On behalf of Triathlete’s Choice (a new site for gear recommendation for triathletes), I compiled a “wish list” for Old St. Nick. Looking for a great gift for a triathlete you know too? Whether the person is a novice or a seasoned Ironman, I selected these items to suit any type of triathlete. I also highlighted some cool finds that will help your triathlete juggle work, family, travel, and training.
Arm Warmers: Season Five’s Atmos 1.0 arm sleeves are waterproof and super warm – perfect for winter cycling. Castelli’s lycra arm warmers are great for more moderate climates, where you need more than just a jersey and less than a jacket. ($25-50)
Race Belt: Why bother with safety pins when you can easily attach your race number and adjust its position with a race belt? Choose a color to match the team kit. ($7-$12)
Water Bottle Stuffed with Nutrition: Clean Bottle’s ($10) unique design allows you to remove the base for a thorough wash. Our recommendation: Take one Clean Bottle and fill it up with energy bars, gels, shot blocks and other nutrition. Share the holiday spirit by including some of Cliff Bar’s seasonal flavors including Pepermint Stick, Iced Gingerbread, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie.
Kiehl’s Cross-Terrain UV Face Protector SPF 50: Sun and wind protection all in one. Essential for cycling, running, or any cross-season snow sports. $26
Out of Sight Socks: We’re not talking about a case of the missing sock, but rather the Hidden Comfort socks from Balega ($12) that have a low profile that keeps the socks out of sight, and still prevents ankle rubbing.
For the Traveling Triathlete
Single Serving Sports Drinks: These individual serving sized packets are easy to pack. No more fuss with measuring cups or plastic bags. ($1-3 per pack)
Workout at the Westin: Westin Hotels have teamed up with New Balance to provide shoes and clothing during a stay for $5 USD. Give a gift card for a Westin stay and make packing a little lighter.
Find a Route, Track Goals: Sign them up for Map My Run, Strava Premium ($60/year), RunKeeper or a similar app to help them find running routes in new cities or keep track of workouts and mileage.
TriBike Transport: Help your athlete get his or her bike to the next race safely. Sign up for shipping via TriBike Transport. ($300 per race)
Patagonia Merino Base Gloves: Pack light with this pair of universal gloves – perfect for a morning run and subtle enough to wear to the business meeting. ($35)
Bicycle Wine Rack: If travel means mixing business and pleasure, this leather wine rack holder will be essential for those rides from Napa to Italy. ($34)
For the Gear Head
Garmin Forerunner 910XT: More than just a GPS device, this device tracks swim metrics, cycling cadence, running pace, elevation gain and more. ($450)
Rapha jacket: Style and substance all in one. These jackets will keep you warm and dry through year round training. ($150-$450)
Yaktrax Run: Keep your footing in snowy and slippery conditions by adding these grippers to your favorite running shoes. ($40)
Race Day Wheels: Give the gift of lightweight wheels. Purchase a gift card or reserve wheels for your athlete’s A race. ($150)
For the New Triathlete
USAT Membership: A year-long membership is essential for any athlete racing in USAT sanctioned races. Plus, membership provides more discounts and resources! ($45)
Garmin Forerunner: This straightforward and fashionable watch accurately measures distance and pace without an array of overwhelming and unnecessary features. ($130)