2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Run Accessories

Check out the run accessories from the 2014 Triathlete Buyer's Guide and check back to Triathlete.com for more Buyer’s Guide content.

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Check out the run accessories from the 2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide and check back to Triathlete.com for more Buyer’s Guide content.

Normatec MVP Recovery System

$1,750, Normatecrecovery.com

The draw: Reduced recovery downtime

Through a patented pulsing compression technology, these nylon boots refresh overworked leg muscles so you can bounce back faster after hard workouts and build on your hard-earned fitness. Used by the likes of Ironman world champions Chrissie Wellington and Craig Alexander, these boots—a definite investment in your training—can speed recovery in just a 20-minute session.

Balega Soft Thread No Show Socks

$14, Balega.com
The draw: Padding where you need it most

Quality socks are essential, especially when you up your run mileage. We put these through the paces of a triathlon marathon, and were wholly impressed with these cushy socks, which apply extra padding in all the right places. A heel tab prevents the sock from sliding down into your shoe, and a low-profile cut hides them from view.

Asics Thermopolis LT Arm Warmers

$24, Asicsamerica.com
The draw: Sleeves with storage

Arm warmers take the edge off cold-weather runs and come off easy when you get too warm. These feel ultra-soft against the skin and have a silicone band at the top opening so they stay put. A pocket at the back of the hand stores your ID, cash and gel packet.

Brooks Run Happy Visor

$18, Brooksrunning.com
The draw: Sweat-wicking sun protection

A visor protects your face from the sun while allowing more ventilation than a full hat. This one is made with a moisture-wicking mesh, has an adjustable strap for optimal fit, and comes in five different colors. The “run happy” embroidery across the front broadcasts a cheery message.

Amphipod Thermal-lite

$24, Ampiphod.com
The draw: Ergonomic design, ample storage

With this insulated bottle you can carry 20 ounces of sports drink with an easy, natural grip so your hand doesn’t cramp. The zipper pouch expands large enough to hold a phone, and the liner that rests against the back of the hand is soft and repels sweat.

Road ID App

The draw: Safety on the run

This free app for iPhone (Android version coming soon) tracks workouts in real time, allowing family and friends to follow your “eCrumbs” as you progress through your run (or ride). An optional Stationary Alert notifies select contacts if you haven’t moved for five minutes or more. You can also use the app to customize your phone’s lock screen with a display of medical and emergency contact information.

Yurbuds iPhone 5 protective armband

$30, Yurbuds.com
The draw: Hands-free phone access

This carrier allows you to enjoy all the benefits of running with your phone (music, training apps, safety) without having to hold your device in a sweaty, slippery

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