2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories
Some versatile gear options your triathlete is sure to enjoy this holiday season.
Not all of the gear triathletes need can be pigeon-holed into the swim, bike or run category – so you might need to be a bit more tactical when looking for gifts this year. Here are some great options that are versatile across more than one discipline and will surely make the athlete in your household happy.
Suunto 9 – $650
With 120 hours of continuous exercise tracking, the Suunto 9 is perfect for long training sessions, races, or any extreme adventure you go on. The Finnish company’s latest watch offers all the data you need in any sport or activity, with over 80 sport modes, 100-m of water resistance and an optical wrist-based heart rate monitor. It can connect it to a variety of sensors through either ANT+ or Bluetooth, and you can download the data through USB or Bluetooth to your phone or computer. The touch screen makes it easy to navigate through the settings, and it can also be turned into a smart watch to track your calls, messages and other notifications as well.
Tacx FLUX 2 Smart – $1,200
The popular FLUX Smart trainer has been upgraded to the 2, offering increased resistance and a heavier flywheel to provide an even smoother ride and a more accurate power measurement. It has the ability to simulate up to a 16 per cent grade, more than enough for even the most difficult Zwift courses you opt for, and with an easy setup, will be a valuable asset to your pain cave as you grind through the winter months.
Stac Halcyon – $990
Fully compatible with your favourite online training apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad, the Stac Halcyon is a perfect fit for your training room this winter. The automatic magnet positioning makes it easy to set up, and it’s Zero Noise system promises a smooth, powerful and completely silent training experience without touching your wheel. With 10 hours of battery life and no cables, not to mention it’s light weight, this smart trainer is easy to take wherever you want to go.
Bollé Shifter – $300
With a retro-futurist design based on the famous Chrono Shield worn by the world’s best cyclists in the 1990s, the Bollé Shifter offers a mix of style and high-end features for the ultimate training experience. The glasses feature some modern upgrades, including vented and Phantom lenses in a variety of tints so you can see clearly no matter the conditions, and curved temples that use Thermogrip technology for a comfortable, snug fit.
Smith Attack – $290
Smith’s new aero sunglasses are great for both rides and runs. With Smith MAG technology, the Attack allows you to easily change the Chromapop lenses to adjust to varying light conditions. They come with two lenses, both with a lowered-brow design for increased ventilation. There’s also a two-position nosepiece and Megol temples, ensuring that the glasses have a snug fit while you dial up the intensity in your workouts.
Garneau Aero Tri Suit – $300
Designed with Canadian pro Lionel Sanders, Garneau left no stone unturned with the design of the Aero Tri Suit. Made with a variety of fabrics to ensure comfort and speed, including Speed Tech fabric on the shoulders and back for extra speed on the bike, the suit is also designed to be hydrodynamic to give you a boost in the swim. It also features angled back pockets for increased storage and specially designed ice pockets near the femoral and common iliac arteries for those extra hot races.
VeloPress Swim Speed Workouts, 2nd Edition – US$40
Written by four-time US Olympian Sheila Taormina, the second edition of Swim Speed Workouts is a set of 50 waterproof swim workout cards and drills for you to take with you into the pool. It also includes a 16-week training plan to keep you motivated all winter. By breaking down all of the aspects of your stroke, Taormina offers practical advice to help make you faster in the water and improve your swim split when the racing season rolls around.
Zwift Membership – $19/month
A no-brainer for the serious athlete, a Zwift membership can be a great gift no matter your triathletes level of commitment. With a game-like interface, working out with Zwift turns those long hours inside during the winter into a fun, social adventure. Whether you’re going for a hard workout or just a social spin, you’ll find yourself looking forward to training with Zwift.
Nuun Sport – $10
With essential electrolytes and no calories, Nuun’s quick-dissolving tablets keep you hydrated before, during and after your workout. A better source of hydration than drinking water, they also come in a variety of flavours and an easy-to-carry form for simplicity and efficiency in your nutrition plan.