The festive season is upon us, a time when we give gifts to our loved ones – and ourselves.
If you’re feeling stuck on gift ideas for the triathletes close to your heart, we’ve assembled a handy list to choose from or be inspired by. With items to suit a range of budgets, we hope this gift guide helps you pick the perfect present to celebrate this time of year.
Treat yourself to better triathlon trips ahead! Go from airport to race day with the blueseventy Helix Bag, the only bag you’ll need for active travel (aside from your bike case, of course). With a total volume of 56 liters measuring 24 in x 15 in x 10 in, this bag features a large main compartment that fully unzips open, separate bottom compartment for wet gear, expandable mesh side pockets for hydration, a hard top compartment for eyewear and other valuables, and a helmet compartment that can fit even aero helmets. Water-resistant material and zippers keep everything dry, and three gear-organizing bags allow you to separate your swim, bike, and run gear.
Wear the Helix Bag as a backpack, or hide the backpack straps and attach the included shoulder strap to wear it as a duffel bag.
Also consider: blueseventy Gift Card (USD $25 at blueseventy.com)
Give yourself the gift of running with the On Running Cloudflyer, a lightweight, fully-cushioned training and racing shoe that’s all about comfort and support. With a plush tongue, ultralight engineered mesh upper, lightweight Helion™ superfoam and durable CloudTec® underfoot, a midfoot stability tube (Speedboard®), 3D-molded heel and wider outsole, this shoe is bound to give you the signature On feel of running on clouds.
Perfect for a Kris Kringle gift with a spend limit, or a present for your training buddies! The On Running Mid Length Running Socks are designed to keep you running. These performance socks feature a breathable and lightweight mix of tech fabrics that keep the sock in place and offer snug and subtle support through the arch.
The PURE RaceStarter Kit is everything you need to hydrate and fuel for 2-3 hours, making it the perfect gift for the endurance enthusiast in your life, or for yourself for your next race day.
It includes a PURE CamelBak Podium 710ml water bottle, two single-serve PURE Electrolyte Hydration sachets in Lemon and Superfruits flavors, and two PURE Energy Gels (Espresso + 30mg caffeine and Orange Lemon Lime).
The PURE CamelBak bike bottle has a self-sealing Jet Valve to eliminate spills with a removable nozzle for easy cleaning, is lightweight and easily squeezable, and is 100% BPA and BPS-free.
PURE Electrolyte Hydration uses real freeze-dried fruit, carbohydrates, and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium).
For longer sessions, top up with PURE Energy Gels which use real ingredients for flavour, carbohydrates, and electrolytes.
Also consider: Pure Nutrition e-Gift Card (NZD $20 at puresportsnutrition.com)
Motivate yourself or your loved one to jump back in the water with these stylish, colorful, and functional cozzies from Swozzi.
Swozzi swimwear uses high-quality Italian fabric made with Econyl (a poly-amide nylon yarn 100% regenerated from discarded plastic waste like fishing nets) and Xtralife Lycra, giving it a thin, soft, silky feel, enhanced elasticity, as well as non-see through characteristics. Its ultra-chlorine resistant properties allow suits to keep their shape and compression even after over 100 hours in chlorinated water. Swozzi swimwear also offers UPF50+ filter against sun rays and is extremely resistant to sun creams and oils.
This one-piece style allows full range of motion while giving ample coverage so you can swim with speed and comfort. Concentrate on your workout while still looking stylish and fun.
Budgie smugglers never looked so good. The boyleg cut flatters a range of body shapes and lets you stay cool when the workouts heat up. No wonder Olympians love Swozzi.
Send your significant other a link to the Aerowing Sport Performance Sunglasses if they’re stuck on what to get you. The Aerowing sunglasses are inspired by the retro design of 90s goggles, in combination with R&D work with the world’s best athletes. Impact-resistant and interchangeable lenses with a lifetime scratch guarantee, ergonomic adjustments, and designed for intensive use in outdoor sports, the Aerowing is worn by WorldTour cycling teams like UAE Team Emirates, Israel Start-Up Nation, and NTT Pro Cycling.
Show the triathlete in your life your attention to detail by gifting the Blue Magic Mirror Gold. The #1 best selling model of TheMagic5 goggles, its distinct color and mirror coating is preferred by pro athletes like Jan Frodeno and Ben Kanute.
Each TheMagic5 swim goggle is custom-made using their Optimal Fitting Technology™: based on a facial scan through their app, the goggles are produced to fit the curvature of your face so you get goggles that fit comfortably and don’t leak.
If you’re gifting to someone else and not sure if they want a mirrored, tinted, or clear goggle, snap up a TheMagic5 E-Gift Card instead (USD $75 on themagic5.com).
If you have a tough time deciding from the gift suggestions we’ve given so far, being an MX Endurance member gives you discounts on all of them that will more than pay for the cost of the subscription. Sign up now!
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(Header photo by The Retro Store on Unsplash.)
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