With a growing diversity of brands in the triathlon market, it's often difficult to know what equipment to choose. The best way I found to get that all important equipment that won't let you down (and in your price range) is to banter with other athletes and don't make impulsive decisions on what is right for you and your individual race day.
(my new Giant Trinity SL0)
I've changed brands and styles of equipment over the 3 years I've been in triathlon, and always aim to give product advice on what works for me - and believe me that won't be the best model for everyone!
Here are some new and classic 'must haves' in my race kit bag for the 2014/15 season:
Orca Transition bag
Easily transports everything you need on race day, without having to balance things on your bike, stop to mess around with your helmet, wetsuit or shoes - this bag has a space for it all and can house it all when not racing.
SIS GO products
The go to nutrition, very easy on the stomach, a wide range of flavours to suit any need and I've found the carbohydrate ratio suits me well as I combine gels and Go energy drink on race day. I go for lemon/lime drink/gels and cola caffeine gels.
Champion System Apex Tri Speedsuit
With increasing pressure to look like a triathlon nerd, I've opted for a triathlon specific speedsuit this season - in Energy Link colours or course. Not only does the Champion System Apex range has hydro-dry material it has a good a good chamois and will keep my British skin safe from those UV rays.
Saucony Fastwitch 6
With a 4mm drop, these beauties give me enough support on race day while allowing me to feel fast on top of their light weight. These are a new race shoe for me this season.
Orca Alpha 1.5 Wetsuit
Big fan of this model, flexible and light, durable, and this is my 2nd iteration of the suit as I love it so much.