Holiday Gift Guide – For Under the Tree
It's hard to go wrong with one of these gifts wrapped up for Christmas morning.
Ultimate 6 Kit – $165
Every triathlete suffers aches and pains, right? The Ultimate 6 Kit from Trigger Point Performance Therapy combines the Quadballer and Starter Set. Which means your triathlete will have all the tools they’ll need to massage almost any part of their body. The kit includes the Ultimate 6 Guidebook, which covers the benefits of massage in six key areas.
G3 – $1300
PowerTap hubs provide power data, which has become a popular way of monitoring training and racing data these days. The new G3 PowerTap hub is considerably smaller and lighter (at 325 g it’s 80 g lighter than the previous SL+). than previous PowerTap models. Most triathletes won’t care that servicing this new hub is also much easier, but their mechanic sure will. The only downside to this gift is that they’ll need to build a wheel around the hub, but they’ll still be grinning from ear to ear this holiday at the thought of getting all their power data from a wheel that’s as light as most regular set ups.
Vision Tech Metron Bar End Shifter Set – $210
Using a unique design that looks like a tiny set of brakes on the end of the bars, these shifters are designed to allow triathletes to keep their wrists locked during gear changes. To downshift you just push down with your thumb, to shift up you just squeeze the lever. They are compatible with Shimano 10-speed drive trains.
880 – $140
As your triathlete is getting ready to start their training in the new year, they’ll love these neutral, supportive and well-cushioned trainers that provide lots of great features in a light-weight shoe. There’s an Acteva Lite midsole that provides lots of cushioning and New Balance’s Stability Web that provides just the right amount of support.
TIL Jacket – $180
With it’s sharp-looking design, this black jacket offers a wind collar, a full zip, security side pockets and PRO-FIT technology in a great-looking high-tech jacket. Using lightweight anti-static and water-repellant material and a mesh insert for breathability, this jacket is extremely comfortable, offers lots of range of motion and will keep your triathlete warm and dry through the worst of the winter elements.
Cycling Shoes SH-TR52 (men’s) and WT52 (women’s) $249
Thanks to the supple synthetic leather and 3D moisture control mesh upper, these shoes offer the ultimate in comfort and performance. The hollow, lightweight carbon fibre sole provides lots of power transfer to the pedals, while the oversized strap design and huge heel tab are perfect for fast transitions and extra support. There are lots of vents to keep your feet cool on even the hottest summer training or racing days.
Barefoot Trail Glove – $140
This Vibram-soled adventure shoe provides enough protection from rocks and roots, but has a extremely lightweight upper so it feels like you’re running barefoot. The 4 mm compression molded EVA midsole does provide some cushioning, though, and the 1 mm forefoot shock absorption plate maintains forefoot flexibility and helps protect the foot. It all means you get a barefoot feel in a surprisingly long-lasting shoe.
Convoy Transition Backpack – $180
This isn’t your everyday backpack, which is perfect because triathletes are hardly everyday athletes. Thanks to the large design and metal frame construction, this durable bag opens up like a tool box so you don’t have to waste any time digging for a gel or a bar at the bottom of a compartment. Three mesh dividers help you separate swim, bike and run gear, and there are lots of individual internal pockets for smaller items. The removable wetsuit bag keeps the rest of your gear dry. There are two external water bottle pockets. The padding through the lower back and the padded waist belt help distribute weight for comfortable carrying.
Adizero Feather – $140
If you want to pay your triathlete the ultimate compliment about their running speed, throw a pair of these under the tree this holiday. This amazingly light, high-end racing flat has a seam-free mesh upper that provides lots of ventilation and a super-light sole that offers just enough protection and support. At just 6.7 oz, they’re about as light as a racing shoe can get.
Men’s Gear Duffel – $115
This is a perfect choice for the guys who like to have everything in their bag. There’s a soft-lined pocket for sunglasses, a padded compartment for a helmet and a tarp-lined pocket for smelly shoes or a wet wetsuit. There’s space for clothes, tools, food and pockets for your accessories, bars and gels, too. With 89 litres of capacity, there’s not a lot they won’t be able to take with them.
Tri-300 and Tri-Speed Shoes Tri-Speed $120, Tri-300 $300
It’s hard to go wrong with either one of these choices, but we figured we’d give you a couple of price-point options. For an entry-level shoe the Tri-Speed offers lots of great features including Garneau’s patented Multivent system, a neoprene tongue, two reversed Velcro straps and interchangeable insoles. The heat-mouldable Tri-300 offers all those features and allows for a custom fit. The Power Flex Strap system allows for even more airflow while providing support from inside the arch to the outer tendons. The Exo-Jet Carbon outsole uses silver fibers to reflect heat and there area flexible carbon arch supports for comfort. The rear puller will shave a few seconds of transition times, too.
ProGridKinvara 2 – $130
It’s hard to imagine your triathlete won’t love these super-lightweight shoes that utilize a lower heal-to-toe ratio to enhance a more natural stride. The upper uses a mono-filament mesh that’s is breathable and will keep out dirt and stones. The durable foam sole has curved grooves cut into it for more stability, while the foam heel collar provides a snug, performance-oriented fit. These can be used for training and racing.