Triathlon Equipment

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Triathlon Equipment

Importance of equipment:

  • Problems with equipment can crop up at any time. However, by choosing good quality equipment and keeping it properly maintained, you can reduce the risks.
  • Some material details, such as weight or streamlining, can allow you to gain time without any additional effort.
  • Using comfortable equipment that is suitable for your morphology reduces risks of injuries.

Choosing, preparing and maintaining equipment:

  • For races, use only equipment that has already been tested and adjusted during training.


  • Choose a wetsuit that is not too tight and that leaves no empty spaces.
  • The wetsuit must be new enough so that the neoprene material has not lost any of its original buoyancy.
  • A sleeveless wetsuit is slightly more comfortable but provides less protection against the cold and is slightly less streamlined. It also provides less buoyancy.
  • After each use, rinse your wetsuit in warm water and dry it (not in the sun).
  • Your goggles must be new enough so that the antifog treatment is still effective.
  • Tighten your goggles sufficiently so that they do not move during the bustle of triathlon starts.
  • Using an additional swimming cap is effective to protect against the cold.


  • The choice of bicycle is based on financial, technical and aesthetic criteria.
  • A good bicycle must be light-weight, rigid, aerodynamic, sturdy and beautiful.
  • Your bicycle must be adjusted to give the best compromise between comfort and aerodynamics.
  • When you change your bicycle, make sure the new one is adjusted exactly the same way as the old one in order to avoid injuries.
  • If you are a beginner, seek the help of someone competent to adjust your bicycle.
  • Clean your bicycle regularly.
  • Lubricate your bicycle chain regularly.
  • Your shoes must be comfortable but tight enough (generally, tighter than running shoes).
  • Choose shoes that are easy to put on for quick transitions.
  • The helmet must be of good quality. Do not forget to wear your helmet whenever you cycle, as it could save your life.
  • Cycling glasses protect your eyes from the sun, dust and insects.
  • Do not neglect comfort when choosing your glasses.
  • Your clothes must be suitable for the weather conditions.
  • When it is cold or raining, your clothes must wick away perspiration and keep out the wind and rain.
  • Wear several thin layers rather than one thick layer.
  • During very hot weather, apply sunscreen and cover your shoulders and the back of your neck.
  • Your cycling clothes should be washed often enough to prevent skin irritations.


  • Your running shoes must be suitable for your running style and morphology.
  • You should find a compromise between their weight, stability and cushioning.
  • Gains made on weight result in losses in terms of stability and cushioning.
  • The ideal solution is to have at least two pairs of running shoes, a light-weight pair for races and another more stable pair with good cushioning for training sessions.
  • To save time during transitions, replace the laces in your racing shoes with elastic laces.
  • Your shoes' cushioning and stability will not last forever, so you should change your shoes regularly in order to avoid injuries.


  • Neglecting your equipment increases the risks of sustaining injuries or having equipment problems.

Le site Mission Triathlon est la disposition de tous les triathlètes souhaitant optimiser leur préparation au triathlon. Vous y trouverez des conseils comme la technique de natation pour le triathlon, la technique de vélo pour le triathlon, technique de course à pied pour le triathlon, l'alimentation pour le triathlon ou la musculation pour le triathlon. Vous pouvez aussi utiliser gratuitement le carnet d'entraînement online ou demander un devis pour un programme d'entraînement de triathlon personnalisé.