Beginner Triathlon Gear Checklist

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Feb 27, 2013
  • Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 6:17 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

The eight things you really need to become a triathlete.

Running shoes

The key: Some triathlon-specific run shoes have quick-closure systems instead of laces, but triathlon coach and author Matt Fitzgerald believes “overall comfort” is a shoe’s most important attribute.

Find yours: The surest way to choose the shoe that’s best for you is to run in a number of models and pick the one that simply feels best. “Research has shown that runners are more efficient and less likely to get injured when they choose footwear by comfort,” says Fitzgerald.

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