I'm sure if you're reading this it is likely because you're looking to get me a gift for some reason .... well I'm sorry to disappoint you but I have all the recommendations below. IF, for some reason there is another triathlete on your gifting list, I hope something here catches your eye.
The following are my 5 favorite, triathlon related purchases in 2016.
This can be a gear heavy sport and there is a lot of gear to choose from out there. The following items have worked wonderfully me and I wouldn't compete or train without any of the items.
So here we go:
(1) Oakley EVZero Path Prizm Road Sunglasses
I absolutely love the Oakley EVZero Path Prizm Road glasses. They are lightweight and float on your face that sometimes you forget you're even wearing them. What about the lenses? The best I've ever wore. The Prizm Road lenses make everything "pop", helping you keep an eye on any lurking hazards.
(2) Scicon AeroComfort Triathlon Travel Bag
This is a fantastic travel bag. No tools required. Little Disassembly required (only the wheels). Lightweight, easy to maneuver. This bag truly has it all and is extremely affordable. If you hate taking your bike apart to travel, then this bag is the bag for you.
(3) Xlab Gorilla Anti-Launch Carbon Cycling Bottle Cage
First thing first, these cages are not cheap. I mean, they are Carbon and all, but for a guy like me, I'm not overly concerned about the 300 grams of weight savings they may provide. So why recommend these cages? Of all the cages that I've tried, they are the only ones that keep my bottles contained in the cages on the rough Alberta roads that I train on. Plain and simple. When you factor in the 7 lost water bottles launched out in various place around Bragg Creek, Alberta by competitor cages, the price quickly equalizes.
(4) Garmin Edge 520
Trevor and I often rail about issues with our various Garmin products. I stand by those comments, the companies products aren't perfect but they are some of the best cycling products out there. The Garmin Edge 520 is no exception. It's got everything you need. A great battery life, speed, cadence, power, temperature, elevation, connectivity to pretty much anything and the interactive Strava segments is pretty darn awesome too.
(5) Currex RunPro Insoles
Protecting and keeping my feet comfortable is important. There isn't much to say about these soles, accept that that is what they do. I find that the deep heal creates a nice protective layer around my heal, preventing any slipping and increasing the fit and comfort of the shoe. The added protection of the sole bottom provides comfort over long distances and the moisture wicking helps prevent unnecessary blisters on those warmer, sweaty days. I won't run without them. Period.
(6) Argon 18 E117 Tri
Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised by this recommendation. I LOVE THIS BIKE. I take it with me everywhere and cannot get enough of riding it. Great components. Beautifully designed and comfortable as hell. Argon 18 hit it out of the part with this ride. It only gets better the more I ride it. I searched for a long time and explored many bikes and haven't regretted for a minute this purchase. Well, maybe that I didn't get electronic shifting, but another story for another day.
Happy shopping everyone!