What gadgets/products are underrated/overrated?

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08/10/2012 at 13:10

I love my Garmin 405.  It helps me train at the pace I want to, and to race at the pace I want to (without going off too fast).

Bodyglide saves my skin from being sore.

I like my bike Garmin Edge too - but that's more for the fun of seeing how fast I've gone down the big hill, and looking at a map of where I've been.

08/10/2012 at 13:55
Underrated: microporous surgical tape for the nips.

Overrated: bodyglide and nipguards .
08/10/2012 at 14:59

Has anyone tried a finis tempo trainer for swimming? I'd like to get one but £35 for something to beep every certain number of seconds seems a bit much.

My neck cuts up a bit without bodyglide so i usually use that. 

The 910XT is basically like a coach for me so I think that is def worth the bucks.

I'm sold on the turbo trainer. I think you can get the equivalent of a 2 hour bike ride in 45 minutes. Great time saver!

08/10/2012 at 15:04

I love my iPod Shuffle

08/10/2012 at 15:47

I dont know what I would do without my Poolmate to be honest. I love not having to count my laps in the pool when training, was so mind numbingly boring beforehand!


08/10/2012 at 16:17

Most under-rated: earplugs to prevent ice-cream head when swimming, nose clip which minimises the snot waterfall my nose turns into after contact with chlorine.

Over-rated: somewhere in a drawer I have a power-breathe, never really gave it a proper go, difficult to clean.

08/10/2012 at 19:02

I love my Garmin 410. I can tell how fast i`m running (to a point) but no chance on the bike. Be lost without it.  Also underated are my homemade flapjacks. Got fed up buying expensive, sugary, rubish containing bars. So I made my own:-

1000g oats

100g protein powder

Rub in 454g jar of quality (not tesco/sunpat etc) peanut butter (smooth)

Mix in 300g of chopped dates

Stir in (not easy) 1000g of clear honey

Put in baking dish (or many) and bake for 60 mins at 100 degrees C.

This make freaking loads. High in calories, but high in nutrients. 


08/10/2012 at 19:11

Forgot to add, I sometimes take 10% of the mixture, put in small baking dish and when it`s done put loads of chocolate on top and put back in oven for a few mins, then spread over with back of spoon and leave to set. Sweet mary mother of jesus!!!  

08/10/2012 at 19:39

Fabulous thread idea KK - you're a star.

My favourite piece of kit is my Garmin 910XT paired with the HRM.  I dont leave home without it - cant trust myself to maintain pace if I go off perceived effort.

The most overrated piece of kit I see going is the super expensive bikes - particularly when I plod past going around Richmond Park on my (relatively) cheapo one.

08/10/2012 at 19:44

Agree with the really expensive bike thing. On my first tri last week, when i overtook someone on an expensive TT bike, it did make me smile and felt like saying "YEAH, STICK THAT UP YA JUMPER". 

Red_dog_chris    pirate
08/10/2012 at 20:17
I love my HRM and hate training without it. Love my bike tribag from top peak so handy. H5 zero and drinks.

Overated energy gels. Turn my stomach and prefer grabbing a banana or clustera snickers bar in tri bag. Compression clothing has never improved my performance.
meface    pirate
08/10/2012 at 20:56

Under-rated - Training

Over-rated - Everything else

Iron Muffin    pirate
08/10/2012 at 21:04
m..eface wrote (see)

Under-rated - Training

Over-rated - Everything else

Over-rated - sitting on sofa reading about 'training' and dreaming of cake and flapjacks

Cortina5    pirate
08/10/2012 at 22:20

I like my compression socks. And cake.

WildWill    pirate
08/10/2012 at 22:27

I have a tempo trainer for swimming ... I think it's a great bit of kit

Set to one tempo for easy sessions ... Another for intervals ... It comes into its own on long swims when you know you ate swim a constant stroke rate for the complete distance .. I've used it for 10k's

Only Downside I'd in open water you have to make sure it's under your hat ... As it sometimes comes unclipped
09/10/2012 at 00:14

When I remember to use it my foam roller and massage ball work a treat.

09/10/2012 at 12:15

Garmin 305 with HRM
Wireless cadence sensor - hate the faff of having wires strapped all along the bike frame.
Garmin Edge - I can plan out decent routes without worry and don't have to just do the same routes over.
Poolmate - love not having to worry about counting laps in my head and being able to time sets.

Foam rollers - mine fits nicely between the wardrobes in the bedroom.

Cortina5    pirate
09/10/2012 at 20:51
purpletrilady wrote (see)

I love my new bike. I'm a slow rider and it cost a rediculous amount of money (well for me anyway), but it is a delight to ride.

I think we were all slightly jealous of the whizzo gear changing.

09/10/2012 at 22:02
Constant use
Bento box
2 bottle rear carrier from bontrager
Garmin 110 run watch/hr..... Keep that hr below 142
Garmin 800 bike computer. stops me getting lost, keep hr at 140
Greeprr laces - they just work
Good run rucksac - saloman x25
Mudguards for the road bike on winter - crud guard ones
Sport drink
Conti gatorskins fir training, michelin pro3s for race day
Ebay, (pair of lightly used heds for ??500....)
Sale shopping

In the cupboard
Aero bottle

Power meter. Excellent for seeing all those power spikes,
Great foe setting zones etc
Great for pacing
Nice to see how much stronger you are at the atart of the ride than the end
Expensive though so gets minus marks
Blisters    pirate
09/10/2012 at 23:38

Under rated.
Swim coaching 1-2-1 or group.
Competition or rivalry.
Sunny weather.
Comfy kit: shoes, shorts, tops, you name it. If you're comfy then let them laugh.
Cheap safety glasses. Clear wrap arounds, no distortion, cost £3, or free as PPE.

Take it or leave it.
Garmin 305 with HRM. I now use it all the time, but happily ran many marathons without.

Over rated.
Run coaching. JFDI, there's enough inspiration here.
Expensive sunglasses.
Energy drinks. How Much?

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