Let’s face it, triathlon is an expensive sport. And there is gear for everything – for the swim, bike and run (of course), but there is also the recovery gear, and the travel gear, the transition gear, the nutrition, the hydration and the list goes on. As supporters of our favorite triathletes, it is easy to know generally what to buy them for the Holidays, but narrowing down the options can be tough. Truth be told – there is a lot of excellent gear out there, but we have picked out a few of our favorites that we think might be a big hit! Here will will cover our top picks for Swim and Bike, with our running, nutrition, lifestyle and travel gift guide coming throughout the week! Happy Shopping!
ROKA R1 Goggles – $35
Launched in 2016 by ROKA Sports, these patented goggles were designed specifically for open water swimming. And let us tell you – they are the real deal! Perhaps the most comfortable goggles we have worn (none of that goggle headache to speak of!), amazing clarity, enhanced peripheral vision, and over 12 tints to suit every type of swim condition and landscape background, these goggles are unmatched in the market. In our view, they are worth every penny.
Zone 3 Victory D Wetsuit – $1000:
Relatively new to the U.S. market, Zone 3 has a wetsuit to rival that of the ever-popular ROKA Maverick X and the TYR Hurricane. In wetsuit testing the Victory D has tested as fast as, if not faster. And the comfort level is high. Amazing shoulder flexibility and pliability of the wetsuit offers a fit that feels about as natural as we have seen. In short – this wetsuit is fast, it is flexible and makes us forget, if even for a minute, that we even have a wetsuit on.
Funkita Funky Trunks – $50-$80:
For whatever reason, having swimsuits with fun patterns makes a difference when it comes to garnering the motivation to get in the pool. Funkita has really separated themselves from the pack with their fun and refreshing designs for men and women, but also for the kiddos. Sure the suits are expensive, but so is everything that looks good!
The Finals Swimsuits – $10-$35
Sometimes it is frustrating to spend a ton of money on a swimsuit only to have the chlorine tear it apart within weeks. We all LOVE The Finals suits because they are super hip with fun designs but don’t break the bank. Pretty much a go to for us swimmers here at The Habit Project
Cervelo P5X – $11,000-$15,000:
At the Ironman World Championships in October 2016, Cervelo released the World’s first triathlon-specific bike. Developed and designed over 5 years, this bike is a triathlete’s dream – plenty of storage and hydration options and positions, ease in making bit fit adjustments on the fly to the front end of the bike including stem height and angle of the aerobars as well as arm pad position. A specially designed bento box and in-frame compartment was designed to fit enough fuel for a full Ironman event. Only 6 bolts are required to brake down the bike to prepare for travel. In short – everything about the bike was clearly thought out to create ease and convenience for the rider, whether it be while out riding on the road, in the studio getting a fit, or while traveling to a race. And the best part – it is FAST. Wind tunnel testing has shown it to be the fastest bike in the world for Ironman athletes. You have to pay a good penny to own one of these suckers, but if you can afford it, it is worth owning a bike that is re-defining the industry.
Shimano SPhyre Road Shoe – $400:
This is Shimano’s newest shoe launch and we LOVE this shoe. Designed for both a wide and narrow toe box (adjustable to fit your feet), this shoe is lightweight, extremely stiff, has great air flow and is comfortable. The power generation through the shoe is unlike anything we have worn before. Plus we love the color options! While this is not a triathlon specific shoe, it could easily be work in an Ironman Triathlon or just used in training.
Betty Designs Cycling Kits – $240
Everyone here at The Habit Project loves the unique and fun designs that Betty Designs founder and chief designer Kristin Mayer consistently puts out. She is all about promoting and empowering women and female athletes and creates apparel that is both feminine and signals strength. In addition to awesome (and comfortable) cycling kits, she also makes triathlon kits and lifestyle apparel. We give Betty a big 2 thumbs up!
Swiftwick cycling sock – $10-20:
Stocking stuffer alert!! We tried these socks earlier this year and we were blown away by how awesome they were! They are slightly compressive, giving a nice snug (but not overly constricting) feel. These socks are available in different ankle lengths and colors to cater to anybody’s tastes. And the price point is perfect. This company could probably double the price of these socks and we would still buy them – we think they are THAT great.
Bolle – The One Road Helmet – $170:
Bolle has historically been present in the ski world, but recently launched its foray into cycling. We love this helmet for a few reasons – the top removable cap easily converts the helmet from an aero road helmet with limited ventilation to a normal and well-vented cap. In addition, the LED light built into a BACK of the helmet we think is genius. You can ride with it on at all times, and even move into a flashing mode, which enhances high visibility for motorists = our favorite riders will be safer on the roads.