11 Summer Essentials for Triathletes

Look, feel and be cool with these summertime essentials.

We have reached peak summer, and we’re not mad. Sure, summer brings big temperatures and even bigger AC bills, but it also brings longer daylight hours for training and an excuse to eat popsicles while lounging poolside (after Masters swim, of course). Celebrate the season with the gear that simply screams summer.

GU Toasted Marshmallow Energy Gel

$36, box of 24, Guenergy.com

Whether you prefer your marshmallows lightly toasted or fully charred (we’re not judging), you’re sure to love GU’s new flavor inspired by this summer campsite staple.

Coeur Sports Bra in Island Vibe

$44.99, Coeursports.com

On hot and humid days, shirts can be sticky and stifling. Join the sports bra squad with this comfy, supportive product from Coeur, which features an innovative dual cleavage pocket – perfect for storing your keys, iPhone, or nutrition.

Spruzza Cooling System

$49.99, Spruzzamist.com

At first, the idea of putting a misting system on our bike made us laugh. Then we tried it and…well, we loved it. The concept is simple – push the lever for a fine mist of water on the face, neck, and chest. A small spray is a huge boost on those days when the sun just won’t let up.

Coolcore Running Shorts

$45, Coolcore.com

A new athletic wear brand, Coolcore, aims to keep runners cool through the use of a new textile known by the same name. Simply wet the fabric (sweat or water), and the fabric activates instantly, dropping its temperature by up to 30 degrees.

Nuun Performance

$7, 10 tablets, Nuunlife.com

Hydration is important – and also kind of boring. If plain water isn’t inticing enough to drink up throughout the day, try these easy-to-carry tablets from Nuun, which come in summery flavors like Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon, and Fruit Punch.

Buff UV Arm Sleeves

$25, Buffusa.com

Sunscreen loses its effectiveness with the addition of time and sweat, but these arm sleeves will dependably shield your skin with UPF 40 sun protection, no matter how long or hot your run.

Louis Garneau Icefit Cycling Jersey

$84.99, Garneau.com

Surviving a long ride in the heat is easier with Icefit fabric, a quick-drying fabric treated to absorb and dissipate body heat for cooling effect. It also provides 50 UPF/SPF protection to keep sun damage at bay.

Triathlon Trucker Hat

$19.99, Chalktalksports.com

For shade, breathability, and style, trucker hats reign supreme. We’re digging this version, which blends elements of swim, bike, and run into a patriotic portrait.

Hoka One One Recovery Slides

$50, Hokaoneone.com

Ditch the five-dollar flip flops and treat yourself to a pair of sandals that will provide comfort and support. The maximal-cushioned running shoe reconfigured their famed oversize midsole and meta-rocker design into a recovery sandal, giving your tired legs some major TLC.

Hammer Recoverite in Orange-Vanilla

$58.95, 32 servings, Hammernutrition.com

The orange push-up pops of your childhood get an athletic remix at Hammer Nutrition, which duplicated this classic flavor in their recovery beverage. In addition to a serious case of nostalgia, a scoop of Recoverite will give you the carbohydrates and protein needed to recover from your hardest workouts.

Smashfest Queen Tank Top

$35, Smashfestqueen.com

This super-soft muscle tank will be your new favorite on the beach, on the couch, in yoga class, and during pre-race bike check.