2016 Triathlete Gift Guide: The Techie

The latest tech makes your eyes sparkle and heart rate shoot up to Zone 4.

Photo: Scott Draper

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The Techie

The latest tech makes your eyes sparkle and heart rate shoot up to Zone 4. You’ve probably been spotted waiting in line for an iPhone 7 or a Tesla Model 3, but what really gets you revved up is slick, state-of-the-art gear that’ll optimize your tri training and racing. Money can’t buy love, but it can buy months of training bliss. Presenting five picks that’ll do just that.

Coros Helmet

$200, Coros.com

It’s not surprising this aero road helmet reached its $50,000 Kickstarter goal in 12 hours. It uses bone conduction to let you chat on the phone and listen to music, navigation and ride data, so it won’t obstruct the sound of what’s going on around you—keeping you safe and connected.

Endurasport Pro SL Bibshort DS

$180 (women’s), $190 (men’s), Endurasport.com

The greatest thing to come out of Scotland since whisky, these bibshorts are like a custom cradle for your bum. Choose between three different chamois widths to maximize comfort on your saddle. Bonus for the ladies: A special thigh zipper makes bathroom breaks a breeze.

SPONSORED: Quarq Qollector

$349 + service fee, Quarq.com
A real-time GPS tracker for training and racing. Share progress with family, friends and coaches. Seamlessly sync data with your favorite analysis site. Impact resistant, waterproof and with a 24-hour battery life, it saves your phone for real emergencies.

Recon Jet Smart Eyewear

$500, Reconinstruments.com

A simple head tilt activates a display that looks like a 30-inch screen viewed from seven feet away. On that screen: real-time ride stats, caller ID, social media alerts, route maps, a friend finder and more. Double tap the side to activate video so you never miss an epic descent—or a bad driver—again.

Sony Waterproof Walkman

$100, Sony.com

Hook this totally waterproof Walkman up to your computer via USB to drag 1,000 to 2,000 of your favorite songs into its 4-gig memory. Then hit the pool. A three-minute charge can give you up to eight hours of battery life, so it won’t conk out on even the toughest of training swims.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

$450, Garmin.com

Heart rate measured at the wrist means no more uncomfortable chest straps, while a slew of stats for swimming, biking and running will keep you occupied for months. Fun fact: You can customize the watch face with a smartphone photo. Whoever gets you this deserves first honors.

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