ACTIVE Cycling Holiday Gift Guide: Women
ACTIVE Holiday Gift Guide for Women's Cycling1 of 18
Find the perfect gift for your favorite female cyclist with our ACTIVE.com holiday gift guide.
LIV Brava SLR$1,600 2 of 18
#CrossIsBoss, and so is your lady. Amp up her CX game with the super light, women's specific LIV Brava SLR, designed with more than just cyclocross races in mind. Featuring a steel alloy frame and a top tube shaped for shouldering comfort, she'll be attacking barriers with confidence all season long. Post-season, she'll enjoy the 15 mm front thru-axle, internal cable routing and hidden rack mounts for easy commuting or long rides across mixed terrain. Gravel grinder, here she comes.
Pearl Izumi BioViz TechnologyWomen's Elite Softshell 180 Jacket, $180 3 of 18
The Elite Softshell 180 is part of Pearl Izumi's new BioViz line, an innovative approach to high visibility apparel. Designed to leverage human biology and subconsciously activate a driver's stimuli with intuitive information, the BioViz line includes jackets, gilets, tights, gloves and shoe covers. Gift her with one key piece like the jacket pictured above, or outfit her from head to toe, and she'll be visible to drivers at a minimum of 100 meters. This new visibility will have her riding with confidence and put your mind at ease when she's out on the road.
swrve Bolsita$10 4 of 18
Save the Ziploc bag for sandwiches, because the perfectly pocket-sized swrve Bolsita easily stashes and stores personal items for her next ride. Made of lightweight cotton canvas and available in navy, olive and rust, the Bolsita is stylish, simple and functional for carrying her driver's license, debit card, lip gloss and a few bucks cash.
Roka Women's Pro Cycling CollectionWomen's Pro All-Season Jersey, $140; Women's Pro Short, $230 5 of 18
Let's go ahead and get this out of the way: Style is critical when it comes to cycling. Her jersey must match her shorts, which must match her arm and leg warmers, which must match her socks. With that in mind, send her to her next group ride kitted out in the latest from ROKA, a premium cycling apparel brand known for their high-performance gear. The jersey features an articulated on-the-bike fit and textured fabric in strategically placed panels, and the shorts stylishly avoid sausage leg (it's a thing, don't ask her) with a raw hem finish. One of the fastest kits on the market, she'll thank you while she's putting some serious hurt down on her fellow riders.
Club Ride Women's Commuter OutfitTwo Timer Jacket, $109.95; Sprint Hoody, $74.95; Transit Pant, $99.95 6 of 18
It's that age-old dilemma: She wants to ride to work but needs to look polished when she arrives. Enter Club Ride's line of stylish and highly functional commuter apparel. Dress her from head to toe this holiday season, starting with the Transit Pant, which features a lightweight, quick-drying and stretchy fabric, plus a side zip pocket for her iPhone and reflective accents for visibility. Pair it with Club Ride's stretch hoody, or jazz it up with one of their fashionable flannel options. Finish the look on cold days with the Two Timer jacket, which is wind-resistant and packed with strategic pockets.
SMITH Overtake Helmet with MIPS$290 7 of 18
Widely known for their ski helmets and goggles, SMITH made a splash at Interbike with their distinctive Overtake helmet. The honeycomb-patterned AEROCORE construction is both featherlight and exceptionally well-ventilated, and cool color combos like the black and green seen here offset the more aggressive aero profile of the design. Add the optional MIPS concussion prevention lining to ensure she's safe in the event of an accident.
Cycle Like A Girl Cycling Cap$28 8 of 18
Cycle Like a Girl was founded to help build women's confidence on their bikes and inspire adventure through the sharing of stories. Celebrate the community of women who prefer life on two wheels with this limited edition, one size fits all cap—just one of the products intended to spread the empowering message of what it means to "Cycle Like a Girl."
CamelBak Aurora$70 9 of 18
If she's ever complained about finding a pack that fits—ahem, er, snugly—in all the right places, the CamelBak Aurora is about to make you a holiday hero. Just the right size for essential gear and with two hours worth of hydration, the most important feature of the Aurora are the soft, curved straps that rest on the outside of the chest—not over it—allowing the pack to sit super comfortably at the top of her back. Bonus features include a bike tool organizer pocket, reflectivity and an easy-to-clean, wide-mouth opening.
Blaze Laserlight$200 10 of 18
Billed as "the safest bike light in the world," the Blaze Laserlight is sure to keep her highly visible. The Laserlight combines a high-powered LED bike light with a direct-diode laser that projects a bicycle icon 20 feet ahead of the rider. We tested the Laserlight on city streets in nighttime conditions and found the laser projection to be highly visible and effective. Added bonus: the envy of her fellow cyclists.
Skratch Labs Cookie Mix$8.50 11 of 18
Step away from the prepackaged energy bars. Skratch Labs' cookie mix is a tasty, easier to digest alternative than pretty much everything else on the market. The moist, portable consistency requires just a stick of butter, an egg and your favorite chocolate chips, fruit or nuts to mix in. ACTIVE.com editor-tested and approved on countless century rides this summer, you'll be a cookie convert at first bite. Pro tip: Don't skimp on the butter—it's OK to use the real deal (butter substitutes won't achieve the ideal consistency). If you must substitute, Skratch recommends coconut butter as a great vegan option.
TUFMED$8.99 to $19.99 12 of 18
Another Interbike standout, this unassuming line of natural health care products is earning rave reviews from athletes worldwide. Odorless, colorless and greaseless, they also just plain work. We tested TUFWOUND after a bike accident that left this editor with 11 gnarly stitches in her cheek and were blown away with how quickly the cut healed, leaving an almost imperceptible scar behind. We also like the TUFRELIEF, which holds its own against stalwart muscle relief rubs like Arnica gel.
Dani Bike Jewelry Crank Necklace$106 13 of 18
She'd sleep with her bike if she could—but since she can't, hook her up with this blinged-out bike crank necklace instead. Dani Bike Jewelry's necklaces offer endless combinations of color plates and Swarovski crystals; we preferred the low profile black with classic crystal. Pro tip: Make sure you match the crystal to her bike for extra style points.
LIV Ricca Merino Wool L/S Jersey$130 14 of 18
"Cozy" and "cycling jersey" don't commonly coexist, but LIV has pulled off a near-miracle with their Ricca Merino Wool Jersey. The super soft, full zip Merino fabric keeps core temperature consistent, and the zippered rear pocket has room for all the essentials. Subtle reflective touches round out the package, but be forewarned: we found the jersey to fit a bit large. Size down if she prefers a more performance-oriented fit.
LIV Hearty Cold Weather Gloves$40 15 of 18
Every cyclist needs a good pair of winter gloves, whether they've realized it yet or not. We love this rad, reflective pair from LIV; ThermTextura fabric keeps all 10 digits toasty warm, and the fingertips are smartphone-friendly so she never has to expose her hands to the cold.
Book + Movie ComboBundle of The Road Less Taken (paperback) and Half the Road (DVD); $29.33 16 of 18
Author, filmmaker and activist Kathryn Bertine signed her first professional cycling contract at the age of 36. In "The Road Less Taken," Bertine takes readers through her quest to become a professional cyclist in her mid-30s, exploring the twists and turns of life on the bike along the way. Her subsequent documentary, "Half the Road," explores the world of women's professional cycling and the inequality female athletes face in male-dominated sports. Feed your special someone's passion for the sport with a bundle that gives her both the paperback and the DVD in one easily gift-wrapped package.
Coffee + Cycling Culture ComboIntelligentsia Coffee Beans, $14; Rapha Coffee Mug, $30 17 of 18
Cycling and strong coffee go together like shrimp and grits. Get her caffeinated before her next ride with beans from Intelligentsia, a favorite of coffee (and cycling) snobs everywhere, and pair it with a chic porcelain mug from premium cycling brand Rapha. Plus, you'll allow her to rep the latter without dropping $300-plus on one of their uber-expensive (but oh-so-worth-it) cycling kits.