From a personal shark-repelling bracelet to a state-of-the-art aero helmet, we've gathered 10 of our favorite safety products for triathletes and organized them by discipline (swim, bike and run) below.
SWIM: Sharkbanz 2$74.00 1 of 11
It's not the waves or deep water that keep many would-be triathletes safely on the beach—it's the fear of what lies beneath the water. Keep your peace of mind with this second iteration of Sharkbanz, a magnetic battery-free ankle bracelet designed to repel sharks while swimming in open water.
SWIM: Adventure Lights Guardian LED Expedition Light RED$15.99 2 of 11
Foggy conditions and open water swims go hand-in-hand, so ensure you're seen by other vessels and kayakers when swimming in less-than-optimal conditions. Waterproof up to 300 feet and tough as nails, clip this compact LED to your wetsuit or goggles to stay out of harm's way.
SWIM: The Swim IT$144.99 3 of 11
Regardless of how comfortable you are in open water, things can go south without a moment's notice. The Swim IT is a portable swim safety device (inflatable lifejacket) that attaches to the swimmer's leg and can be deployed as a self-rescue option in emergencies. It's race legal (USA Triathlon and WTC IRONMAN), reusable and handmade in the USA.
BIKE: Road ID Wrist ID Elite$35 4 of 11
Let's say the worst happens (knock on wood) out on the road, and you're unable to communicate with first responders. The Road ID is a customizable bracelet that lists your name, emergency contacts, medical info and other essential information so professionals can provide the critical care you require. It's peace of mind not only for yourself but also for your loved ones.
BIKE: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Vest$90 5 of 11
As a triathlete, you likely log countless training hours on your bike—riding through traffic on busy streets and lonely backroads. Protect yourself from the wind and alert cars of your presence with this reflective, high-viz vest that's both packable and form fitting.
BIKE: Giro Vanquish MIPS Helmet$275 6 of 11
Most triathletes have both a training helmet and an aero race helmet, but why not get the best of both worlds? Giro's Vanquish helmet is designed with aerodynamic cues to reduce drag without the pointy, alien-like foil off the back. The MIPS technology adds another layer of safety by reducing rotational force upon impact.
BIKE: Lezyne Zecto Drive (Rear) Taillight$34.99 7 of 11
Being seen is the name of the game, and it's especially important when sharing the road with cars while you're on the bike. The Lezyne Zecto Drive rear safety light features three ultra-bright LEDs that emit up to 80 lumens with six output options. Better yet, it's rechargeable and has an indicator that displays battery life.
RUN: Nathan Sports Neutron Fire RX Runners' Headlamp$54.99 8 of 11
As the days get shorter, completing training runs in the dark is inevitable. The Neutron Fire RX is a headlamp designed for runners—it's lightweight, super bright (200 lumens) and includes a rechargeable battery. Choose from five lighting modes and red, green and blue LED side strobe options.
RUN: Sabre 3-in-1 Runner Pepper Spray$12.99 9 of 11
Long training rides and runs on less-than-traveled roads can be a vulnerable experience. Keep the Sabre 3-in-1 Runner Pepper Spray on hand (literally) for emergency situations. The adjustable hand strap keeps the device at your fingertips for easy use, and it boasts an impressive 10-foot range.
RUN: TigerLady Self-Defense Claw$34.99 10 of 11
No this isn't a joke—this self-defense tool for women was designed after a cat's highly effective retractable claws. Simply squeeze the grip and three ultra-sharp "claws" protrude, allowing the user to scratch their attacker in self-defense. The claws are hollow, which collect DNA from the attacker and can be used as evidence by law enforcement. The device is lightweight and requires no maintenance or batteries.