Gear

TYR Competitor Short Sleeve Top & Competitor Tri Shorts

The Draw: Affordable comfort

Most triathlon companies have leaned toward making premium race kits, which leaves very few options for those who are just starting the sport or on a limited budget. Thankfully TYR continues to offer well-made kits at a reasonable price. This top does not fit super tight, which means it’s probably the least aerodynamic on this list—but for beginners, comfort can outrank everything else. The jersey also offers UPF 50+ protection and large pockets for storing fuel. For those who are nervous (or body conscious) about a tight-fitting singlet, this is a great choice across any race distance.