ACTIVE Triathlon Holiday Gift Guide: Apparel
LG, Sugoi, Bellwether Assorted Cycling Gloves$30-$35 1 of 17
The jury is out on whether it's appropriate to wear gloves on race day, but for long training rides, it's certainly acceptable. The LG Nimbus Evo, Sugoi RC 100 and the Bellwether Pursuit cutoff gloves are great options, each with appropriate padding and ventilation. Each of these work great for long distances, decreasing road vibration while still allowing maximum feel.
LifeBEAM Smart Hat$99 2 of 17
Say goodbye to the traditional heart rate monitor chest strap. Originally created for pilots and astronauts, the LifeBEAM Smart Hat has an optical heart rate monitor built into the dri-fit design and will pair with most ANT+ and Bluetooth devices.
ROKA Maverick Pro Fullsuit$799 3 of 17
One of the most popular wetsuits in the professional field, the ROKA Maverick Pro Fullsuit takes a different, more efficient approach to wetsuit design. From a less buoyant core, to less constricting ankle and wrist panels (perfect for T1), this is truly a wetsuit designed for ultimate performance and speed.
LG Spire Convertible Jacket, Showers Pass Skyline Softshell Jacket$180, $190 4 of 17
Training doesn't stop, even in winter. The Skyline Softshell Jacket is great for chilly morning rides in the wind and rain. The breathable fabric and core vents will keep you comfortable and the 3M Scotchlite reflective material will keep you visible.
Not sure if you need a jacket or just a warm jersey? The Spire Convertible Jacket features zippered removable sleeves designed to be stored in the middle back pocket. The Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric blocks 99 percent of the wind, too.
ROKA Pro Race Jersey, Pro Bib Short$190, $250 5 of 17
As you've learned, it's not cool to wear your tri kit on training rides. Despite being recognized for their high-end swim apparel, ROKA has jumped feet first into the cycling scene. The Pro Race Jersey is form fitting and features three different fabrics designed to be more aerodynamic, thermodynamic and increase moisture wicking properties. The Pro Bib Short has an ultra-comfortable carbon-based chamois and a raw-hemmed leg opening for a clean look.
CEP Assorted Compression Garments$19-$45 6 of 17
CEP's line of compression socks and sleeves provide support for hard training efforts and are a excellent post-workout recovery tool. They're available in no-show and calf-height lengths in multiple colors--just make sure you don't wear them with shorts out in public.
ROKA SIM Pro Shorts, Viper Pro Swimskin$119, $299 7 of 17
Want to simulate a wetsuit position in the pool without actually wearing one? The SIM Pro Shorts lift up the lower half of your body, without having to use a cumbersome pool buoy. The Viper Pro Swimskin was the most worn swimskin model at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship, and it drastically cuts down water drag on non-wetsuit swims.
Bellwether Thermaldress Arm and Leg Warmers$50, $25 8 of 17
Designed to pair with classic short-sleeve jerseys, Bellwether's arm and leg warmers are perfect for a chilly morning start. Once it warms up, simply strip off and store in a jersey pocket or saddle bag. The fleeced thermal fabric is warm, yet breathable, and the flat seam construction and silicon grips will be comfortable and stay in place for miles.
ROKA Women's Elite One Piece Swimsuits, Aqua Sphere Koa Cross Back$70, $60 9 of 17
Who says performance and attractive styling can't go hand-in-hand? ROKA's and Aqua Sphere's line of women's one-piece swimsuits are durable, comfortable and chlorine-proof--perfect for repeated training swims at the gym.
Bellwether Thermaldress Bib Shorts, Legacy L/S$120, $90 10 of 17
Head out on your next seasonal ride in style with the Bellwether Thermaldress Bib Shorts and Legacy Jersey. The fleeced thermal fabric will keep your lower half warm, and the mid-weight, long sleeve top provides insulation and moisture management. As an added bonus, it's breathable, so you won't overheat as you approach your next climb.
Giro Chrono Pro Jersey, Chrono Pro Bib$180, $250 11 of 17
Looking for a more refined and sophisticated look for your next training ride? The Giro Chrono line boasts high performance features and a clean, subdued look to let your riding speak for itself. The jersey is lightweight and race cut, and the bibs have ultra stretchy straps and a variable density chamois comfortable on the longest rides.
Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Vest, Swiftwick Aspire Assorted Socks$80, $13-$18 12 of 17
If bright, loud colors are your style, then look no further than the Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Vest and the Swiftwick Aspire socks. The vest is a perfect breathable option for cooler weather, and is lightweight enough to be packed away when it warms up.
The Aspire sock line is designed for runners and cyclists, and the compression properties and lightweight design will eliminate bunching. The Aspire line comes in seven different heights and several different colors.
Sugoi RS Ice Tri Suit, Sugoi RSR Cap$150, $25 13 of 17
Race day, above all, demands the right set of gear and apparel. The Sugoi RS Ice Tri Suit is a mid-range option with high-performance features. It's breathable, features a 3-panel design and works well for all three sports.
The RSR cap is perfect for sun protection on warm runs--both on race day and in training. The mesh panels allow maximum airflow and reflective accents increase visibility.
Sugoi RS Pro Bib Short, RS Pro Jersey, RS Thermal Jersey$160, $110, $100 14 of 17
Looking for a more affordable cycling kit that doesn't sacrifice performance? The Sugoi RS Pro Bib Short is designed with a 3-way fabric construction and a comfortable Formula FX chamois. The RS Pro Jersey has a professional, fitted profile and clean finished seams and is also available as a thermal jersey for cool weather rides.
Aqua Sphere Phantom Wetsuit$700 15 of 17
Aqua Sphere's high-end wetsuit combines flexible materials and core stability features to enhance proper swim technique and efficiency. The Bio-Stretch Zones allow for a greater range of motion and the Power-Zone forearm panels increase traction during the pull phase of your stroke.
Road ID Wrist ID Elite, Slim$20-$30 16 of 17
A necessity for all endurance athletes, the Road ID product line pairs function with piece of mind. Unfortunately accidents happen, and if you're unable to speak for yourself, your Road ID will clearly display your information so first responders can act quickly.