2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Women’s Kit
This made-for-women gear flatters and functions.
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These sunnies are like three pairs in one—they come with two extra lenses that suit varying weather/sunlight conditions (the lens swap is super simple to boot). The ergonomically designed frame and lens color offerings are numerous, ranging from basic black to reflective red lenses.
From $30, Movingcomfort.com
The Fineform Bra offers moderate support for A/B cup sizes, with padding that provides subtle shape without any bulk. The back straps can be secured with the built-in J-hook for wear under racerback tops, making it a versatile choice. A soft, brushed cotton band that runs along the bottom stretches as you move for extra comfort and uninhibited mobility.
Osmo’s chief research officer Stacy Sims, Ph.D., created a line of female-specific nutrition products to accommodate women’s physiological differences. The mango-flavored Active Hydration mix ($20) replenishes electrolytes and fuels muscles, and the Acute Recovery ($35), which comes in a honey and spice flavor and should be consumed within 30 minutes of exercise, restores glycogen stores.
From $240 (sold separately),Bettydesigns.com
The Betty 2 cycling kit pops with neon pink and playful racing checkers, and is equipped with several female-friendly features, such as a gender-specific chamois and flattering leg cut and closure (no pinching elastic!). The bib short, while less convenient during bathroom breaks, is a comfortable, slimming alternative to bike shorts that can cut into your midsection.
Created out of a high-end Italian jersey material, this top feels luxuriously soft against the skin, is UPF 50+ and, while form-fitting, is tailored to flatter with a longer cut in the torso. The breathable, quick-drying fabric makes it suitable for anything from yoga to long runs.
Wear these tights on runs to reduce muscle oscillation, or don them post-workout for their recovery effect. They have an upgraded wide “powermesh” waistband and silky-soft fabric, which wraps firmly around leg muscles. Internal seams are low profile and soft to reduce the chance of chafing during longer workouts, and the Lycra blend material is moisture-wicking, antibacterial and offers sun protection of UPF50+.
A favorite of pro Linsey Corbin, these attention-grabbing socks add some personal style to your recovery attire. The cotton/nylon/spandex/rubber blend offers a mild-to-moderate compressive effect, hugging in tired and sore lower-leg muscles. The tension and colors don’t appear to fade after multiple washes, and they are available in four sizes to help you find the most effective fit.
$75 (sold separately), Aliilifestyle.com
Available in four bold colors, this flattering two-piece will take you from the pool to the beach without fading and is silky-soft to the touch. The tie-up back lets you dial in fit and support, and the bottom’s backside features a narrower cut, so this suit is best for women who favor a Brazilian bikini cut (and not super generous coverage).
—Julia Beeson Polloreno