Gear Reviews

Reviews of triathlon gear such as running shoes, triathlon clothing, tri-bikes, triathlon wetsuits, and triathlon accessories. Want your triathlon gear reviewed here? Just follow these instructions and if I like your product I’ll give you some good online cred.

13
Feb

The Right Protective Case for Your Garmin Forerunner 910xt

I traveled on a plane the other week. I had to check baggage. I wanted to find a safe way to transport my Garmin Forerunner 910xt in my checked luggage without it getting smashed, broken, or otherwise damaged. This product is labeled as a “Garmin carrying case”. You would think this would do the job. […]

13
Feb

Kiefer Swim Backpack Review

Kiefer sent me one of these swim backpacks a few months ago and I’ve now had a chance to test it out. My wife has tested it out quite a bit as well. Short and sweet of it: For use as a swimming backpack it’s perfect. It might not be what you’d want to use […]

07
Dec

Born to Run – Book Review

Multiple friends have told me I needed to read this book, but I resisted for a year or two. But they were right, I did need to read this book. This is not a training book, it’s an amazing story. It reads in a very similar fashion to The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I’m not sure exactly […]

10
Nov

Book Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, is one of my new heros, along with one of the subjects of the book, Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms. One of the great blessings that has come into my life as a result of getting into triathlons in 2007 is that I did not just become […]

13
Jul

JVC HAEBX85W Inner Ear Sports Clip Headphone

I’ve had problems finding the right earbuds/headphones for running, primarily because they kept falling out. Apple’s default iPod earbuds were ok, if I didn’t mind readjusting them every 3-4 minutes and putting them back in when they fell out every 5-6 minutes. I then purchased some Skullcandy earbuds per the recommendations of my Facebook so-called […]

20
Jun

Run Less, Run Faster Book Review

Last year was the first time I heard about the book Run Less, Run Faster. As much as I enjoy triathlons and running, I have to admit the title had already sold me at “run less”. I was told by a neighbor that the book could take me from running 9-minute miles in my events […]

14
Feb

Ice Ankle Wrap for Ankle Injuries

I really wish I had one of these, or two, when I was growing up as a skateboarder. Shoes being what they are, they generally leave the ankle or the leg just above the ankle exposed, and anyone who has been a skater knows that in any given hour you’ll get hit with the board […]

04
Nov

CEP Compression Running Socks

CEP was kind enough to send me a pair of their compression running socks to review. The tough thing about doing product reviews of something like a running sock is that you need a basis for comparison. Luckily I’ve used 2xu compression socks as well as socks from Zoot, so now you know what my […]

11
Oct

Bicycle Stand from EZ Bike Products

Just got a bicycle stand from EZ Bike Products to review. Here’s the quick and dirty on it–if you’ve taken to leaning your bike against the wall of your garage, your car, boxes, strollers, piles of junk, having your kid hold it, etc., and you keep thinking “Man, I just need somewhere to put this […]

09
Aug

EFS Energy Drink = Hurty Stomach?

Starting with the Boise 70.3 I tried out EFS energy drink (yes, I do mean the first time I used it was on a race day–I know, I know, bad idea). I had some gastrointestinal issues that day, but nothing too big. Just some knots in my stomach, and I felt like if I drank […]

16
Jun

Bento Box

The Bento Box is one of those things you wish you would have invented. It’s simple, and it gets a job done that just about every biker needs done–making it easy to carry and access your food on your bike. It’s nothing more than a lightweight nylon box, with a net on the top that […]

09
Jun

Aerodrink from Profile Design = Hell

Note: See updates at bottom of post. I could just post a link to the review for the Profile Design Aerodrink that’s up at BeginnerTriathlete.com, but I actually have something to add to the hell Dominic went through. My only consolation is that my hell wasn’t as bad as his, because I gave up after […]

09
Jun

Tri Suit or Two Piece?

Right now I’m wearing a 2009 De Soto Liftfoil Triathlon Speedsuit. I mean that literally, I am literally wearing it right now, as I type this, because I’m about to go do my last brick before the Boise half-Ironman this Saturday and I am checking out all my equipment, doing a dress-rehearsal, as it were. […]

08
Jun

Polar Sports Bottle

Yesterday I went on a two-hour bike ride. I left two sports bottles of Heed overnight in the freezer, and I was biking in the early morning so that I didn’t have to deal with the heat, and yet within one hour both bottles were completely melted and most of the way towards being warm. […]

04
Jun

Louis Garneau Superleggera Aero-Helmet

Man oh man, what a difference having the right equipment makes. Last week I went for my first ride on my new tri-bike and it was horrible. I thought it was the bike, and in part it was, because the front derailleur wasn’t tuned right and the seat wasn’t adjusted correctly, but the other part […]

31
May

Quintana Roo Seduza Tri-Bike

Perhaps it’s not fair for me to review a bike that I’ve only ridden once, especially when it’s my first tri-bike. If I weren’t aware that there is some adjustment that needs to happen, I’d be saying this thing is a piece of junk and I don’t know how anyone can ride one, because man, […]

24
May

3rd Generation iPod Shuffle

I’m a big fan of the iPod shuffle. I would go so far as to say that if it weren’t for the iPod shuffle, I might not be doing triathlons at all. The only way I’ve found to endure 1-hour swims, 2-hour runs, and 3-hour bike rides (which are about to get longer as I […]

24
May

H2O Audio Waterproof Headphones for iPod 3rd/4th Generation

The official name of the product is the H2O Audio Interval 3G Waterproof Headphone System for iPod shuffle (3rd Gen), but that’s the only bad thing about it. I reviewed the waterproof iPod case for the 2nd generation iPod that H2O Audio makes several months ago, but they don’t make that product any more (although […]

20
May

Best Triathlon Sunglasses?

I need recommendations. I had a pair of Scott glasses I bought for about $200 when I first started triathlons three years ago, and I like them a lot, especially the interchangeable lenses, but I sold them to buy milkshakes. I’ve heard people rave about Rudy Project, but I’ve never tried any on and I […]

17
May

Chamois Butt’r

I remember when my parents bought our first VCR. Before we had one, I never missed it. Once we got it, I couldn’t imagine living without it. The same goes for the microwave, air conditioning in the car, audiobooks while training, and now…Chamois Butt’r. I defer to experts in most things, but my friend, the […]

06
May

Best Triathlon Wetsuit

Normally I review products I’ve tried out, but in this case I’m asking for your help, because when it comes to triathlon wetsuits I don’t have much experience. I’ve always rented in the past, and it seems like when I rent a triathlon wetsuit it’s always a Zoot wetsuit for some reason, and most places […]

27
Apr

Zoot Ultra Race 2.0 Running Shoes

I wish I didn’t like these shoes so much, because I think they’re ugly as sin. Since August of last year, I have been training and racing in Zoot’s Ultra Race 2.0 running shoes. I have done sprint and olympic distance triathlons in my first pair, and I just completed my first-ever marathon wearing my […]

16
Nov

Earbud Education – Skullcandy vs. iPod

Several weeks ago I asked for a recommendation on which earbuds were best for running, since my iPod earbuds had completely worn out. I got multiple recommendations for Skullcandy earbuds, which I got, and which I liked…at first. But after using them for the past month or two I’ve run (no pun intended) into some […]

01
Oct

Louis Garneau Gemini 2 Cycling Jacket

Well hot dang, it’s 32 degrees outside right now. At this same time a few days ago it was above 60 degrees. Perhaps we’ll see another few days of warmth before the full winter sets in, but based on the 10-day forecast I’m not counting on it. Between the cold and the darker mornings, I […]

28
Sep

Skullcandy Earbuds

I asked you which earbuds were best for running, and you answered. Well, at least four of you did, and three of you suggested Skull Candy’s earbuds, so that’s what I got. I found the cheapest pair I could (shown at right) and ran for the first time with them today. I’m not sure where […]

28
Sep

H2O Audio Waterproof iPod Case for Swimming

I posted a review of the Finis SwiMP3 v2 Waterproof MP3 player a few weeks ago, along with my comments that while I could see it working for some people, it didn’t work for me because the volume I needed just wasn’t there. I listen to audiobooks, and I could only pick up every other […]

17
Sep

What are the Best Earbuds for Running?

The earbuds that came with my iPod died yesterday. The plastic covering over the copper wire had broken several months ago, and I’ve always had issues with the earbuds falling out of my ears from the jolting of running, but it wasn’t enough for me to take the trouble of looking around for new ones. […]

07
Sep

2XU Compression Socks

I’ve already written about the Zoot compression socks. Having tried both socks, the Zoot as well as the 2XU compression socks, I think I like the Zoot socks better, as does my coach, David Warden. For me, it’s because the Zoot compression socks are tighter, which makes them a lot harder to put on, but […]

07
Sep

2XU Compression Tights

Men in tights? Oh yeah, 2XU compression tights are so comfy you’ll be wanting to wear them all day, every day. But seriously, they are comfy, and although I’m no expert on recovery and compression material and all this stuff, my coach is, and he swears by these things. He told me to wear them […]

07
Sep

Zoot Compression Socks

If you’re new to triathlon, or anything other than casual athletic activity as I was, then you may not understand the importance of recovery when it comes to workouts, and so something like the Zoot compression socks might strike you as a bit odd. Wait, I wear these when I’m not working out? You might […]

22
Aug

Finis SwiMP3 v2 Waterproof MP3 Player

I just got a Finis SwiMP3 waterproof mp3 player so I could listen to audiobooks while I’m swimming. This is a very nice device. The “earphones” don’t go in your ears, they sit against the sides of your face right in front of your ears, and the sound is transmitted through your skull, as it […]

21
Aug

Xlab Tire Bag

Why all the bike gear reviews all of a sudden? Because I just got my bike the other day and I’m putting all the accessories on it. I’ll post a photo of it all once I’m done, but right now I’m trying to get out on a bike ride! One of the accessories I just […]

21
Aug

Xlab Mini Top Bag

There’s not  much to say about the Xlab Mini Top Bag, I mean, it’s a little nylon bag with a zipper, right? But I think I did find out a little trick about getting it secure on your bike. Ok, maybe it’s not a trick, I mean, I think this is the way it’s supposed […]

21
Aug

Xlab Carbon Wing Installation

Note: Read the comments, because there is an important update in there about the missing nuts. I’m sure I’m going to love my Xlab Carbon Wing, once I get it all installed, but the installation is a bit of a pain. Seriously, Xlab guys, you need to improve the instructions a bit. They suffer from […]

20
Aug

Triathlon Goggles

Two years ago I got Lasik, and an entirely new world was suddenly available to me. Today, I tried out Aqua Sphere Vista Swim Goggles and had a similar experience. They are really that good. I’ve been using Barracuda swim goggles for the past two years, and I liked them. They were better than the […]

19
Aug

The Triathlete’s Training Bible

I just barely started reading The Triathlete’s Training Bible, so maybe it’s premature to be doing a review but it’s already the best triathlon training book I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen two! But seriously, it’s awesome. I mean, it’s got just about everything you would need to know about triathlon in it, along with […]

30
Jun

Finis Lap Counter

Swimming in a pool is tough mentally. Not because you need to concentrate, but because it’s repetitive and boring if you’re doing a long distance swim. You can break it up with drills, you can get a waterproof set of earphones and a waterproof case for your iPod (I really, really need one of those), […]

16
Jun

Book Review: Iron Ambition by John D. Callos

Ok, I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m liking it. Maybe I like it because it’s so similar to my own story which, like the book, is also unfinished. It’s the story of a fat, out of shape business man named John Callos and how he changed his life by training for an Ironman. Hey, […]