Summer is the perfect time to venture into tri: here's the best new kit if you're dipping your toes in for the first time...
Up your jersey
Le Col Sport Jersey II and Waist Shorts | £95 & £80
Beautiful, technical cycling training kit for those long training rides, the Le Col Sport Jersey II and Waist Shorts are made from luxurious Italian fabric. Flat-locked seams ensure optimum comfort and the zip locks down with a guard to prevent irritation. The longer back on the jersey features three large pockets, including a waterproof zipped fourth, and a silicon hem gripper makes the top stay put. The shorts are higher cut than usual at the waist and long on the leg, with a dolomiti chamois – thinner with added silicone – all ensuring extreme comfort. Durable essentials, exceptional quality.
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HOKA ONE ONE Ironman Kona Mach 2 | £135
Kit yourself out in this special edition HOKA ONE ONE Ironman Kona Mach 2 shoe that will have you speeding through the final section of your triathlon. Your legs may feel like lead but your feet will fly in these lightweight shoes, packed with Profly cushioning in the midsole to propel you onwards. Your feet can splay out naturally, giving a comfortable feel and they’ll stay cool due to the thin mesh upper. A minimalist feel (weighing only 187g) and the impressive comfort produce a bouncy, responsive ride.
Get your Rocs off
Giro Agilis Mips Helmet | £89.99
You’ll feel locked down in the Giro Agilis Mips Helmet due to its adjustable Roc Loc 5.5 Mips system. More importantly, you’ll feel safe as the outer Hardbody shell, moulded from a tough polycarbonate fused to the internal foam liner, extends to the inside of the helmet. Durable but not bulky, you also get plenty of ventilation and a stunning print that beats plain black every ride.
Suits you, Madam
Blueseventy Reaction Wetsuit | £425
Confused about wetsuits? We recommend the Blueseventy Reaction Wetsuit with Reactive Stretch Technology (RST). It will feel highly flexible with each stroke under your arms and across your chest, shoulders and back – as well as thick Reaction buoyancy panels in the torso and legs to raise your hips and give natural lift in the water. The neckline doesn’t dig in or restrict, there’s a cheeky key pocket on the inside zip flap and it’s easy to get out of (some sections are incredibly thin), so essential during transition to bike. It also packs light. Add in striking graphics and you’ve just bought yourself a very high quality trisuit.
Le Col Cycling Mitts | £30
Perfect protection for your hands during the bike section, the Le Col Cycling Mitts feature targeted, raised, gel padding across your palms to stop numbness, plus an elasticated cuff. They’re a snug fit with no Velcro straps, so easy to get on and off quickly, with ‘pulls’ by the fingers to help. Finishing touches include ample reflectivity and a breathable upper. Quality mitts that will last.
A party in your socks
Sundried Weekly Cycle Socks | £12 per pair or £50 for a pack of 7
So stylish, premium Sundried Weekly Cycle Socks also come in a handy seven pack with different designs for every day. You’ll be protected from chafing every mile. They’ll support your feet and let them breathe and with hand-stitched detail and flatlock seams they transition perfectly to running – the intelligent moisture transport system keeps working as your feet heat up. Luxury, and ethical, support for your feet.