Following are products I have bought and trained and raced with extensively, most for years.
If I don’t love it, it’s not here.
While some are affiliate links, and all are my wholehearted, honest favorites.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – especially if you disagree or don’t like anything below. We’re all different!
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View Xtreme googles – These goggles look weird, but they give a huge field of vision. I find it hard to go back to more conventional goggles after using these. I think I’m on my fourth pair.
Amanzi jammers – These guys have some wild designs – you’ll probably love them or hate them.
I bought two pair and immediately, my daughter stole one pair from me (they are baggy on her but she loves the design so much she doesn’t care).
I’ve been wearing the other pair since April of 2020 for almost all of my swims and they haven’t started stretching out or fading.
Nabaji pull buoy – I don’t think you can get this in the US but if you’re elsewhere, head to Decathlon and pick one up for a few bucks.
Favero Assioma power meter – There’s little debate that this is one of the best power meters you can get for the money.
The duo (two-sided) is fine but frankly, unless you have some significant asymmetry or are recovering from an injury, single is all anybody ever needs.
I’ve used them for years and have had no issues.
Even Joe Friel recommends them.
Bont Riot TR tri shoes – These are really good value, and will usually last me two seasons. My pair from 2017 are trashed, and not usable outdoors, but I still use them on my indoor trainer!
I’m on my third pair.
These shoes are pretty basic but are light and comfortable – and cheap.
However, they run big – I wear a 44 or 10.5 (US) but have to buy them in 46 to get them to fit.
Garmin Edge 1030 (non-solar) – Does everything every Garmin bike computer has ever done, barring solar charging. But I heard the solar screen version affects the clarity of the display.
Besides having a huge screen and tons of features, this thing has a crazy battery life and excellent navigation abilities.
Wahoo KICKR – I’ve had this thing for years and have put crazy mileage on it and it’s been awesome. I think there are better or cheaper options out there now but I won’t be letting this go for a while.
Wahoo TICKR FIT – Besides the insane battery life, the comfort of this arm HRM beats any chest strap. Plus, once I had a problem charging it and they sent me a new one, no questions asked, and didn’t even ask me to return the old one.
I had the Scosche Rhythym + I think it was called, which has a similar design, but it died within a few months…it was also a bit bulkier.
DeFeet socks – I fell in love with these socks when mountain biking. They seem to take years to wear out and they come in crazy colors. Love them.
For cycling, I specifically like the Aireator line. For tri, I go with the shorter lengths for faster on/off action.
2TomsSportshield Anti-Chafing Roll-On – Don’t you hate it after a 4-hour ride when you take a shower, and you feel like somebody sliced open your groin (or worse) with a razor blade then poured vinegar in it?
Apply this stuff where the sun don’t shine and you’ll evade all chafes. It will even remain after a 1.9 km swim.
Any Garmin Forerunner – Not a lot of people would argue against this pick. I like the Garmin Fenix too, and have used it for years, but it’s heavier as it’s metal.
Hoka shoes – From the first time I’ve worn Hokas I haven’t wanted to use anything else (Well, the ASICS Noosa Tris are also amazing). I’ve had a few foot and ankle injuries, and these give me the stability and comfort that I need. I’ll probably be a lifelong customer.
Anyway, I’ve tried plenty of running shorts, and none beat these. My criteria is they need to be lightweight, comfortable, fast-drying, and have a small pocket in the back. I have many pair that seem to fit those criteria, but these shorts are the best, in my opinion.
Nabaji flexible bottles and race belt – If you’re doing long runs in heat, you’ll want to carry water, and this belt is one that doesn’t move around or chafe.
I couldn’t find a link to the belt – maybe it’s discontinued – but keep an eye out for this belt at Decathlon. I have two versions – one that holds just one bottle and another that holds two. Both are great.
And the bottles are flexible, so as you drink from them, they shrink and don’t let air in. So, no water sloshing around.
Karrimor X Lite shirt – This is just about the best running shirt I’ve used, and I’ve used a lot of them. It is THE lightest weight shirt I own and it will last for years.
Lock Laces – Such a simple product but such a big help. Shoes go on and off faster and they are comfortable. Love them.
BOCO Gear running hats – I especially like the very soft nylon hats (not the baseball / trucker type) for racing. They’re light and they hold ice nicely when I’m running!
Hammer Perpetuem – I’ve used this stuff for more than 10 years – ever since my mountain bike racing days and I can say it’s never let me down.
I’ve used it on all my half and full Ironmans and even on 12-hour mountain bike races. It’s also been great on long, self-supported runs.
CarboPro – When you need extra carbs in your bottle but don’t want to taste it – or taste anything for that matter. It is hard to tell the difference between a bottle with CarboPro and water and a bottle of just water.
Zero flavor. So it mixes with any of your other products.