Today, we’re going to tackle an often overlooked field of products: bodycare. Many triathletes spend untold amounts of money on gear and body care products are frequently left off the list. We’ve been testing a few products from SBR Sports, the manufacturer of TriSwim, TriSlide, and Foggle. All samples were provided by SBR Sports and arrived in standard, sealed retail packaging.
Background on SBR Sports:
SBR Sports was established in 2003 by Karen Allard. Karen is a triathlete and USAT Certified Coach. Through her training, she became aware of the damage chlorine and other chemicals cause to athletes’s hair and skin. After using many available products, Karen decided to start her own line of products to assist athletes facing the same issues.
Details of TriSwim Shampoo and Conditioner:
TriSwim Shampoo contains organic aloe, a botanical agent prized for it’s moisturizing, soothing and calming properties. In addition to the aloe, TriSwim Shampoo contains 5 sequestering agents, Vitamins E and A and Pro-Vitamin B5. Working together, SBR claims that these chemicals help to remove chlorine and chlorine odors, while also removing copper deposits that can cause a greenish tint to frequent swimmers’ hair. TriSwim Shampoo has a mild citrus scent.
TriSwim Conditioner is designed to help moisturize your hair after using the shampoo and to help heal dry and damaged hair. SBR claims that the conditioner does this without creating a heavy buildup of product in your hair.
Testing TriSwim Shampoo and Conditioner:
One male and one female tester have used this product a few times in the past two weeks.
Our male tester is a hard case. He doesn’t use expensive or specialized shampoo and conditioner and is a pretty hard sell. Normally, after a swim, he has to wash his hair twice and condition once to remove the feel of chlorine. The smell doesn’t always wash out, even after two shampoos.
After using this product twice, the difference between TriSwim and inexpensive shampoo and conditioner is reasonably clear. The male tester didn’t have to shampoo twice to correct the ‘stringy’ feeling his hair normally has after swimming. The light citrus scent removed or masked the chlorine smell and the conditioner made a noticeable difference after use.
The female tester, a blonde, is a serious shampoo and conditioner user. As a lifelong swimmer with dry, light colored hair, she expects a lot out of her post-pool shampoo and conditioner. A good product will remove chlorine to prevent green-ness and leave her hair feeling healthy and soft. Stripping chlorine and adding nutrients is a pretty tall order. TriSwim Shampoo did both. After using the shampoo for about 10 days, she reports her hair to look and feel as healthy as it does on days she doesn’t swim.
The female tester had low expectations for the conditioner. She normally uses an expensive hair masque product to restore her hair after swimming. The conditioner’s thickness was a surprise. After shampooing, she applied the conditioner and let it sit for 3 minutes before rinsing. She then used her regular styling products, no masque, and dried her hair as usual. She reported that her hair was healthy looking and felt soft, though lacked a some of the shine to which she is accustomed.
One tester complained that the scent is a little off-putting and slightly generic. She understood that the shampoo and conditioner had to appeal to both male and female users, but wonders if a light herbal scent might be more appealing.
Personal preferences aside, both testers were impressed with the performance of these products. The shampoo absolutely helps to remove chlorine and the conditioner performs well, even when compared with more expensive hair treatments.
The timeline for the initial review is too short to judge the ‘no-buildup’ claims so that will have to wait for the final review. Both testers will continue to use these products to judge the long-term performance claims.