But for those of you who are runners (or runners’ partners) then here are some new and some more unusual presents you can buy to meet those running needs this Christmas.
[I’ll update this over the next few weeks]
Just to be clear…I get no free samples on these products no discounts and no revenue for any click you might make. Just saying…
Let’s take the socks. They are from 1000-Mile. They are good quality running socks (cross-sport in fact). I do have a similar pair from the same manufacturer from last year and, whilst it may not have done 100 miles on my feet it has done hundreds, and it/they are still going strong. Socks are normally able to fit more than one size of foot and so an easier purchase than a pair of running shoes – very personal choice.
Then we come to the Salomon water bottles. If you or your loved one runs for up to 60 minutes then you don’t need any additional hydration – especially in winter! Over that, eg training for a marathon, then you probably will at some point. Or you may just like practicing taking water regularly on shorter runs. The 45 degree water holder is quite neat if you think about it. If someone needs to drink you can’t go much wrong here.
The Suunto Ambit3 watches are neat and as good for triathlon as they are for running. They are new to 2014 and I have reviewed them a little on this site. If your loved one currently uses Polar watches then you might be risking it by buying them a Suunto. If, however, they use the Ambit2 then the upgrade to the Ambit3 can be done in secret and they will be pleasantly surprised on Xmas day. The new version no longer supports ANT+ BTW.
Salomon shirts. I tend to use their gear in the summer. A bit different to the Nike-standard wear, a bit cheaper and often better at the same price point. I would regard them as performance apparel. It’s not that hard to find your loved ones shirt size and buy one as a nice Christmas day surprise.
Then finally to the Ultimate Performance clip thingy. At first glance I thought these were headphones. Nope. They are lights that clip to the rear of your shoes. Have a look at their site. They have a few other unusual things on there as well.
Running School: Full Biomechanical Analysis £89 (Regularly £125). Video analysis of running technique + Functional Movement Analysis to identify weaknesses & imbalances Buy Now . I can’t endorse the Running School either way – but I can endorse that getting your technique improved is a great way for relatively easy speed gains.
The following are all from MIO: http://blog.mioglobal.com/?p=1941
#1 The Road ID
This belongs at the top of every list and something we consider to be essential for any active person. The road ID is more than a name and phone number on your wrist. It provides basic emergency contact information while also allowing the athlete to create customized detailed online profile with important medical information to assist a medical responder if needed. Road ID’s come in a variety of styles and colors. Another small stocking stuffer to help keep your athlete safe after dark is the Amphipod Wearable Reflector.
Whether your athlete is a beginner or a seasoned professional, they will surely find new ways to bring their fitness and knowledge to the next level with more than 400 pages of useful information from one of the top triathlon coaches in the world, Joe Friel. There’s a reason why this book is the all-time leader of triathlon books, with over 200,000 copies sold.
Don’t let your cyclist get stranded out on the road. This chic storage pouch by Betty Designs wraps up neatly into a Specialized bottle that fits any standard holder. Note: spare tube and tools not included.
Perfect Mid-Price Products ($25-$100)
#1 Mio Link Heart Rate Wristband
Mio’s award winning products continue to grow in popularity with several new models scheduled to be released for the holidays. Help your athlete throw away the old uncomfortable heart rate chest strap and make room for accurate, EKG-quality monitoring. The Mio LINK and soon-to-be-released Mio FUSE heart rate monitor and activity tracker are compatible with all ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 devices such as Garmin, Suunto and Timex GPS watches, and bike computers. They also connect to smartphones, transmitting heart rate data from the wrist to hundreds of different fitness apps.
#2 Strava and Training Peaks
These are popular and widely used online training tools for triathletes everywhere. Both sites allow instant data upload from most training devices such as heart rate monitors, power meters, and GPS trackers. From there, detailed analysis and user-friendly functionality make these sophisticated software products a perfect companion for tracking progress.
#3 The Racer Wall Frame
The Racer Wall Frame transforms your athlete’s race bibs to inspiring wall art as a tribute to their grand achievements. Use our promo code: “Mio14” to save 20% on your purchase.
Higher Priced Products ($100-$500)
#1 Garmin Forerunner 920xt
Garmin has raised the bar to new heights with their new 920xt. In addition to their already state of the art cycling and swimming metrics from their predecessor models, this triathletes new best training partner now provides sophisticated running dynamics that include cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. For the perfect package, pair this with the Mio LINK heart rate wristband for EKG-accurate heart rate monitoring, so your triathlete can train with heart rate comfortably, without a chest strap. Watch this short video on how to pair any Garmin Forerunner with Mio LINK.
#2 Rudy Project Wingspan or Wing 57 Aero Helmet
When it’s time to fly fast on the race course, your triathlete will thank you for giving him or her the gift of speed. Add a stylish pair of Rudy glasses for a complete package. For an additional 25%-40% off, use our promotion/VIP code: “Trifiniti” when you order at www.e-rudy.com.
#3 Hoka OneOne Conquest Running Shoes
Hoka’s unique patented midsole material has revolutionized the comfort of running with maximal cushioning but without additional weight. The Conquest will turn the hard road into what feels like a run on the soft trail.
For the Truly Inspired ($500-$4,000)
#1 Kona Kamps
If your favorite triathlete deserves more than just another piece of equipment to hang in the garage, then it’s time to present them with the gift of travel, adventure, and fitness. Send them away for a week of ultimate training with Kona Kamps. Choose from eight different triathlon camps in North America including the magnificent Point to Point journeys down the California Coast, through the Colorado Rockies or across the great Sierra Nevada mountain range. Use our promo code: “T8B8LHC” to receive $100 off any camp in 2015.
#2 Xterra Stand Up Paddle Board
Everybody knows that triathletes love to swim, bike and run, but did you know we also love to cross train on stand up paddle (SUP) boards? Xterra has taken the hassle out of transporting heavy bulky boards with their functional easy to carry inflatable boards. Choose between the 10 foot SUP package or longer 12 foot SUP option. Use our 50% discount codes: “MIOGLOBAL10” for the 10 foot package or “MIOGLOBAL126” for the 12’6” option.
#3 New Carbon Wheels
There are few things that will excite a cyclist more than a new pair of race wheels. Karbon Speed has changed the industry by eliminating the middle man and offering high quality carbon wheels directly to the buyer that are hand-built in California. Their prices are well below what can be found in retail and on-line stores. For an additional 10% off use our code: “TRIFINITI”.