As you know, one of our very own is currently in the midst of training for her first Ironman next year. And whether you’re tackling the Ironman, conquering a shorter tri distance, or just buying a gift for another triathlete in your life, here are some of our top picks for triathlete gear you (or they) are sure to love.
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Perhaps the most covetable watch this year, the Garmin Forerunner 920XT does it all. Designed for open water and pool swimming, the Forerunner 920XT measures every stroke and meter of your workouts and offers enhanced training capabilities. On the bike, the 920XT is compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence, heart rate and power meter — to provide advanced training capabilities. On the run, the 920XT can help you train for optimal running form by reporting running dynamics data when used with the HRM-Run™ monitor. It also has a metronome with vibe and audible alerts to guide your cadence training. For ultra runners, it offers an UltraTrac mode that turns GPS off at certain intervals, extending battery life for up to 40 hours. Cost: $450-$500
ROKA SIM Pro Short
Give the gift of better swim technique. The SIM is the first practical triathlon and swim training tool to mimic the body position and experience of a wetsuit swim by lifting you up — without overheating from wearing a wetsuit in an 80°F degree pool. This patent-pending suit is a game changer. It’s better than a pull buoy, because it lets you kick and turn naturally. It’s also gives just a touch of warmth for those cold morning workouts. The SIM makes every swim a race-specific training workout. $79-$109
Louis Garneau Tri Course Club Suit
Nothing says “I love you” like new race gear. Louis Garneau has has designed a tri suit that reduces drag, eliminate chaffing and allows full freedom of movement for better aero – remember for triathletes in your life, it’s all about aero. Crafted from the most aerodynamic fabric on the market and treated with coldblack technology that offers protection from UV rays and improves the rider’s heat management, he Tri Course Club Suit is designed to allow perfect performance on race day. $250
fi’zi:k Tritone 6.5 Braided
The Ultimate Triathlon saddle and perhaps the gift that benefits you just as much as you will never again hear complaints after a long ride. The fi’zi:k Tritone 6.5 Braided Saddle perfectly blends lightweight design with comfort for the truly competitive triathlete. The TRITONE 6.5 offers better support to all the riders with a larger distance between their sit bones, such as women or taller men. With a 65mm wide nose and a maximum width of 140mm, it’s the wider option of the nose-less saddle fi’zi:k introduced last year. €270,00
Speedo Tri Clops Backpack
If there is one thing that hold true about triathletes, it is that they need to carry around a lot of gear, making a bag to carry and organize all that gear an ideal gift. I personally own the Tri Clops bag and use it everyday, I keep my bike shoes, running shoes, multiple suits for swimming, headphones, goggles, extra socks, workout clothes, gels, etc. all in the bag. In the event that I can get in an unscheduled workout, all my gear is ready to go no matter what sport I can squeeze in. This is a must have for any multi-sport athlete. $139
NormaTec Compression boots
Looking to spend big bucks, give the gift of quick recovery. The NormaTec Compression boots makes even the hardest workouts feel like you just took a stroll through the park by the time you’re done with them. Recovery time is cut in half allowing your triathlete to do back to back workouts with ease which means faster gains and quicker finish times. These are also great if you’re looking to shell out amazing gifts for any skiers in your life or if you feel like sending your favorite Mercedes writer a gift. $1,500
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