Tri It On

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Shopping for the required mountain of triathlon gear doesn't have to parallel unearthing the perfect pair of jeans. We know there are hundreds of options when it comes to gearing up: microfiber this, lateral-stiffness that. So what's your best bet? This gear takes you from swim to bike to run, and features improvements that translate into performance boosts and increased comfort--helping you feel better and race faster.

SWIM

ZOOT ZENITH WETSUIT, $600
The Zenith meets both wetsuit requirements: flexibility and buoyancy. Zoot innovatively pairs the flexibility of a 2-millimeter neoprene exterior with purposefully placed 3-millimeter panels fused to the interior. The result? Superb floating capabilities to rival a 5-millimeter suit but the flexibility to allow you to swim without constriction. As an added bonus, the six-pack-abs design will intimidate your competitors before you hit the water. zootsports.com

SPEEDO WOMEN'S AIR SEAL XR MIRRORED GOGGLES, $25
Speedo solved the leaky-foggy goggles conundrum with the women's Air Seal XR mirrored goggles. A low-profile design with curved-lens technology provides maximum comfort and peripheral vision. The UV-protected lenses have you covered during outdoor training and races. speedousa.com

BIKE

TREK EQUINOX 7 WSD, $1,870
The Equinox 7 is one tricked-out ride that won't suck your savings account dry. A highly shaped top tube provides a 20 percent increase in lateral stiffness at the head tube (compared to the previous design) and the frame-and-fork interface presents a virtual continuous surface for superior aerodynamics. Plus, it's made for women, with specific geometry and fit to achieve proper balance between the hands and hips for better control and comfort. trekbikes.com

2XU ENDURANCE TRI SUIT, $110
2XU stepped up its technology by incorporating breathable compression materials into its Endurance Tri Suit. The quick-drying SBR SKIN fabric compresses muscles for reduced fatigue, while mesh side panels keep you cool. Three rear pockets mean nutrition is within arm's reach. 2XU.com

SHIMANO ALL-AROUND SPORT AND FITNESS ROAD CYCLING SHOE SH-R085W, $100
Your feet are outlets for your leg strength on the bike. Comfortable cycling shoes are key to a smooth, strong and comfortable power transfer from muscle to cadence. Shimano's All-Around road shoe features a micro-adjustable buckle for quick, subtle adjustments and a fiberglass-reinforced nylon outsole for just the right amount of stiffness. The effect: comfort and power. Compatible with SPD and SPD-SL cleats.  shimano.com

SPECIALIZED WOMEN'S DECIBEL HELMET, $170
You won't be a hothead with Specialized's foam-engineered and carbon-reinforced cooling system. It features larger, deeper vents without sacrificing cranial protection. Clip on the visor for extra protection from the sun's UV rays. specialized.com

OAKLEY RADAR SUNGLASSES, STARTING AT $155
Long training days outside don't just take their toll on your skin. Keep your eyes healthy with Oakley's super-lightweight Radars, which filter out 100 percent of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Whether running or cycling, the lenses protect against impact, gravel, bugs and even tree branches. oakley.com
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