The Triathlete’s Holiday Gift Guide (+Giveaway!)
2011 Holiday Gift Guide
Want to find a gift for your triathlete friends or family? We’ve got a great gift guide to get you started! You may also find some things to add to a wish list of your own! Although a few of our picks are just for female triathletes, most things here are perfect gifts for him or her!
FuelBelt’s Revenge series has been cleverly designed so it’s even easier to pull out bottles out of their holsters using just one hand. Putting them back is just as easy. The new design is also super lightweight and available in both a custom fit (S, M, L in the color black only) or a one size fits all which is available in a variety of colors. It has an adjustable fit and easy Velcro closure and is comfortably padded with breathable Thermafoam padding. All past & present FuelBelt bottles will fit. As if that’s not enough, FuelBelt’s new color ways come directly from some of the greatest endurance athletes of our time including Terenzo Bozzone, Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington. The available colors are: Black, Arctic Blue, Hibiscus Pink, Royal Blue, Terenzo & White Panda
The 7 oz. Bottles are BPA free and the Revenge has a removable storage pocket (it’s on there only when you need it!) MSRP is $41.95.
GIFT GUIDE GIVEAWAY! Your gift list could become even better as FuelBelt is offering this fabulous belt for a Cycle & Style reader! See the Giveaway rules below! Good luck!
Soas Race Kit – Train Hard and Race Hard and Look Good Doing it!
These stylish looking triathlon race kits were created by two women who were frustrated in their search for cute and
functional triathlon clothing for women. So they decided to design their own! Thus was born the SOAS women’s specific line of triathlon clothes. They’re intended to look sophisticated and modern, feminine, but not “girlie.” The SOAS race kits were designed to feel soft, silky and super comfortable, and yet also give support where needed without feeling restrictive in places where there is no need. With contrasting panels on the sides and well-designed, non-chafing seam areas, the look is slimming and flattering. The aerodynamic rear pockets were also carefully designed to organize all your items for easy access during the race. The super soft fleece pad is thin and makes for a comfortable ride. This coordinated kit has all the little features to help you perform your best on race day!
The SOAS tri kit on the right features a classic herringbone print with a bold swatch of red. It’s the epitome of stylish! (Price $160 for full kit) The SOAS Red Houndstooth Kit is brand new!
Cannondale Slice – The Perfect Bike for Fast Girls!
Cannondale Slice was designed specifically for female triathletes and time trialists. In its debut, Miranda Carfrae rode it to victory in the 2010 Ironman World Championships in Kona. Small women have often been frustrated in their search for a bike that fits them. The Slice frame is sized as small as 47 cm (with 650 c wheel size) as well as in 51 and 54 cm frame sizes (with standard 700c wheels.) With a name like “Slice,” you know it’s designed to be aerodynamic, but did you know it is designed so that you’ll actually be comfortable in a proper aero position? If you’ve been frustrated with the nervous, twitchy handling of some aero frames, you’ll be happy to know that the Slice is designed to provide stable and confidence-inspiring handling while in the aero position, so you can relax and focus on your ride. Perhaps more important for women, as one of the lightest frames on the market, Slice’s nimble light weight allows you to put all your energy into pedaling fast rather than muscling your bike through the race!
Available at your local bicycle shop which features Cannondale brand bicycles!
Slice Women’s 2 Force: $3,100 MSRP
Slice Women’s 5 105: $2,330 MSRP
Tri Towels are the brainchild of Juli Clark, who has been a top age-group competitive triathlete. She created these fun, brightly colored towels to use instead of “ratty old bath towels” with no meaning. The TriTowels have great messages meant to motivate and inspire you through the transition zones! These luxurious Turkish terry velour towels are screened with water-based, enviro friendly ink. Put some fun in your race day and find yourself inspired in T1 & T2!
Small towels are 16 x 24-inches and large ones are 30 x 60-inches Prices: $16.95 for small towels & $27.95 for large towels.
Finis Swimsense Monitor
Finis Swimsense monitor is the only swim performance watch monitor that tracks swim stroke types and starts as soon as you do. It can be configured to any pool size with settings for meters or yards. You’ll enter in your own data of gender and weight for a personalized readout. The software analysis will give a lot of information including distance, calories, stroke types, pace, stroke count, efficiency, workout timeline and more. Cycle & Style did a review of the Swimsense monitor which you can check here. The MSRP is $199.99 and is available at the Finis website and on Amazon. It has a rechargable lithium-ion battery.
Yankz T2 TriathlonBAG
The T2 Yankz! TriathlonBAG is a great multisport backpack with nice heavily padded shoulder straps with a reflective
stripe. It unzips to lay flat in the transition area. Your gear is well-organized and easy to get to in this bag with a special place for your helmet, each pair of shoes, and a great removable mesh bag to hold your dry/wet body suit (and a wet towel). There’s also a key ring and separate cell-phone holder. The bag also comes with a free Yankz lacing system so you won’t have to tie your shoes losing precious seconds in T-2. (Available in the colors black or red. MSRP: $110)
Yankz! Holiday Special: They’re offering free embroidery of a name on any triathlon bag purchase at this time.
WhooHa Gear! (for Women Having Optimistic Objectives & Healthy Attitudes!)
Whooha Gear is meant to be inspiring! Started by two women athletes, Whooha Gear provides athletic wear made for women by women. Their shirts and accessories with inspirational sayings for athletes are perfect for the triathletes, cyclists, swimmers and runners on your Holiday list!
Shown here: Tri Hearts BURNOUT Long Sleeve Hoodie is a blend of polyester and cotton with wicking capabilities. Price; $40.
Buff headwear is a seamless tube of fabric which can be worn in a variety of ways. It offers both technical performance and protection from the elements. It’s perfect for wearing under the helmet or on the run. It also comes in models with UV protection. Leadville 100 champ Rebecca Rusch is one of many athletes who love to wear Buff (in fact, she was the one who told us about Buff in the first place!) Buff® models are available in hundreds of designs and styles and can be worn in a variety of ways (the Buff website will show you about 17 different ways!)
I’m putting the Reflective Buff on my wish list to increase my visibility in low-light conditions. It has two two retro-reflective 3M Scotchlite™ tape stripes which glow brilliant white when illuminated by approaching vehicle headlights up to 492 ft away. (MSRP for the Reflective Buff is $20.)
All Terrain AquaSport SPF30 Lotion
We all know we need to protect our skin so we can stay wrinkle free longer by wearing sunscreen. One of the best and most environmentally friendly water/sweat resistant sunscreen lotions on the market is All Terrain’s AquaSport. It is a highly effective, safe, natural, oxybenzone-free sunscreen providing full-spectrm UVA (skin cancer) and UVB (sunburn) protection. It’s been proven effective after 80 minutes in water, resistant. Using non-nano, un-coated zinc oxide, it is non-whitening, non-greasy, fragrance-free and won’t cause eye sting.
MSRP is $10.99/3 0z. tube. Also available from Amazon.
Stocking Stuffers from GU:
Here’s two new flavors of GU energy shots to slip into a triathlete’s stocking: Peppermint Stick & Peanut Butter. The Peppermint Stick flavor is here for the holidays only, so get it while you can (it’s available in 8-packs as well!) Peanut Butter has been the number 1 most requested flavor and it is here at last. Pair it with a berry-flavored GU for fun! (I’ve tasted it and can tell you that GU’s peanut butter flavor will remind you of peanut brittle. It’s my new favorite!)
Rules of the FuelBelt/Cycle & Style Giveaway:
To enter our giveaway for FuelBelt Revenge Series hydration belt, comment below and use your real (first) name and a valid e-mail. We’ll make a random choice from among the best quality comments to select the winner. The winner will be chosen on December 8, 2011 and they will be notified via e-mail. If we have trouble getting a hold of you, we may have to choose another, so please use a valid email.
We can mail to addresses within the US.