cycling race – Race Across America. The race is a total of more than 5,000 kilometres which the team completed in just over six days. The Australia II, wearing Purpose, came in 2nd in the 4-man team and 3rd overall.

This race not only allowed Purpose to feature our lightweight mesh constructed jerseys, it was also an opportunity to road-test Purpose jerseys at the highest level of performance.

Thus we can truly affirm – when you wear a Purpose, you are wearing one of the most comfortable cycling and triathlon kits you will ever wear.

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