Holiday Gift Guide: The Travelling Triathlete
Athletes are tough on their bodies and travelling can wreak havoc on stiff limbs and tight muscles. Surprise the athlete in your life with these items designed to maximize comfort while getting to your destination.
1 OAKLEY PRIZM DAILY POLARIZED SLIVER $235 By combining many of Oakley’s proprietary technologies (Prizm lens technology, Plutonite lenses, O-Matter frame material), the Prizm Daily Polarized Sliver offers wearers all of the benefits and protection found in technical sports eyewear, but with a more urban-oriented esthetic.
2 BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 25 NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES $330 With their excellent acoustic quality as well as noise-cancellation ability, the QuietComfort 25 headphones are a must-have any travelling triathlete. The addition of a built-in mic and remote, also allow for easy control of music playlists and important incoming calls.
3 CEP RECOVERY+ COMPRESSION SOCKS $60 Avoid swollen ankles while flying with these socks from CEP. Also excellent for general recovery post-hard run, the graduated compression of these socks increases blood flow and will help keep your lower legs feeling fresh.
4 ARENA HALYS MICROFIBRE TOWEL $35 Arena’s soft and highly adsorbent microfibre towel is perfect for the pool. Triathletes short on space will love how small the Halys rolls up to fit in your backpack and how quickly it dries.
5 MERRELL CRYSTAL DRIFT BEANIE $35 This attractive winter hat combines technical fabric construction with a more mainstream fashion esthetic. The result is a great hat for cold winter training or perhaps more importantly, post-workout coffee runs.
6 MERRELL CRYSTAL DRIFT SCARF $45 The Crystal Drift scarf’s soft blended fabric offers cozy warmth with stylish good looks. As such, it’s perfect when rushing to that early winter-morning swim workout or simply braving the elements when trying to catch a flight to that warm-weather training camp.
7 MERRELL WOMEN’S FARROW HYBRID SOFTSHELL $200 Filled with 120 grams of Thinsulate insulation and sporting a breathable yet weather-shedding softshell fabric, the Farrow jacket is a versatile outer garment that’s both functional and funky. It’s also perfect for keeping warm on an overnight flight.
8 OSPREY FARPOINT 70 $250 The Farpoint 70 offers triathletes a great alternative to traditional luggage when travelling. This 70-litre pack not only has a number of internal dividers for organizing gear, but it also features a plush zip-away suspension system that simplifies carrying the pack in busy airports. A small detachable outer pod-like daypack allows for more organization and can be used on its own during shorter trips.
9 NEW BALANCE 696 DECONSTRUCTED SHOE $160 With its buttery-soft suede leather uppers, leather laces and plush revlite midsole, the 696 Deconstructed may be the best shoe choice for such extreme dayto-day activities like shopping for a new bike or meeting friends for a casual dinner.
10 SAUCONY AEROSPACER HOODIE $140 While there’s no denying that the Aerospacer Hoodie is a great functional cold-weather running jacket, its flattering, quilted-like fabric and eye-catching zipper flap also make it perfect for apres run.
11 MEC COGHLAR’S PORTABLE POWER PACK $48 Don’t be left in the dark. Charge all your portable devices while on the go. The power pack also doubles as a flashlight. With an option for solar charging it’s also excellent for hiking and camping.
12 MEC SKROSS PRO PLUS USB WORLD ADAPTER WITH GROUND $52 With adapters for around the world, this one-stop resource has you covered no matter where your travels take you.
13 LORNA VANDERHAEGHE MELATONIN PLUS $10.50 Don’t compromise sleep while travelling. Melatonin can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and promotes deeper, more restful sleep helping to reduce jet lag.