The holiday season is here, and you may be looking for the perfect gift for your busy triathlete. The Tri Hub wants to help you out in your search for the perfect gift, and has compiled a list of practical, thoughtful items that even the pickiest triathlete would be happy to get their hands on!
In no particular order, let’s check out the ten hottest items to put on the 2014 holiday list:
1. Dr. Cool Recovery Wraps
What’s a better way to make your triathlete happy than to help alleviate their aches and pains?
Now, they can wrap their injuries on-the-go with the Dr. Cool Recovery Wrap. The wrap replaces traditional bags of ice and combines cold therapy with compression that can help to reduce swelling and speed recovery mid or post-workout.
Dr. Cool wraps come in three different sizes, and a variety of fun colors. The medium wrap can be used on your knee, elbow or thigh and can also be used as a dry compression wrap to support and protect your body. The wraps come with a silver cooler that attaches to gear that can be taken on the go.
2. Air Attack™ Shield Aerodynamic Cycling Helmet by Giro
Inspired by the original, the new generation Giro Air Attack™ Shield Cycling Helmet delivers a lightweight, compact and extremely efficient aerodynamic design that slices through air. Features a magnetically fastened eye shield for wraparound eye protection that’s easy to remove during pre-race or warm-up. With an enhanced airflow design and the Roc Loc® Air system, this helmet has redefined the benchmark for performance.
Features optical shield w/ magnetic attachment (Gray/Silver Flash included. Clear/Silver Flash available), Wind tunnel aided design, Removable X-Static comfort padding, Featherweight webbing with Slimline buckle.
3. Nathan Performance 2L Hydration Vest
Hydration vests aren't just for trail runners! This award-winning Nathan Performance HPL 2L Hydration Vest just got even better with lighterweight fabrication and an easy-adjust system to make your next long run a breeze. If you're tired of running with your water bottle, you can forget about having to worry about water and nutrition with this super comfortable light vest. It's slick design stays close to the body, so that it doesn't move or bounce, allowing the runner to move freely. If you need more than 2L of water, the side pockets have room for additional water bottles, and gels.
4. TOMTOM Multi-Sport Cardio Watch
The all new TOMTOM Multisport Cardio Watch has a built-in Heart Rate Monitor so you get more out of every run. The innovative technology allows for accurate heart-rate information without the need for a chest strap. Your heart rate is measured through a sensor in the watch that monitors changes in the blood flow in your wrist. This is done by shining light through the skin, and detecting the changing light reflections. Select from one of the five intensity zones, and always know whether you need to speed up or slow down. Track your running, cycling, and swimming information as you train on an extra-large display.
5. Inspirational Read: Rich Roll's "Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself"
For the triathlete looking to find some additional inspiration, Rich Roll's personal story about overcoming his personal struggles, and becoming the world's fittest man offers a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish. It challenges all of us to rethink what we’re capable of and urges us, implicitly and explicitly, to “go for it.” "Finding Ultra" recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman competition, which pits the world’s fittest humans against each other in a 320-mile ordeal of swimming, biking, and running. And following that test, Rich, a 100% plant-based athlete, conquered an even greater one: the Epic5—five Ironman-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.
This is a must read for anyone looking to do their first Ironman Distance triathlon!!
6. CEP Recovery Compression Socks
Proper compression wear keeps the blood flowing well which improves oxygenation of the blood and reduces lactic acid build up. We're all going to produce lactic acid, it's just an energy cycle, but with the proper oxygen in your blood it can get flushed out more efficiently. CEP's socks and sleeves do not have to only be used during activity, but can be used before and after as well.
These make great socks for your sock stuffing!
7. Triathlon Training Plan
(Delivery time: just a few seconds)
If you want to get even more creative, why not get an actual training plan for your triathlete? Help them get the right guidance in order to reach their goal. The easy to follow format will help maximize their time and effort and ultimately get them across the finish line.
8. TYR's Wet/Dry Backpack
Turn your triathlete into a water warrior with the TYR Wet/Dry Backpack 27L. Whether they're headed to the pool, beach, lake or anywhere in between, this bag’s spacious 27 liter capacity will hold all of their gear and valuables with ease, while a small front zipper pocket adds even more storage. An easy-roll top closure provides conveniently condensed portability should they decide to travel light.
Featuring radio-frequency welded seams, the LWETDRYB bag keeps water from leaking out of it, making it perfect for neatly transporting wet/damp towels, wetsuits, swimsuits, caps, goggles and more. Likewise, the bag keeps water from seeping in, giving the perfect dry space to store a phone, keys and valuables when on the deck or at the water.
9. Go-Pro HERO3 Camera
Featuring stunning image quality and built-in Wi-Fi, Go-Pro HERO3 White makes it simple to document and share any triathlete's most memorable race moments. It captures 1080p30 video for gorgeous footage of every adventure. A variety of photo modes ensure best shots yet—choose from 5MP single photos, Time Lapse photos or Burst photos up to 3 frames per second. Built-in Wi-Fi supports the GoPro App, enabling to control the camera remotely using a phone or tablet, view the photos and videos you’ve captured, and quickly share content on Facebook, Twitter and more.
HERO3 White is compatible with all GoPro mounts (like the bike mount!), so you can wear it or attach it to your gear for immersive POV footage during your favorite swimming, biking or running activities!
10. Yurbuds Endurance Series Inspire 400
Let your athlete stay motivated with exceptional sound that stays put. TwistLock® Technology and FlexSoft® Comfort Fit guarantee these sweat-proof in-the-ear sport earphones never hurt or fall out, with exclusive Quik Clik™ Tangle-Free Magnets that make transporting them headache-free. Yurbuds® Inspire® 400 allows ambient sound to ensure you hear everything you need to stay safe and provides the ultimate in ease with a 3-button command center and microphone for music, call, volume and voice control that works with your favorite Apple® device.
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