2016 Triathlon Summer Gear Guide
Dura-Ace 9000 Pioneer Power Meter Crankset$1,500 1 of 12
From the weekend warrior to the pro peloton, power meters have permeated the cycling scene. Pioneer, though, has distinguished itself from its competition by including streamlined strain gauge monitors that measure force and direction every 30 degrees. In layman's terms, this means you'll gain valuable pedal stroke data so you can analyze and adopt a more efficient pedaling technique.
While pricey, this device can help take your cycling prowess to the next level. Pair with Pioneer's GPS cycling computer (SGX-CA500) and the Training Assist tool for ultimate connectivity and real-time data analysis.
Kinetic Twenty20 Bottle Cage$15 2 of 12
The water bottle is a cyclist's relief from the hot conditions of a long summer ride, so wouldn't you want it to be easily accessible? Enter the Kinetic Twenty20 Bottle Cage, a cage that improves the simple act of grabbing a drink while on the bike. The Twenty20's ergonomic design allows you to mount it on your bike frame at 20-degrees off-center, which is more in line with a cyclist's natural reaching motion. You'll never struggle to wet your whistle on a ride again.
Trigger Point GRID 2.0 Foam Roller$65 3 of 12
While a professional massage is always nice, it's also expensive. At half the cost of one session, the GRID 2.0 from Trigger Point will help roll out knots and kinks in post-run muscles while promoting increased circulation and overall flexibility. The self-massage tool is also designed for larger bodies and provides a firm, stable feel. But be forewarned: Movie nights may now include a routine foam rolling session on the living room floor.
Oakley EVZero Range Prizm Road$170 4 of 12
The new EVZero from Oakley is the brand's lightest frame and provides excellent peripheral coverage for those bright summer days. While the lens might not be as large as Oakley's popular Jawbreaker model, the rimless design has a similar feel without the extra weight. The Plutonite lens material also provides 100 percent protection from ultraviolet light and up to 400 nm protection from harmful blue lights. And as far as comfort goes, the longer your ride rolls along, the less you'll notice these shades resting on the bridge of your nose.
Marc Pro$650 5 of 12
The Marc Pro helps athletes recover faster by stimulating sore and fatigued muscles to improve performance. With regular use, electrotherapy can improve your vascular system's capacity, which means your body can deliver more oxygenated blood to your muscles--increasing power and longevity. You can adjust the intensity by simply spinning the dial. It ranges from 1 to 10, depending on whether you're looking to recover fatigued muscles or target weak areas.
Body Glide Foot Glide$8 6 of 12
Blisters and triathlon are two sides of the same coin. With so many moving parts, friction can lead to chafing and hot spots at the most inopportune moments. Foot Glide, created by tri-approved Body Glide, specifically targets your feet with its sweat-resistant, anti-blister formula. Simply apply before the race or in transition for all-day-long protection--even in wet, humid and sockless conditions. Add to your special needs bag for protection late in the race.
Wahoo Fitness Kickr Smart Trainer$1,200 7 of 12
The Kickr Smart Trainer combines Wahoo's famously reliable connectivity with a responsive, "road-like" training tool. Available in both 10- and 11-speed models, simply remove your back wheel and pair with any compatible Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ device to control the resistance. With a maximum power output of 1,900 watts and a flywheel weight of 12 pounds, you'll never feel restricted by your indoor workouts again. For days when it's too hot to ride outside, pair with Zwift for the most immersive and interactive indoor training session available.
Roka Viper Pro Swimskin$275 8 of 12
As the weather warms up, your full wetsuit is no longer necessary (and sometimes prohibited) at races. The Viper Pro Swimskin is a great alternative, reducing drag and increasing support on wetsuit-optional swims. The stretch-woven textile with a hydrophobic Teflon coating prevents your swimskin (and underlying tri kit) from taking on excess water--ultimately increasing speed and efficiency. Plus, almost 25 percent of athletes at Kona wore the Viper Pro, so it must be fast, right?
BullFrog Land Sport Quik Gel SPF 50 Suncreen$15, 5 oz. 9 of 12
Triathletes spend as much time in the sun as anyone. To protect yourself from the dangers of skin cancer, a good sunscreen is of utmost importance. BullFrog's Land Sport Quick Gel sunscreen is fast absorbing and mess-free--perfect for long days in the saddle or out on the trail. The Breathable Sweat TECH Formula doesn't clog pores and allows sweat to evaporate without reducing SPF protection. And for those seeking a sunscreen void of nasty chemical additives and potential allergens, Bullfrog sunscreens are PABA- and Paraben free.
Chamois Butt'r GoStik10 of 12
You're probably familiar with their popular chamois cream, but Chamois Butt'r recently introduced a solid stick lubricant, the GoStik. Designed for runners, cyclists and triathletes, you can apply this fragrance-free, anti-chafe formula anywhere you feel skin rubbing on skin or skin rubbing on fabric. With a high melting point, the GoStik lasts longer in hot and extreme race conditions than other brands on the market--so apply once and keep blisters and raw skin from ruining your next PR attempt.
Specialized S-Works Evade Tri$225 11 of 12
While those alien-like aero helmets have obvious aerodynamic advantages, their lack of ventilation can make a hot and humid race miserable. The S-Works Evade Tri helmet combines ventilation and performance in a breathable and aerodynamic package. The 4th Dimension Cooling System includes deep internal channels, large vents and aligned exhaust ports--perfect for wicking sweat and body heat from your scalp. Not only is the helmet cool, but Specialized claims it saves 46 seconds over 40 km when tested against a standard road helmet. The magnetic buckle is a nice touch as well, especially in transition.