Best Performance Sunglasses: Roka Falcon TI Sunglasses$260 1 of 16
If you're the kind of triathlete who understands that looking good means going fast, you'll want to check out Roka's Falcon TI sunglasses. The second aviator style in this de rigueur line popularized by pro triathlete Jesse Thomas, the Falcon 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, they won't fog and they'll stay put no matter what situation you put them in. And they look oh-so-good.
Best Socks: Balega Silver Performance Socks$15 2 of 16
If you haven't experienced the feel of a Balega sock, you're in for a treat. Slipping them on feels like wrapping your toes in a marshmallow of comfort. Think that sounds good? Balega's new Silver line also includes an antimicrobial silver layer that helps cut down on odor, as well as a seamless toe to minimize any potential blisters. Once you go Balega, you'll never go back—trust us.
Best Race Day Accessory: Zoot Ultra Tri Bag 2.0$125 3 of 16
Durable yet extremely lightweight for its size, this 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, which means you'll never have to hunt for your transition spot in the wee hours of morning ever again.
Best Short Course Suit: Castelli Core Tri Suit$119 4 of 16
Thanks to its sleek design and silky fabric, you just can't help but feel fast when you're wearing the Castelli Core Tri Suit. The KISS Air chamois pad is one of the best we've ever competed in despite feeling deceptively thin to the touch, plus the suit features unique speed hooks that keep the top from riding up during the swim and bike. Top-notch aerodynamic properties make this one of the best suits for short course events when speed is a top priority.
Best Training Log: The Triathlete's Training Diary$15.95 5 of 16
Another season has passed, which probably means you've filled yet another training diary with notes about your time in the saddle, on the road and in the water. Start the new year and new season with a fresh training diary just waiting to chart your progress over the many hours of tough training ahead. What makes this diary special? Joe Friel's "Triathlete's Training Diary" includes an introduction on the essentials of keeping a log, a guide to planning your season, a section for goals, 53 weekly spreads, space for every training metric under the sun and so much more.
Best Aero Helmet: Giro Vanquish MIPS Helmet$275 6 of 16
Giro's Vanquish MIPS Helmet is one of the best in its class. Not only does its TransformAir design reduce drag, but it also features antimicrobial padding, featherweight webbing and even eyeglass grippers. That said, 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 during impact in order to minimize the risk of concussion.
And 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. Long story short: You won't find another helmet like this one.
Best Goggles: Orca Killa 180° Goggle$29 7 of 16
One of the biggest challenges swimmers encounter in the water—besides actually making it back to shore—is foggy goggles. The Orca Killa 180° wipes that worry away. Whether you're in a pool or the ocean, green water or blue water, these goggles stay clear. In addition, with an ergonomic design made to increase comfort, as well as a variety of lens options, they're perfect for any condition you may come across.
Best Long Course Running Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 4$130 8 of 16
Bless up Clifton fans, because the latest version of this popular triathlon shoe has addressed all of its common complaints. Toe box too narrow? It 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 brings 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.
Best Wetsuit: Roka Maverick X Wetsuit$900 9 of 16
Roka's Maverick X wetsuit is, quite simply, the most freeing, fastest wetsuit ever built. Engineered with an emphasis on better mechanics, less effort and no shoulder strain, its key design breakthrough centers around setting the upper limbs in an arms-up position, defying the conventional design paradigm. To put it more simply, you don't swim with your arms down, right? So why, then, would you design a wetsuit that way?
In addition to unrestrained shoulder mobility, Roka has also fine-tuned the Maverick X's buoyancy and added new, independent neck paneling and suspension for better comfort, fit and seal. To prove that they truly thought of everything, even the forearms received attention via an Italian stretch-woven textile that minimizes the boundary between arm and water to maximize proprioception, speed and hydrodynamics. In laymen's terms, you're gonna go fast—real fast. Just trust us.
Best Recovery Tool: MojiHeat Roller$69.99 10 of 16
Your post-workout routine doesn't have to all pain and agony. Moji's new foam roller uses heat therapy to promote blood flow and relax your muscles while you roll. The feel-good heat effect is accomplished by unscrewing the device and placing it in the microwave for about a minute. Once a Kickstarter campaign, this product became available to the masses in December 2017.
Best GPS Computer: Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT Bike Computer$249.99 11 of 16
Have you ever wished your bike computer was more aero? Of course you have—and you're in luck. Wahoo has developed a new device that's as sleek as it gets (goodbye, wind resistance), making your bike leg as smooth as possible while delivering the data you need.
This 100 percent wireless GPS emphasizes simplicity—meaning no funny buttons or confusing settings. Just strap it to your bike and get riding. With turn-by-turn navigation, Strava live segments and more, you'll have more trouble trying to find something this bike computer doesn't do.
Best Long Course Suit: TYR Competitor Tri Suit$109.99 12 of 16
One of the best dollar-for-dollar buys on this list, the TYR Competitor features a woven fabric that breathes well in hotter temps and feels fast in the water, too. Compression webbing on the legs claims to increase blood flow, and it's finished with grip to ensure it stays in place. Pocket storage, an 11-inch front zipper and breathable, quick-drying fabric are a few more features you'll appreciate, but a thicker chamois pad that doesn't retain water is what really makes this suit a go-to for long-course events.
Best Short Course Running Shoe: Asics Noosa FF Running Shoe$89 13 of 16
If we were writing an ode to the Asics Noosa FF, we'd probably lead with our love of its new colorways. The bold color combinations have been toned down just enough to make the latest iteration more versatile for everyday wear (fear not triathletes, there is still a hint of neon). But the real substance of our infatuation resides in the responsiveness of Asics' FlyteFoam technology, which lends a downright bouncy feel from midstance to toe off.
Weighing in at under 8 ounces, it would be easy to prematurely discount the Noosa's ability to hold up over longer distances. In reality, after a few six-plus-mile runs, our tester was pleased to bust this myth, 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.
Best GPS Watch: Garmin Forerunner 935$499-$699 14 of 16
Who cares that Garmin's Forerunner 935 gives you rich data like running dynamics, wrist-based heart rate, training status, FTP and VO2 max? Well, since you're reading this, we're guessing you probably do, and we're pleased to report that the latest in Garmin's Forerunner line truly is the greatest.
This beauty's packed with features to help you monitor the effectiveness of your training plan as you prepare for your next race or training cycle. Data geeks will love the new anaerobic training effect metric, which provides insight into how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. It also features Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod, which clips onto your waistband to collect biomechanical measurements like cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio. And as if that wasn't enough, the Forerunner 935 will track your distance, pace and stroke count in the water, too.
Best Tri Bike: Cervélo P5X Triathlon Bike$15,000 15 of 16
This complete redesign of the P5, one of the fastest triathlon bikes in the world, has turned more than its fair share of heads. While the ENVE 7.8 wheelset and SRAM eTAP build won't come cheap, we can promise you it will be plenty fast—so fast, in fact, that it isn't quite UCI legal. All told, Cervélo claims the P5x will be around 25 to 45 seconds faster than the P5 over a 40-kilometer distance. It also boasts disc brakes and integrated storage compartments, and it's much easier to disassemble for travel. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2018 edition for even more upgrades.