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  1. Alexkirkp
    September 5, 2012

    FYI Your Spibelt link goes to a search for North Face.

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  2. Anonymous
    September 5, 2012

    Ray – any other nutrition items? Think you used to use a gei concentrate… Do you still use this?

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  3. Anonymous
    September 5, 2012

    Just out of curiousity, what kind of tri shorts/ top/ suit do you use? Cheers, Brent

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  4. Alexkirkp
    September 5, 2012

    Do you still use your Zeo?

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  5. Rudy
    September 5, 2012

    Seen the Garmin Swim here, grabbed it on e-bay in 10 minutes. Thanks! :-)

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  6. Abel
    September 5, 2012

    That’s indeed a lot of material you have. I simply like to believe triathlon gear is about multifunctionality, use as little for as many different activities as possible…

    Anyhow I was wondering if you ever had a look at the ‘TYR Men’s Carbon 9 Tri Shorts’?

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  7. Roy
    September 5, 2012

    Thanks Ray, excellent post. Find it very helpful. Cheers

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  8. Brynjulf Spalder
    September 5, 2012

    For how long are you staying in Oslo?

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  9. Rainmaker
    September 5, 2012

    Hi Anon-
    RE: Nutrition

    No, nothing else at this time. I used to use EFS Gel – but don’t anymore (nothing wrong with it, I just got sick of the taste).

    Hi Anon-
    RE: Tri suit

    Hmm, not sure how I managed to forget that. Let me ask The Girl to lookup the exact name of it (I’m travelling today), and I’ll post it later tonight. Sorry!

    Hi Alex-
    RE: Zeo

    Not lately, I go in phases there. It just depends on how I feel – right now I already know I’m not getting enough sleep. :)

    Hi Abel-
    RE: TYR Men’s Carbon 9

    Hmm, I haven’t looked at them yet. I tend to be a single-piece tri-suit person, except for iron-distance, which I have a 2XU two-piece suit.

    Hi Brynjulf-
    RE: Oslo

    Until Sunday evening. Really nice day here today! Got any good long run routes to share? We’re thinking of doing Norway in a Nutshell on Saturday, but long run on Sunday.

    Thanks all!

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  10. Mark
    September 5, 2012

    What is wrong with The Girl’s Trek Speed Concept?

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  11. Rainmaker
    September 5, 2012

    On the speed concept there is a small area where the derailurer hanger attaches to on the frame that’s aluminum. This is also the same area where the rear wheel snaps into the frame. Per their recommendation, you remove the derailurer and hanger when in transit – which we did.

    During the move, this got bumped, and bent it in 1-2mm. Just enough so that neither the rear wheel nor the derailurer hanger will attach any longer. Ironically, that particular piece is so flimsy (compared to rest of frame) – that if we had the hanger on, it probably would have been fine.

    We brought it to a local Trek dealer in Paris – however they said there was nothing they could do about it – that the full frame would have to be replaced (for a cost of $3k!), note, she barely paid a 1/3rd of that. In looking at a long thread on it on Slowtwitch, this is a common problem with this tiny little piece. Essentialy, this one little part defeats the entire purpose of the hanger (which was to protect against exactly this).

    Thus now, she’s go no functional bike – nor any path to get it fixed. Not terribly happy (she’s beyond upset, pretty much in tears about it). Btw, it’s a 2010 7.0 WSD (XS/46).

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  12. Ken
    September 5, 2012

    Great post, Ray. I’d love to hear more on your Camelbak. I’ve never had one, but training this year for the NYC Marathon has been brutal with the heat and humidity. I finally bought a Camelbak Hydrobak, which has the same size reservoir as yours, but more minimalist. No sternum strap. Also the shoulder straps are too rough on skin, so though I always wear singlets on these long runs, I had to wear a short sleeve shirt because of it. Have you worn yours with a singlet? Thanks!

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  13. nicklesmn
    September 5, 2012

    Thanks Ray for all the posts, especially about Paris. My wife and I spent 10 days last spring vacationing almost exactly where you are now living. Fun to re-visit through your posts…..anyway, I didn’t see any mention of HR strap in your gear list??? Maybe I missed it; i’m a runner with the 610, love the watch and hate the strap, so I’m looking for any recommendations of what works!!!!!

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  14. Dustin Taylor
    September 5, 2012

    I’m curious why you use the Garmin Swim for your pool swims but the 910xt for open water. Why not use the 910 for both and cut down on gear?

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  15. Rainmaker
    September 5, 2012

    Hi Ken-
    RE: CamelBak

    I haven’t had any issues with mine, wearing either t-shirts (technical), or the occasional singlet (two different ones). I actually wore it with a singlet during Ironman Canada one year (I found that I’m often lazy about taking water from aide stations). No rubbing oddities. Perhaps it’s just that mine is so well worn that the shoulder straps are soft now. :)

    Hi Nickles-
    RE: Heart rate strap

    I mix and match quite a bit. I just walked in from a run, and happen to be wearing the PowerCal strap (ANT+ HR strap from CycleOps normally used for cycling). I have a few of the latest soft straps from Garmin too. Oddly enough, my favorite ANT+ strap actually comes from Magellen that was included within their Switch GPS unit. I’ve had very few issues with that as far as spiking goes.

    Hi Dan-
    RE: Swim vs 910XT

    The primary reason is battery. With the Swim, I don’t really have to worry about weather it’s charged when I get to the pool. Plus, it works as a day watch (I don’t feel the FR910XT is a realistic day watch, thouh some do). The Swim is slim enough that it’s fine for both.

    For a pure-swimmer, I’d probably go with the Swim. Obviously for the triathlete, the FR910XT is a bit more flexible.

    Of course, I’m somewhat unique in that I buy all the gear afterwards anyway to support reviews/questions – so I can kinda mix and match as I see fit.

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  16. Jon
    September 5, 2012

    I you want to do a race on Sunday, there is a 10k/half marathon in Drammen, just outside Oslo. link to drammensmaraton.no

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  17. tdf
    September 5, 2012

    Which pedals do you use on your bike? thanks for the post.

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  18. Brynjulf Spalder
    September 5, 2012

    Ray: There´s tons in the area. How long have you planned for?

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  19. Mike in Everett WA
    September 5, 2012

    With all the gear, do you have a maintenance routine for the non-consumables? Bike components, battery change outs, calibration, inspection for cracks or wear, etc.

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  20. chris948
    September 5, 2012

    I love the GoPro, but am really interested in the new Sony POV. Any chance you’ll jump ship?

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  21. Chris
    September 6, 2012

    Did something change your mind about flying with the Aerus Bike Case? Why bus/train only now?

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  22. Paul Molnar
    September 6, 2012

    A second on the question about your pedals. I’ve been looking at getting my first set of clipless pedals/shoes so I’m interested in your thoughts.

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  23. vivelevelo
    September 6, 2012

    Hi Ray, nice post!
    Do you have training wheels or always keep your tubular?
    I race quite a lot but always go bakc to my heavy aluminium Ksyrium and sometime I would just use the tubular ones all the time, but puncture risk is an issue…

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  24. Rainmaker
    September 6, 2012

    RE: Trisuits

    I have two, a blue one-piece from Orca, and a second one-piece from DeSoto. Unfortunately, the exact model names have rubbed well off.

    Hi Jon-
    RE: Race in Oslo

    Thanks – ya never know. Right now we’ve just got a training run on the schedule, but I’ll poke into it.

    Hi Tdf/Paul-
    RE: Pedals

    I use the Shimano PD-6700 Ultegra SPD-SL. On another bike I’ve got a slightly different model, but same basic thing. I’ve also got a pair of Look Keo compatible pedals and cleats. For me, they roughly feel the same – so it just depends on if I need to use them with something else (i.e. the Polar/Look Keo power meter).

    Hi Bryjulf-
    RE: Oslo

    Until Sunday night, then back to Paris. Looking forward to the weekend!

    Hi Mike-
    RE: Routine maintenance

    When in DC, I brought my bike to the LBS I bought it at every 4-6 months – usually at the start and end of the tri season, and they did a check up.

    For other things, I don’t tend to check them out too much to be honest. For calibration of power meters, I do it every time I ride, both pre and about 15 mintes in – but beyond that not too much else. I just ride/run. :)

    Hi Chris-
    RE: GoPro and new Sony POV

    The POV looks pretty solid, but the mount question is big in my opinion. I saw the new Contour+ yesterday, but overall not as impresed by it. For me, it’s the accessories/ecosystem more than the device.

    Hi Chris-
    RE: Bike case

    Honestly, I have no idea why the no-flying text was there. I had copied the ugly link from my really old post on it, but I’m definitely using it on planes now. Every plane, forever. Fixed!

    Hi Vivelvelo-
    RE: Training wheels

    Yup, for training wheels I just use the stock wheels that came on the P2C. Nothing fancy. Same goes for tires. I don’t use general race tires during training though – and rarely use rare tires except on my race wheels. I learned the hard lesson that race tires that get punctured easier are rarely worth it in a race.

    RE: Trainer wheels

    In case your asking about trainer wheels – I don’t swap out wheels or tires for my trainer usage. I find the CompuTrainer isn’t too bad on wheels (and I often 3+ a week on it), and honestly, I mix and match between indoor and outdoor during the winter and swapping wheels or tires is something I despise. For me, the cost of a new tire tends to be no different than a trainer wheel – so I just replace the tire when needed (once a year or so).

    Thanks all!

    Oh, and The Girl will be posting her list sometime next week. Enjoy!

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  25. Steven Knapp
    September 6, 2012

    Is the open water swim with the 910XT that much better than the 310XT you would dismiss the 310XT?

    Agree 100% on the swim vs. swimsense. I’ve even had a few “cool watch” comments on the swim wearing it daily.

    Also, do you supplement electrolytes? Or just those chews? If memory serves a feature for you of EFS was it was a single product vs many.

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  26. Henry Svendblad
    September 6, 2012

    Ray – what about analysis software? TrainingPeaks, Golden Cheetah, etc

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  27. Alan Canfield
    September 9, 2012

    Ray, thanks for the great summary of gear.

    Do you carry your phone in the Spi Belt for all those great DCR run photos (and videos)?

    I’m somewhat old school WRT running and not carrying stuff, but the Spi Belt seems very minimalist.

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  28. Rainmaker
    September 10, 2012

    Hi Steven-
    RE: Differences

    It’s a bit more accurate – usualyl within about 10-15% vs the FR310XT I found to be less than that, a bit more fluctuating.

    RE: Electrolytes
    I generally haven’t as of late. But when I do, I just use Enduralytes. They work fairly well. As you noted, one of the reasons I used EFS was because it included plenty of electrolytes within it.

    Hi Henry-
    RE: Software

    I’m primarily a TrainingPeaks user these days, since most of my workouts go to my coach that way. But I also still dabble in Golden Cheetah and Sport Tracks. Plus the rare foray into Garmin Connect when I need to for review purposes.

    Hi Alan-
    RE: Phone in SpiBelt

    I have once or twice if I’m doing point to point runs, but all of the photos you see are from the Panasonic camera, sitting in the Spibelt.

    Hope this helps!

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  29. risingearler
    September 15, 2012

    Hi Ray I’m interested in the fact that you only seem to have a time trial/triathlon bike. Does that mean that you do all of your riding, both training and racing on the Cervelo or do you own a road bike as well?
    Keep up the good work!

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  30. deflepp
    September 26, 2012

    Thanks for the great post Ray!

    One question though: Would you recommend buying the Edge 800 or waiting for the eventual launch of the edge 900?

    At the moment I use my 910xt as my head unit, which is great for triathlon races but not so great for bike training as it lacks navigation or maps.

    I don’t need it right away but I also don’t want to wait 6 months to buy the unit. I think garmin hasn’t said anything on the release date so far?

    Thanks in advance!
    Philippe

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  31. Champ Phetiam
    October 15, 2012

    Rey, when will you be posting your bike trainer showdown?

    I am in the market of buying a trainer, looking between cycleops and kurt kinetic.

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  32. MatevzH
    October 18, 2012

    Hi, a short question (made long heh)… I have an opportunity to buy a new Trek Madone 3.5 2012 (partly Ultegra, partly 105) for a very good price. Its a classic, not a triathlon bike. Until now, i did only “shorter” triathlons, where you had to have a “drafting legal” bike. So, i had a short Aerobar attached and it was perfect.

    Next year i’m planning to do a half-ironman or two, and in 2014 a full one. Will a “classic” bicycle (with fullsize aerobar attached on a handlebar) be a big minus when doing a non-drafting race? I’m not a pro and i don’t compete for awards. My plan is just to do an ironman below 11:30 or 12:00 hours (i want to do cycling part from 5:45 to 6:00 hours)…

    and occasionally i still go cycling just for sake of it and love cycling in the mountains. Unfortunately my wallet (and space in the appartment) does not allow two separate bikes. I already have an old Trek 1500 which i plan to sell (its all part of a deal when getting a new Madone 3.5)

    I was also looking at the aluminium Trek Speed Concept 2.5, though the price is higher than i would pay for carbon Madone. I know that there are some issues with classic bike when doing non-drafting triathlons (stability on straights, better aero position and aerodynamics of the frame).

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  33. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012

    Hi rainmaker :)

    What software / app / website do you use to transfer and analyse your training data. Like from your garmin products ?

    Trainingpeaks, garmin connect or ?

    Thanks :)

    / anders – denmark

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  34. Rainmaker
    October 23, 2012

    Hi Anders-

    I use a mix. For my ‘official’ log (the one I actually ensure is 100% correct), I use TrainingPeaks. This is primarily because my coach uses it. But, I also transfer all Garmin-based workouts to Garmin Connect as well – as that way I always have a backup there. It’s just a checkbox to setup once, so it’s easy.

    Enjoy!

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  35. Tim
    October 24, 2012

    Ray,
    Just read your Barcelona Garmin Adventure post. What camera do you use on your runs? Or is it the iPhone?
    Cheers,
    Tim

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  36. Rainmaker
    October 24, 2012

    I use the Panasonic Lumix TS3 (TS4 is now current), which is waterproof and shockproof, and has GPS tagging in it. Awesome little camera, I beat the crap out of mine and it keeps on tickin’: link to dcra.in

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  37. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012

    Great blog–I’ve been reading it often since I moved to the area a few months ago. I’m looking for advice: I moved from the desert, which is very dry. Since getting here, my watches fog up during runs from the humidity; I’ve lost one already and in the process of losing a great Adidas watch because moisture gets inside.

    I’m trying to find a water-proof or -resistant watch with a large face that has a countdown time. The Nike GPS watch looks great, but can’t countdown (?). By the way, it doesn’t need to be GPS. Is there anything more exciting than a Timex that you could recommend?

    Thanks.

    –Semi-serious DC Runner

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  38. Kaitlin Sheridan
    November 14, 2012

    Hi there –

    I am looking to buy a GPS sports watch for my boyfriend and my head is literally spinning from reading reviews. Would you be able to give me advise as to which watch is the best? He is running a marathon this weekend so is a serious runner, but is also involved with hiking. I think he would also like to get into triathlons, but it’s not a immediate need.

    Thank you!
    Kaitlin

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  39. Rainmaker
    November 15, 2012

    Hi Semi-Serious-

    Eek, regarding count-down timers, it’s not something I use often, so unfortunately not off the top of my head.

    From a waterproof unit side, the options are actually kinda limited (for good waterproofing). The FR310XT, FR910XT, Timex Global Trainer, Timex Run Trainer, and Magellan Switch/Switch Up all have good waterproofing though.

    Hi Kaitlin-
    RE: BF Watch

    If he’s purely a runner, go with FR610. But, the hiking aspect makes me think he might like the Garmin Fenix. Check out the review on the sidebar. They’ve made a LOT of improvements in the last month (which I’ve captured). I think that might suit his needs well.

    Enjoy!

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  40. Sever
    November 15, 2012

    Hello Ray,

    Do you know if there is a software to plan your workouts? Something like TraingPeaks but not with a monthly fee…

    Thanks

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  41. Anonymous
    November 16, 2012

    Long time listener first time caller 😉 I just read that you use the Suunto Movestick Mini instead of the Garmin ANT stick. I busted the ANT stick recently and when I saw your suggestion I grabbed a Movestick (Amazon, around $40). You’re right, it’s totally better (although almost twice the price of a Stick on ebay). You might want to include a brief mention about this in your 2012 gear you use section because it’s a much better piece of gear than Garmin’s long awkward breakble ANT Stick. Thanks again!

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  42. Ben Nevis
    November 22, 2012

    Hi,

    I found your website when looking to replace my Forerunner 301 (stolen on a skiing holiday back in March) and have been following it since – It’s great to be able to access objective reviews on the fitness products you cover; so different to the technology reviews wriiten by people who clearly don’t run, bike, hike or whatever and simply recycle the info from a press release. Keep up the good work!

    I’m curious, having just read your 2012 equipment list that you although you list “Cold Weather” clothing for running you don’t mention Wet Weather clothing. At this time of year (November) I find a waterproofs can make a huge difference. It would be great to get your thoughts on things like: Is there a noticeable difference in breatability between jackets made from Event compared to Goretex? How durable are trousers made from the lightest fabrics? How effective are waterproof shoes, do they keep the water out or trap it in?

    Thanks!

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  43. Efraim Shaw
    December 11, 2012

    What kind of booties do u wear on the bike?

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    • Rainmaker
      December 11, 2012

      Hmm, that’s a good question. Randomly cheap ones I got on sale at REI. I’ve gotta figure out which box they’re still in since the move…

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  44. barry
    December 30, 2012

    hi I know you like to run with a cheapy gloves but when it rains….. I ran today I had good gloves but didn’t seem waterproof. Do you have a good run glove for a lotta rain? I had my polester mittens but got a little wet.

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    • Rainmaker
      December 31, 2012

      Eek, unfortunately the only other gloves I have are for cycling, and are just generic gloves from Performance Bike I got years ago.

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  45. barry
    January 6, 2013

    Performance bike actually has nice gloves thanks

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  46. Gerard
    January 30, 2013

    Awesome blog. I was wondering what kind of aerobars you used with the Fuji Roubaix. I have the exact same model and I could use some advice for that.

    Cheers

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  47. Su-Chong Lim
    February 3, 2013

    Haha, it’s amazing how experience and context shape your perception. I live in Calgary, Alberta, and we’ve had a pretty good winter with the coldest days only -25 (C) or so, but we still ran in the snow @ -20, with wind pants, double layers under our shells and face warmers. So this past few days, suddenly it’s from -2 to +2 and sunny (29 to 34 F for you guys); I was running in shorts and a long sleeve T shirt!! You Southerners think we’re tough, but it’s all just perception! Love your blog.

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  48. Chad Matsalla
    February 6, 2013

    Hi Ray!

    I’m racing at Alcatraz in a month. Despite living in Canada I’ve never used a neoprene cap but I feel I may need one for Alcatraz and IMCDA 2013 (my next race).

    Do you have an opinion on a cap that covers your ears (like the blueseventy that you use) versus more of a beanie-style cap that’s held on by the race cap? Would the ear/cheek coverage provide additional warmth? Did you go straight to the blueseventy or consider other options?

    Chad Matsalla

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  49. Manu
    April 11, 2013

    Hey Ray,
    with your traveling I am curious to know what kind of “bags” you use for watch etc. to put in your suit case. I am also traveling quite a bit and I have not yet found the right bag – which of course should be small – where I could safely put hear rate strap, foot pod, watch,… in.
    Thanks!

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    • Rainmaker
      April 11, 2013

      No bags, just toss it all in to my backpack! Never had any problems really. Just one giant mess. :)

      The footpod does stay on my shoe at all times.

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  50. Manu
    April 11, 2013

    Good to know – thanks for your reply. I think I have to keep on searching 😉

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    • Paul
      November 10, 2014

      I am really late to the party here but saw this whilst doing some research. I, too, wanted a case for my Garmin and bought a closeout sunglass case from REI. You have to curl the HR strap a bit but my 310XT unit, wristband, HR strap, and foot pod (if it’s not just on my shoe) fit perfectly.

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  51. Clint
    May 27, 2013

    Ray, what type of shoes do you use in place of the NB 817’s? I have found they are discontinued now. Are there any comparable shoes you would recommend for a bigger runner such as myself ( i have fairly flat feet)? Thanks!

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  52. Dathan Chesnut
    June 11, 2013

    Hello Ray, I love your blog and product reviews. I read that you found the speedfil “painfully annoying”. I’m training for my first ironman and I haven’t found a front hydration system that I’m happy with. What didn’t you like about the speedfil. I have ordered the speedfil a2 because I already have the xlab between the bars bottle cage and I wanted something I can easily refill when on the move. Thanks.

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    • Rainmaker
      June 11, 2013

      The biggest thing was the bottle itself. It screws into place, so you can’t easily swap it out, nor can you easily wash it. From a straw standpoint, it ends up being a bit in no-mans land because it’s not sturdy enough to point straight up, so it kinda flops around, never quite finding the right length or place.

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  53. barry
    June 28, 2013

    *****************waiting for The 2013 swim/bike/run gear I use list*********************************

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    • Rainmaker
      June 28, 2013

      Nothing has changed since last September except my shoes, which I’m now using Asics, T212N. All else is the same.

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  54. Jason Uhlrich
    June 28, 2013

    Do you have any suggestions on sunglasses for running? I am a bigger fella so all the sunglasses I have used in the past seem to fog up on me or cause my face to be on fire by trapping in heat. Wondering if there are good glasses that stay in place but have good ventilation.

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    • Rainmaker
      June 28, 2013

      Eek, I know nothing on sunglasses. I know mine are Oakley, but I have absolutely no idea which ones. But they generally don’t fog up on me.

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  55. Troy
    August 6, 2013

    You have previously listed the Swim It and the SaferSwimmer on your site, but neither is listed in your gear list. Do you use either of these consistently?

    A second question. I am going to start swim training in preparation for an Ironman. The coach uses an Endless Pool. Will the Garmin 910 be able to track my swims?

    Thanks

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