Looking to find the perfect holiday gift for the serious runner in your life? Don’t break a sweat, 2017 has been a banner year for introducing exceptional running gear, cutting edge tech, as well as the latest accessories! Improve the performance of any sprinter who has their eye on the next race, and help them take their speed workouts to the next level with any one of these 10 incredible finds:
Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Headphones: 2017 saw major advances in Bluetooth connectivity and battery technology as various brands of headphones entered the market in fierce competition. The Jabra Elite Sport makes an impression with its waterproof design and runner-friendly features that include the ability to turn on an external mic to hear ambient noise, an in-ear precision heart rate monitor, and app that is compatible with both iPhone and Android that allow coaching prompts mid run. With a battery that supports three hours of talk/music time in the earbuds and a carrying case that stores enough battery power for two recharges, this sleek set of headphones makes an outstanding gift for $235.
Balega’s Men’s Silver No-Show Socks: Believe it – running socks make a difference, any runner will attest to that! This isn’t your ordinary stocking stuffer either – Balega facilitates superior running performance with these no-show, no-slip socks that are designed to provide optimal blood circulation and energy flow. Plus, encapsulated silver ions have antibacterial properties to ward off foot fungus. Balega’s own proprietary Drynamix moisture management yarn keeps runners cool and dry all day long. Constructed to reduce friction and minimize blister exposure, these socks provide ultimate comfort and are a runner’s dream, all for $15 a pair.
Timex Ironman GPS Watch: Because sometimes less is more! When all of the other pricier watches are measuring vertical oscillation, ground contact time, and cadence, sometimes it’s nice to simply see how far you’ve gone. The Timex Ironman GPS watch does that and more – but those who wear it won’t suffer from information overload. For an affordable $100, runners can enjoy a simple interface with easy navigable options. Track additional activities like swims and bike rides, tell time, and connect to GPS for real time pace, speed, and distance. Lightweight, water resistant up to 50 meters and with tap screen technology, this sporty wrist wear is a solid choice that offers reliable quality and consistent accuracy.
Le Mystere Wire-Free Sports Bra: What makes this incredibly flattering, racerback sports bra stand out among the rest? In addition to its sexy silhouette, the intelligent design of this sports bra allows it to support a wide range of cup sizes, unlike most others. Tested in marathon training and speedwork, it’s the mesh panels located on the back and between the cups that expel heat from the body, and the molded cups are lined with sweat-wicking fabric for the utmost comfort and practicality. Best news for the gift giver? It doesn’t break the bank, but its guaranteed to impress at $62.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 Road Shoe: Available in women’s and men’s styles, these running shoes top the list for Best of 2017 when one considers their reasonable price (only $100), how lightweight and responsive they are, plus their surprisingly soft material. These features make them excellent footwear for speedwork, as well as long runs and half-marathon races. The tread on these NB road shoes is designed to grip the ground to provide stability, prevent injury, and increase flexibility.
Asics Lite-Show 3 in 1 Shorts: These versatile shorts for women are like two pairs in one. Priced up to $45 depending on style, this 3 inch-inseam short has reflective striping for front and back visibility if you’re into evening runs. Plus, there is also a 2 inch-inseam boy short underneath that can be worn solo during warm weather, or for faster workouts and race days. Made with a polyester/spandex 4-way stretch combination.
Spy Hunt Sunglasses: The Hunt sunglasses featuring Happy Lenses, which enhance color, contrast, improve clarity and improve mood and alertness – are a perfect way to elevate an outdoor experience! Constructed from Spy’s own indestructible Grilamid material, these frames offer 100% UV protection, which will protect the user from long-term sun damage and will reduce eye fatigue. Best of all, the non-slip rubber temple insets ensure a secure and comfortable fit, and range in price from $87 – $160.
TriggerPoint GRID Mini Foam Roller: Give the gift of recovery to the runner in your life with this compact 4 x 5.5 inch foam roller that is large enough to really work out those kinks and knots, but small enough to pack easily and use right after the race. These effective pain relievers are only $10-$22 and come in a variety of colors!
Personalized Medal Holder: Help your race warrior celebrate their victory with a personalized display for their medals! Prices start at $59 for this unique and customizable hardware that will allow the athlete in your home to proudly show off their triumphs.
Milestone Pod: This nifty gadget attaches to footwear and tracks the miles logged on a particular set of running shoes, so the athlete who wears them will know when its time to purchase a replacement pair. It also provides information on foot strike, stride length, rate of impact, and more. A great gift for only $25!
Be an amazing gift giver who makes it personal as well as thoughtful this year when choosing a present for the runner on your list. He or she will appreciate all of the time and obvious effort (wink, wink) that went into your choice, given the abundance of options available in this particular retail market. Only you will know that it was our expertise that put you on the right track. Happy Holidays from RunSmartOnline!