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Trying not to scream TRIATHLETE? This chill gear will help you stay undercover, despite your tan lines.
From the style-centric minds across the pond comes a multitool that could double as an office-desk conversation piece. Fabric’s unique Chamber tool has 13 functions— courtesy of CNC-milled stainless-steel bits—all encased in a smooth, mirror-finish aluminum body. Compact enough to throw into a jersey pocket (but not the lightest, tipping the scale at 170g), the bits’ length and ratchet design are a welcome, useful surprise.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
Garmin’s new 645 Music is a stealthy multisport GPS- enabled smartwatch that does almost as much as its biggest brother, the Fenix 5, but in an elegant, minimal style. The 645 Music does pool swim, bike, and run activities extremely well—alongside playing mp3s to Bluetooth headphones, a first for Garmin. A lack of dedicated triathlon or open-water swimming modes is slightly limiting, but it’s the price you pay for straddling the fine line between casual cool and full-on tri-geek wristwear.
Oakley Split Time
Amazon.com; starting at $143
At first glance, these fashion-forward aviators look made for the beach, not for tri, but the Split Time’s cabana style actually disguises practical performance features. Low-key no-slip grips on the temples and nose bridge keep these versatile sunnies in place on runs, and the side shields reduce glare, while
eight lens choices (prescription available) mean there’s something for everyone.
Feetures Elite Mini Crew Socks
Head straight from a work meeting to your brick workout with these super-stretchy, mid-weight (and stylish) color block socks. We love the Elite’s light compression, seamless toes, and wicking fabric—expect the best performance in mild to chilly temps. Huge bonus: Feetures’ famous unconditional lifetime guarantee makes these socks worth the investment.
Orca Training Bag
While transition bags have become super specialized with pockets for every single piece of gear, sometimes understated and simple is better. Orca’s soft corduroy-feel duffle bag with cool seatbelt straps is lightweight, stylish, and still capable of storing (and organizing) your race-day essentials. Key tri features like water-resistant fabric, a separate taped-seam wet compartment, and subtle swim/bike/run detailing keep this bag functional and stealthy.