I stole this blog topic from dcrainmaker whose reviews have saved me quite a bit of money and frustration. I am not often an early adopter, but really do enjoy gadgets. Unless there is a need that is not being met, I will usually let the market stabilize before purchasing a product.
Swimsuit: SpeedoSquare Lag Drag suit. I just feel comfortable in this. I don’t do any pool events that would necessitate a fast swimsuit. They last forever. I bought a second pair when they were on sale just to have a new color.
Goggles: Sable RS922 recreational goggles. I love these goggles. The clasp sucks, but I solved this problem with gogglemates. Yes it is a bulky package, but it works for me. I also have a pair of the RS101 competitive goggles, but the eye sockets were popping out on me and the anti-fog isn’t as good. For open water, I use Aqua Sphere Kaimans with the smoke lens.
Swim Cap: Tyr latex. I have some race caps, but this is the one I use most. I rarely wear a cap in the pool, so this is usually an open water only item.
Swim Watch: FinisSwimsense. I graduated from a Timex and this meets my needs well. It was fascinating at first. Now, I still review the date, but have gotten completely lazy about being aware of my splits, except on send offs. Remember, real swimmers don’t wear watches.
Drills – Pull Buoy: Finis. This works just fine. It is the only one I have tried and I only bought it because the selection at the local pool was getting pretty limited.
Drills – Paddles: Stroke Makers. I use size #1 S Green and I don’t even use them very often.
Drills – Fins: Tyr Crossblade Training Fins and Finis Zoomers Gold. I originally bought the crossblades and they work great and are comfortable. My new Master’s coach is a big fan of Zoomers and after wearing his ill fitting blues for a few workouts, I bought the golds. They are comfortable and seem to be strengthening my kick.
Open Water – Wetsuit: Xterra Vortex 3 sleeveless. I love this suit. It is roomy and flexible. The full sleeve 2XU suit I had constricted my shoulders and chest excessively.
Open Water – Booties: Blue Seventy swim socks. I always use these in May and sometimes June.
Open Water – Swim Cap: Tyr warm wear cap. I have never tried a neoprene cap, but this under a latex cap has always kept me comfortable.
Open Water – Anti – Chaff: Body Glide. I would like to try the spray on stuff, but this seems to work.
Swim bag: Speedobackpack. I got this for the pool and the pool only. For open water swimming, I usually use a grocery store shopping bag.
Open Water – Swim Watch: Timex Ironman paired with Finis HydroTracker GPS. I am not sold on the HydroTracker, but it is a fun toy that finally does what it is supposed to.
The only swimming must buy are the RS922 goggles with Gogglemates or other after market clasp support.
The bike: GiosCompact Pro. This is my road bike that works well for any multisport activities I do. I had an old Pinarello fitted up with an aero cockpit, but it never felt right.
Power Meter: CyclopsPowerTap wired. This was my first and only entry into the power meter market. I would have liked to get wireless, but it does the job.
Race Wheels: NA until I get to 170 lbs. I will most likely go with Zipp 404 wheels with an aluminum brake surface.
Regular Helmet: GiroAeon. I bought this a couple of months ago and absolutely love it. It might get chilly in the cold, but I will just throw a skull cap or cycling cap under my helmet.
Aero Helment: NA, no plans for purchase.
Bike Jerseys: Misc.
Bike shorts/bib: PerformanceBibs. These work great and fit really well. High end bibs are usually for riders more svelte than me.
Bike Shoes: Specialized
Cold Weather Long Sleeve Jersey: Rive?
Cold Weather bike top: NA, I don’t ride outside when it is that cold.
Cold weather bike tights: Usually Sidi Knee Warmers, but when it is really cold, I pull out the Pearl Izumi tights (with Slipstream logos).
Bike case: NA, I don’t travel to races, yet.
Bike trainer: Performance TravelTrac 2000. I am considering a new trainer. It will be either a computrainer or equivalent based on DC rainmaker review.
Bike computer/GPS: I have a Cateye Strada wireless, but also have the PowerTap head unit and Garmin 305 on my wrist. It is a little busy, but I really don’t care. I might move the Cateye Strada to my second bike, which is currently lacking any electronics.
In my experience there have not been any cycling must buys. I would highly recommend a bike fit (I chose Retul) and regular professional bike maintenance.
Running Shoes: Saucony Guide 5 are my daily shoes and I have a pair of Saucony Fastwitch 5 for track work and racing.
Running T-shirt: Race technical tees.
Running shorts: GoLite
Running Socks: Misc socks. Usually Save our Soles or Defeet. I have tried numerous brands, but these work for me.
Running Watch: Garmin 305. This is a workhorse. If it were to die, I would probably give the 910XT a shot.
Long Run Hydration: Nathan. I also ordered a fuel belt this summer, but have yet to do any long runs with it.
Cold weather running top: Saucony Opitmal top
Cold weather running tights: Under Armour running pants
Cold weather running gloves: 90% of the time it is a pair of jersey gloves. When it gets below 32 degrees, I will pull out the fleece mittens.
The running must buy for me is a GPS based device. I really like being able to quantify my distance.