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2016 Triathlete Gift Guide: The Purist

As a purist, you love to train and race by feel, using triathlon as an opportunity to disconnect from the wired world.

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The Purist

The sound of your heartbeat, the burn in your legs—as a purist, you love to train and race by feel, using triathlon as an opportunity to disconnect from the wired world. You need simple, functional, beautifully made gear that’ll enhance your training without taking over. These five things should top your wish list.

Rule #5 Queen K Highway Triathlon Backpack

$200, Rulenumberfive.com
This San Francisco-based company was founded on the idea that some of the most dedicated athletes want to do their thing without being showy. The understated, superbly designed Queen K features a drop-down shoe compartment, laptop sleeve, and subtle tri-inspired elements that’ll make you smile, like interior fabrics printed with elevation charts and famous tri cities.

Giro The Factor Techlace

$350, Giro.com

Giro married old-school cool with a touch of innovation to make what’ll surely be your favorite cycling shoe. Laces give the shoe a supple feel while the hook and loop strap lets you dial in the fit. A carbon outsole delivers a stiff, light platform for excellent energy transfer, so you’ll get all the performance you want with none of the flash.

Rapha Essential Polo

$90, Rapha.cc

Made from a quick-drying cotton-polyester blend, this slick polo with concealed buttons can go straight from bike commuting to the office. Now you’ve got one less thing to throw in your Queen K tri backpack.

TYR Special Ops 2.0 transition goggles

$30, Tyr.com

Simplify your swim bag. With lenses that automatically adjust to changing light, these are the only pair of goggles you need. And they’re comfy. Enough said.

Freestyle Navigator 3.0 Blue

$95, Freestyleusa.com

Even a purist can use a solid watch. This one is waterproof, and has a night-glow function and a stopwatch. That’s it. Use it for intervals or just to make sure you’re home on time.