For those of us who haven't done a triathlon, picking tri-related gifts for the triathletes in our lives during the holiday season can feel like a daunting task. With not one but three sports to consider, plus the highly specific nature of each sport, it's hard to pick the right gear without some inside knowledge.
Fear not! We've got you covered. Not only will these gifts save your triathlete money for next year's season, but they'll also give them a competitive edge they'll appreciate most of all.
From relaxing activewear for lounging around the house after a hard workout, to the latest in GPS technology, your triathlete will be beyond excited to receive any of these triathlon-themed gifts this season.
Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit
A triathlon bike is a serious investment, and even the most careful triathletes subject their bike to significant wear and tear over a long training block. Help them protect their ride with this Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit from Muc-Off, complete with everything needed to clean, protect and lube their bike. With regular preventative maintenance, they'll be enjoying their bike for tons of frustration-free miles to come.
Silca Maratona Gear Bag
With three sports rolled into one, triathletes have to pack a mindboggling amount of gear when traveling. Silca's Maratona Gear Bag is designed with triathletes and cyclists in mind, with compartmentalized storage for all manner of tri-related gear. Built with high-quality materials and the top-notch construction Silca has become known for, it's a durable solution that can handle all the wear and tear of years of training and racing.
Jaybird Vista Headphones
Say goodbye to pesky wires—the Vista headphones are an upgrade to Jaybird's first wireless headphones (Run). Great for triathletes who listen to music during training runs or stationary trainer spins, they're sweat-proof and water-resistant and you can customize the EQ presets from the free Jaybird app once your triathlete updates the software. Interchangeable earpieces are included, as well as a case that recharges the headphones on-the-go.
Specialized S-Works Evade With ANGi
The right helmet strikes a fine balance between weight, ventilation and aerodynamics, and the Specialized S-Works Evade is about as good as it gets. Better yet, it includes its ANGi Crash Sensor that detects a crash and sends a text message to specific contacts in their phone. The new MIPS SL technology offers additional brain protection without sacrificing comfort and weight.
Reebok Forever Floatride Energy
When it comes to running shoes, sometimes less is more. The new Reebok Forever Floatride Energy running shoes are designed to have lightweight responsive cushioning through the entire gait. The mesh upper is plenty breathable for warm-weather races, and your triathlete will especially like the simple graphics and no-nonsense design.
Reverie Dual Slumber Pillow
Ask any triathlete and they'll tell you how important sleep is in recovery and performance. These pillows from Reverie feature the feel of a down pillow on one side and the comfort of memory foam on the other. No matter which your triathlete prefers, it will become a go-to once their training load ramps up.
Balega UltraGlide No Show Socks
Triathletes often spend upwards of $200 on a pair of running shoes, but they pay little attention to the socks they're wearing. Once they've tried these running-specific socks from Balega, they'll never go back to their department store alternative. They're both lightweight and feature protective cushioning built into the sock for miles of comfortable, blister-free running.
Nathan Strobe Light LED Safety Light Clip (2-Pack)
Especially during shorter days surrounding the holiday season, it can be nearly impossible to squeeze in a run or ride before the sun sets. Help keep your triathlete easy to see with these Strobe LED Safety Light Clips from Nathan. They're lightweight, super bright and can be clipped just about anywhere—from their running shoes to their jersey pockets.
TYR Special Ops 3.0 Polarized Goggles
Ah, there's nothing like opening and using a new pair of goggles—not only are they clearer, but they're more watertight to boot. These TYR Special Ops 3.0 Polarized goggles are about as good as they get, with speed adjust technology, embedded anti-fog and wide peripheral range. Your triathlete will love how the polarized lenses help boost clarity and optical precision, especially during open water swims.