Triathlon gear of the year: our top 25 products of 2017

Groundbreaking bikes, streamlined suits and cutting-edge carbon.It’s been another year of visionary tri gear releases. Here we round up the top 25 from the 443 products we’ve tested this season

1. dhb Blok short sleeve tri-suit


Dhb shed their ‘decent enough’ tri image with the launch of their Blok range. This major statement of intent from the brand was fast, well-crafted and easy on the wallet. And just wait until you see their 2018 Aeron collection. Read our review here

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2. Asics DS Racer 11


Offering speed and breathability, the latest DS Racers are now better than ever. Much of this is due to the Duomax Support System, which offers an improved tread for stability and grip. For short-course races, they tick all the boxes. Buy from


3. Enve 7.8


The 7.8s were the big winner in our race wheels test, with our tester labelling them as “a new benchmark for carbon rims.” Aside from the speed and stability, what really astonished was the braking in both the wet and dry. Outstanding, then, but much will depend on the size of your pay packet. 

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4. Garmin Fenix 5


Yes, the price is huge, but the Fenix 5 is the most comprehensive multisport watch in history. Updates include aerobic/anaerobic workout data, swim records analysis, Strava Live Segments and so much more. Read our Garmin Fenix 5 review

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5. Sidi T-4 Air Carbon


The T-4 is a quality shoe in every way from the Italian maestros. The upper offers superb venting, the insole is well-padded to counter the carbon sole, and the firm heel counter and luxurious leather toe box hold the foot in place.

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6. Zoggs Predator


As a light and versatile goggle for all weather conditions, the Predator Mirrors come hugely recommended. They have fantastic UV protection, comfort and wide 180° vision for the open-water swim, and they perform in all weather conditions.

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7. Boardman ATT 9.0


Boardman understand aero like few others and this is another stunning ride. The entry-level ATT 9.0 stands as a first tri bike that could – with just a wheel upgrade – see you all the way to the age-group world champs. Read our review of the tri bike

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8. Platysens Marlin


Developed with Swim Smooth, this virtual swim coach was worth the wait. Via the bone conduction earpiece, progress, distance and pace are reported, and there are OW functions as well. Revolutionary stuff.

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9. Huub Varme Balaclava


It may resemble an executioner’s mask, but the innovative Varme is the real deal for swimming in truly cold water, offering plenty of warmth but not at the expense of movement. Chafe-free, too. 

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10. HED Jet 6.9 


Hed are groundbreakers in the tri scene, and the mixed depth 60/90mm Jet 6.9 is testament to their rich heritage. The brake track offers supreme stopping power, while they’re also fast, stable and unrivalled for value.

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11. Zone 3 Volaire


Comfortable, aesthetically slick, hydrodynamic… the Volaire are a mightily impressive set of pool goggles that tick all the performance boxes. And the super-soft seal ensures they achieve the hallowed 'stick on and go' trick.

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12. Zone 3 Vanquish 


Our second Zone3 entry is the updated Vanquish, which offers improvements on an already classic suit. Flexibility is heightened by new thinner panels on the back and neck, and the ‘speed cuffs’ make it a doddle to remove. 

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"the Fenix 5 is the most comprehensive multisport watch in history."

Really? What about the Forerunner 935? Poor writing.

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