SMART GEAR CHOICES
Are you planning an upgrade to your triathlon gear? Then start by considering what the world’s best use, as documented by the annual Kona Gear Count. Even without a race in 2020, you’ll find the data instructive and worthwhile.
The brainchild of Dan Empfield back in 1992, this survey takes place each year at the IRONMAN World Championships as athletes set up in the transition area. Its results have become the leading indicator of trends in our sport.
For tri bikes, throughout the past decade the clear favorite on the pier has been Cervelo (although Canyon, Trek and Felt have been making inroads). You can check out the complete results of the 2019 bike count here to gain insights on which brands might be next to emerge.
For racing flats, the data was less conclusive because there wasn’t an official count in 2019. Nike looked to be the leader on Ali’i Drive with its carbon insoled VaporFly, nudging out HOKA ONE ONE for the top spot. However, in a recent poll conducted by Slowtwitch.com, HOKA emerged as the clear favorite for training shoes.
Of course, we all need to make gear and apparel choices based on what’s best for our own needs, but it’s useful to know what the top triathletes use in Kona.