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Mid-way through the summer and the triathlon season is in full swing. Swim, bike, run… if you’re a gear head, this is the sport for you! We asked Lucy Danziger, Founder and CEO of Hintd (the website that lets you create your ultimate wish list that anyone can shop), an Ironman triathlete herself, for some of her favorite training and competition essentials. From Ironman to Olympic to sprint distance races, whether you’re an old pro or newbie to the sport, here are a few hot picks to get a little edge on the competition this summer!
TOP ROW: SPECIALIZED ALIAS SPORT $2500. Combining performance with versatility, the Specialized Alias Sport is perfect for riders looking to get into triathlons who still want the design of a traditional road bike. The full-carbon frame combines tri-specific geometry with aerodynamic tube shaping, a zero-offset seatpost, and clip-on aerobars — eliminating the need for a both a race and training bike. The Alias Sport is made for triathletes who want one bike for every ride. GARMIN 920XT GPS WATCH $450. Offering a plethora of tri-sport tracking and data, along with everyday fitness monitoring, the Garmin 920XT is your ultimate swim, bike, and run companion. With a vivid color screen that boldly displays training metrics, this GPS watch is made for elite and amateur athletes alike. Wear it all day to monitor your steps, activity, and calories, and stay in touch with email, text and other smart notifications the watch displays.
ROW 2: GIRO SYNTHE MIPS HELMET $269.95. With the Synthe MIPS Helmet, Giro introduces the industry-leading Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) safety technology into its top-end helmet. Combining the best of aerodynamics and ventilation, this lightweight helmet slices through the air, keeping riders cool and comfortable with giant vents and Aero Mesh Panels — all in a stylish package. UNDER ARMOUR MID-CROSSBACK BRA $34.99. With a tight compression fit; smooth double-layer HeatGear® fabric; and signature Moisture Transport System, this sportbra will keep you cool, comfortable and supported throughout your training run and rides. Crossover straps with keyhole detail offer a bit of extra style too. ROKA MAVERICK X TRIATHLON WETSUIT $900. Though pricey, the new Maverick X from Roka is revolutionary in its design. By inverting the existing paradigm and starting with the arms up, this wetsuit is designed for total mobility throughout the stroke. Says Lucy Danziger, “It’s so thin and yet buoyant — like a skin more than a wetsuit. The sleeves don’t constrict at all so you feel fast and high in the water without the usual tight wetsuit feeling.” Says Roka, “It is the freest, fastest wetsuit ever built.”
ROW 3: POLAR 24oz INSULATED WATER BOTTLE $15.99. On hot summer days, keep those hydrating beverages cool with the original insulated sport bottle. The patented Polar Bottle water bottle features an insulating layer between two walls of plastic, and keeps liquids cool twice as long as other water bottles. The Made in America bottle fits standard bike water bottle cages and features a convenient, removable carrying strap. All Polar Bottle products are, and always have been, BPA-free and Phthalate-free. SHIMANO SH-TR32 TRIATHLON BIKE SHOES $130. Triathlons make specific demands regarding cycling shoes — most importantly easy on and off in those transition zones between the swim and the run. Says Danziger, “The Shimano bike shoes are lightweight and stiff — for efficiency around the pedal stroke– with comfy uppers. The fiberglass bottoms keep your foot in position around the perfect circles, heels down, so you make the most out of every effort. The velcro is essential: the easiest way to make up time in a triathlon is in transition.” AQUA SPHERE KAYENNE GOGGLES $39.95. With its unique, oversized lens design, the Kayenne combines expanded 180-degree visibility with superior hydrodynamics, thanks to its low-profile frame. Mirrored, anti-fog lens provides maximum 100% UV protection and clarity in open water, and the one-touch, Quick-Fit buckle makes adjustments easy — even while wearing. NUUN ACTIVE ELECTROLYTE TABLETS $23.25. Hydration is critical on summer training and race days, and Nuun tablets are packed with electrolytes to replenish those lost during activities. Just pop one in water for a refreshing fizzy drink that helps alleviate cramps, improves muscle function and keeps you going the distance.
ROW 4: OAKLEY EVZERO PRIZM™ ROAD SUNGLASSES $170. PRIZM™ is a revolutionary lens technology from Oakley that fine tunes vision for specific sports and environments. The ROAD series is made for running and cycling, designed to maximize contrast and enhance visibility in those training and competition environments. Feather light, the Three-Point Fit frame keeps lenses in precise optical alignment with a no slip grip that holds tight in the sweatiest conditions. BROOKS GHOST 9 $120. If you like a cushioned ride, the Brooks Ghost 9 is the shoe for you. This update to Runners World Editors Choice now offers a seamless engineered mesh upper with its plush interior, a multi-segmented outsole, and flex grooves for a smooth landing very step.