11 Best Swim Fins For Triathletes

Updated on: November 2020

Best Swim Fins For Triathletes in 2020


FINIS Z2 Gold Zoomers Fins G

FINIS Z2 Gold Zoomers Fins G
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Aqua Sphere Zip VX Fitness Swim Fins, Blue/Grey, Small

Aqua Sphere Zip VX Fitness Swim Fins, Blue/Grey, Small
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Easy-to-adjust buckles for a custom fit
  • Leverages natural kicking motion to produce a springboard effect that boosts efficiency
  • Hole in the blade creates vortices that can be used for increased thrust
  • Narrow blade improves kicking mechanics and reduces fatigue
  • Non-slip pads on fin rails provide traction for a better push off wall

Aqua Sphere Zip VX Fitness Swim Fins, Blue/Grey, Medium

Aqua Sphere Zip VX Fitness Swim Fins, Blue/Grey, Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Easy-to-adjust buckles for a custom fit
  • Leverages natural kicking motion to produce a springboard effect that boosts efficiency
  • Hole in the blade creates vortices that can be used for increased thrust
  • Narrow blade improves kicking mechanics and reduces fatigue
  • Non-slip pads on fin rails provide traction for a better push off wall
  • Easy-to-adjust buckles for a custom fit

TYR Hydroblade Fins, Clear, M

TYR Hydroblade Fins, Clear, M
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Performance driven
  • Industry's most durable swim gear
  • Accommodate athletes and water enthusiasts at every level

FINIS Zoomers Gold Fins G

FINIS Zoomers Gold Fins G
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Short blade promotes shorter and faster kicks to improve technique and build leg strength.
  • Designed with a snug foot pocket to ensure performance. Size up if you are in between sizes or have a wide foot.
  • Increases ankle flexibility and range of motion for a more efficient kick.
  • Teaching tool for swimmers of all levels to support and improve their kick.
  • Made with high-quality rubber – these will be the most durable fins you ever own.

TYR SPORT EBP Burner Fin, Medium, Yellow/Black

TYR SPORT EBP Burner Fin, Medium, Yellow/Black
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested to give you the edge in all your activities
  • Used by both professional and recreational users
  • The perfect fins for training at race cadence
  • The perfect fins for training at race cadence
  • The perfect fins for training at race cadence
  • The perfect fins for training at race cadence
  • The perfect fins for training at race cadence

TYR CrossBlade Training Fin, X-Large Color may vary

TYR CrossBlade Training Fin, X-Large Color may vary
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested to give you the edge in all your activities
  • Used by both professional and recreational users
  • Please Note: If your shoe size straddles two sizes, we recommend sizing up.

TYR Fin Boot, Black, Small

TYR Fin Boot, Black, Small
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested to give you the edge in all your activities
  • Used by both professional and recreational users

ORCA Swim Fins (Small)

ORCA Swim Fins (Small)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Orca swim fins are designed to improve your kicking technique and increase your flexibility at the ankles. Increase your body’s resistance and the strength of the muscles used for kicking. They also offer homogeneous resistance for a fluid, natural movement in the water. Strengthen your kick and performance.
  • Materials 100% Silicone.
  • Comfort Their fit allows them to adapt perfectly to your feet, providing great comfort while you swim.
  • Visibility Their highly visible orange color make you visible to your teammates while training, even under water.
  • European Sizing: Small 36-38, Medium 38-41, Large 41-43, X-Large 44-46

TYR Sport Flexfins, Smal

TYR Sport Flexfins, Smal
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested to give you the edge in all your activities
  • Used by both professional and recreational users
  • Engineered for swim training regiments and exercise routines
  • Secure and comfortable fit
  • Color coordinated by size for easy identification
  • Designed to increase leg strength and foot flexibility
  • Flexible sole

Speedo Unisex-Adult Swim Goggles Vanquisher Extended View

Speedo Unisex-Adult Swim Goggles Vanquisher Extended View
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • ANTI-GLARE: Mirrored goggles reduce glare from the water in bright conditions and protects from direct sunlight
  • PANORAMIC VIEWING: Underwater peripheral vision with wide lenses and more optical surface area
  • ANTI-FOG: Crystal clear under and above water vision with anti-fog coated lenses
  • UV PROTECTION: Superb protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays while swimming outdoors
  • COMFORTABLE FIT: Cushioned silicone gaskets create a secure, leakproof seal
  • CUSTOM-FIT nose pieces: Includes 4 interchangeable nose pieces for comfortable, long-term wear
  • INNER EYE FIT: Precise fitting, low-profile gasket for a tighter fit around the eye
  • SWIM WITH STYLE: 50/50 strap design puts the spotlight on your favorite colors
  • LATEX FREE

Best Chicagoland Triathlons for the Beginner Triathlete

Triathlons can be intimidating for someone who's never competed in one, but there are a few races in the Chicagoland area that will give beginners the confidence and skills to succeed.

1. Batavia Triathlon, Batavia, IL - June 12
The swimming event is a short 400 meters and takes place at Quarry Beach Park, an unheated, outdoor, sand-bottomed facility that is on the smaller size, so beginners who are nervous about an open-water swim won't feel so intimidated. There is a time trial start of two seconds between competitors and the course is marked by buoys. Lifeguards will be on duty to assist swimmers in need of help. The 14.7-mile bike course is a circuit throughout the city of Batavia and offers rolling hills and scenic prairie views. The last leg of the race is the 4.1 mile run, which runs along the Fox River Trail on a shaded path. Batavia is located 40 miles west of Chicago.

2. Twin Lakes Triathlon, Palatine, IL - June 26
Palatine is 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The 700 meter swim is in a small lake at the Twin Lakes Country Club. Participants swim out in waves, circle a small island, and then swim back to the transition area. The lake is filled with lifeguards on boats so if swimming is your weakest part of the event, you can feel secure in the fact that there will always be a trained person available to help. Both the 14 mile bike and the 4.5 mile run weave through neighborhoods bordering the golf course. Sign up early for this one because it sells out quickly. Only 500 participants are allowed in this race.

3. Splash, Pedal, Dash Triathlon, Schaumburg, IL - July 10
Also 30 miles northwest of the city, this triathlon is the ultimate race for a beginner because the 400 meter swimming portion takes place in a pool. One person at a time enters the first of eight lanes and 10 seconds later another person starts behind you. There is only one transition area and the 15 mile bike and 3 mile run navigate a flat course through neighborhoods and Schaumburg Park District's parks.

4. Chicago's South Shore Multisport Festival, Chicago, IL - July 30
Forget the competition, this race is all about location! Located at 63rd Street Beach, participants have the option of a sprint triathlon, an aquabike, or a duathlon. The sprint triathlon is a 750 meter swim, 12.4 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run. The aquabike and duathlon are excellent options for someone who may be unsure of any aspect of the race since each race only contains two of the three. The triathlon and the aquabike start with a swim in Lake Michigan, so make sure to wear a wetsuit if you have one. Even in late July, the water temperature can be in the 60's which may be fine once adrenaline kicks in, but could be quite shocking at first. The bike and run portions start in beautiful Jackson Park and continue along Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. All participant's receive a Running Away Multi Sport bike jersey.

5. Glenview Park District's 10th Annual Triathlon, Glenview, IL - July 31
Located just 15 miles north of Chicago, the Glenview Triathlon is great for all fitness levels. The swim portion is held at one of the park district's pool and is a mere 300 meters. Each racer is lined up according to swim time and is sent every 10 seconds. The 10 mile bike navigates a fast, smooth, flat course that loops twice through Glenview subdivisions and the 3.1 mile run is set in beautiful Glen Park on paved paths. The entry fee includes a Dri-fit racer t-shirt, finisher gift, and post race refreshments. There will also be a raffle and all participants have the opportunity to win running shoes, athletic bags, workout equipment, and heart rate monitors.

6. HRMS Naperville Sprint, Naperville, IL - August 14
This is considered another beginner race because of the shortened course lengths. The 400 meter swim is at Centennial Beach, which is within an abandoned, double quarry alongside the DuPage River. The water is from Lake Michigan and is all tested, chlorinated and re-circulated on site. Four swimmers will be sent into the water every five seconds. The 13.6 mile double loop bike course will take place through some beautiful scenery in the Naperville area and the 3 mile run follows the jogging path along the Dupage River. Naperville is 30 miles west of Chicago.

Regardless of your fitness level or athletic abilities, competing in your first triathlon can be daunting and intimidating. There are a number of great triathlons in the Chicagoland area, but these races are perfect matches for the true beginner and will keep you competing throughout the entire summer. You can always search for your own at

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