Give it a Tri! | Part 2 - The Equipment

Martin Good / Equipment Choices are Endless Equipment Choices are Endless

There are many options for triathlon equipment. But a few basic pieces can make a huge difference in your performance and comfort.


Equipment choices are seemingly endless, but a basic equipment list for participation in a triathlon looks something like this: 


  • Swim suit or triathlon racing apparel (one-piece or singlet and shorts combination)
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap – often provided by race organizers
  • Wet suit (optional depending on temperature, used in an open water venue)
  • Timing chips – if used, these will be provided by the race organizer – usually worn on the ankle


  • Bike (triathlon geometry , road geometry, or mountain bike)
  • Helmet (mandatory)
  • Cycling shoes (optional if you have a clipless pedal system)
  • Sunglasses (optional, but a great idea)


  • Running shoes
  • Visor (optional, but nice)
  • Sunglasses (optional, but again, nice)
  • Socks (optional)
  • Race belt (optional, but a convenient way to secure your race number)
Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson is the co-owner and head swim coach of Camelback Coaching, a full-service triathlon coaching company located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anne swam competitively, including collegiately at the US Naval Academy, before diving into the sport of triathlon. She has competed in triathlons for over twenty-five years and coached full time for ten. For more information, please visit