Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -

Some­times it’s the lit­tle things that make the dif­fer­ence. Once you’ve got your wet­suit di­alled in, don’t for­get to look around your lo­cal swim shop for the ex­tras that can make all the dif­fer­ence to your com­fort and per­for­mance. We have a few sug­ges­tions for you:


$27; $36 POLARIZED We’ve said it be­fore, but the mes­sage still works: what we’ve en­joyed about all the Blue­sev­enty gog­gles we’ve tried is that they “just work.” The soft frame tech­nol­ogy en­sures you get ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity and im­proved dy­nam­ics in the wa­ter all in a com­fort­able gog­gle that will get you through the long­est work­outs or open wa­ter swims. You can even get a polarized lens for sunny days to en­sure you have the best pos­si­ble vi­sion of buoys to help you sight and find the best pos­si­ble line.

Zoot Hy­dra-vi­sion Gog­gles Swim­fit Neo­prene Cap

$30 Early- or late-sea­son races and train­ing swims can be plenty cold and we all know how much of your body heat gets lost from your head. (Re­mem­ber all those times your mother told you to wear your hat?) Thanks to the Zoot Swim­fit Neo­prene cap that’s made of a com­bi­na­tion of two and three mm neo­prene, you’ll get some added warmth and pro­tec­tion.

Dare2tri 3-An­gle Duf­fle

$80 Whether you’re cart­ing your equip­ment off to a work­out, or tak­ing your wet­suit and other gear to an open wa­ter or brick work­out, the uniquely-shaped 3-An­gle Duf­fle will get the job done. There are sep­a­rate com­part­ments for hold­ing a wet­suit, shoes, gog­gles, hel­met, wa­ter bot­tle, cell phone and other valu­able equip­ment.

Huub Kick­pant

$250 Who wants buoy­ancy shorts when you can go the whole way and get your­self the Kick­pant? De­signed to give your legs and rear buoy­ancy while pro­vid­ing ac­tive stroke cor­rec­tion to your kick­ing tech­nique and align­ment in the wa­ter, the Kick­pant does much more than sim­ply act like a pull buoy.

The Kick­pant ac­tively im­proves your kick­ing tech­nique by keep­ing you aligned and hold­ing your legs straighter and with good align­ment. Thanks to the ¾ length 5-mm thick pants you get the feel­ing of hav­ing a wet­suit on while im­prov­ing your kick and tech­nique.

Speedo Van­quisher 2.0 Mir­rored Gog­gle

$26 Whether you’re swim­ming in a pool or tak­ing on an open wa­ter chal­lenge you’ll love the Van­quisher. It has a low-pro­file de­sign favoured by pool com­peti­tors, but still of­fers 25 per cent more pe­riph­eral vi­sion than other gog­gles. Soft sil­i­cone eye seals and three in­ter­change­able nose pieces en­sure you’ll get a snug, com­fort­able fit. The mir­rored coat­ing re­duces glare, while the anti-fog lenses pro­vide UV pro­tec­tion, too.—km Huub

Dare2tri 3-An­gle Duf­fle Kick­pant

Blue­sev­enty Hy­dra-vi­sion Zoot Swim­fit Neo­prene Cap

Speedo Van­quisher 2.0 Mir­rored

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