So without further ado, here are a few great gift ideas for the endurance athlete in your life.
Stocking Stuffer- Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggles- This is a great all round set of goggles that are a great replacement for the old Speedos that everyone seems to have. The sleek profile of the goggles that comes fairly flush with the face from the bottom of the forehead to the top of the cheekbones gives the same sort of functionality of heavier bulkier goggles, without the same sort of mass. The side buckles also make it one of the easiest goggles to adjust on the fly. Available for about $40.
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I've been nice- Garmin Swim Pool Watch- Pushing the little button on the Sportcount Lap Counter seem like too much trouble? Try the Garmin Swim and stop counting the laps altogether! Honestly though this does seem like a very useful tool, using an accelerometer similar to that found in an iPhone, rather than GPS, this watch can accurately identify and count your strokes, distance, pace, etc. Just tell it the length of the pool and it does the rest of the work. I like this item because it provides the same type of technical feedback we're accustomed to with a GPS run watch, and maybe even a little more. Retailing at around $160 this is a pretty good pickup for the technical minded triathlete.
Honourable Mention- H2O Audio Interval 4 Waterproof System.
Stocking Stuffer- Wahoo Fitness iPhone Key- Cyclists are all about gadgets and toys. So it only makes sense that a device be available that can connect all the electronic gadgets in a cyclist's aresenal, with their iPhone or iPad. There are over a hundred apps available from the iTunes store that read data from ANT+ gadgets like power meters, heart rate straps, speed/cadence sensors, gym scales, but Apple devices don't have native ANT+ functionality built it. Enter this little dongle that allows your iPhone to communicate with all those great toys. This one also ties into one of the next items I've put on the list down below and it retails for $60 but you'll probably have to find it online rather than in the local shop.
Stocking Stuffer- Filzer Torque Wrench- Okay this isn't exactly stocking stuffer cheap, but this is triathlon, what else is new? But this awesome Torque Wrench set available at MEC for just over $100 will definitely fit into a stocking. This is an absolute must for any serious cyclist who does even minor adjustments on their bike. When out on the road its extremely that after servicing or adjusting your bike you get the torque settings properly set. Bolts that are too tight risk damaging your precious carbon bike frame, and bolts that are too loose risk coming out and can put the rider in serious jeopardy in the event of failure while riding.
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Honourable Mention- Garmin Edge 500, CycleOps Powertap.
Stocking Stuffer- Lululemon Run Gloves- If you don't have a pair of these already and have an avid runner in your circle, I really suggest you grab a pair for the perfect stocking stuffer. There are a few variations of these, some thicker than others, but what I really like about these run gloves is that they allow for quite a bit of tactile mobility and they're pretty slim. What I mean by that is that they aren't so cumbersome that you can't reach into your pocket to grab your phone or grab a gel without pulling the pocket inside out. They've also got touch screen friendly finger tips, which work great and allow you to change the track on your iPod, or answer a call on your iPhone. Available for men and women at Lululemon of course.
I've been really really nice and have never missed a run- Garmin Forerunner 610- A touch screen run watch with built in ANT+ functionality that doubles as a day to day watch? Yes please. Runner minded features like a Run/Walk reminder and one touch screen changes for different data displays are great touches (no pun) that set this watch apart from others. That being said, at the end of the day this watch doesn't do a tonne more than a watch like the FR10, but it just looks really cool.
Honourable Mention- Any foam roller, The Stick, or a Garmin 310xt.
Thats all for now
Thats all for now but look forward to another roundup of gifts for the general athlete in your life coming next week. If there's anything you'd like to see feel free to ask a question in the comments section!