Tri Gear: 16 Must-Have Items for Race Season
TYR Torque Wetsuit$379.99 1 of 17
Designed specifically for triathlon, the Torque sports a hydrophilic outer layer for an ultra-low drag coefficient. The flexible hydrophobic inner layer also prevents water absorption, making it easy to peel off as you transition to the bike.
Rudy Project Noyz Fluo$224.99 2 of 17
There's a reason endurance athletes love the Noyz Fluo from Rudy Project. The wrap-around frame keeps the glasses in place when you're on the move, and the interchangeable lenses allow you to choose from a wide range of 100 percent UVA/UVB protection shades. Prescription options are also available.
2XU Transition Bag$99.95 3 of 17
This lightweight, yet durable transition bag can hold an impressive amount of gear. Highlighted by a roomy center compartment, it also features smaller top and front zip pockets, a mesh front sleeve and multiple side water bottle pockets. When you're not using it, the bottom wet/dry compartment compresses easily for storage. Padded straps and a hip belt also make it a comfortable option for travel to and from events.
Zoot Ali'i$130 4 of 17
A true lightweight neutral racer, the Ali'i is perfect for speedy triathletes. The upper on this model stands out, employing UltraFit and BareFit technology along with a Boa closure system to give you a sock-like fit and easy entry for a quick transition.
Headsweats Race Hat$20 5 of 17
The Headsweats Race Hat will help keep the sun out of your eyes and protect your face from harmful UV rays. Weighing less than two ounces, it's also one of the most comfortable running hats around. Comprised of a Coolmax fabric soft shell and Coolmax terry sweatband, you get great breathability and moisture control as the temperatures rise.
Sugoi RS Ice Tri Suit$150 6 of 17
Available in both men's and women's cuts, the RS Ice tri suit uses IceFil, a material that keeps you cool when you sweat. It also offers 50+ UPF to protect your skin from the summer sun. With hydrodynamic and aerodynamic reverse entry pockets to store gels, this suit is a good option for racing any distance.
PowerTap G3$789.99 7 of 17
Replacing your rear wheel hub, the PowerTap G3 power meter is easy to install and calibrate. ANT+ compatible*, it can be used with a wide variety of devices, like the Garmin 920XT, Joule GPS by PowerTap, or an existing bike computer. It boasts accuracy of its metrics within +/- 1.5 percent, which is about as good as you'll find in any power meter. It's also one of the cheaper models on the market—perfect if you're looking to fine-tune your training on a limited budget.
*ANT+ is the technology that lets wireless devices communicate with each other.
Rudy Project Rush$124.99 8 of 17
The newest addition to Rudy Project's helmet collection, the Rush is crafted with direct In-Mold? technology for maximum strength and safety. Thanks to high coverage internal padding made with a moisture-wicking fabric, it's one of the most comfortable helmets you can buy for long-distance triathlons.
FuelBelt Helium H2O$49.95 9 of 17
The Helium is the lightest hydration belt ever designed, which you'll appreciate once the miles start to pile up. It holds two 7-ounce BPA-free bottles and features a large removable storage pocket for gels, keys and other essentials. The adjustable waistband and soft-touch Velcro closure make it easy to get a customized fit.
Aqua Sphere Polarized Kayenne Goggles$49.99 10 of 17
The Kayenne utilizes a special layering and bonding process to filter light and reduce glare, which makes your vision sharper while you're in the water. Designed to offer a wide field of view and improved perception, these goggles work well for a variety of open water swimming conditions.
Stance Fusion Run Socks$15 to $36 11 of 17
Available in tab, crew and over-the-calf styles for men and women, Fusion run socks feature 200-needle construction and moisture-wicking performance fibers. A lightly-cushioned footbed along with a reinforced toe and heel help to keep your feet comfortable during longer events. The crew and OTC designs also offer graduated compression for improved recovery and performance. And if you're into funky designs and cool colors, Stance has plenty of options to help you stand out from the crowd.
Cannondale Slice 105$2,710 12 of 17
The all-new Slice from Cannondale blends comfort and performance to create a mid-level tri bike at an affordable price. The carbon frame geometry is based on data gathered from thousands of tests in order to give you the best possible combination of aerodynamics, handling, stability and control—something you'll appreciate the longer you spend in the saddle.
TYR Carbon Zipper Back Short John$269.99 13 of 17
TYR's textile fabric is a breakthrough technology that helps to lower your body temperature and heart rate while exercising. It's also hydrophobic, so it dries nearly the second you exit the water. The fabric is also durable and built to last.
Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+ Smartwatch$449.95 (with HR monitor) and $399.95 (without HR monitor) 14 of 17
The IRONMAN One GPS+ allows you to leave your phone or music device behind. With stand-alone wireless network connectivity, email-based messaging capabilities, and tracking features that communicate the user's location to friends and family, this is a true game changer for endurance athletes. This water-resistant watch also provides speed, distance, pace tracking and a built-in MP3 component with 4 GB of memory to play music via wireless Bluetooth headsets.
Pearl Izumi Tri Fly V Carbon$180 15 of 17
These triathlon-specific cycling shoes have an anatomic closure to eliminate hot spots and remove pressure from the forefoot. The fully lined mesh upper makes them ready to wear without socks, and the direct-vent cooling technology helps breathability and drainage. A dual-density EVA insole provides good support and efficiency during the pedal stroke.
Camelbak Podium Ice$25 16 of 17
This 21-ounce insulated bottle from Camelbak will keep your water or sports drinks cold longer than any other standard options. A high flow rate also makes it easy to drink from when you're out riding on the open road.