The Best Holiday Gifts for Triathletes in 2021

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Your triathlete partner, family member or friend might seem like a bit of a unicorn when it comes to early wake ups and hours spent training, but luckily, shopping for a triathlete is much more convenient than actually partaking in the sport. 

With three sports rolled into one, this makes shopping for your triathlete surprisingly easy—if the product you're considering works for swimmers, cyclists or runners, you're set!

But what about the latest and greatest triathlon gear? After all, triathletes will try just about any piece of equipment to gain a competitive edge.

We put together a list of some of the season's hottest new items that triathletes can either train, race or recover with, from a high-tech GPS-enabled triathlon smartwatch to a zero-drop trail running shoe designed by Kara Goucher herself. And if you're not seeing something that interests you, be sure to check out our running, cycling and fitness guides as well!

InsideTracker Ultimate Plan

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This holiday season, the best gifts are personal—and there’s nothing more personal than the gift of good health.

Whether your loved one runs, bikes, hikes, plays sports or simply wants to improve their wellness, InsideTracker is the most personalized way to make sure their body stays in it for the long haul.

Gift cards and clothes are impersonal and expected, so why not get your loved ones a gift that is truly special and unique to them? This Black Friday, save $200 on InsideTracker’s Ultimate Plan—the most comprehensive way to get personalized insight into their body’s wellbeing.

No two people achieve optimal health the same way. Age, genes, nutrition and lifestyle all play a part—but no matter who you’re shopping for, InsideTracker’s personalized nutrition and performance system provides the most detailed analysis of their biomarker data from blood, DNA, lifestyle and fitness tracking. InsideTracker gives them the power to live a healthier, longer life through concrete, personalized action plans consisting of proven, science-backed recommendations.

Head on over to InsideTracker.com/Active and use discount code ACTIVEGIFT to save $200 on InsideTracker’s Ultimate Plan—and enjoy 25% off site wide—from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30 to give the gift of personalized health.

BUY: InsideTracker Ultimate Plan, $589

Saucony Bluster Jacket

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Designed for slightly cooler days, your triathlete will reach for Saucony's new Bluster Jacket for training runs in less-than-optimal conditions. It's both wind and water resistant, and it's made with a lightweight jacquard fleece lining that's comfortable and insulating. The soft elastic on the wrist and hem helps trap heat, and the zippered chest and hand pockets are a nice touch, too.

BUY: Saucony Bluster Jacket, $125

ROKA Hamilton Sunglasses

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ROKA, who put itself on the map with its triathlon wetsuits, has released a line of sunglasses designed for active lifestyles. The Hamilton is based on the iconic round style and includes premium optics, no-slip grip and comes in multiple frame and lens colors (also compatible with prescription lenses). Your triathlete will be able to wear these glasses out to dinner or on ride—it's the best of both worlds. Plus, for a limited time, ROKA is offering up to 50% off products as a part of its Black Friday sale.

BUY: ROKA Hamilton Sunglasses, $195

ACTIVE Advantage Gift Card

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An ACTIVE Advantage Membership makes it affordable to live a healthy lifestyle. Get discounts on gear and services you already use for fitness, cooking, health and fun. This premium membership comes with exclusive perks from top health and fitness brands, like Adidas, HelloFresh, Aaptiv and more! Plus, save on fun with discounts on camping, live events and hotels. Give the gift of savings with the ACTIVE Advantage Membership eGift Card. Whether they're into marathons, yoga, personal training, cooking, camping or travel, the discounts will give them more of what they love for less. Buy an Advantage Membership eGift today! Learn more about all the benefits included with ACTIVE Advantage here.

BUY: ACTIVE Advantage Gift Card, $89.95

Garmin Forerunner 745 GPS Running and Triathlon Smartwatch

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If you want to really go all out for your triathlete this holiday season, the Garmin Forerunner 745 is where you'll want to start. It's a high-end multisport watch, meaning it'll track your triathlete's swim, bike and run workouts. It's loaded with just about every feature they need, including GPS tracking, preloaded activity profiles, training load data, VO2 max data, daily workout suggestions, Garmin Pay and plenty of battery life.

BUY: Forerunner 745 GPS Running and Triathlon Smartwatch, $499.99

TriggerPoint STK Grip

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Addressing recovery and mobility is one of the most important aspects of training as a triathlete. The STK Grip from TriggerPoint is a handheld massage roller that's designed to help address any problem areas, improve mobility and increase flexibility. At only 18 inches long, it's easier to pack than a traditional foam roller, and since it's smaller, your triathlete will be able to target those hard-to-get areas more effectively.

BUY: TriggerPoint STK Grip, $32.99 

Nathan Tempo Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Shirt

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Perfect for cooler training runs, this quarter-zip from Nathan will be a staple in your triathlete's gear bag. It strikes a nice balance between breathability and warmth, is made of super soft four-way stretch fabric and has thumb holes to keep sleeves from riding up. The secret stash pocket is great for essentials, including keys, credit cards and gels.

BUY: Nathan Tempo Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Shirt, $75

Lazer Sphere MIPS Helmet

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With trickle-down technology and premium styling from Lazer's flagship G1 road helmet, the new Sphere MIPS delivers a sleek look, comfortable fit and budget-friendly price—perfect for a triathlete in training. The Sphere is equipped with Lazer's patented Advanced Rollsys system with 360-degree coverage and vertical adjustments that helps optimize fit for just about any head shape and size.

BUY: Lazer Sphere MIPS Helmet, $160

Altra Running Paradigm 6

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Altra Running's new Paradigm 6 is the first Altra shoe inspired by and developed with Altra athlete and American long-distance runner, Kara Goucher. It features an Altra EGO MAX midsole, supportive GuideRail and an InnovArch to encourage better foot placement with each step. Like all Altra shoes, the Paradigm 6 has a 0 mm heel to toe drop—a ride many triathletes prefer. 

BUY: Altra Running Paradigm 6, $160

DÆHLIE Sportswear Winter Run 2.0 Jacket

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The Winter Run 2.0 Jacket is an ultra-lightweight, high-performance running jacket ideal for training in cool to cold conditions. It pairs four-way stretch fabric for supreme mobility with strategically placed Primaloft padding for extra insulation across the front. The elastic cuffs and laser-cut ventilation at the back for extra breathability are stand-out features your triathlete will welcome.

BUY: DÆHLIE Sportswear Winter Run 2.0 Jacket, $170

PRO Discover Frame Bag (Small)

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No, your triathlete wouldn't likely race with this bag on their bike, but it's a great companion for those long, far-flung training rides as they prepare for their big day. This is the smaller, redesigned version of the PRO Discover Frame Bag, with improvements in both access and performance. It has a 2.7l capacity for plenty of nutrition and additional layers, is waterproof and uses Velcro straps to attach to the frame to keep it from swinging.

BUY: PRO Discover Frame Bag (Small), $70

Ibex Tranquil Joggers

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Your triathlete will appreciate the Ibex Tranquil Joggers for anything from training runs, recovery yoga sessions or just lounging around the house with their feet up. They combine the temperature-regulating, wicking performance of merino and the clean, soft feel of organic cotton. The classic sweat suit look and feel make these joggers perfect even for traveling and running errands, too.

BUY: Ibex Tranquil Joggers, $145

Saucony Peregrine 11

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One of Saucony's best sellers, the Peregrine 11 is the ultimate trail and "bad weather" shoe. The PWRTRAC rubber lugs are designed for maximum traction and control across multiple surfaces, and the PWRRUN midsole cushioning delivers flexibility, durability and responsiveness. Long story short, the Peregrine 11 will help your triathlete's foot move naturally and uninhibited over tricky trails.

BUY: Saucony Peregrine 11, $120

G-Shock GA2100-1A1

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While GPS-enabled triathlon watches are great, there's something to be said for a reliable, no-frills watch. The G-Shock GA2110-1A1, more commonly known as the Casioak, is waterproof down to 200 meters and features a shock-resistant case, mineral glass and both a digital and analog layout. It's modern yet classic, and something your triathlete would use in the pool and on runs for years to come. 

BUY: G-Shock GA2100-1A1, $99

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