Triathlon & Ultrarunning Gear Recommendations

Below is a list of swim/bike/run/recovery gear we use and recommend. These are practical and often the most economical products for those entering the sport. (We have no affiliation with these links or brands unless otherwise noted.) Any questions, we’re happy to help.

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
TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack - a swim bag to carry your swim gear and dry it out

Roka - our favorite brand, excellent fit/performance

Triathlon Race Suits:
Either the Castelli FREE SANREMO SUIT SHORT SLEEVE or ALL OUT SPEED SUIT (men & women versions available)

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

In your saddle bag, you will need the following:

At home, you will want the following:

On your bike, we recommend:

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

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).

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

Sportneer Bike Trainer - basic, economical bike trainer

Most trainers come with a rear skewer, if not Action Hub axle skewer

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.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles - for ultrarunning in the mountains

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