As a whole, triathlon can be an expensive sport. With three sports to buy gear for, plus the race registration fees, gym memberships, grocery bills and travel costs—it can quickly add up. Thankfully though, when it comes to triathlon gifts, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to show your triathlete you care this holiday season.
Here we've listed several under-$30 triathlete-friendly options—because try as you might, a triathlon bike won't fit into your triathlete's stocking. From sports nutrition to cool-weather gear, there's something here for everyone (besides a bit of coal).
Headsweats Crusher Hat
A good hat is one of the most underrated pieces of gear in a triathlete's arsenal. It needs to be lightweight, breathable and be able to wick moisture away from the forehead and scalp. Headsweats' new Crusher Hat is available in several different colors and designs, and features its Eventure Woven fabric in the front and its Polyester Hex Mesh on the top, back and sides for ultimate comfort and limitless ventilation for training.
Muc-Off C3 Dry Ceramic Lube
For such a simple idea, advances in chain lube technology have become more and more common in recent years. Designed with added nano ceramic particles and synthetic polymers, Muc-Off's new C3 Dry Ceramic Lube provides total corrosion protection and reduces metal to metal contact for up to 10 times the performance of conventional chain lubes. What does this really mean? Free power for your triathlete with no added work.
Hiplok Z Lok (Twin Pack)
Your triathlete likely has an expensive bike, so it's important to help protect their investment whenever they step away from their bike while out and about (read: the all-important coffee stop). This ergonomic zip tie-style bike lock is built with steel and toughened nylon and comes in a variety of colors. We recommend the twin pack, one for the front wheel and one for the rear.
Vega Sport Energy Bites
A triathlete who is deep in a long training block eats—a lot. Keep your triathlete fueled up and their hangries at bay with these new energy bites from Vega Sport. They're made with real food ingredients, including MCT oil and complex carbohydrates from dates and oats, and come in a gym-bag-ready resealable packet.
Osmo Nutrition Active Hydration
Championed by famous professional cyclist Peter Sagan, Osmo Nutrition's line of Active Hydration drink mix was developed to be the fastest way to rehydrate during exercise. With the right balance of sucrose, glucose and electrolytes to boost endurance and reduce cramps, your triathlete will be able to make the most of their workouts without hitting the preverbal "wall."
Klean Kanteen Insulated TKWide 12oz
Coffee and triathletes have been hand-in-hand since the beginning of the sport. While great for water or sports drink, this vacuum insulated bottle was designed to keep coffee warm for hours—perfect for early mornings at the pool or a mid-morning pick-me-up after a hard session.
Pearl Izumi Merino Tall Wool Sock
A triathlete can never have too many socks. While they may not race in socks, they certainly train in them, and a good pair of socks can be the difference between a blister-filled long run and a pain-free experience. These tall socks from Pearl Izumi are great for cooler training days, and they're made with fine Merino wool and recycled polyester for temperature and moisture regulation.
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews (Variety Pack)
If you've never heard of Honey Stinger, you should check it out. It's the brand that popularized the stroopwafel, and now it's back with new flavors of its super-popular organic energy chews. We recommend starting with the variety pack to figure out which flavor your triathlete likes the best, then let them stock up from there.