XTERRA Vengeance Fullsuit$700 1 of 18
Dubbed "the swimmer's wetsuit," XTERRA's Vengeance will make you look like you've been swimming all your life—something we know all triathletes will appreciate. Designed with your body and mechanics in mind, this wetsuit is one of the most scientific on the market today. There is 5-mm thick neoprene on your hips and legs for extra buoyancy while the chest is just 3 mm to ensure your lungs can expand with ease.
But that's not all. The six anatomically correct panels and 1.5-mm thick arms and shoulders are designed to provide full range of motion in your stroke so the suit doesn't work against you when you need it most. Entirely coated with XTERRA's nano-super composite skin, the suit allows you to glide through the water as easily as a fish—in fact, the 0.02 drag co-efficient is the industry's best.
If you're serious about shaving time from the swim leg, the XTERRA Vengeance will give you the edge you need—in fact, you'll wonder why you ever wore anything else.
Roka Falcon TI$260 2 of 18
If you're the kind of triathlete who understands that looking good means going fast, put Roka's Falcon TI at the top of your wish list this holiday season. The second aviator frame in the de rigueur line, popularized by pro triathlete Jesse Thomas, boasts a titanium frame with ballistic impact-resistant lenses, patented GEKO pads on the nose and temple and crazy sharp optical clarity. They're stunningly light, won't fog and stay put no matter what situation you put them in—and they look oh-so-good.
IRONMAN Race EntryPrices Vary 3 of 18
Forget about the cost of training. Merely signing up for an IRONMAN race is pricey in and of itself, which means it's the perfect gift to give this holiday season. This is made easy by IRONMAN's gift card options that range from $25 to $1000. And while this gift isn't something tangible the recipient can play with on Christmas morning, it's something that will have a lasting impact on their training. Now just add in flights, lodging and bike travel and you'll have the award for favorite spouse/sibling/child locked down.
Under Armour Mirror BreatheLux Asym Hi-Rise$149.99 4 of 18
After sliding Under Armour's Mirror BreatheLux leggings on, it's almost as if they disappear. Feeling like a second skin without the compression, you'll never want to take these off. With sweat-wicking material and advanced seam placement, you won't have to worry about chaffing anytime soon. Plus, the hi-rise waistband means you won't be tugging them up every few minutes of a run or high-intensity workout.
Rollga Dynasty$39.97 5 of 18
Swim, bike, run, recovery. While we may not enjoy it or do it as often as we should, recovery is crucial to training. Rollga's Dynasty foam roller will take it to the next level. With a unique design featuring grooves to better fit your body, the Dynasty also comes in a number of densities from soft to firm. But what sets Rollga apart is the accessories. The Dynasty comes with a handy carrying strap to make it easily portable. There is also a free app available for download that houses various exercises and uses for the roller, ensuring you use the product to its full potential. Plus, if you order a density and find it to be too hard or soft for your liking, you have a full 60 days to return or exchange.
Betty Designs World Champ Hi Viz$154.99 6 of 18
Betty Designs is an apparel company creating kits and lifestyle gear just for women. They know what women want and how to make a kit that's comfortable, stylish and functional. In its seventh year, the designs have only gotten better with a number of brand new designs ready just in time for the holidays, including the World Champion Flouro pictured above. With ergonomic patterning to reduce drag, antimicrobial chamois and built-in no-shelf bra, this will be one of the comfiest tri kits you've ever toed the line in.
Zoot Ultra Tri Bag 2.0$125 7 of 18
#RelationshipGoals will be realized when you walk into transition with Zoot's his-and-hers Ultra Tri Bag 2.0. Durable yet extremely lightweight for its size, the bag is packed with cool features like a transition checklist, a protective space for your helmet, a fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses and a sealed compartment for your sweaty unmentionables that can be removed for easy washing. Zoot even added reflective detailing for visibility in low light conditions—meaning you'll never have to hunt for your transition spot in the wee hours of morning again.
Giro Vanquish MIPS Helmet$275 8 of 18
Giro's Vanquish MIPS Helmet is one of the best in its class. Not only does it feature the TransformAir design to reduce drag but also antimicrobial padding, featherweight webbing and even eyeglass grippers. But the main draw is the integration of MIPS technology, which is designed to reduce the amount of rotational force transferred to a rider's brain in certain types of impact, keeping your head safer than ever while in the saddle.
But that's not all. If you're a rider who likes to keep things light and aero, the Vanquish weighs only 305 grams and comes with a Magnetic Vivid Shield that tacks on only 50 additional grams. You won't find another helmet like this one.
Giro Inciter Tri$130 9 of 18
Giro described the Inciter Tri as light, comfortable and quick in transition, and we couldn't agree more. Designed with the triathlete in mind, the Inciter Tri features two easy straps to slide your feet in with ease, a wide opening for your foot and an integrated scuff guard—all elements multisport athletes will appreciate. But it's not all about the functionality. These shoes are comfortable too, thanks to the molded EVA footbed, breathable microfiber fabric and mesh upper. Plus, they're only 260 grams, making them the perfect gift for any triathlete looking for a new pair of shoes for their time on the bike.
Garmin Forerunner 935$499.99 10 of 18
The latest watch in Garmin's Forerunner line is targeted toward a higher tier of athletes not satisfied with merely tracking their workouts but also looking for intelligent analysis of their entire training cycle.
The Forerunner 935, however, is especially suited for runners due to its ability to pair with Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod, which takes the place of a chest strap and provides runners with a number of metrics. The watch also connects to Strava and TrainingPeaks, feeding your scheduled workouts directly to the watch. But it's not just for use on your run. Cycling and swimming metrics plus the fact that it's waterproof make this the perfect GPS watch for triathletes. To read the in-depth review of this multisport watch, click here.
HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 4$130 11 of 18
Bless up Clifton fans, because the latest version of the shoe has addressed all of the common complaints leveled at this shoe. Toe box too narrow? The Clifton now comes in wide. Material breaking down too quickly? The Clifton's midsole material has been updated to increase its longevity. Not responsive enough? That midsole update seems to have packed a punch, meaning there's marked improvement in the shoe's rebound. On top of that, the ride is silky smooth and downright plush—noticeable from the minute you slip it on.
As with any Clifton iteration, you're not going to get a dramatic reduction in weight (if anything, it has been slightly increasing with each model), but Hoka has managed to work more than its fair share of magic to ensure the ride feels snappy and the weight deceptively light.
CEP Nighttech Compression Socks$60 12 of 18
Safety is always a priority when it comes to running—especially at night—and these compression socks from CEP are working overtime. Not only do they have a host of reflector dots on the back to increase your visibility, but they speed up recovery time, too.
We noticed less soreness after we finished our hard run, and we were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were, despite the compressive fit. Once out and about, the socks did a great job of keeping us visible, which makes them a must for darker days.
Apple AirPods13 of 18
So you've already got a pair of wireless headphones, but you're tired of that pesky neck wire always getting in the way (we thought wireless actually meant no wires). Apple's AirPods are here to take your troubles away.
At first glance, you may think there's no way this product has any staying power, but we've got great news. Whether you're running, cycling, walking in high winds or even doing somersaults, these headphones will not budge one iota. Plus, no need to worry about deciding whether to listen to music or charge your new iPhone X—you can do both if you have the AirPods.
Syncing the AirPods to your device is literally as simple as opening the lid to the compact carrying case. Don't have an iPhone? The Apple AirPods also work with Androids, Windows and pretty much any other phone, tablet or computer you can think of. Well, maybe not Grandma's old flip phone.
Asics Noosa FF$140 14 of 18
If we were writing a love letter to the Asics Noosa FF, we'd probably lead with our infatuation for the new colorways, which have been toned down just enough to make the latest iteration of this venerable running shoe more appropriate for everyday wear (fear not triathletes, there is still a hint of neon). But the real substance of this love affair with this nimble shoe resides in the responsiveness of Asics' FlyteFoam technology, which lent a downright bouncy feel from midstance to toe off.
Weighing in at under 8 oz., it would be easy to prematurely discounted the Noosa's ability to hold up over longer distances—alas, after a few 6-plus-mile runs, ou tester was pleased to admit this error, as the rearfoot cushioning system more than adequately tempered shock during impact phase. Triathletes, take note: The Noosa FF is here to win your heart.
Garmin Varia UT800$149.99 15 of 18
Sure, there's plenty of solid bike lights out there. But few—actually, none—come close to Garmin's Varia system, which debuted last year to rave reviews from visibility-conscious cyclists everywhere.
The just announced UT800 builds on that success, boasting a steady 800 lumens for 1.5 hours. The real kicker? When paired with compatible Garmin Edge cycling computers, the UT800 automatically adjusts beam intensity to current light conditions, speed and the ride profile to extend battery life. The light can also be manually controlled with a simple touch of the Edge or the included remote.
The light has two versions, urban and trail, and five different light modes—high, medium, low, night flash and day flash. At full strength, it's visible in daylight more than one mile away. Now that's one heck of a bike light.
Zoot Ali'i$150 16 of 18
Remember when shoelaces were a thing? After testing the Zoot Ali'i, that's what we imagine runners of the not-so-distant future saying to each other. Initially we were concerned about whether or not we'd be able to dial in the fit securely, but it secures your heel aand, when coupled with the built-in tongue, creates a cocoon-like casing that hugs the midfoot. Our tester ran with lightweight socks, wool socks and no socks at all and experienced no issues with blisters or slippage. The benefit of the closure system is adaptability when training or racing—for example, you can easily dial back the tension if your feet are prone to swelling during the last leg of a triathlon.
A word of caution, however: If you don't like a super snug fit, you may want to consider sizing up, as the toebox runs a little narrow and the overall fit was on the small side. As for how this shoe feels out on a run, it is definitely built for speed. The toe-off is snappy and the midfoot is springy and responsive, noticeable even when just walking around. This shoe looks fast, too—inspired by Kona, Hawaii, home of the IRONMAN World Championships, the bold upper was designed by Keith Tallett, a mixed media artist born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. With a shoe this fast, you'll be saying "Mahalo" to Zoot for its inspired design.
Profile Design FC25 Hydration System$100 17 of 18
Long distance triathletes know the importance of taking in nutrition while in the saddle, and Profile Design's FC25 Hydration System is state of the art. With a no-splash refill port, BPA free bottle and compatibility with narrow mounting aero bars as well as aero drink brackets, we doubt you'll find a better hydration system out there.