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2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Off-Road Gear

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$180, Pocsports.com

This ultra durable helmet wraps around the back of the entire head to offer superior protection and has 16 vents for ample air circulation.

$4,800, Santacruzbicycles.com

This bike is a blast to ride and eats up almost any technical challenge you throw at it. It is a competent climber and aggressive descender, and instills confidence on technical sections. It’s the perfect fit for any rider looking for that single bike that can cover a variety of terrains and still embrace those longer rides and occasional races.

SL Ride Jersey, $90; Mobility Short, $90; Boy Undershort, $70; Neo Rain Jacket, $350, Giro.com

If you don’t like the spandex look on the trails, this apparel (both men’s and women’s lines) combines cycling-friendly features like technical fabrics and jersey pockets with sleek styles that pass for high-end street clothes.

$14, Sockguy.com
Quality socks on wintry and wet rides are a must, and this wool-blend option with subtle stripes wicks
moisture while keeping feet warm.

$275, Scott-sports.com

With its Velcro straps and Boa ratchet closure system, this shoe lets you quickly dial in the perfect fit. The carbon outsole is stiff and light, and the shoe boasts impressive traction on rugged terrain. The men’s version is the MTB RC.

Mix up your training and have some fat-tire fun in the dirt. And if you’re thinking of jumping into an off-road triathlon, don’t miss the digital special issue, “Triathlete’s Ultimate Guide to Going Off-Road,” available through the Triathlete app on iTunes.