Unsure of what to get the athlete in your life for the holidays? Let out gift guide help you out! With a variety of products from a range of price points all available at local retailers, you’re sure to find something that fits your loved one’s needs and your budget.
Salted Caramel GU
Why you want it: Training for an early season race? This special mid-winter flavor comes with 20mg of caffeine and elevated electrolytes to keep you moving even when the temperatures are low.
Where you can find it: Most Chicagoland specialty retailers. For a full list of retailers, visit guenergy.com.
How much it costs: $10.45 for an 8-pack
Why you want it: Shoes are one of the most important pieces of gear for endurance athletes, and unfortunately, with high usage often come unpleasant smells. Stuffitts are reusable, foot-shaped cedar inserts that kill odor-causing bacteria so you don’t have to ban your shoes to the garage.
Where you can find it: Naperville Running Company, Runners High ‘n’ Tri, Stemple’s Cycles, The Runner’s Soul, Trek Bicycle Store (Highland Park)
How much it costs: $24.95
Why you want it: This all-in-one titanium tool will take care of all your bike repair needs. The Repair Rebel features spoke keys, a T25 Tork head, screwdrivers, hexagonal bolt wrenches of many sizes and hexagonal heads of many sizes to solve nearly any bike repair issue you may encounter.
Where you can find it: Thomas Smafield, the Chicago based creator of Repair Rebel, is working to get the product in stores. In the meantime, you can purchase the tool through Kickstarter by visiting www.kickstarter.com and searching “Repair Rebel.”
How much it costs: $25
180s CRG Convertible Running Glove, Foundation Gloves or ExoLite Sonic Ear Warmers
Why you want them: Keep your extremities warm while you’re on the go with a variety of 180s products. The CRG Convertible Running Glove combines the convenience of gloves with the coziness of mittens with a water resistant polyester hood to keep your fingers warm. If you prefer gloves on your run, the Foundation retains body heat and wicks moisture. For athletes who enjoy working out with music, the ExoLite Sonic ear warmers have high definition speakers built in so you can enjoy your tunes while keeping your ears warm.
Where you can find them: Erehwon
How much they cost: $35 (CRG Convertible Running Glove), $32 (Foundation glove), $45 (ExoLite Sonic ear warmers)
Moji 360 Foot Massager
Why you want it: For any athlete that experiences foot fatigue or pain, this little guy is a dream. With a gripping bottom, it doesn’t move when in use and it offers two different sized massage balls so you can control the intensity of your own treatment.
Where you can find it: Most Chicagoland specialty retailers. For a full list of retailers, visit www.gomoji.com.
How much it costs: $39.95
Athleta Neon Stripe Racerback Tank and Freedom Chaturanga™ Yoga Knicker
Why you want it: This supportive tank is fun and stylish with a great length. The knicker hits right below the knee with a design that flatters most body types. Both items are perfect for running, yoga and any other gym/class activity.
Where you can find it: Athleta
How much it costs: $49 (Neon Stripe Racerback Tank) $59 (Freedom Chaturanga™ Yoga Knicker)
Wahoo Fitness Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor or Blue SC Speed & Cadence Sensor
Why you want it: If you have an iPhone and are a self-proclaimed “data junkie,” Wahoo exists to make your numbers-driven life a little easier. Both the Blue Speed & Cadence Sensor and Blue Heart Rate Monitor wirelessly send information to your favorite fitness app or the Wahoo Fitness App to help you track your workout numbers.
Where you can find it: Element Multisport
How much it costs: $79.99 (Blue Heart Rate Monitor), $59.99 (Blue Speed & Cadence Sensor)
CW-X StabilyX Tights
Why you want it: We’re staring down five months of chilly temperatures, but no one wants to be stuck on a treadmill for that long. The 3/4-length StabilyX Insulator Tights by CW-X will keep you warm, support your joints and muscles and, with contrast stitching, will have you looking stylish in the process
Where you can find it: Most specialty Chicagoland retailers. For a full list of retailers, visit cw-x.com
How much it costs: $105 (women’s), $90 (men’s)
PoCampo Midway Weekender
Why you want it: If you’re in the market for a stylish upgrade from your beat-up duffel bag, look no farther than the Midway Weekender. This travel tote/gym bag comes equipped with a separate bottom compartment, perfect for shoes or a wet swimsuit, and features elastic straps on the outside to hold your yoga mat or jacket in place.
Where you can find it: Embellish Boutique, Heritage General Store, J.C. Lind Bike Co., Kozy Cyclery, Rapid Transit, Roll, Roscoe Village Bikes, Upgrade Cycle Works, Village Cycle Center, Village Cycle Sport (Arlington Heights), Antioch Schwinn Cyclery, Joie de Velo, Koslow’s Cycle, Barnard’s Schwinn
How much it costs: $95
Why you want it: Keep an eye on your daily activity with Polar’s new smart bracelet. This device tracks your activity, exercise levels, sleep patterns and provides instant motivational feedback and alerts to help you stay moving throughout the day. The bracelet combines with Polar Flow, a free online tracking service and iPhone app, to give you the ability to analyze your activity to help you become healthier.
Where you can find it: Fleet Feet Sports Chicago
How much it costs: $109.95
TRX Home Suspension Training Kit
Why you want it: This workout system gives you a full body workout in a portable package, perfect for the fit traveler or the athlete who prefers to work out at home or outdoors. It’s easy to set up, lightweight, appropriate for all fitness levels and comes with an instructional DVD.
Where you can find it: Fitness Experts *Tip – they offer discounts to match online rates
How much it costs: $199.95
Chrome Industries Storm Pasha Jacket
Why you want it: This waterproof, breathable jacket will not only keep you dry and warm, but with a shapely design will keep you looking good, too. It offers venting zippers and a cargo pocket in the back along with reflective details for your evening adventures. It’s a great addition to any bicycle commuter or active athlete’s wardrobe.
Where you can find it: Chrome Chicago
How much it costs: $200
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
Why you want it: This lightweight, rugged little camera can go anywhere with you, especially with its mounts for almost any application. Editing video is a cinch with GoPro’s free software, and YouTube has many resources available if you struggle with camera setup. It may not be for taking family photos, but with its fisheye lens, this camera is able to capture all of your adventure in high definition.
Where you can find it: Running Away Multisport, Fleet Feet Sports, Higher Gear, The Pony Shop
How much it costs: $399.99