Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness

If you're reading this, chances are you're into fitness, have a loved one interested in endurance sports, or aren't sure what to get that ultrarunner in your life (who, admit it, baffles you somewhat with their early morning runs and excitement over running ungodly distances, and it's not running from danger!). The following products come from companies I use regularly, have products that often or at least sometimes break the mold, and fit right into an endurance lifestyle. Enjoy.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness

The RaceReady StreamLine Tech Tee gets your music player cords out of the way when you are running, walking, hiking or working out. The patent-pending hidden channel starts at the bottom of the shirt and ends at the top -- put your iPhone, iPod or MP3 player in your pocket then feed the cord up the front of the StreamLine and off you go!

The Yaktrax  Run is an ice traction device anatomically designed for use with running shoes. Run naturally on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run's combination of removable spikes and steel coils, providing 360° of unbeatable traction. The Yaktrax Run can be worn in temperatures as low as -41° Fahrenheit, but at that point, really?

SAXX Underwear Co. Kinetic Boxer: Developed specifically to enhance athletic comfort. The microfibre mesh structure promotes airflow and moisture transfer from skin to outer surface. A cooling and chafe resistant equation for complete kinetic energy. Flat out the most comfortable athletic briefs I've ever worn. Not just for training, I'd wear a pair of these every day if I could.

From Summit Brands, insoles to replace tired or inadequate in your shoes. The Free-Flex Flex Shoe Insole are the first insole ever designed to work in the new category of minimalist sport shoes. They’ve given new life to my PureFlows! I used the Sport Action Insoles in my old New Balance running shoes – the are shock absorbing and offer comfort and support during my CrossFit classes.

If you haven’t tried injinji  socks yet, you should – they are a unique design that strengthens muscles in feet and legs, offer better grip and traction, protect from blusters, and are just a whole lotta fun.

RoadID  keeps you safe when you’re on the road, whether running or cycling. Reflective laces and wrist bands are simple ways to make yourself more visible.

Cyclists don’t want to think about it, but sometimes you need tools to get yourself home. For those unfortunate breakdowns though, the extremely lightweight and compact Leatherman  MakoTi features nine essential tools for a road or trailside fix to get you back up and running in no time. Complete with a bottle opener for the occasional "road soda," five metric box wrenches and two spoke wrenches; this is the first bike tool that you won't even notice in your pocket!

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness

Not your typical sports bottle, the Camelbak  eddy is glass, naturally BPA-Free and doesn’t retain taste or odors. Grip-able silicone sleeve is stylish and protective. A beautiful and fully functional product.

Winter or summer, sometimes you need more than a regular sports bottle to keep liquids cold or unfrozen. Enter a Wooly Mammoth Insulated bottle from Hydrapak?  The Woolly adds Prima-Loft™ between the double walled bottle to create the most advanced insulated sports bottle on the market. Tests with leading brands are no match for the performance under heat and cold. Beyond the insulation properties, the Wooly uses polypropylene, a lighter weight more flexible material, molded at varying thicknesses for strength and flexibility, which put this bottle to the top of its class. Fits most bike cages.

For a quick bite, why not stay with a healthy snack? Nairns Oatcakes  biscuits are high in fibre. They are made with wholegrain oats to a wheat free recipe. They contain no hydrogenated fat, GM ingredients, artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

The First Endurance PreRace Sustained Release capsules from Proline  are a revolutionary new pre-exercise supplement developed to provide endurance athletes with a potent mental and cardiac jump-start prior to races or workouts. The Pre-race formula provides all the necessary ingredients needed to increases mental stamina, increases time to exhaustion, increases maximum workload, improves mental clarity and increases oxygenation of muscles. Features include caffeine, taurine, qurcetin and a proprietary neuro-stimulant blend.

The original CLIF Bar, updated and available for a limited time in seasonal flavors. Iced Gingerbread, Peppermint Stick, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie continue the tradition by using whole, organic ingredients. Sweet enough for dessert!

Need more holiday flavors? How about GU Energy  Gel in Peppermint Stick?! GU Energy Gel provides athletes with a dose of 100 calories to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. Everything inside each packet of GU is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential nutrition it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don't have to slow down.

Check out other Gift Guides at 50 States Of Wine and Women's Endurance Gear!

(Disclaimer: I was sent these items for possible inclusion in this Gift Guide. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this post, or agree to use item in the Gift Guide. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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4 comments:

  1. The Saxx underwear look intriguing. I have been looking for something that is not only comfortable, but doesn't chafe on the longest of runs.

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  2. I received one of the wooly mammoth bottles for participating in CTER's 140.6 last winter. It really is the best bottle I've ever owned. Even once left it in a hot car (like July) and it was still cold a couple hours later! I need another one :) Bought the RoadID for myself last summer. Haven't been brave enough to try peppermint Gu yet though I have one I got in another giveaway. Love the ideas for a few other items Santa could bring me though my trainer is my big gift.

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  3. Some interesting choices there. I see here by us trail gear and GPS devices are the "in" gifts to buy.

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  4. Feeling very Jetsons with that Race Ready tee--how cool. And YakTrax are just the best. They've gotten me outside many times when otherwise it wouldn't be possible. Worth their weight in gold.

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