I love gear. There – I said it. Our garage is like the Noah’s Ark of sporting equipment – two bikes, two pairs of skis, two pairs of running shoes optimized for training in low humidity on coarse fire roads – you get the point. Although I don’t need any new gear in the immediate future and I’ve resisted making major purchases since my Ironman Lake Tahoe training cycle, there are a handful of items I’d be thrilled to have (and not pay for).
1. ReconJet – remember when you were little and future theorists made mention of glasses that had built-in computers? Well, now we can all be Terminators thanks to the ReconJet. A heads-up display is built into the ReconJet’s glasses, and data points such as speed, pace, distance, and elevation are projected on the lenses. I love the idea of this from a safety standpoint, especially when it comes to not taking my eyes off the road on my bike. Unfortunately, all of this comes at a cost, and it’s a bad sign when the Ironman Kona promo code brings the price down $100 (from $600 retail).
2. Garmin 910XT – this will most likely be my only purchase out of the list. Despite having a working triathlon watch in the Garmin 405XT, I borrowed a 910XT for a few months and used it at both Wildflower Long Course and Ironman Lake Placid. Hands down, my favorite feature is the lap counter. It also features improved battery life, and I prefer its display to the 405XT’s.
3. Nathan AP Pro Bottle – Andy Potts’ go-to for the bike, this 22oz bottle rests between the aerobars to allow refueling without breaking the aero postition. I’m most curious about its stability – I currently use a Profile Design bottle with a much larger capacity and it tends to rattle between the aerobars, especially at speed. I also wouldn’t mind an autographed version from AP himself.
4. Wireless Headphones – as Taylor mentioned in her wish list, a pair of wireless headphones and the lack of wires would help prevent those embarrassing moments where I look like I’m trying to break out of a straight jacket while running. I’d love to have these for biking, trail running, traveling or any time I’m wearing a bag.
5. Brooks Cascadia 9 – my favorite trail shoe and a staple to any long trail run, the Cascadia 9 is slated for a February 2014 release – just in time for Wildflower 2014 training. Similar to how I reach for Altras, these shoes really fit my feet and running style well, and I can’t wait to take them for a spin.