Face Off: Two Expedition-Level Smartwatches, Suunto Vertical and Garmin Fenix 7 Pro
An apples-to-apples review of the latest Garmin Fenix model, the $800 7 Pro and the $840 Suunto Vertical.
Chris Foster is the editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine and a former pro ITU/short-course triathlete. After a collegiate running career at Penn State University, where he was a part of the school record-setting distance medley relay with a 4:01 mile leg, Foster represented the U.S. national team at the ITU Elite Triathlon World Championships in 2010.
Today he lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he tends to a small flock of chickens, runs the nearby hills, and swims in the Pacific when it gets a little bit too hot.
Favorite Race: La Paz ITU Continental Cup, La Paz Argentina
Favorite Quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!'”
— Hunter S. Thompson
Favorite Triathlete story: “Never Get Out Of The Boat: An Ötillö Catalina Race Report”
An apples-to-apples review of the latest Garmin Fenix model, the $800 7 Pro and the $840 Suunto Vertical.
Surprises abound with the latest (and very, very pricey) new superbike from Felt, the IA 2.0.
It goes better than you'd think.
We take a look at nine great picks for a beginner (or intermediate) triathlon bike under $4,000.
For triathletes looking to maximize their bike training, a power meter is essential. We look at the best options.
Running with power could be the best way to not only know precisely what your effort is, but also how to make you a more efficient runner. We look at why and which devices work best.
The Finnish brand throws its hat into the “adventure watch” ring with the Suunto Vertical—a smartwatch that boasts a huge 60 days of battery life and dual-band GPS.
Ready to shave seconds off your transition? Time to consider running sockless in your race-day shoes—check out our list of favorite sockless shoes.
Carfrae and former pro Patrick Mckeon take a look at this weekend's big race in St. George—the course, the contenders, their picks, and more.
Rudy Von Berg has been on a roll already this year with a recent win in Texas. We take a close look at the equipment he'll be using this weekend in Ibiza.
We polled a handful of the top pros including Barbara Riveros and David McNamee to find out what workouts they used to prep for a big weekend of racing in Ibiza.
Fresh off a top-10 finish at Hawaii Ironman and a victory at IM South Africa, Frenchman Leon Chevalier will use his strength as a cyclist to push a massive 58-tooth 1x setup. Check out the rest of his ride.
Former short-course star Tom Bishop has some unique components on his Vitus Auro frame. Check out what he'll be riding in Ibiza this weekend.
Working on your bike is hard. Having the wrong tool makes it worse. We look at the best bike tools that every triathlete should own.
An out-of-competition test by Ironman in February of this year detected the presence of erythropoietin (EPO) in a sample collected from 2022 U.S. Open Triathlon winner Collin Chartier.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve got the gear/advice to help upgrade that special person in your life.
We all love new gear, but what’s the best, most environmentally conscious way to deal with your old stuff?
There are two ways to put on a triathlon wetsuit—the right way and the wrong way. The wrong way will not only slow you down, but could cause injury. We explain why putting on a cheap wetsuit correctly is better than putting on an expensive one the wrong way.
Use this week’s core/stabilizer workout to build a more bombproof you.
Knowing what to wear, how to wear it, and when to make adjustments while spring running is more of a fine art than science. Fortunately years of getting it right (and wrong) will help us help you.
Use this workout to increase your threshold and get comfortable powering over climbs.
While 99% of pool workouts are time/distance based, we look at a few alternative options and the gear you’ll need to help make you faster.
In the last 15 years, the school of thought for bike tire pressure has basically been flipped on its head.
You might see pretty much every pro wearing carbon-fiber racing shoes right now, but how much do supershoes help the average triathlete?
We review six of the hottest triathlon smartwatches from the last year by price, specs, and an eight-point rating system.
Our comprehensive guide to help build out your triathlon quiver: Just like tri training, first lay your base, then learn how to (wisely) move up the gear food chain as you grow your collection.
We take a look at what makes good, basic neoprene and explore what makes the best beginner wetsuit for under $300.
A much (much!) brighter and more-advanced color touchscreen highlights the latest Garmin Forerunner 965. We break down if it’s worth the price of an upgrade.
Building off the tech and lessons learned from Polar’s $300+ smartwatches, the Pacer is aimed at entry-level runners and triathletes. But is it missing too much for the price?
Swimming is hard. These great training tools might not make you the best swimmer, but they’ll make you better.
Use this tough-but-fair run workout to strengthen both your speed and your aerobic system.
In a surprise announcement last week, Ironman added a new Open category and aligned with World Triathlon’s policy on transgender triathletes in the hopes of addressing issues surrounding gender and racing.
Draped on Quintana Roo’s new $5k X-PR build, we take a look at Shimano’s latest budget electronic (not really) semi-wireless setup and attempt to wade through the e-quagmire.
Professional-runner-turned-triathlete Colleen Quigley succeeded in earning her tri pro card by breaking the tape at the Tritonman draft-legal triathlon in San Diego. We speak to the newly-minted elite license holder about her race.
Atreyu calls a thing by its name with the introduction of its new “Daily Trainer.” We put in miles and report back on the Austin-based brand’s latest.
Riding inside can wreak havoc on your trusty steed. We look at the ways (and things) to keep it safe.
Sure, there are $10k bikes and $1k race entry fees, but you have more options with far less sticker shock. Check out our expert guide to racing triathlon on a budget.
After a year of stops and starts since RaceRanger was first announced, the revolutionary anti-drafting devices got its first live trial in New Zealand. Here’s how it went.
If you live in a place with chilly temps, unpredictable weather, snow, and/or ice, there are a few things that will make your winter miles more comfortable and more productive.
Our gear guy sounds off on the Tracksmith Eliot, the first running shoe from one of the sport’s most fancypants running brands.
The preseason should be all about getting in base miles, working on establishing training zones, and making sure you don’t overdo it too early. Find out the best heart-rate tools for each.
Motivation starting to take a hit? Get back on track—any track—with one of these creative (and fun!) goal-setting apps.
Learn more about the best workout headphones for smashing the indoor cone of silence this winter season.
Gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen has unfinished business in triathlon: racing the Olympics in the Mixed Relay event. Learn what she dreaded about the sport when she left five years ago, why the "soft announcement," and her relationship with coach Jamie Turner.
Jorgensen—who switched to running in fall of 2017—announced today that she'll be shooting for a spot on the USA's mixed triathlon team relay at the 2024 Paris Olympics, but the 2016 gold medalist faces a surprisingly uphill battle. Read why.
You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a ton of tri love this holiday season. The Gear Guru reveals 20 tri-related gifts on his stocking stuffer gift list.
Hoka (finally) reveals “That Shoe” we saw in Kona, a look at a funky (and pricey) pair from Mizuno, Reebok revamped, and more from last week's The Running Event in Austin, TX.
We sit down with Andrew Messick to get the inside insight on what went wrong in Kona this year, the reasoning behind “half announcements,” why the split world championship location could be a good thing, and more.
Facing local community pressure, Ironman announced that men's field would no longer be racing at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2023.
The largest active volcano on earth, located less than 30 miles from the start of the Hawaii Ironman World Championship, erupted Sunday with waves of lava, sending an outpouring of ash 100 to 200 feet into the air.
Cycling indoors can be made much less horrifying by choosing the best fan for the job. Triathlete's complete guide to indoor cycling fans with our top picks.
We take a look at why you might want to use a swim snorkel, plus a few good options.
Coros’ “middle child” gets some key updates on battery life, onboard features, and screen size, but can it hang with other smartwatches in the super-crowded $400-500 category?
Tri bikes are tricky beasts—something that looks simple to adjust can take hours. We break it down so you don’t have a breakdown.
"I’m really happy to be rolling into a late October championship race having stayed healthy all season. My best races come when I’ve been able to string together months of consistent running."
How will the Olympian juggle flipping back and forth from short-course to long-course racing this fall? How is she adjusting to her new TT position?
American pro Sam Long shocked the triathlon world when he announced earlier this year he wouldn't be racing in Kona - instead, he was all-in on St. George. Does he regret that decision? We caught up with the young pro ahead of this weekend's Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
You know the feeling: You’ve got X days until your race and you don’t have aerobars/a wetsuit/race wheels/new goggles. We’ll break down what’s worth freaking out about (and what’s not).
Sodaro and coach Dan Plews reveal three sessions that helped this Kona rookie break the tape at the 2022 Ironman World Championship.
We take a look at the bikes ridden by the top ten fastest pro cyclists at this year’s world championships.
Some interesting movement punctuated the annual Kona Bike Count during the first-ever two-day Ironman World Championships. We dig into the numbers.
Rookies reigned, records were shattered and conventional wisdom proved not-so-conventional after all. We dig into the future significance of the most competitive Hawaii Ironman World Championships ever.
Norway's Gustav Iden took the win at the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championships in his first try on the Big Island and second Ironman ever in a time of 7:40:24.
A few surprises highlight the combined Hawaii Ironman World Championship 2022 Kona bike count data from days one and two, as well as pro men's bike count data—including frames, wheels, saddles, components, and more. UPDATED: Hydration.
Germany's Patrick Lange has some unfinished business out on the Queen K this year, after a disappointing DNF in 2019. We take a look at the setup and spec he'll be using in Kona this week.
Cam Wurf is best known for his blazing-fast bike splits and the way he can affect a pro Ironman field. We dig into the Pinarello Bolide that he'll be racing this week in Kona.
Gustav Iden is making his debut at Ironman World Championships this week—we look at his unique ride, dotted with custom flourishes.
Kiwi Braden Currie is looking to improve on his podium finish at IMWC St. George this year with the help of a new Felt IA 2.0 and a super-custom front end he worked on himself.
Chelsea Sodaro, the first female American to break the tape at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in over a quarter of a century also became the first rookie to win Kona in 15 years.
Feast upon the bike count data behind the frames, components, aerobars, wheels, and saddles that the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championship day one racers are using in Kona this year.
Sporting the always-intimidating race number one, the Swiss ten-time world champion is riding a new setup from Felt with a few very interesting race-day modifications.
It's all about testing the warm waters of the Kailua Bay and preparing for two days of upcoming races. We take you there.
Kristian Blummenfelt's bike of choice may be unconventional, but it does the job. Pictured with his disc-wheel training setup, find detailed pics and specs on his Kona race-day rig in our gallery.
A recent victory at the World Triathlon Long Course World Championships proves that Lucy Charles-Barclay is ready to race, and we'll take a close look at the prototype Cube Aerium C:68X that'll help send her through the lava fields of the Queen K.
Abs, legs, luchador masks, and more than a few tushies made their triumphant return to the Big Island with this year's always-epic Underpants Run. Click, scroll, enjoy.
With a win at IM Des Moines in June and a top-15 finish at this year’s IMWC in St. George, Matt Hanson looks to pilot his QR to a big result on the Big Island. We look at the minute details on his setup.
After three wins this year, Germany’s Laura Philipp is aiming her sleek Canyon toward the Queen K. We take a look at her setup.
2022 will mark the final Ironman World Championship called by Mike Reilly, "The Voice of Ironman."
As the top returning American from Ironman World Championships in St. George, Chris Leiferman is ready to fly. We take a close look at what he’ll be riding out on the Queen K.
Just over 50 miles away from the loud, pumping heart of Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona there sits the small historic sugar plantation town of Hawi.
The Hawaii Ironman World Championship’s wall has a name: the Natural Energy Lab.
Experienced triathletes know it’s a good idea to have a small quiver of different swim goggles for different situations. We break down what to wear and when.
It’s pure excitement and love and joy from Irontown on this usually unexceptional stretch of road.
In the past, Apple watches were a novelty act for serious endurance and outdoor athletes, but with an improved battery life and legit workout functions, the Apple Watch Ultra is actually in the (long) race.
This year's Kona pro qualification period is over, and the list has a mix of former winners and veterans, but also some surprising stats on rookies and first-time Ironman World Championship starters. We've updated our list as of October 5 to reflect a few withdrawals and wild card additions.
Despite flying under the radar for the U.S. Open, Collin Chartier rides and runs through an all-star cast to take home $100,000.
After Taylor Knibb led for most of the day, Australian Ashleigh Gentle used a speedy run in hot conditions to make the pass in the final miles.
This power-based swim set from a swimrun veteran will help you become a stronger all-around swimmer.
Goggles are goggles, right? Nope. Our guide on what to look for in the best pair of triathlon swim goggles for you.
In an emotional announcement, Reilly says he will be hanging up his mic at the end of 2022. We spoke with the Voice of Ironman only hours after his statement about why and what's next.