Long gone are the days where all you need for a run is a pair of shoes, shorts and a shirt. (OK, maybe that’s all you need, but is it what you want!) Triathletes nowadays are always looking for the latest gadgets and high-performance gear to give them an edge out on the road, so put a smile on the one in your life this year with some of these options from top brands.
Garmin Fenix 6 – Starting at $820
The Fenix multisport GPS watch gives you everything you need for a run – and more. Along with the usual pace, distance and heart rate info, it also provides mapping, music and intelligent pace planning. The wrist-based heart rate monitor has a Pulse Ox sensor to provide even more training insight, and the PacePro feature helps keep you on pace regardless of the terrain with grade-adjusted guidance. You can also sync to your favourite streaming services to listen to music while you run, too.
Suunto 5 – $450
The Suunto 5 offers you many of the same features found in the 9, but in a smaller package. The compact GPS watch has a long-lasting battery life, over 80 sport modes so you can use it for virtually any activity and will track your fitness level so you can visually see the progression you’re making. It will also give you valuable information all day long, such as steps, calories, sleep and stress so you can stay dialled into your body 24/7. On top of that it acts as a coach – once you’re recovered and ready to tackle that next workout, it will let you know.
Saucony Kinvara 10 – $140
The Kinvara has been a popular pick among triathletes dating back to its original version, bringing the rare combination of being super-lightweight while also providing ample cushioning and support. Now onto its 10th edition, the training shoe features an EVERUN topsole and a flexible EVA+ midsole for a smooth, fast ride. The breathable mesh upper adds an extra layer of support and comfort, allowing you to up the pace without issue. Saucony is even offering a commemorative edition of the 10 available with the original design and colours.
New Balance FuelCell Echo – $130
The streamlined FuelCell Echo offers the highest energy return New Balance has to offer thanks to the specially designed performance foams used in the midsole. Great for the treadmill or the roads, the lightweight shoe also features a full-length rippled rubber outsole for durability along with an outstanding grip. The engineered knit upper and seamless heel provides comfort and support, and the FuelCell technology gives you a propulsive underfoot feel to give you that edge when picking up the pace.
Salomon Bonatti Pro Waterproof Jacket – $275
The minimalist Bonatti Pro is all you could ever want in a jacket. At just seven ounces, it gives you a lightweight feel that can easily pack into a small pocket, while also providing lots of protection. No matter if you’re facing a torrential downpour, snowfall or you’re simply caught out in the cold, it has you covered. The waterproof jacket also has a fitted hood for added protection in those harsh conditions.