It's like this: You start doing 5ks, you transition to obstacle racing. You blow your budget on some grippy shoes and skintight, baselayers made from wild spandex... And then you discover a new activity.
New sport, new gear, new adventures and... New expenses? The entry fee may be anything from £50-100 and you still don't know if you like these new disciplines you're dabbling in. There's every chance you'll need trainers (sorted), possibly a bike, a sea-faring vessel of some kind, and some sort of outfit to take you through all three of the above. So what do you do, if you want to dip your toe into multi-discipline events without having to resort to a payday loan?
You work with some basic staples. That's what.
One of the places that we've found good advice on suitability for certain activities is Marine Superstore. They're very quick to let you know whether the garments your buying for unfamiliar sports are NOT suited, and quicker to suggest an alternative. They also stock rash vests suitable for OCR, if you're looking for an advance bargain for next winter.
Marine Superstore sent us over some Sealskinz gloves and socks, and when it transpired that the gloves, while grippy in the dry, and very warm otherwise, still weren't quite handling wet monkey bars (how many do though, really?) we decided to repurpose them for multi discipline events like Quest Adventure Series and SupBikeRun.
The gloves are shaped in such a way to enhance the fingertip dexterity, but I still don't think that you retain the sensitivity perhaps needed for OCR traverses including climbing grips, or skulls for that mattter. They feel too clumpy for chains, but they do afford some stability on ropes, and the wrists are a bit longer. As with many gloves, one has to choose between being able to whip them on and off at short notice (and potentially have your wrists slip when hanging from monkey bars), or, be afforded much more stability on the hand, but no ability to take them off without dislocating your wrist. These gloves will allow for the former - they're easy on and off, which makes me think that repurposing them for a multi event is the best thing to do. they don't have all-over silicone like the O'Neill FLX, for example, so they don't stick to themselves when inside out.
However, their grip is perfect for a kayak or SUP paddle, and even if mountain biking in them, the seams don't rub between your fingers. Not that I usually advocate mountain biking in neoprene - just if you're really cold. Even on a short paddle, I would recommend gloves for SUP/Kayak on a multistage, because if it is new to you, you could be prone to blisters and may be a little slower than more experienced paddlers, hence the need for warmth and protection. Plus, some of these events are in colder seasons.
Next reviewed were the Sealskinz socks: they're very comfortable against the skin, and unlike some other materials, don't feel too crinkly. I personally struggle with merino based socks (they burn my skin a bit), yet these don't affect me adversely at all. They sit at mid length, and stay snug - they don't sag around my ankles after running or indeed SUPping. They are breathable to a degree, but after a full day's wear, you will find your feet a little damp, but not to a degree where you would expect skin-rub to cause blisters. The great thing about these is that you could comfortably SUP in them, keeping your feet dry, then throw some trainers over the top of them for a run or bikeride. Nobody likes fiddly sock and shoe changes in these sorts of events, particularly when gunning for a time, so these remove the need for messing about drying feet after a water stage. These are so comfortable that I've taken to wearing them for work, and for hiking (which is their original purpose). After numerous washes, they have retained their proofing and shape. Marine superstore also have discounted running-specific sealskins if the chunkiness of this model gets to you.
Lastly, let's talk about what you want to wear on your person. Mostly, you can get away with your usual race-wear - baselayers as outerwear, and quick-drying technical shirts. BUT if you do want that triathlon experience (and a nicely padded butt), then check out this cheeky little number from Decathlon. It got bonus points for being affordable at £29.99 and having a chest zip, to facilitate more comfortable running.
Even when adding in essential safety equipment like a bike helmet, you should be able to cobble together a great multi-purpose outfit for your first forays into multi-discipline events for under £100. You're welcome!