Triathlon Gear Suggestions

Below is a list of swim/bike/run/recovery gear we use and recommend. (We have not affiliation with these links or brands unless otherwise noted.)

Swim Gear: 
Finis Agility Paddles - good for beginner swimmers
Synergy Hand Paddles for Swim Training - for advanced, stronger swimmers
Michael Phelps Snorkel
Pull buoy (many pools have them available)
Roka Fins or Arena Fins
Ankle band
Finis tempo trainer (optional)
Arena Cobra Ultra Mirror Swim Goggles - Jim’s favorite pool goggles
Aqua Sphere Kayenne Swim Goggles - men’s and women’s style, great for open water swimming/racing

Roka - our favorite brand, excellent fit/performance

Bike gear:
XLAB X-Large Rocket Pocket Bag - bento box for fuel/snacks. Critical for half/full (IRONMAN) triathletes

Saddle bag for tools, spare tubes and CO2 cartridges/inflator:
Topeak seat pack Aero Wedge Packs saddle bag - medium or large

Topeak Aero Wedge Pack Expandable Quick Release Clip-On 27.3-34.9mm Seatpost Bag (more secure than one above)

Tire lever:
Diamondback Bicycle Tire Lever Set, Black

CO2 cartridges and cap:
Genuine Innovations Innovations G20315 Microflate Nano CO2 Tire Inflator (this one comes with the cap)

Extra cartridges: Innovations 16 Gram Threaded CO2 Cartridges for Bicycle Tires (6-Pack)

Spare tires & tubes: ensure you’re getting the right type/size for your bike, look at the numbers on your tire.
Continental Grand Prix 4000s II Cycling Tire, Set of 2 Tires size 700 x 25 - this is our favorite training and racing tire

Spare Bike tubes

Multitool (in your saddle bag):
PGMJ All-in-1 Bike Multitool Pocket Bike Tool kit Multi Repair Tools Kit Wrench Bike Repair Tools (Red)

Bike tools for home:
Pro Bike Tool Allen Key, Hex Wrench, Ball End Set

Chain lube:
Rock N Roll 135816 Gold Chain Lubricant, 4-Ounce

Bike cleaner:
Simple Green Bike Cleaner/Degreaser - 24 oz. Trigger Bottle or Simple Green Cleaner, 20-Ounce

Water bottle cages and bottles (ideal to have 2 on your bike):
Anjoy Ultra Light Full Carbon Fiber Bicycle Bike Water Bottle Cage Holder for Road Bike MTB

Look Cycle Keo & Look Cycle Keo Grip Road Cleat

Shimano Pedals & Shimano Cleats

Cycling Kit (bike shorts/bibs & tops): Castelli

Bike electronics / computer:
Garmin Heart Rate Monitor - for swim/bike/run. Wrist HR monitors are not reliable during exercise.

Garmin 520 Bike Computer - Best value, functionality for triathletes.

Stages Power Meter - A power meter will fundamentally change your relationship with your bike training and racing. Try Ebay for discounted power meter arms (and let us help you choose the correction one).

Bontrager - Flare R USB Tail Light - very visible, our favorite rear light.

Bike trainers:
See DC Rainmaker annual trainer review for a comprehensive overview.

Run Gear:
Garmin Forerunner 735XT - not as fancy as 935 but gets the job done.

Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit - for swim/bike/run - best functionality for triathlete.

Suunto Sport Watches - Coach Eliot is a member of Team Suunto. Endurance Drive athletes contact us for a discount code.

Nutrition & Hydration:
This is highly individual based on your taste and preference. Below are products we like, use training and racing and have had excellent results with:
Skratch Labs, Drink Mix Sport Hydration

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel (If you have trouble digesting food, this is higher in calories)

Good for lighter workouts and everyday hydration:  Skratch Labs, Drink Mix Anytime Hydration

Electrolyte tabs; I drop one of these in my water when spinning inside/running in the summer/doing anything that involves sweating a lot: Nuun Active Hydration Variety Pack

Find an energy bar you like and can easily eat on bike:
CLIF BAR - Energy Bar

Honey Stinger Organic Waffle

Bonk Breaker

Picky Bars Real Food Energy Bars

PROBAR - Meal Bar

Other options include things as simple as fig newtons, chewy Nature Valley bars, PB&J sandwich, etc. Focus mostly on carbs and not too much fiber/fat. Goal on bike = 40-60 grams of carbs / hour, although some of this can be from liquid, gels, blocks, etc.

Energy gels / blocks:
CLIF BAR - BLOKS Energy Chews

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel

PROBAR - Bolt Organic Energy Chews

SKRATCH LABS Sport Energy Chews

Fill this with maple syrup: Hydrapak Softflask

Jim’s favorite on bike snack: Butternut Mountain Farm 100% Pure Organic Maple Sugar Candy

Race Gear:
Race belt (for your race number)
Quick laces for running shoes

Rubz ball

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
Rep 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box