Once the realm of the fittest, most hardcore athletes, triathlons now have different distances catering to triathletes of all levels. Half triathlons, mini triathlons, not to mention the Ironman – triathletes have plenty of options to choose from all over the world when it comes to competing in one the world’s best-known endurance races.
As triathlons are a combination of three different sports – swimming, cycling and running – naturally, triathletes need gear and accessories that caters to the different legs of a race. From triathlon wetsuits to techsuits and goggles, triathletes need to think about what their latest race will require – taking into account the weather, the course and of course, the athlete’s own personal needs. Whether it’s your first triathlon or your tenth, you will always find there’s some trendy new gear out there that you can use.
Read on to see our list of top picks for triathlon accessories and gear for the 2018 season.
Picking a wetsuit can be difficult as the variety available in a triathlon often leaves you spoiled for choice. Wetsuits may look similar to the novice but are highly different in construction and functionality catering to the specific needs of triathletes. Triathlon wetsuits are not only designed to keep you warm but also need to be cool enough to keep you from overheating and may be full sleeved or sleeveless.
Made from neoprene, the thickness of the fabric varies from wetsuit to wetsuit with the thinner ones offering more flexibility and the thicker ones offering more buoyancy. Many triathlon wetsuits have additional panels along various parts of the suit to increase your buoyancy and improve your posture in the water. Men and women’s triathlon wetsuits are also constructed differently to allow for unique body shapes.
2018 Blueseventy Sprint Fullsleeve Wetsuit
The BlueSeventy Wetsuits with models designed for men and women are great entry-level wetsuits for the beginner triathlete. The 2018 models are made of 1.5 mm neoprene, which allows you an immense amount of flexibility so you will be sure to enter your race without feeling restricted. The thicker Yamamoto rubber on the lower half improves buoyancy and posture by lifting the lower half of the body, helping reduce drag and improve speed. Priced around the $250 mark, it is super affordable as well!
2018 Huub AEGIS III 3:5 Men’s and 3:3 Women’s Triathlon Wetsuit
Huub is really pushing the boundaries between entry-level and professional wetsuits with its AEGIS III wetsuit series. The breakaway zippers are great for quick transitions and the buoyancy designs come with some serious science behind them. The men’s suit has a 3mm upper body and 5mm lower while the women’s design has a 3:3 ratio as women’s legs, having lower density, require less lift. The Huub AEEGIS III series of wetsuits is ideal for the beginner triathlete looking to invest in a well-designed wetsuit or the professional looking for comfort and performance.
2018 Orca Open Water Wetsuits
The Orca Open Water Women’s Triathlon One Piece and the Orca Open Water Men’s Triathlon Wetsuits are great for training and competing in open waters. The neon orange jersey smoothskin arms make it easy for swimmers to spotted allowing for greater security while out in the ocean. The suits are super flexible all over with their 2-2.5mm Yamamoto neoprene all over and work well in moderate water temperatures. Priced at $170, they are quite a steal!
Triathlon Gear and Accessories
Yes, wetsuits are important, but so is the gear and accessories that go with them. Here is a list of our favorite gear of 2018.
Zone3 Heat Tech Swim Socks
The Zone3 Heat Tech Swim Socks are ideal for cold feet – literally and figuratively. Not only will they give you that extra confidence you need when starting out in a race but they’ll keep you warm during those chilly spring, autumn and winter races. The socks feature high-stretch 3.5mm thick neoprene with Titanium lining with a liquid seal finish and Smoothskin closure system to ensure they remain watertight.
Blueseventy Thermal Skull Cap
If you’re thinking “a skull cap is a skull cap” – think again. Blueseventy have taken the usual neoprene skull cap to the next level with their Thermal Skull Cap. They’ve reduced the water absorption by incorporating a hollowed wool liner. The liner also creates an extra boundary layer to protect against heat loss during cold swims.
McNett/GearAid Iron Mend Neoprene Repair Kit
Whether you’re in the market for a brand new wetsuit or are simply planning to rent one for your next race, this is one kit you want to keep handy. The McNett/GearAid Iron Mend Neoprene Repair Kit allows you to easily fix all the rips, holes and tears that are the bane of neoprene. The Iron-On Neoprene Patches are also perfect for reinforcing high-wear areas, like elbows, knees and under arms.
McNett/GearAid Neoprene Wetsuit Seal Cement
The McNett Neoprene Wetsuit Seal Cement is perfect for repairing and sealing your boots and gloves. It’s great for those quick fixes when you’re out in the field.
Whether you are a novice triathlete or a seasoned professional, we are always happy to help with any queries you may have about the gear. Take a look at our online store for the latest deals in triathlon gear and accessories. If you’re looking for something in particular, get in touch with us and we will be happy to help!