Best Triathlon Suit Review 2017

There are plenty of options available when looking for the best triathlon suit.

Whether you are looking for the most comfortable tri suit, a suit that you can wear under your triathlon wetsuit, or a tri suit you can use for all three stages of the competition.

Straight away we recommend the following triathlon suits. The SLS CMX Men’s Trisuit is awesome value for the money and the De Soto Forza suit is top of the line when it comes to quality, comfort and durability.

You can spend anything from fifty dollars up to over two hundred dollars for the top of the line triathlon suits. Because it can be a tough choice to make we have put together this list to get you started in your decision process.

We may not cover all the best triathlon suits but hope you can find something here that suits you.  These are the most popular on the market at the moment.


Our Top 11 Triathlon Suits for 2017

 

 


Best Triathlon Suit – What to look for

A great question and the answer is – it depends.  We have created this triathlon suit guide to give you an idea of the most popular in the range and compare features.

Finding a quality triathlon suit

The first suit I bought was a real beginner special. It cost about $30 and while it did last a few races there was no comparison when I upgraded to a more reputable brand.

Straight away I noticed the fit was much better. The leg grips on the original suit were crude silicone bands that were tight enough to nearly cut off all circulation to my legs. The newer suit – a Pearl Izumi had silicone free ends on the shorts and it was the material itself that held them in place.

Padding and movement

The next thing I noticed was the padding. The old shorts had a very thin flimsy padding, which was torture on the bike section of the race and didn’t conform too well to the undercarriage areas. This was very noticeable when trying to run as it sort of wobbled all over the place.

With the upgraded shorts the bike ride was much better. It was like wearing a pair of really good bike shorts but without the overly padded area that would have hampered my run performance in stage 3 of the race.

I have used this for sprint triathlons and as a long distance tri short as well and they never let me down.

Material Makeup

All tri shorts are made from synthetics and one thing to be wary of is if the manufacturer uses any sort of chemical coating on the material to provide performance improvements. This can be great when they are new but after a few washes the chemicals dissipate and the advantage goes down the drain.

If this is a concern to you then get yourself a pair of the De Soto’s I mentioned at the start of the article as they perform the same way from day one until they wear out.

Also look at the seams. On cheaper triathlon suits the stitching can be very weak and cause irritation to the skin, especially around the zipper area. The better quality brands have overcome this by adding internal cover for the zipper and enhanced stitching to keep you chafe-free.

You also need to consider the UV properties of the suit. Chances are you are going to get caught out in the sun at some stages of the race so make sure you are protected.

The last thing we want to say on the material of your tri suit is to check how it handles chlorine. If like me you train in your gear to get used to the feel of everything then try to avoid swimming in the pool too much. The chlorine has a tendency to break down the synthetic fabrics over time.

Tri Suit Color

One quick tip to add to this post is to watch out for the color of the tri suit you pick. They come in all different colors but try and avoid a suit with white shorts sections because they will show the marks left from your saddle over time and there is no way to get this out.

This won’t really matter if you are a pro and get free tri suits from your sponsor, but if you are like the rest of us, then you buy quality kit that has to last season after season so go for something that will stand the test of time and plenty of personal bests along the way.


synergy tri suitSynergy Men’s Triathlon Trisuit – Best Value

We came across the Synergy Tri suit a while ago and because of all the great reviews, we decided we had to check it out.

A great fit, comfortable all over and it has a quality Gel pad for long distance racing but doesn’t compromise you on the run to the finish line.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the features of this great value tri suit:

  • NeoGel pad with anti-microbial fleece
  • Modesty panel for comfort and support
  • Semi-compression in the legs, Soft leg gripper
  • 3/4 Adjustable zipper, Large armholes to prevent chafing
  • Flat Lock stitching throughout, 2 mesh pockets in the back

I was wearing the XL suit as I am over 6ft and weight a bit more than I should and this suit fits perfectly. The material is solid enough but comfortable and the leg grips stayed put for the whole race without ripping the legs off you like some other suits.

Would I buy another one? Absolutely and probably will, to have a spare suit on hand.

Price wise you probably won’t find a better deal than this one on Amazon so go check it out and look the part next time you hit the start line.

Preview Product Rating Price
Synergy Men's Triathlon Trisuit (Red/Black, Medium) Synergy Men's Triathlon Trisuit (Red/Black, Medium) 73 Reviews $89.99

 Tri Suit Care

There are many suggestions about caring for your tri suit.  You spend quite a few hard earned dollars on a good quality tri suit so you need to look after it.  When washing your tri suit make sure you wash it on a cold wash without strong detergent.  Hang to dry and never put it in the tumble dryer.  I hear a lot of people wear theirs in the shower and wash them down with baby shampoo.  Not a bad idea as the shampoo contains very little in the way of chemicals so won’t corrode your suit.

Thanks for checking out our Tri Suit reviews.  Be sure to check out our other reviews here

Best Swimming Goggles Review for 2017 season

There are many options available when looking for the best swim goggles.  Whether you are looking for the most comfortable full mask type goggles or for the slick suction goggles you will have plenty of choice.  Swimming goggles will most likely be one of the cheaper purchases you make when getting set up for a triathlon.  Prices range from about twenty dollars up to about fifty dollars for the top of the line.

It really comes down to what you are most comfortable wearing.  I started out wearing the full mask style goggles as they gave me the best field of vision and I didn’t have to worry about them leaking during a race.  They do offer a bigger ‘target’ when racing for somebody else’s foot to kick them off your head.

I progressed onto a much slicker pain of TYR Special Ops goggles as I got more confident in the water.  I usually wear two swimming hats during a race.  The second hat goes over the band of the goggles to help keep it in place while racing.  There is nothing worse than losing your goggles during a race – it’s hard enough as it is to manoeuvre around the water without having to do it with your eyes closed.


Our best Triathlon Goggles for the 2017 season


Our Top 3 Swimming Goggles

First Place: Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Swim Goggle

The best selling swimming goggles for 2014 are without any doubt the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Swim Goggle.

Some of the features that make these the best swimming goggles on the market are the ultra low profile design that gives you an additional 25% peripheral vision.  Very handy when you are jammed into a pack of eager triathletes all vying for a personal best.  They come with a silicone double headstrap that is easily adjustable, and you wont have to worry about these goggles moving about while you are swimming.

The soft silicone eye seals keep every last drop of water out and the ultra mirrored coating help reduce the glare off the water. 4.3 Stars


Second Place: Aqua Sphere KAYENNE GOGGLE

A very close second in this review is the Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle.

These goggles are a firm favorite of mine because they give you a full field of vision when you are swimming.  The big lenses are great when you are starting out and you get none of the uncomfortable pressure or suction feeling when you are wearing them.

They come with a very easy to use adjusting system which allows you to make small adjustments while wearing them.  Couple that with the anti-fog and scratch resistant lenses and you are on to a winner with these goggles. 4.3 Stars


Third Place: Sable Water Optics

The final set in our top three review of swim goggles are the excellent Sable WaterOptics 101MT Mirrored Competition Goggles.  These goggles form Sable are top of the line with regards to quality and features.

If you need a very clear view of things going on around you then these are the goggles for you.  They are a bit more expensive than the other goggles in this review but then the quality of this brand really shine out.  They do not fog up when you are swimming and because of the quality of the fit you wouldn’t even know you were wearing them.  They are a firm favorite amongst budding and professional triathletes. 4.4 Stars


Swim Goggles – What to look for

There are many types of swimming goggles you can purchase and here we will break it down a bit more to give you some ideas and use cases for each one.

Competition Goggles

anti fog sprayCompetition goggles are really slick close fitting goggles.  You will see this style on most of the serious swimmers on race day.  They sit very close in to the eye so reduce drag considerably and because they are so slick they also help with aerodynamics during the swim.  They take a bit of getting used to but are by far the best but take some getting used to because of the tight fit.  I strongly suggest testing these and get comfortable with them in the pool or on training sessions before you hit the start line.  Some people cannot wear them at all so take your time and get them setup and adjusted to suit early.  I have seen people mark the bands with tape so they know exactly where the need to be adjusted to in case they slip.

Gasket Goggles

Seen by many as the most comfortable swim goggles the gasket style name comes from the ring of silicone or sometimes foam than lines the inner edge of the goggles.  They fit snugly to the contours of your face and do not sit in too tight to the eyeball.  Sometimes you will hear people complaining that they suck their eyeballs out and are too tight.  This comes down to how they are adjusted.  Again to highlight the point I made earlier, make sure you test and adjust them correctly before race day.  A couple of sessions in the pool will have you sorted in no time at all.

Full Mask Goggles

swim gogglesThe full mask style swim goggles are great when starting out.  Not the most aerodynamic of styles but for the novice competitor or casual swimmer they are ideal.  They give you a full field of vision and do not in any way press in on your eye sockets.  The silicone edge fits around the face very comfortably.  This is the style I started out with.  The big problem I had was they were removed rather abruptly from my head about 2 meters into the first competitive swim I ever did.  I do still however use them during the odd training session as they really are very comfortable and have never leaked a drop.

Swim Goggles – How do they Fit

Next up we want to look at how to correctly fit your new swim goggles.  We have all seen the mysterious red band of terror that people produce when they take off their swimming goggles.  Do the following next time you put yours on or are trying out a new pair.

Easy does it

As a minimum test you want to make sure the goggles actually fit you.  This is easily achieved by press fitting the goggles onto your face.  Push them gently towards your face until the suction process takes over.  They should fit around your eye and not in it.  Don’t force them – apart from blinding yourself momentarily you will not conduct a suitable test this way.  If they fit correctly they should stay in place on their own.  Note that we have not tightened the strap at this stage.  They should stay there on their own.

Can I still see

Next you want to adjust the strap.  Don’t tighten the strap to the point where you might pass out from lack of blood circulation either.  You want to tighten it enough to make sure the goggles stay in place because the suction process mentioned above will look after the water tight seal not the strap.

Caring for your Goggles

best swim gogglesMake sure you wash and rinse your goggles properly after you swim.  Do not rinse them in the pool but rather rinse them off in the shower or under a tap.  The pool chlorine will eat away at the seals if you don’t wash it off post swim.  You should also make sure to store your goggles in a dry place after use.  Your best swim goggles will be useless if left in the bottom of a damp gear bag.  Bacteria will start to grow on them and the lenses will get dull or even crack.  Dry them thoroughly and store them somewhere dry.  Most decent swimming goggles come with a hard case which is ideal for storage.  If you have the luxury of living in a climate that allows for a lot of outdoor swimming protect your goggles from prolonged exposure to the sun.  This exposure will effect the durability of the straps.

So just to recap.  Keep you swim goggles dry, clean and away from the sun and they will last for many years.

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Best Bar End Shifters

bar end shiftersThe key to any successful bike setup is being able to get into the gear you need as soon as you need it.  That’s why we recommend a solid set of bar end shifters.  If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

That’s why we recommend a solid set of bar end shifters.  If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

The majority of bikes you see on race day – unless you are on the pro circuit will be standard bar end shifters.  You can pay anything from one hundred dollars up for these and there are many makes to choose from.

You can pay anything from one hundred dollars up for these and there are many makes to choose from.

What are the best bar end shifters for triathlon

We have put a list together that shows a prices guide and a star rating based on real user reviews.  Unless you go for the electronic version which you can see in the image above you will be choosing for one of these.

Our best Triathlon Bar End Shifters for 2017 season

Fitting Bar End Shifters

Fitting these beauties to your aero bars is pretty straight forward.  A lot will depend on the style of your

A lot will depend on the style of your aero bars.  Does the cable fit through the tubular extension bars or is it held in position with tape?

There is a hex head screw in each of the shifters and as you tighten it the clasping mechanism grips the inside of each tube.  This holds the shifter in place.  Just make sure you have the cable in place before you tighten up anything or else you will have to start again and dismantle the shifter mechanism.

Here is a quick review video of the Shimano Dura-ace bar end shifters.


The next thing you need to look at is caring for the shifters.

A small drop of oil every now and again will do the trick to keep things moving freely.

You should also take them apart once or twice in a season to make sure there is no noticeable wear and tear, but also to remove any grit or dirt that may have gotten inside.  Over time this will get jammed into the shifter and may cause a lock up.  Not what you want in the middle of a race.


Thanks for stopping by our site. We have a lot more information here on the best triathlon gear with some awesome reviews and seriously good deals.

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Best Triathlon Aero Bars

best triathlon aerobarsThere is a multitude of options available when looking for the best triathlon aero bars for your ride.

Whether you are looking for the most comfortable aero position or get way down into the aero ride, you will have plenty of choice with this selection of the best triathlon aero bars.

You can also spend anything from fifty dollars upwards past eight hundred dollars for a set of tri bars.  It really comes down to what you are comfortable with and how far you can stretch your budget.

Ask yourself this – do you need a set of aerobars for a triathlon…

Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or for a high-speed sprint triathlon.

If you are just out cruising around the park then perhaps not, but if you are getting into triathlon as a sport then we suggest you go for it and even get yourself a set of cheap triathlon aerobars.

You may then progress onto a set of carbon adjustable aero bars as you get into the sport more.

Because of the variety, we have put together this list to get you started in your decision process.  We may not cover all of the best triathlon aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you.  These are the most popular on the market at the moment.


Our best Triathlon TT Bars for 2017 season

$6.28
Profile Design T3+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$206.27 from $199.99
$92.02
Profile Design T2+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 $137.97
Profile Design T2+ DL Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$89.99
$9.99
Profile Design Legacy Aero Bar, Anodized Matte Black, One Size
Profile Design Cycling Accessories - Sports
$89.99 $80.00
$145.00
Profile Design T2+ Carbon Aero Bar, White
Profile Design - Sports
$264.99 $119.99
$46.00
Profile Design T4+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 $183.99

What to look for

A great question and the answer is – it depends.

Are you just looking for something for you cruiser that you take on leisurely rides around the countryside then you probably won’t want to invest too much to start off with?

Your first triathlon aero bars can be very basic and most likely made of aluminium. You can pick up a fairly decent set of intro aero bars for about fifty dollars.

The beauty of these is because they are clip-on aero bars you can just take them off if you are not happy with the riding style.

Best Triathlon Aero Bars – National Sprint Champion Winner…

If you are in the market for a new set of aero bars and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than the intro set above.

You will need to at a minimum consider carbon triathlon aero bars for their massive weight reduction.

Using these aero bars does change a few things though. You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a set of tri bars you can work with, to keep the weight down and to get down and in the full aero position.

Comfort plays a bit part in this too.

Getting set up with a comfortable set is sort of trial and error.  We suggest you try out a few different sets first if you can to make sure they suit.

Watch out as well if you buy a second-hand pair.  Sometimes the previous user will cut down the stems a bit and they may be too short for you.

Best Triathlon Aero Bars – Next Stop Ironman.

Taking things up another notch and you start to get into the realms of professional style aero bars.  Again you will be faced with a multitude of options here.

One of our favourites triathlon aero bars is the Zipp Vuka Stealth Aerobar.  These really are an exceptional set of bars and come in at about 800g so light as well.

If you want to look a little deeper into body dynamics and how things work while you are in the saddle then take a look at this excellent video showing off the awesome profile design triathlon aero bars.


Triathlon Aero Bar benefits.

This is simple really.  It comes down to aerodynamics.

When you are down in the aero position you remove a bit of body mass out of the wind.

We are not the most aerodynamic of creatures so by getting down low you are giving yourself a huge advantage over the opposition.

Cheap to get set up.  You can pick these up fairly cheap secondhand – make sure they have not been cut down though or you might find your arms are too long – you can’t cut them down to suit!!

You might go for a set of clip on aero bars.  These are by far the cheapest and you can adjust them to your size.  They are also easy to remove if you decide against riding with aero bars.

Adding a set of tri bars to your bike changes everything. Just make sure your bike is suitable for this kind of aggressive racing. Th only other addition we would make to this is to add in a decent set of wheels and tires and you are good to go.

Clip On triathlon Aero Bars

You can get clip on aero bars for a road bike and this is a great introduction into real triathlon racing. Having a more aero position helps you on race day. It’s not easy to start off with but once you get used to this position you will be glad you made the switch.

Using clip ons transforms your standard road bike into a racing machine – well sort of anyway. It’s definitely going to help you with race times and overall fitness.

This keeps the cost way down as you don’t have to invest in a dedicated triathlon bike when starting out.

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Women’s Tri Suit Review

Picking the right tri suit you are comfortable in and can compete without having to worry about chafing, itching  scratching or any other irritation while you are out on the race can be a bit of a challenge.

There is enough to worry about without adding to it.

We have picked out a few of the best from our tri suit women category that we feel will give you the comfortable edge on race day.

Whether it is a 2 piece tri suit or an all in one you have come to the right place.

 


$50.05
ZOOT SPORTS Women's Performance Tri Byob Racesuit, Large, Black/Pacific
11 Reviews
ZOOT SPORTS Women's Performance Tri Byob Racesuit, Large, Black/Pacific
  • Dual Hip Holster pockets for nutrition storage
  • Performance Endura fabric to help you stay dry and comfortable
  • Bring-Your-Own-Bra
  • NEW - Teksheen BIO wrap gripper-free hem
  • SeamLink stitch construction ensures next-to-skin comfort, minimizes chafing and stretches with fabric
Louis Garneau Women's Tri Elite Course Suit 2013 - BLACK/RED/Medium
  • One-piece technology: Minimum number of seams for enhanced aerodynamics and minimized risks of irritation
  • 15"/38 cm comfort zip with inner flap
  • Inner flap protects skin from the zip Comfort designed armholes and neck
  • Accomodate full range of motion Lazer-finished hem at thigh
  • finish Inseam: 10.5"/26.5cm
$26.00
2XU Women's Active Tri Suit, Black/Cherry Pink, Large
13 Reviews
2XU Women's Active Tri Suit, Black/Cherry Pink, Large
  • Sbr skin x Technology boosts performance, support and recovery with 70D Elastane fabric
  • High Fil mesh paneling on the front and back provides breathability and full range of motion
  • Flat lock stitching creates a streamlined look, enhancing comfort while reducing chafe
  • The quick-drying, Ultra-thin speed line chamois has the essential padding you need while riding
  • Silicone-free Y elastic grip keeps your tri suit comfortably in place with two rear pockets are ideal for storing fuel
Pearl Izumi Women's Pro Tri Sprint Suit, Small, Black
8 Reviews
Pearl Izumi Women's Pro Tri Sprint Suit, Small, Black
  • Fall/Winter 2013
  • Read the care content label on the inside of your garment for specific instructions; use simple detergents with no additives.
$6.05
Pearl iZUMi Women's Elite Pursuit Tri Suit
12 Reviews
Pearl iZUMi Women's Elite Pursuit Tri Suit
  • ELITE transfer In-R-Cool fabric powered by cold black provides superior cooling and reflective Sun Protection
  • ELITE transfer In-R-Cool fabric features Lycra Sport that helps garments maintain original compression levels
  • ELITE transfer Aero fabric is strategically placed for superior aerodynamics, separate bra top offers maximum support and allows easy on/off access of the suit
  • Merrow stitch construction for superior next-to-skin comfort, 10 inch
  • Two back easy access Envelope pockets, TRI quick-dry chamois, 9 inch
Louis Garneau 2016 Women's Pro Carbon Triathlon Suit - 1058344
1 Reviews
Louis Garneau 2016 Women's Pro Carbon Triathlon Suit - 1058344
  • Inseam: 8in/20.5 cm
  • Seamless inner leg: Reduces bulkiness and excess material that causes saddle bunching
  • Micro-Activ seams: Eliminate irritation and reduce chafing
  • Flatlock seams: Eliminate irritation and reduce chafing
  • Front, back and bottom reflective accents
$35.01
Sugoi Women's RPM Tri Suit, Black, Medium
12 Reviews
Sugoi Women's RPM Tri Suit, Black, Medium
  • Zone construction features mesh panel inserts for airflow and breathability
  • Flat seams for increased comfort and abrasion resistance
  • Front zip for extra ventilation on hot rides and runs
  • Fabric Type :85% Nylon 15% Spandex
2XU Women's Perform Trisuit with Front Zip, Small, Black/Amethyst
12 Reviews
2XU Women's Perform Trisuit with Front Zip, Small, Black/Amethyst
  • Two rear angled mesh storage pockets
  • 105 denier circular knit compression for incredible strength, durability + muscle stabilization
  • High comfort, low profile superfit powermesh waistband for breathability + a firm, flat fit
  • Flocked inner leg opening for comfort
  • Anti-chaffe fusion bonded seams
$24.99
Orca Women's Core Tri Race Suit (Black/Turquoise, Large)
1 Reviews
Orca Women's Core Tri Race Suit (Black/Turquoise, Large)
  • Tri-Mesh - Tri-Mesh uses a mix of polyester and spandex to wick moisture away from the body and provide increased breathability for comfort during exercise. This is used for the internal-bra, providing support with maximum breathability.
  • Vapour - The new generation Orca Vapour is a light, breathable fabric used in key moisture transfer panels of garment construction. With a high moisture vapour transmission rate - the rate at which moisture passes through the fabric and away from the skin - Vapour is utilized in areas to maximize performance and comfort.
  • AquaGlide - Orca AquaGlide has been re-engineered as a higher gauge fabric - a tighter knit, for lighter, more breathable comfort and increased durability. Water resistant qualities promote speed through the water, while minimizing water absorption. Featuring spandex inside a polyamide yarn, AquaGlide keeps athletes cool, dry and comfortable.
  • SUPPORT - Built-in Zip Front Tri Internal bra features an Aquaglide front panel for increased support and a Tri-Mesh back for breathability where you need it most.
  • SUPREME COMFORT - 6mm women-specific Italian Tri-Support chamois with 70kg density gives greater comfort on the bike

If you have used any other ladies tri suit then let us know and we will review it.  If suitable we will add it to the list and publish it here.  If you would like to write a review on any women’s tri suit then even better.  Let us know and we will add it to this page.

You can also check out the full selection of women’s tri suits over on Amazon.

Click here for the details.

 

Thanks and happy running.

 

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Triathlon Wetsuit Reviews

Triathlon Wetsuit Reviews for the 2017 Season

Are you looking for advice on a  wetsuit for a triathlon? These triathlon wetsuit reviews should give you a good idea where to start.  

Whether you are looking for the most comfortable triathlon wetsuit or the sleekest suit you will have plenty of choice. You can also spend anything from one hundred dollars up to about six hundred dollars for a top of the line triathlon wetsuit and your choice will come down to a couple of things:

What level you compete at and how deep your pockets are.  

There are many advantages with going for the pricier suits but not everybody is willing to invest. Especially on day one.  What I would say is try and stretch yourself a bit from the outset as it will make all the difference come race day.  We may not cover everything in these triathlon wetsuit reviews but hope you can find something here that suits you.  These are the most popular suits on the market at the moment.


Our best Triathlon Wetsuits for 2017 season


triathlon wetsuit reviewsSomething that often gets over looked is caring for your wetsuit.  

You will have made a substantial investment in a wetsuit so make sure you look after it.  The first thing you need to do post race is clean your wetsuit thoroughly.  

Wash it out with clean water – never wash it out in the sea, especially in the surf.  You will just be adding more sand into the mix.  

When you are drying your wetsuit make sure to dry it inside out.  Hang it on a wide hanger (available here) or fold it flat for storage.  If the zipper gets a bit tight the use bees wax to lubricate it.  Never use normal oil etc as this will have a detrimental effect on the material of the wetsuit.  If you take proper care of your wetsuit you will enjoy it for many races to come.  Happy racing…

If the zipper gets a bit tight the use bees wax to lubricate it.  Never use normal oil etc as this will have a detrimental effect on the material of the wetsuit.  If you take proper care of your wetsuit you will enjoy it for many races to come.  Happy racing…

Happy racing…

Here is a great video that shows you the correct way to put a wetsuit on.

triathlon wetsuit reviews

You also need to consider a decent set of swim goggles as part of your triathlon gear requirements.  

We have a full review section on the best swimming goggles covering off the various styles of swim goggles and the use case for each.  

Your swimming goggles play a very important part during the swim section of the race.

You need to make sure you have a pair you can rely on.  

We have put a review together of some of the best we can find online – from full face goggles to sleek aero racing goggles.

 


triathlon wetsuit reviewsSomething that is ofter overlooked is a decent triathlon transition bag to put all this gear into.  

We have a full review section of the best triathlon transition bags which you should check out.  

Look for one with a wetsuit compartment to keep everything else dry.

 

 


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Triathlon Bike Seats for Men

There is a multitude of options available when looking at triathlon bike seats for men.

Whether you are looking for the most comfortable bike seat or the best triathlon bike saddle you will have plenty of options available to you.  You can also spend anything from twenty dollars upwards past six hundred dollars for a bike seat.  It really comes down to what you want the bike seat for.  Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or

You can also spend anything from twenty dollars upwards past six hundred dollars for a bike seat.  It really comes down to what you want the bike seat for.  Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or

It really comes down to what you want the bike seat for.  Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or for high-speed sprint triathlon.

Because it can be a tough choice to make we have put together this list to get you started in your decision process.  We may not cover all bike seats for men but hope you can find something here that suits you.  These are the most popular on the market at the moment.

Best Triathlon Bike Seats for Men

 

 


Bike Seats for Men – What to look for

A great question and the answer is – it depends.  Are you just looking for something for you cruiser that you take on leisurely rides around the countryside?  If so you will be looking for something with plenty of spring in the seat to combat the inevitable selection of potholes you will encounter on your way.  Sometimes this issue can be overcome by using Gel seat covers instead.

Are you just looking for something for you cruiser that you take on leisurely rides around the countryside?  If so you will be looking for something with plenty of spring in the seat to combat the inevitable selection of potholes you will encounter on your way.  Sometimes this issue can be overcome by using Gel seat covers instead.  The focus of this post is for triathlon bikes so you may want to try here instead

Best Road Bike Saddle – Tour de France winner in the making

If you are in the market for a new road bike saddle and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than your standard bike seat.  You may even start to look at carbon fibre seats – massive reduction in weight.  Using this type of seat does change a few things though.  Comfort with this style comes at a cost.  You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a seat you can work with on those longer journeys.

Best Triathlon Seat – Next Stop Ironman.

bike seats for menTaking things up another notch on your quest for a quality TT bike saddle and you start to get into the realms of pro style seats.  Again you will be faced with a multitude of options here.  One of our favourites seats for triathlon is the

One of our favourites seats for triathlon is the ISM Adamo Typhoon Saddle.

This double pronged seat really helps you to get comfortable when you are locked in the aero position.

The design helps alleviate a lot of the pain associated with leaning forward on the saddle as the split front leaves room for the goods while you are here.

If you want to look a little deeper into body dynamics and how things work while you are in the saddle then take a look at this excellent video which goes into the details.

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Best Cycling Gloves

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Best Cycling Gloves

I was never a big fan of wearing gloves when out on the bike but when the weather changes and the road gets a bit rougher I am glad of them.

I have always loved the responsive feel on the handlebars from my bare hands as I speed down the asphalt. It feels more natural and the steering pinpoint accurate.

However, as time has gone by and I have had a few too many tumbles I always reach for my gloves before I head out for a spin.

Plus as we move towards colder weather at this time of the year your hands could do with the extra layer to keep them working as they should. Frozen hands loose power and with that you loose control and end up on your rump in the middle of the road…

Plus, like my shorts I like a bit of padding where it counts for longer journeys…

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[/vc_list_item][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_spacer size=”100px”][vc_heading title=”Castelli Pro Gloves” color=”#444444″ position=”left”][vc_column_text]First, let’s take a look at the Castelli Pro Gloves. I have been a fan of Castelli for years and have owned, tested and punished many of their products when out racing.

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Overall these are a great set of gloves. If your budget allows then you should invest in a pair today. They feel great on and have plenty of grip and because the gel pads are not the usual leather type they do not destroy your bar tape.

 

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$17.99
Castelli Free Cycling Glove (Black/Red, X-Large)
Castelli - Misc.
$39.99 from $22.00

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[/vc_list_item][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-check” icon_color=”#81d742″]Throw them in the washing machine and they are as good as new…

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Next on our list it the excellent Giro Bravo Gloves. These gloves are pure class and a great reflection on the quality of Giro products.

Built from synthetic leather with great gel pads throughout these breathable cycling gloves are strong and offer excellent grip on even the longest of rides

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Overall a nice comfortable set of cycling gloves from Giro. Again up in the price range a bit but worth the spend if you are looking for quality. A few of the guys love these and even throw them in the washer to keep them in tip top condition for race day.

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Giro Bravo Gloves, Black, Large
GIRO - Sports
$23.35

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[/vc_list_item][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-check” icon_color=”#81d742″]Breathable so hands stay happy

[/vc_list_item][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-times” icon_color=”#dd3333″]The velcro strap detail de-laminates but a bit of glue and away you go again.

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I have always been a fan of Louis Garneau and the Nimbus Gloves are one of my favourite pairs of cycling gloves. 

Packed with all the features you would expect these gloves are ultra comfortable, a great fit and have plenty of padding for that long journey.

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A great pair of gloves for the money. Backed by a 1 year guarantee if you have any issues but being Louis Garneau you should be fine. 

A few people have commented on the velcro strap de-laminating but glued it back together and still going…

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$10.04
Louis Garneau Nimbus Gloves Black, L - Men's
Louis Garneau - Sports
$34.99 $24.95

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As the weather turns colder and the seasons shift towards winter your hands will get very cold when you are out on the bike. Insulation is critical for your hands but they also need to be able to breathe to stop them getting all sweaty. 

A good pair of winter cycling gloves are essential for you comfort when on the road.

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[/vc_list_item][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-check” icon_color=”#81d742″]Conductive thumb and index finger tips for smartphone use.

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When the weather gets colder you need a good quality pair of winter cycling gloves to keep your hands warm and functioning properly. Thats where the Elite Softshell Gloves from Pearl Izumi come into their own.

Plenty of Gel padding for longer rides and they even have conductive thumb and index finger tips so you can use your smartphone. (not while riding though…)

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Overall a solid pair of comfortable and durable gloves from Pearl Izumi. Pricing is fair and the quality is top notch.

Remember not to use your smartphone while on the go…

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Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Softshell Glove, Black, Large
Pearl iZUMi Ride - Sports Apparel
$29.01

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When it comes to warm weather clothing no list would be complete without including Gore. The Gore Power Windstopper soft shell gloves are designed to keep you warm and comfortable on every cycling journey.

You might be our for a leisurely training session or a flat out race but rest assured your hands will stay warm and comfortable throughout.

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Great for keeping your hands in tip top condition when out on a long ride. Windproof but breathable your hands will thank you for choosing Gore the next time you head out in the cold.

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$19.95
Gore Bike Wear Men's Power Soft Shell Windstopper Gloves (Black/Red, X-Large)
Gore Bike Wear - Sports Apparel
$55.99 from $36.04

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Final thoughts on the Best Cycling Gloves

 

These products are what we consider the best cycling gloves on the market today and have been chosen based on user reviews and honest feedback. We hope you find the right pair to suit you for your next cycling trip.

If you have a brand of cycling gloves that you use on a daily basis and feel they should be on the list then drop us a comment below and we will take a look.

If suitable it might even get a test run and make it on to the list next time around.

Thanks for stopping by and happy cycling.

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Best Clip on Aero Bars

best clip on aero barsA great modification to your standard road bike is to install a set of clip on aero bars. These bars will allow you to get into the aero position while on the ride section of the race. There are many benefits to this riding position – number one is being more aerodynamic. When you ride normally you sit upright and act sort of like an air brake. Getting aero pulls you down below the wind and significantly reduces you resistance mass allowing you to cut through the wind.  In this post we are going to review the best clip on aero bars and provide details on  some of the features of each set.


You can spend anything from twenty five dollars up over two hundred dollars for professional clip on aero bars. They basically do the same thing but when you spend more money you start to get a lot of additional features. Primarily the bars will be carbon fibre – massive weight reduction compared to the cheap aero bars. A lot will also depend on your budget and how serious you are about racing. Because of the variety we have put together these selections to get you started in your decision process. We may not cover all of the best clip on aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you. These are the most popular on the market at the moment.


Sub $50 Clip on Aero Bars

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Aero Tri Bars Time Trial
4.0 Stars
Evo Aero Bars
3.7 Stars


VR TT Triathlon Handlebar
3.0 Stars
Tranz-X TRI CLIP-ON
3.6 Stars

Tec9 Triathlon Aero TT
4.0 Stars
Tec9 Triathlon Aero Time Trial
4.2 Stars

4Ward Under Mount Clip-On
4.6 Stars
Easton Aeroforce EA70 Clip-on
4.5 Stars


Best Clip on Aero Bars – What to look for

This question always come up and has many answers. How much do you want to spend? What are the aero bars for? – A practice bike for training in the park or for your primary tri bike. The beauty of clip on aero bars is you can swap them out fairly easily. A couple of hex head bolts are usually all that holds them on to the normal handlebars of your bike. What are they made of? The cheaper sets tend to be made of some sort of alloy and as you go up in price you start to see carbon fiber introduced into the range. Carbon fiber is much lighter so if you have the budget then go for these instead. As stated earlier the beauty of clip on aero bars is you can take them off the bike without much effort if they do not suit your riding style or you prefer the standard set-up. You will find though over time that you will adapt to the aero position while racing and you bike times will reflect this.


Over $50 Clip on Aero Bars

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Profile Design Century Aero Bar
4.0 Stars
FSA VISION TECH TRIMAX PRO TT
4.5 Stars

Profile Design Legacy Aero Bar
4.4 Stars
Profile Design Airstryke Clip-On Bar
4.3 Stars

Profile Design ZBS Stryke Bend Aero Bar
4.7 Stars
Aero Clip on Bar Ends Tranzx 808 Pro
5.0 Stars

Profile Design T3+ Aero Bar
4.3 Stars
Easton Aeroforce Clip-On Time Trial
4.5 Stars


Carbon Clip on Aero Bars

If you are serious about triathlon and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than the intro sets above.  Carbon clip on aero triathlon bars will definitely be on your shopping list for their massive weight reduction. Using these carbon aero bars does change a few things though. You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a set of tri bars you can work with, to keep the weight down and to get down and in the full aero position.  Comfort plays a bit part in this too.  Getting set up with a good comfortable set of tri bars is critical on longer rides.  We suggest you try out a few different sets first if you can to make sure they suit.  Watch out as well if you buy a second hand pair.  Sometimes the previous user will cut down the stems a bit and they may be too short for you.


Carbon clip on aero bars

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Profile Design Carbon Stryke Bar
4.4 Stars
Profile Design T1+ Viper Aero Bar
4.2 Stars
Official Aero bar of Ironman

Control Tech Aero Cockpit Carbon Triathlon Clip-On Bar
5.0 Stars
Profile T3+ Carbon Aerobar Clip-Ons
5.0 Stars

Control Tech Aero Al Time Trial Clip-On
4.5 Stars
Vision - Carbon Pro Clip-on Bars
3.0 Stars

Vision Carbon Pro Clip-on Aero Bars
4.5 Stars
FSA VISION TECH CARBON PRO TT Clip-on Bars
4.5 Stars


Clip On Aero Bars – Whats next

I have seen quite a few people start out with clip on aero bars on normal handle bars and then step up a level by purchasing a new Carbon Base Bar.  This gives you the ability to reuse your existing clip on aero bars but build up a full aero set of handlebars without the expense of a pro set.


Aero Bar Accessories.

Addition items you may need when you install clip on aero bars is some new bar end shifters.  This gear shifters are designed to sit into the end of each aero bar – making it easy to change gear while you are in the aero position.  We have more information on those here


Clip On Aero Bar benefits.

There are many benefits to using aero bars on a bike during a race but the primary one comes down to aerodynamics.  When you are down in the aero position you remove quite a bit of body mass out of the wind.  Because we are not the most aerodynamic of creatures getting down low you are giving yourself a huge advantage over the opposition who will sit upright and act like an air brake into the wind.

The price to entry for a basic set of clip on aero bars is very low.  You can get something from as little as twenty five dollars.  A couple of things to check out first though is the diameter of your handlebars.  Make sure the bars will fit.  ALso as stated at the start of this post you can always remove the bars if you are not comfortable or happy with the ride style.

Clip On triathlon Aero Bars

We hope you found this post informative and as always let us know with a comment if there is anything else you would like to know or any other products you are currently using that you think we should add into the list.  Also we would really appreciate if you would spread the word about us and hit one of the share buttons to tell your friends.


We have also created a comparison chart on time trial helmets.  Another requirement for serious triathletes.  You can view that post here


The final thing we want to discuss today is how you can quickly modify your road bike and turn it into a triathlon style bike with two quick changes. First you will need an angled seat post. This pushes the rider forward in the frame.  Couple this with a nice set of clip on aero bars for road bike and you are set.  The video below shows you how to do this and the benefits of getting aero in the ride.


Thanks for stopping by and happy racing.