8 triathlon products to take you from training to race day

1/ Threo Women’s Hyde Park trisuit

£115, Threo

Created by female triathletes who were tired of below-par gear, this trisuit is designed for maximum comfort and function. Its wide thigh grippers mean it doesn’t cut into your legs, the female-specific triathlon chamois is very comfortable and the detachable race belt is a stroke of genius.


2/ Men’s DHB trisuit

£72, Wiggle

Our tester loved how lightweight this trisuit was, and its reasonable price point makes it perfect for those beginning to test the triathlon waters. The bold print will make you extra visible to spectators on race day, but it’s not all style over substance – the material offers 50+ SPF too. It’s worth noting, however, that the chamois padding is minimal, meaning it’s best kept for race day or shorter cycle rides.


3/ Specialized Airnet helmet

£115, Specialized (men's, women's)

Sharing a very similar aesthetic to Specialized’s top of the range Evade helmet but with more vents (less aero but more cooling), the streamlined shape of the Airnet definitely takes influence from its wind tunnel-tested counterpart and this is a good thing, especially when riding on TT bars.  

The helmet is very comfortable thanks to merino pads and the retention wheel at the back does a great job of dialling in the fit, while the straps feature Specialized’s Tri-Fix web splitter to help eliminate twists when hurriedly putting the helmet on in transition. Grippers in the front and back of vents for glasses mean that you can mount them securely in the helmet before racing, then remove and store mid-race as you see fit.

As for that commute, the Airnet doesn’t look out of place on the ride to work even when you’re not dressed in your finest Lycra, something that other aero helmets definitely don’t pull off.


4/ Aqua Sphere Kayenne goggles

£23.99, Wiggle

The oversized, curved lenses on these goggles give you a 180-degree view underwater, and they’re even scratch-resistant and anti-fog to boot – very useful for open water sessions. Their nose bridge helps hold them in place securely without pinching and their silicone strap is extremely durable.


5/ BlueSeventy Reaction wetsuit

£400, BlueSeventy (men's, women's)

The price tag may seem shocking, but this suit from swimming gear specialists BlueSeventy is far more flexible and buoyant than its cheaper counterparts on the market. Suitable for temperatures down to 12.5°C, it’s very similar to their top-of-the-range Helix suit. The men’s and women’s versions are each tailored differently to suit male and female body shapes – essential for comfort and a good fit.


6/ Shimano cycling cleats (RP3 SPD-SL)

£94.99, Wiggle

While it’s more than okay to cycle in trainers for shorter distance triathlons, it can be more comfortable and efficient to gear yourself up with clip-in road cycling shoes if you’re getting serious about triathlon. These cleats attach to SPD-SL pedals (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-r540-spd-sl-sport-pedals/) and allow you to maximise the pulling motion of upward pedal strokes, allowing you to put in more power. The padded tongue and three adjustable straps mean you can adjust the shoes for your perfect fit.


7/ Craft arm and leg warmers

Arm warmers, £22.09, Amazon

Leg warmers, £27.89, Amazon

A decent set of arm and leg warmers will see you through winter and into the triathlon season to become an essential bit of kit for the year. These Craft warmers are a great option: stretchy without being baggy, both arm and leg warmers feature different weave at the elbow and knee joint to allow for those hot spots to remain cooler than the rest of your limbs. The knitted fabric helps regulate temperature more efficiently then some fleece lined warmers, though this does mean they’re not quite as efficient when the temperature really drops. With no rubber grippers at the top of the arm or thigh, slippage was a concern with vigorous movement but there was very little shift once the warmers were on.

Arm warmers are perhaps the more used, especially if tackling a longer triathlon distance as they can be kept in your transition box and pulled on for the bike and run. The leg warmers are more suited to keeping the chill off pre-race but being easily removed and packed away, you might want to keep them handy. 


8/ 2XU Transition bag

£80, 2XU

On the big day of your triathlon, you’ll need a way to transport all your gear safely and comfortably. This is where this transition bag from 2XU comes in – it’s big enough to store all your gear and a change of clothes for afterwards, plus it has two water bottle holders and a waterproof bottom pouch to store your soggy wetsuit afterwards. Perfect!