The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners
It’s time for our yearly running holiday gift guide and boy do we have some great ones for you this year. We are intentionally staying away from shoes because let’s be honest, they are hard to buy for other people. Instead of that, we have included some great technology to the mix as well. We have tried to also hit quite a number of price points with the list to offer something for everyone’s budget. One note before we go on, we have included links with all of these products, but as part of this holiday season we would love to see people support their local running store. So if you see a product you like, then find out where you can buy it locally and spread your support out!
Running Subscription Boxes
If you want to give someone a little surprise every month, then make sure you check out our other article on running specific subscription boxes. This includes some great companies like Trifuel Monthly, The RunnersBox, StrideBox, and No Sweat Box. If you have only a little time left to shop, then these are really easy and a huge win as they keep on giving after the season.
Tifosi has been killing it with some amazing models that are stylish, performance oriented, and also won’t crush your wallet. For everyday style, trail runners, or those that just want an easy to wear pair of glasses then check out the Swank ($25), Smoove, or Swick. For more heavy duty performance oriented runners, check out the Brixon, Amok, or Crit (all around $80). Check out more at https://tifosioptics.com.
Hats, Hats, Hats
Headsweats has been crushing the game for so long and this winter’s lineup is perfect for the Pacific Northwest ranging from very functional reversible beanies to super fun snow beanies and then over to performance and their Trucker/Runner lineup. Prices are mixed, but range from $20-25 so something for everyone. Visit https://headsweats.com for more info.
Okay while not technically a hat, these things can be used for a heck of a lot more. Buff makes well scarves (or bufandas) and not just your old school scarf, but really well thought out sleeves that are infinitely adaptable and come in every variety, thickness, and usage. From hyper cold days to sun protection to needing something to throw in the water and then cool yourself off with, plus a good portion also have UV protection. Find out more at https://buffusa.com/.
Bluetooth Headphones for Runners
Jaybird has been a favorite around here for so long and the X4 strikes the right balance between something very high end like the Tarah Pro yet still gives your recipient a great way into the bluetooth headphone running game. Battery life is solid, but charging is where they shine as there are no open connections. They also come with numerous ear pieces so you can achieve the right fit and multiple colors as well. You can get them for $129.99 at https://jaybirdsport.com.
Aftershokz Trekz Air
Aftershokz is something totally new and pretty amazing to try and you can read our detailed review here. They get rid of the in ear portion of the bud and move to a bone conduction model and it works really well. You never suffer from any of the long term ear pain some people get inevitably after a few hours of running. The sound is great and you can get them for $149.95 from https://aftershokz.com.
Visiblity, Storage, and Hydration
Everyone needs a spot to store stuff and SPI has you covered. We especially like the SPI H2O belt giving you both storage and 8oz of hydration on each side. SPI also makes some great visiblity products including LED Arm Bands and LED Visors. Everything is available in multiple colors and prices run from $20-45. Check them all out at https://spibelt.com.
Recovery Tools and Technology
We have a big review coming on this one and there are numerous of these on the market, but we especially love the Hypervolt from Hyperice. This lightweight, cordless massage tool is perfect for working out the muscles and compared to the others, this thing is super quiet. It comes with multiple head attachments and seriously everyone we gave this to wanted to steal it from us. It is pricey at $349.99, but a fraction of the cost of a few massages and you have it any time. More information on https://hyperice.com.
Last, but certainly not least is Powerdot. These folks are bringing real medical level recovery into your home via a bluetooth app based connected system. Simply attach the pads to the correct spot on your body (all guided visually) and then start the specific workout through the app. Micro-stimulation events are then sent to the pads causing your muscles to contract all of which helps with recovery. Truly cutting edge recovery tech for $199 for one pad and $299 for 2, all at https://powerdot.com.
Happy holidays everyone!