2018 Buyer’s Guide

Think of triathlon as a veritable candy shop to your inner sugar-loving kid. There are an incredible amount of innovative, multisport-obsessed makers who have created hundreds of awesome products meant to make your triathlon journey more fun, comfy, and fast. Our team of experts spent hundreds of hours swimming, biking, and running in everything you’ll find in these pages to bring you objective reviews to help guide your next purchase. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, in the market for an upgrade, or just love looking at shiny new things, we guarantee there’s something here that’ll tickle your fancy. Because while you don’t always need new gear, there’s nothing like a new gizmo (like our cover bike! Enter to win it here!) to give you that extra oomph to get outside and relish every minute you get to spend triathloning.

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Kestrel 5000 SL SRAM Red eTap

The Draw: Killer Update, Do-It-All Machine In 2017, one of the founding fathers of carbon bikes debuted their latest carbo to limited fanfare. After years of using their 4000 carbon frame—with some updates—Kestrel upgraded the frame with the hopes of invigorating a category they basically created. The resultant 5000 SL is one of the most […]

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Garmin Forerunner 935

The Draw: Best All-Around Triathlete Watch When it comes to features and functions for triathletes, no watch is as deep as Garmin’s Forerunner 935. The 935 continues to build upon past units like the 920XT and 910XT by adding in an optical heart-rate sensor, alongside advanced training load and recovery metrics from FirstBeat (a company […]

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2XU P:2 Propel

The Draw: It Practically Swims for You Think of this suit like a secret weapon, picking up any slack you may have in your stroke to turn you into a veritable bullet in the water. The most noticeable advantage: It aids rotation wonderfully. If you’re a “flat” swimmer, you’ll appreciate how it keeps you in a more optimal side-swimming […]

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Saucony Liberty ISO

The Draw: Laissez-Faire Stability for Economical Speed and Distance Saucony’s Liberty ISO, with its full-length encapsulated polyurethane midsole and topsole, stood out as a tester favorite, whether for tempo training or longer sessions, on- and off-road. With a tad of stability from a medial plastic guidance frame, the Liberty doesn’t try to override the foot’s […]

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Giro Vanquish MIPS

The Draw: Lust-Worthy With or Without the Shield There was a time when triathletes would train and race on di erent wheelsets, but now it is quite common to use one set of carbon clinchers for both. That day has arrived for helmets, courtesy of the Vanquish’s great looks and optimal blend of aerodynamics and […]

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TYR Competitor Tri Tank & 9” Short

The Draw: An Affordable Option for Newbies If you’re on a budget or new to the sport, it’s hard to beat this kit. Though it’s affordable, there is nothing “cheap” about the tri top or the shorts. We love that the top is fairly long and that the shorts are available in a 9-inch version—if […]

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TYR Torque Lite

The Draw: Gentle Stroke Enhancement This sleeveless suit won high marks from our testers for its sleek design and stealth look. In the water, it almost disappears—the shoulder openings are so comfy and watertight we almost forgot we were wearing it. Just like the rest of the suits tested, it features hydrophobic material that feels […]

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Caterpy Laces

The Draw: A Simple, No-Tie Solution There is an overwhelming number of no-tie shoelaces on the market, but these are our favorite so far. These are simple laces that take a few seconds to add with no complicated pieces to stick on your shoes. Customizable tension means you’ll be happy with the fit. Even at […]

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LumaGlo Crossbelt

The Draw: 360-Degree Visibility This unique wearable can be used either as a sash or a belt (the preferred method for runners). Powered by a small battery pack, the LED lights o er eight di erent colored, moving patterns (yes, you’ll feel a little bit like a Christmas tree). We love that this product takes […]

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Naked Running Band

The Draw: Lightweight, High-Capacity Storage This around-your-waist, no-bounce storage belt fit everything we needed for a long run—hydration, nutrition, smart phones, keys, etc.—in three easy-to-access pockets, and was comfortable for runs at every distance. There is even a spot for your race number if you choose to use it on race day. Sizing is key […]

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