Brooks Pure Connect 3

Grateful and Gearing Up!

Endurance sports personalities—both pro and newbies—share the gear and gadgets that helped them up their game in 2016, as well as what’s tops on their list for the 2017 training and race season.

 


Emmanuel ComendadorEmmanuel Comendador,  28 – 1st place (Male Elite category), Anytime Fitness Powerman PH Asian Invitational Duathlon 

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Brooks Pure Connect 3 shoes • brooksrunning.com.ph

Brooks Pure Connect 3

“It’s lightweight and comfortable.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the TYR Special Ops 2.0 Polarized goggles

TYR Polarized Goggles

P1,179 | Toby’s Sports (Glorietta 4)

“I like its cool design as well as its polarized lenses, which allow me to easily navigate my way in the water.”

  


Benny Allen

Benny Allen, 31 – 3rd place, 2013, 2014, and 2016 XTERRA World Championships

2016 gadget I really loved:

the Stages Carbon GXP power meter stagescycling.com

the Stages Carbon GXP power meter

“This power meter preserves the structural integrity of the crank while accurately measuring your power. It has no moving parts, no wires, and is protected by its high-strength housing.”

This 2017, I would love to have:

the Giant Bicycles XTC Advanced 29er 0 (2017) giant-bicycles.com

the Giant Bicycles XTC Advanced 29er 0 (2017)

“It’s race-ready in its 29-er form but you can still switch it up and convert it to 27.5+, or even go single-speed, making it a true do-it-all XC machine for whatever terrain and conditions you’ll face.”

 


Lizzie Orchard

Lizzie Orchard, 30 – Champion of 2016 XTERRA Philippines, XTERRA New Zealanda, and XTERRA Asia-Pacific; 7th placer, Xterra World Championship; 6th placer, ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship

2016 gear I really loved: 

Sailfish G-Range Wetsuit sailfish.com

Sailfish G-Range Wetsuit

“It’s flexible, comfortable, and it allows me to have a great neutral swimming position in open water.

 


Katy Duffield

Katy Duffield,  31 – 1st place, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Gurye Korea; 2nd place, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya; 3rd place, 2015 Ironman 70.3 Cairns; 3rd place, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Busselton

2016 gear I loved: 

the Oakley RadarLock Path Prizm Field sunnies

P19,595 | Oakley (SM Aura)

P19,595 | Oakley (SM Aura)

“I wouldn’t leave home for a run without them. They are lightweight, comfortable, and offer outstanding sun (and bug) protection.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the TYR Hurricane Freak of Nature wetsuit tyr.com

the TYR Hurricane Freak of Nature wetsuit

“I’ve raced in one for the past five years and I wouldn’t wear anything else. I love mine to bits but after many years of racing it has seen better days.”


GAËL LE BELLEC

Gaël Le Bellec, 28 – two-time Long Distance Duathlon World Champion (2014 and 2015)

2016 gear I really loved: 

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 shoes

P5,995 | Mizuno SM Megamall

P5,995 | Mizuno SM Megamall

“It provides perfect foot support that complements my running style.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Scott Palani shoes scott-sports.com

the Scott Palani shoes

“These shoes are well known for trail running but they are also very efficient on the road.”

 


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Ian Banzon, 28 – podium finisher in triathlons; former National Women’s Water Polo team member

2016 gadget I really loved: 

Suunto Spartan Sport Sakura watch suunto.com

Suunto Spartan Sport Sakura watch

“It’s got the most accurate GPS and it doubles as a touchscreen smart watch. It can also track a wide range of activities, such as heart rate and recovery time. It also comes in super-cute pink color.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Mission Techknit Cooling Towel 

P898 | Chris Sports (SM North)

P898 | Chris Sports (SM North)

“It’s a handy partner and it dries fast so it doesn’t smell once you store it after using.”

 


EDWARD VINCE JARED MACALALAD

Edward Vince Jared Macalalad, 20 – Asian Triathlon Confederation scholar; participant in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Championships Chicago, the 2016 Quarteira ETU Triathlon European Cup, the 2016 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup; 9th place, 2016 Hatsukaichi ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships; 5th place, Portugal Sprint Triathlon Cup 2016; 1st place, Male, 20-24 age group, Maybank Powerman PH World Series Duathlon

2016 gear that I loved: 

De Rosa SK Pininfarina # Nero Rosso Fuoco

P203,500 (frameset only) | Corsa Cycles

P203,500 (frameset only) | Corsa Cycles

“This super bike elevates my performance during training and in my races. The high-grade carbon fiber built by frame builders in De Rosa’s factory in Milan, Italy provides a very stiff, stable ride without compromising comfort.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the De Rosa Formula King bike 

P286,000 (frameset only) | Corsa Cycles

P286,000 (frameset only) | Corsa Cycles

“It’s the ultimate De Rosa Formula King bike with a higher level of speed and precision.”

 


JAYLINE BALATIBAT

Jayline Balatibat, 32  2016 Challenge Roth and 2014 Ironman Malaysia finisher; podium finisher since 2012 in the Tri United series

2016 gear that I really loved: 

TYR Special Ops 2.0 Polarized goggles

P1,179 | Toby’s Sports (Glorietta 4)

“It’s got a comfortable fit. I also love its polarized lenses, which reduce the glare during swim, especially if you are swimming in the sun’s direction.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Stages Carbon power meter for SRAM • stagescycling.com

Stages Carbon power meter for SRAM

“This is highly recommended by my coach as this would help me better track my improvement and power output while on the bike.”

 


Mitch Robbins

Mitch Robins, 28 – multiple Ironman 70.3 champion

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Newton Men’s Distance V

P7,995 |  Toby’s Arena (SM MOA)

P7,995 |  Toby’s Arena (SM MOA)

“They are light, fast, and comfortable.”

 This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Finis Agility hand paddles

P1,295 | Wetshop (Greenhills)

P1,295 | Wetshop (Greenhills)

“It could improve my catch and hand position in the water, leading to more efficient strokes.”

 


KRISTIANE GLENDALE S. LIM

Kristiane Glendale S. Lim, 30 – Call center couch potato-turned-elite triathlete; Dipolog Triathlon 103 (Long Distance Male Elite Champion)

2016 gear I loved: 

Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 adidas.com

Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2

“It’s light and sturdy, and it lasted longer than any of my previous pair of shoes.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Ameo Powerbreather powerbreather.com

Ameo Powerbreather

“It’ll help me correct stroke imbalances without worrying about breathing when I’m doing swim training.”

 


Joe Miller

Joe Miller, 37 – professional triathlete since 2014; XTERRA Philippines 2013-2014 champion (Filipino Elite Men’s Category); 5thplace, 2016 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championships (Langkawi, Malaysia); three-time XTERRA World Championship finisher (Maui, Hawaii)

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Merrell All-Out Crash

Merrell All-Out Crash

P4,590 | Merrell (Market! Market!)

“As an off-road athlete, I’m exposed to mud, rocky mountains, uphills and downhills, and wet and dry land. These shoes are perfect for such conditions and meet the demands of the competitions I join all over the world.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29

P140,000 (Hardtail) (frame only) | Dan’s Bike Shop

P140,000 (Hardtail) (frame only) | Dan’s Bike Shop

“This hardtail ride is perfect for me because I like simple and light bikes since my sport entails a lot of climbing and bike-carrying along the race course.”

 


Flora Duffy

Flora Duffy, 29 – Three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics); 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion; three-time XTERRA World Champion (2014-2016)

2016 gear that I really loved: 

ROKA Maverick X wetsuit roka.com

ROKA Maverick X wetsuit

“It’s the most comfortable wetsuit I have ever used. It’s flexible, it fits well on me, and it’s comfortable on the shoulders. It doesn’t feel restrictive at all. Plus, it is super fast in the water. I feel invincible when I wear it!”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Oakley Radar Pace sunglasses • oakley.com

Oakley Radar Pace sunglasses

“This really new, cool piece of technology can track pace, distance, and heart rate while you’re exercising! Its ability to update you with your pace for every one kilometer you take sounds awesome and would be very useful in my training.”

 


Norman Pascual

Norman Pascual, 40 two-time Ironman finisher; 14-time Ironman 70.3 finisher; 2015 SBR.ph Coach of the Year, ITU Level 2 Certified Triathlon Coach

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Roka R1 goggles roka.com

Roka R1 goggles

“I love its wide visibility lenses, which are perfect for open water swimming”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Giro Aerohead Ultimate MIPS 

P17,500 | Primo Cycles

P17,500 | Primo Cycles

“Aside from its aerodynamic effect, you can really look like a badass cyclist.”

 

JOHN PHILIP DUEÑAS

John Philip Dueñas, 29 – 2nd place, (Male Filipino Elite), 2014 and 2015 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines;  3rdplace (Male Filipino Elite), 2013 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines); 3rd place (21km category), Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013); champion (21km run), 2012 Sundown Marathon

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Asics Tartherzeal 3 shoes asics.com

Asics Tartherzeal 3 shoes

“It’s super light and its grip is strong when running on a wet or dry surface. It’s perfect during uphills, downhills, and especially on flat courses.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the PowerTap P1 power meter pedals 

P69,000 | Bikezilla

P69,000 | Bikezilla

“These power meter pedals are very helpful during training and competition. These help check your legs’ power resistance so you’ll be guided on the amount of watts to expend, or how much intensity to apply.”

 

AMALE JOPSON

Amale Jopson, 43 – Boston Marathon 2014 finisher; & Boston Marathon 2017 qualifier

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Funkita Racerback Two-Piece Super Supreme swimsuit

P2,800 | facebook.com/neptuneactivesph

Funkita Racerback Two-Piece Super Supreme swimsuit

P2,800 | facebook.com/neptuneactivesph

“I love the funky design on the suit’s chlorine-resistant material.  I also like the fact that I can wear the top for cycling and running.”

This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Newton Distance Elite newtonrunning.com

Newton Distance Elite

“Its classic 4-lug platform and seamless upper make it feel fast, light, and efficient. It’s also great for both high and low distance training and racing.”

 


BENJAMIN L. RAÑA JR,

Benjamin L. Raña Jr, 31 – 2011 Ironman World Championship finisher; three-time Ironman-distance finisher; 2nd place, (Filipino Elite category), 2016 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay; 2nd place (Filipino Elite category), 2016 XTERRA Albay; 2nd place (Filipino Elite category), 2016 Tri United 2 and Tri United 3

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Zoot Sports Ultra Kiawe 2.0 zootsports.com

Zoot Sports Ultra Kiawe 2.0

“This is my favorite pair of racing shoes; they’re light and responsive.”

 


MIRIAM VAN REIJEN

Miriam Van Reijen, 33 – 2010 Rotterdam Marathon (personal best of 2 hours and 41 minutes); 5thplace, 2016 Powerman Denmark European Championship); 5th place, 2016 Powerman Zofingen World Cup; champion 2016 Powerman Ulm

2016 gear that I really loved: 

Felt IA 14

P215,000 (whole bike) | Primo Cycles

P215,000 (whole bike) | Primo Cycles

“The 60mm Swiss Side wheels on that bike are my favorite as they make me feel both safe and fast.


This 2017, I would love to have: 

the Swiss Side Disc Wheel

Available on 2017 • swissside.com

Available on 2017 • swissside.com

“I would really like the Swiss Side Disc Wheel, to be launched in 2017. Only German triathlete and 2009-2010 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Micheal Raelert, has been cycling with this wheel so far, and I would really like to have this on my bike too!




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