The editors and contributors of Triathlete magazine tested 151 triathlon-related products for the 2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide. Four items earned the designation of “Best Value.” Learn about the products below, and pick up the Buyer’s Guide on newsstands now (or buy the digital edition) for more of the best swim, bike and run gear of 2013.
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The draw: All-rounder
There’s a reason the Reaction is Blueseventy’s most popular suit—it has the flexibility and buoyant feel of a high-end suit without the $500-plus price tag. The Reaction suits swimmers with a decent kick, as the 4mm buoyancy in the lower legs (compared with the 5mm in the torso) doesn’t limit power derived from the kicking motion. When they updated this suit, Blueseventy lowered the neckline and decreased the bulk around the zipper, which kept testers chafe-free even after a long ocean swim. Although exit is relatively easy, liquid tape allows you to cut the leg to your desired height.