From backpacks, to GPS watches, to the best running sunglasses on the market, this guide is sure to make gifting for male runners a total breeze.
Garmin Forerunner 935$499.99 1 of 20
The latest watch in Garmin's Forerunner line is targeted toward a higher tier of athletes not satisfied with merely tracking their workouts but also looking for intelligent analysis of their entire training cycle. The Forerunner 935, however, is especially suited for runners due to its ability to pair with Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod, which takes the place of a chest strap and provides runners with a number of metrics. The watch also connects to Strava and TrainingPeaks, feeding your scheduled workouts directly to the watch. But it's not just for use on your run. To read the in-depth review of this multisport watch, click here.
Olmstead Pack$110 2 of 20
If he enjoys the finer things in life, he may already know about Tracksmith, the luxury running brand based in Boston. Its mission is to help athletes look and be their best come race day. The brand has established itself in a crowded space by making use of understated colors and tapping into the nostalgia of Saturday morning cross-country meets.
The Olmstead Pack fits Tracksmith's well-made, classic style, and it's ideal for the easygoing guy in need of a new bag. The backpack has a removable strap to keep the bag in place when he's on-the-go and offers a laptop sleeve, water bottle holder and small organizational pockets. The canvas and leather pack boasts reflective features that make it visible for dawn and dusk wear.
Brooks Cascadia Running Jacket$160 3 of 20
If he's running in the cold this winter, don't let him pile on a bunch of cotton sweatshirts or pull out the same starter jacket that he's worn since 1982. The technology in cold-weather running gear is constantly improving, and this Brooks essential is the perfect example.
In this comfortable outer layer, he'll be able to move freely. Its lightweight, but traps body heat and keeps wind out. There are pockets for his phone and other accessories, thumbholes, plus a zipper catcher that holds earbud cords. Let him train in it for 90 days. If he still prefers wearing plain old cotton, Brooks will take it back.
Sugoi Titan 5-Inch Short$65 4 of 20
When it comes to shorts, men have so many choices. But these classics by SUGOi are the ultimate in comfort, movement and durability. If you invest in one thing, have it be this short.
Our tester reserves his Titans for long-runs and races, citing the lightweight material and intuitive pocket construction for making the shorts his first choice. He's requested several pairs for the holidays and thinks most men will benefit from the support the brief liner offers.
Headsweats Rocky Mountain Trucker Hat$26 5 of 20
Headsweats' hats are known for the terry sweatband that rests along the forehead and prevents sweat from dripping into runners' eyeballs. And in this five-paneled trucker hat, the soft woven mesh fabrics of the outer make for maximum breathability and a good fit. This snapback features Colorado's Rocky Mountains and is part of the National Parks Collection. Other designs in the collection include Yosemite, Golden Gate Park, Katmai and This Land Is Our Land and are thoughtful gestures for the nature lover or trail runner in your life. Twenty percent of your purchase will be donated to the National Park Foundation.
EMS Techwick Baselayer$30 6 of 20
You might think that giving someone a plain, black, long-sleeved shirt is boring, but remember, with this base layer, you're giving the gift of lasting warmth. What we love best about this EMS standby is its ability to go under any layer while keeping the skin dry. It can be worn on its own, too, as the weather warms up.
The moisture-wicking tech fabric keeps sweat away from the skin and its antimicrobial properties keep the shirt from stinking. Oh, and it has thumbholes.
Roka Phantom Sunglasses$300 7 of 20
Roka, one of the most well-respected endurance brands in the game, has designed sunglasses that are both functional and aesthetically beautiful. The Phantom, specifically, is a game changer. A performance aviator, the Phantom weighs just 20 ounces and is constructed with GEKO Pads on the nose and temples that prevent sliding. The style has been voted best performance sunglasses of 2017 by several experts, and we agree.
We've run miles and miles (and miles) without a hiccup, literally forgetting at times that we're wearing sunglasses at all. They are the perfect gift for the running man who looks fly in aviators. Choose the perfect shade and polarized lens color—from gold to blue glacier, and get the right size, regular or large, for his face. We promise he'll never leave home without them.
Personalized Running Journal$21.99 8 of 20
There is no substitute for a handwritten training journal. All men will agree, logging miles by hand makes the accomplishment feel real.
This journal, made specifically for men, includes several pages for goal-setting, weekly and monthly calendars for mileage totals, plus pages to record the details of each run with important prompts to help your dude gather the information he needs to track his progress. Race registration and race note pages make it easy to keep track of PRs, splits, paces and important dates. A great gift for the beginner or the truly advanced runner.
Rabbit EZ Tee$45 9 of 20
Rabbit says that this poly-spandex T-Shirt is so comfortable you'll forget you're wearing it, and they are telling the truth. Lightweight, quick-wicking and fast-drying, this will seriously become your runner's favorite shirt. If your guy likes understated style, donning Rabbit's sweet logo will put him on the inside of the sport's latest it-brand. The back's mesh features a black-on-black bunny pattern that brings some subtle fun and joy to this essential tee.
Chacho Middle Shorts$54 10 of 20
Janji has a cult following among style-conscious runners who want their clothes to feel good and work as hard as they do. If your runner is a man who likes to stand out, these will be his new favorite shorts—and not just because they look like fire.
Testers have time and again commented on the lightweight feel, the good fit and the confidence they feel while wearing them. The four-inch inseam and polyester brief liner give excellent coverage, and Janji's signature asymmetrical zip security pocket in the back is perfect to stash keys and a card on your run. Let your man be bold this holiday.
Orange Mud Endurance Hydration Pack$134 11 of 20
If your runner is in the market for a hydration pack this holiday season, Orange Mud's Endurance Pack leads the way in comfort, weight, fit and padding. At 11 ounces, it holds a two-liter bladder on your shoulders. Its three main compartments hold water and cargo, while pocket storage keeps phones, gels and other nutrition (including small, soft flasks) out of your hands.
The shoulder and chest straps are soft and durable and the breathable mesh makes running with this pack feel like it's not even there. It's causal enough for hikes and short treks, but has the storage and comfort to take him through 50 miles.
Nike Shield Tech Running Tights$100 12 of 20
Sometimes warmth and weather-resistance means you have to sacrifice freedom, but that's not the case with these tights. For anyone who has to battle against the rain, snow and wind this winter, consider getting these lightweight essentials.
The smooth ankle zippers lay flat and are unobtrusive, yet still allow you to peel these off your body easily. There's a back pocket that zips, plus plenty of reflective tape to keep you visible during dark runs.
Lululemon Surge Light Tight 27"$98 13 of 20
The Lululemon Surge Light Tight is the perfect, go-to bottom layer for men. These pants are incredibly soft and sweat-wicking. Made from a thick and stretchy spandex, their waistband stays tightly in place during both long runs and plyometric moves. They also feature reflective dots down the back of the lower leg to keep your loved one safe at night.
Under Armour Recovery SleepwearUnder Armour Recovery Sleepwear $99.99 to $200 14 of 20
Marketed as the secret to recovery for New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, it makes sense that these pajamas will set you back a bit, but trust us when we say this gift is a touchdown.
Under Armour combines all the benefits of a good night's sleep, when your body releases more human growth hormone during your deepest cycles, with the power of Far Infrared technology to help muscles rebuild faster. Know what that means? More gains. Even without the fancy technology, this is one of the most comfortable sleep sets ever. The fabric is soft, light and sweat-wicking, and will keep your special someone cool all night long.
Oakley Frogskins Lite$143 15 of 20
Oakley's Frogskins Lite PRIZM is just about the most comfortable pair of sports-geared sunglasses anyone could receive. They're lightweight, with Three-Point Fit to keep them in just the right position while eliminating pressure points and the Unobtainium nose pads are so soft you forget they're even there.
But the real kicker is the unbelievably clear lenses. Aside from the slight tint--depending on the color you choose—it's almost as if you aren't wearing sunglasses at all; they're that clear. These shades also come with a microfiber carrying case that doubles as a cleaning cloth.
Lululemon T.H.E. Short Linerless 9'$58 16 of 20
Lululemon's T.H.E. Short goes by that name for a reason. This is seriously the pair of shorts every guy wants. Extremely lightweight, they're a favorite among runners. They also have an adjustable drawstring, as well as zippered and unzipped pockets, so no matter what activity they're doing, they're ready to roll in style.
Reebok Harmony Roads$120 17 of 20
As one of Reebok's newest running shoes, the Harmony Roads are just starting to make a name for themselves, and after testing them out, we're definitely jumping on board the Reebok running train. The Harmony Roads are cushy and ultra-supportive—perfect for long weekend runs. The magic though is in the heel, which is made out of a bouncy material that provides a really smooth impact with each step. Plus, they're surprisingly light for their level of support.
Pronation: Neutral Weight: 10.4 oz Drop: 10mm
Vuori Elements Zip$92 18 of 20
Bad weather is one of the worst excuses to skip a run. You need gear that will help you push past the physical and mental barriers that cold wind and rain create. The Vuori Elements zip up hoodie is the solution to your weather woes.
This jacket has a water repelling finish on the shoulders, back and chest to keep you comfortably dry, while the lightweight and stretchy sleeves and core wick sweat away from your body. The jacket has zippered pockets to secure all your valuables while you run and reflective accents to keep you visible in low light.
NB Speed Run Jacket$150 19 of 20
Hello, BRIGHT! The New Balance Speed Run jacket in energy lime is the perfect outer layer for runners training through all the elements, day or night. This jacket provides 360 degrees of reflectivity and visibility and is made out of nylon and spandex so it's fitted, lightweight and comfortable—even on long, sweaty runs. New Balance even added mesh to the underarm area to keep you cool and dry in the necessary places. It's wind and water resistant, so you're ready to hit the road in this jacket anytime.