I always wonder what gear other runners and triathletes use. While brand and gear choices are pretty personal, I think it’s always nice to know what others are using, so that you can get some guidance when making your own gear choices. It’s also nice to have a checklist, especially if you’re just getting started!
Here’s a list of all my current gear. It’s a work in progress and I’ll be adding brands and reviews over the next few weeks. If you’re a new triathlete, don’t worry about getting all of it at once. The basics should be enough to get you through a sprint and maybe even an olympic distance race. As you get more serious about racing, you can keep adding to your gear collection!
- Goggles: I’ve been testing a bunch of different brands. So far one of my favorites is Zogg’s, especially their tinted goggles for open water swimmming.
- Swim cap: I use a regular Speedo cap, but I’ve been considering upgrading to something that does a little less damage to my hair.
- Bathing Suit: I recently upgraded to an Arena suit and so far I love it!
- Swim watch: I used to use a Swimsense, but recently upgraded to a Garmin 910XT since I can use that for the swim, bike and run
- Props: Paddles, fins, buoy. I also use a kick board, but I just borrow that from the pool
- Bike: QR Dulce Triathlon that I absolutely love! She has an Adamo seat, which is super comfy, adjustable aero bars and looks beautiful! (before that I was on a Trek Road Bike with profile design aero bars).
- Cycling shoes
- Hydration: Profile Design Areo bottle and a couple of water bottle cages for additional hydration.
- Storage: XLab wing that carries my toolkit and CO2 cartridges and 2 bento boxes for all the food I’ll need on my 4+ hour bike
- Technology: I used to have a CatEye, now I use the Garmin 910XT watch which came with cadence and speed sensors and a heart rate monitor.
- Socks: Feetures! are by far my favorite brand.
- Running shoes: I have a shoe problem…I have use Mizuno, Asics, Saucony and Skora and I love them all. The most important thing is to make sure you are in the right fit.
- Technology: I used to use my phone with the Nike+ Running App or Pearsports, but now I mostly use the Garming 910XT with the heart rate monitor.
- Road ID: This is a must have! It’s a quick way for someone to access your information in case of an emergency, i.e. you pass out or get hit by a car.
- Hydrapak: I love my Avila! It’s light, carries loads of water and is very comfortable to use.
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