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The latest triathlon products tested to the limit

Rolf Prima

Vigor Alpha rolfprimawheels.com

Rolf Prima claims that its Vigor Alphas are the fastest alloy wheels in the world – across all yaw angles – and can potentially save you four minutes and 26 seconds in an Ironman, compared to Mavic’s Ksyrium SLs at 37kph. The American brand says this is thanks to a wider rim profile that smooths airflow better across the whole tyre/rim profile and a low 14-front, 16-rear spoke count. While it’s hard to verify this on the road, the handmade wheels certainly feel speedy from the get-go, accelerating fast and easily holding a pace we’d normally expect from a deeper profile, aided by the smoothest of titanium freehubs. The bladed spokes are arranged in the company’s signature paired style, and despite the low overall count, stiffness is superb, with the wheels holding true throughout testing for our 66kg rider. At just over 1,450g for the set, they’re nimble up climbs too. The Vigor Alphas are also superb in windy conditions, performing well into headwinds and maintaining their easygoing handling in strong crosswinds, making them an excellent choice for nervous bike handlers or lighter riders who find themselves pushed to and fro in windy weather.

Peak Performer

X-LAB

Stealth Pocket 500 RRP - R350 bicicletta.co.za

Aerodynamic Top Tube Storage Bag ideal for bikes with cables or angled stems coupled with top tube bolt bosses. The new aerodynamic bag solves triathlete’s needs for a fast, high capacity top tube storage solution that is compatible with superbikes with angled stems or bikes with cables entering the top tube coupled with top tube bolts. More info : info@bicicletta.co.za

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Swans

FOX1PM swansuk.co.uk

Swans goggles are now available outside of Japan, and the FOX1PM is part of the company’s open-water swimming range. The polarised, smoked and mirrored lenses not only protect your eyes from the sun’s brightness, but glare and surface reflections too, making them ideal for sunny swimming. Though the lenses aren’t as large as some other open-water goggles, the field of vision is good and clarity is superb. The supplied interchangeable nose

bridges make finding a comfortable fit easy, and the soft gaskets keep their seal well without too much pressure. The FOX1PMs are great in the pool too, where their sockethugging design is less prone to leaks after hard push-offs, making them versatile training and racing goggles.

Skechers

GOrun 2 skechers.com

Peak Performer

The combination of extremely light weight (UK size 10 shoes weigh 190g each), flexibility and a 4mm heel-toe drop means every outing in the GOrun 2s feels fast, with neither the shoes’ weight nor structure holding you back from a pacy, highcadence run. The stretchy upper allows plenty of toe movement and also means you can slide the shoes on when already snugly tied, making them great for racing

with the security of real laces. They come with a removable insole for extra comfort that can be discarded for an ultra-minimal experience, and there’s a plush bounciness to them despite their pared-down design. As a midfoot shoe, Skechers doesn’t recommend them for overpronators and if you’re a heel striker, you’ll have to move into them gradually, but once the transition’s complete, you won’t want to wear anything else for fast runs.

Blueseventy

PZ3TX

blueseventy.com Swimskins are designed to help you swim faster in nonwetsuit races, and this one from Blueseventy is one of the most popular on the market. The suit’s hydrophobic material and welded seams serve to lessen drag by covering your tri suit and compressing muscles to reduce physical surface area. Blueseventy recommends sizing up if you’re in the middle to upper end of their size chart, which was sound advice for us. The suit is comfortable, unrestrictive and easy to get on and off thanks to a zip that holds securely but pulls apart easily on swim exit. In the water, it feels just like a one-piece tri suit, but your splits will tumble to somewhere between a regular swimming costume and a wetsuit.

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BROOKS

Glycerin 11 Neutral RRP - R1 799

www.brooksrunningsa.co.za

Float above it all. Think of the Glycerin 11 as your foot’s butler, catering for your every want and need with plush, conformable comfort in every step. • Full-length Brooks DNA cushioning system. • New midsole Cush Stack for an enhanced float experience. • Full-length Segmented Crash Pad delivers a velvety smooth laydown. • Omega flex grooves enhance flexibility. • Ultra-light and breathable 3D Fit Print technology in the upper. For more info, mail info@brooksrunningsa.co.za

BROOKS

PureGrit 2 Trail

RRP - R1 399

www.brooksrunningsa.co.za A lightweight yet well cushioned ultralight trail shoe built to connect you to the trails you love. • A 4mm heel-to-toe drop and curved ideal heel encourages a more forward footstrike. • The concave, one-piece outsole with a multi directional lug pattern for better grip ensures a smooth and stable ride on rough trails. • A simple, secure upper hugs your foot. For more info, mail info@brooksrunningsa.co.za BRK_GTS14_Half_Page FA copy.pdf

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THE GO-TO-SHOE FOR EVERY TURN Adrenaline GTS 14 Running is the most fun game in the world. Every time you lace up, you roll the dice and head out for an adventure. Some days, you fly right to the finish line. On others, you hit an obstacle that stops you right in your tracks. You never know what you’re going to land on. But with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, you can take luck out of the equation. With its extended mid-foot crash pad and the adaptable cushioning of Brooks’ own DNA, your feet will glide through every turn. Suddenly, the world is full of “roll again” squares. Learn about the Adrenaline GTS 14 at www.brooksrunningsa.co.za @brooksrunningsa facebook.com/brooksrunningsa Available at selected Sportmans Warehouse and Totalsports Stores, the Sweat Shop and Independent Specialist Running Stores.

©2012 Brooks Sports, Inc.

info@brooksrunningsa.co.za

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REEBOK

ONE SERIES reebok.com

• Zoned function solutions • 3 different foam densities • 3 different upper materials • Smoother ride • Much less cement • Runs like a system (minimal pieces) • Virtually seamless internally - better feel and fit • Huge section of rebound foam - more responsive at toe off • Better shape - more anatomical • Better sockliner

FuelBelt

Revenge R2O nuun.com

With two 200ml bottles and a removable zipped pocket for treats – or keys – the Revenge R2O has everything you need to keep you going on long runs. The adjustable, Velcro-secured waistband is one-size-fits-all and is backed with ThermaFoam padding for comfort and breathability. Secured in moulded holsters, the bottles have soft silicone caps and the rate of flow is just right to guzzle while running. The only problematic element is finding the sweet spot between the belt being too tight and bouncing up and down annoyingly with every stride – something we struggled with throughout testing. If you manage to get it settled though, you’ll forget it’s on.

GU

energy gel (box of 8) guenergy.com

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gu launched the world’s first energy gel back in 1991 and they’re still innovating. This new winter-special salted caramel flavour adds extra sodium to their usual blend of carbs, sugar, caffeine (in some flavours) and potassium, plus amino acids and vitamins C and E to promote recovery. At 32g, GU gels are among the smallest on the market, but they pack quite a punch. The addition of salt to the caramel makes for a unique taste, which is surprisingly moreish, and we found the 100-calorie boost ideal when taken according to directions.


Bonk Triathlon www.t3multisports.co.za

The unique grass roots clothing label for those who like to swim, bike and run. With a focus on the camaraderie and lifestyle of being an endurance athlete, this clothing label aspires to be different, focused on bringing new energy into the world of triathlon and endurance sport by combining fresh and funky design with a fun and relaxed take on things. Hoodies, T-shirts and accessories are available in South Africa through T3 Multisports .

T-shirts, hoodies and race accessories for those who like to Swim, Bike and Run.

Triathlon is not just a sport, it’s a way of life.

bonk@t3multisports.co.za | www.t3multisports.co.za

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