2014 Spring Gear Guide for Triathletes
Zoot Ultra TT 7.0$120 1 of 10
The latest edition of the triathlon-specific shoe has all the features that make the shoe a hit with multi-sport athletes—including the patented Quick-Lace that speeds up your T2 time. This shoe was designed for "the smooth strong runner looking for a neutral triathlon-specific race shoe." Zoot is one of the top 10 shoe brands worn at Ironman Kona, though these shoes are good for any distance.
New Cervelo P2$2,800 2 of 10
The same bike used by Chrissie Wellington in her legendary Ironman World Championship victories, the next generation of the P2 bike serves as an excellent introductory bike for triathletes getting serious about the sport. Says Jay Prashun of Lava Magazine: "The dollar-conscious can finally enter the arena, without paying an aerodynamic penalty for being thrifty."
Aquasphere Kaiman Exo Goggles$29.99 3 of 10
This new product incorporate a first-of-its-kind EXO-core bi-material frame technology that combines maximum stability with comfort. In addition, the water-tight seal is enhanced, and the plexisol lens is protected to improve scratch resistance outside and fogging inside.
Fizik K5 Uomo Triathlon Cycling Shoe$200 4 of 10
The brand's entry-level triathlon shoe, Fizik boasts this shoe's breathability and lightweight material and antibacterial comfort lining. The shoe weighs 270 grams.
Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch$449-$499 5 of 10
Due for a July 2014 release, this is a Rolls Royce GPS watch perfect for triathletes. In addition to tracking your workout stats in swimming, cycling and running, this watch has the capabilities for 24/7 activity tracking. It also has accurate altitude readings with a built-in barometric pressure sensor. It can record full performance, even transition times, as well as a load of other luxurious features.
TriCourseHD Training Videos$19.99 6 of 10
An average Ironman triathlete was flustered when looking for affordable training videos of the Ironman Coeur d'Alene bike course, so he decided to make his own. That started a business. At this point, TriCourseHD has four bike-course videos (Ironman races Coeur d'Alene and Chattanooga and 70.3 races Boise and St. George) but plans to expand even more in 2014.
XTerra Lava Booties$25 7 of 10
For those cold open-water swims (looking at you California), these booties provide extra warmth along with your wetsuit. It's made with 2mm 4-way stretch neoprene. Along with triathletes and open water swimmers, these can be worn by surfers and paddleboarders.
Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life$29.95 8 of 10
One of the top triathlon coaches and personal trainers in the business, Ben Greenfield discusses the balance between training hard and pushing the limits while maintaining a healthy body that's not prone to breaking down. It features things like recovery techniques, nutrient-dense recipes, detoxing your body, stress-fighting weapons and more. This book will be released in April.
FuelBelt Revenge Series Hydration Belts$49.95 9 of 10
The Revenge 4-Bottle, pictured here, consists of four easy-to-grip 7-ounce bottles. The belt has breathable Thermofoam padding, and also features storage pockets. A 2-Bottle belt is also available.