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What basic gear do triathletes need?

TMC blogger and pro triathlete Angela Naeth breaks down the essential gear for triathletes and what you can away without.

Interested in doing a triathlon but overwhelmed with all the gear you think you need? Here’s a quick list to use that includes all the essentials and what you can get away without.  My mottos: keep it simple! Don’t get to much into the hype. Training trumps all!

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Some of Angela’s training essentials.
Equipment needs can be broken down into five areas: swim, bike, run, nutrition, and racing.


    • Swimsuit
    • Goggles — always have two pairs in case. Bring both with you to training and races.
    • Swim cap
    • Wetsuit or swimskin, depending on the water temperatures at your race destination.
    • Chafe cream
    • Pull buoy and paddles for training



      • Bike equipped with gearing you’re comfortable with using
      • Helmet
      • Warm gear clothing (leg/arm warmers, vest, gloves, jacket, cap and warm socks/toe covers) if you’re like the many Canadian triathletes who start their outdoor riding season in spring and end in late fall.
      • Cycling kit
      • Cycling shoes
      • Spare kit
      • Bike pump
      • Water bottles/cages
      • Sunglasses



        • Running shoes
        • Race belt
        • Watch/HR monitor
        • Visor/hat
        • Run shorts/top and socks



        • Everyday training nutrition (sports drink, energy drink, gels on hand)
        • Recovery drink
        • Race kit, if different from everyday training outfits
        • Race belt


What you can get away without (the non-essentials)

      • Aero helmet — this is a purchase to save for once you’re really invested in the sport. A regular helmet is sufficient for most triathletes who don’t need to worry about shaving off seconds from the bike leg.
      • Race wheels
      • Anything promising to make you faster with less training!