2015 Holiday Gift Guide


2015 Holiday Gift Guide


Unsure of what to get the athlete in your life for the holidays? Let our 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.


Injinji EX-CELERATOR Compression 2.0

Why you want it: If you love the unique five-toe design Injinji socks use but also crave the benefits of compression, these socks provide you with the best of both worlds. With graduated compression, these socks help promote circulation both for performance and recovery.

Where you can find it: REI, Uncle Dan’s, Dick Pond Athletics, Prairie Path Outfitters, Peak Running Company

How much it costs: $49


SPIbelt Performance Series

Why you want it: Stash your gear—yes, even your large smartphone—around your waist on the run. The SPIbelt Performance Series features four gel loops to hold you over on long runs and the pocket expands to hold a phone, keys, cash or other items you may need to bring along.

Where you can find it: Running Away Multisport, DNA Athletics, Lively Running, The Runner’s Soul

How much it costs: $25.99


Zackees Turn Signal Gloves

Why you want it: Alert motorists to your intentions using signals they should immediately recognize with Zackees Turn Signal gloves. These cycling gloves feature battery-powered flashing LED lights in an arrow design that acts like a vehicle’s turn signal.

Where you can find it: zackees.com

How much it costs: $69.95


Zensah Smart Running Gloves

Why you want it: Maintain full access to your smartphone without freezing your fingers while out on the run. These gloves feature touch screen technology that allows wearers to use their phone while wearing the gloves and include silicon gripping to keep your phone in your hand. With fabric designed for breathability and a micro suede thumb to made for nose-wiping, these gloves have everything you need to stay comfortable and connected while out and about during the winter.

Where you can find it: REI, Road Runner Sports, Lively Running

How much it costs: $29.99


Zensah Fit & Firm Tight

Why you want it: These women’s tights, available in full and capri lengths, will keep you comfortable and supported with graduated compression for your muscles and an adjustable, foldable waistband to increase or decrease midriff coverage. The sides of the tights feature open mesh side panels to increase breathability

Where you can find it: REI, Road Runner Sports, Lively Running

How much it costs: $149.99 (full tights); $129.99 (capris)


Momentum Evolve Wrap

Why you want it: One of the newest additions to Momentum’s motivational lineup, the Evolve Wrap features black or brown leather bands and a non-tarnishing plaque with an inspirational message. Plaques come with pre-made or custom sayings and are interchangeable depending on what you need to push you on a particular day.

Where you can find it: Lively Athletics

How much it costs: $27.99 ($9.99 for additional plaques)


Pearl Izumi Fly Thermal Tight

Why you want it: Part of Pearl Izumi’s BioViz™ RUN line, these tights will keep you warm through winter. BioViz™ products allow runners to be visible from 70 meters away, using fluorescent colors and reflective markers to accomplish this goal.

Where you can find it: Element Multisport, Fleet Feet Sports Chicago, Geneva Running Outfitters, Moosejaw, Naperville Running Company, REI, Run Chicago, Runner’s High ‘n Tri

How much they cost: $80


Orcas Active Fit Wireless Earbuds

Why you want it: Take your music on the go without the hassle of cords. Orcas Active Fit Wireless Earbuds are sweatproof, waterproof and feature a built-in microphone along with a volume/song toggle.

Where you can find it: REI, Burton

How much it costs: $99.95


Lululemon Men Surge Warm 1/2 Zip

Why you want it: Featuring Lululemon’s Silverescent technology, this pullover will stay stink-free while you stay active. Reflective details increase your visibility and thumb loops make sure the sleeves don’t ride up.

Where you can find it: Lululemon

How much it costs: $118


Lululemon Men Surge Jacket
Why you want it:
With ventilation, storage and reflectivity, this jacket serves all of your outdoor active needs once the temperature drops. It also includes a storable hood, allowing you to cover your head when necessary or tuck it away for more favorable conditions.

Where you can find it: Lululemon

How much it costs: $118


Balega Blister Resist No Show Socks

Why you want it: Specifically designed for running, these socks feature a hand linked toe seam and Drynamix Mohair footbed to help protect against blisters. Socks come in a variety of colors to match every runner’s personal sense of style.

Where you can find it: Most local running specialty stores

How much it costs $13


Zoot Diego Shoes

Why you want it: Cushioning fans, this shoe’s for you. As Zoot’s maximum cushioning offering, this shoe combines comfort and responsiveness in one lightweight package, checking in at 10.8 oz. for women and 12.5 oz. for men. The shoe’s construction makes transitioning from mid-food to toe-off easy with Progressive Forward Roll design.

Where you can find it: Fleet Feet Sports, Element Multisport, Running Away Multisport, Runner’s Edge, Urban Tri Gear, Dick Pond Athletics, Amphibian Multisport, Barrington Running Company, Naperville Running Company, Endure It! Sports

How much it costs: $150


Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody

Why you want it: This lightly insulated jacket features Polartec® Alpha® insulation to keep you warm even in adverse conditions. With a moisture-wicking hood, sleeves and back panel, the jacket stays dry and breathes and has a flattering fit to keep you comfortable and stylish at the same time.

Where you can find it: Uncle Dan’s, Erehwon Mountain Outfitters, REI

How much it costs: $185


Jabra Sport Coach

Why you want it: Jabra Sport Coach puts a personalized coach in your ears. These wireless headphones pair with Jabra’s Sport Life app to provide coaching through cross training and indoor workouts and also include a motion sensor that will record your distance, pace, steps, cadence and calories burned on a run. On top of that, the headphones feature Dolby™ Sound Enhancement to provide you with high-quality audio during your workout.

Where you can find it: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy

How much it costs: $149.99


Petzl TIKKA Headlamp

Why you want it: Don’t let limited daylight hours keep you from your dreams of outdoor winter running. The Petzl TIKKA headlamp features a wide beam and 100 lumen brightness to light your way in the dark.
Where you can find it: Moosejaw, Erewhon Mountain Outfitters

How much it costs: $29.95


Ibex Woolies 2 Crew

Why you want it: The Ibex Woolies 2 Crew baselayer features Merino wool to keep you warm without harboring odor-causing bacteria. The shirt works well for activities like skiing or just being out and about on a cold day.

Where you can find it: Uncle Dan’s, Overland, Camp Willow, King Keyser, Endure It! Life

How much it costs: $110


Swrve Cotton/Modal Henley

Why you want it: This comfortable, functional shirt works just as well on a bike commute as it does on a night out. The inclusion of Modal, a natural fiber derived from beechwood trees, makes the shirt naturally odor resistant.

Where you can find it: Cycle Smithy, roll: Clybourn, Rapid Transit Cycle Shop, On the Route

How much it costs: $50


Amphipod Hydraform Flash HydraStrobe Water Bottle

Why you want it: Stay hydrated and visible on the run with this unique handheld water bottle. The ergonomic design fits to the curve of your hand and features an integrated LED sleeve with a red flashing light. The bottle also includes a pocket for storing nutrition, cash, keys or all of the above while out on your run.

Where you can find it: Most local specialty retailers

How much it costs: $29.95 (12 oz.); $34.95 (20 oz.)


Bedgear Dri-Tec® Performance Sheets

Why you want them: With Dri-Tec fabric and Air-X mesh sidewalls and hems to regulate your body temperature, these sheets will help you sleep well to optimize recovery from your day’s activities. Moisture-wicking properties help you stay comfortable, much like the tech gear you may wear during a workout.

Where you can find it: www.bedgear.com

How much it costs: $195-$285, depending on size.


Tasc Performance Bywater Hi-Lo

Why you want it: Capitalize on the athleisure trend with Tasc Performance’s Bywater Hi-Lo top. Comfortable enough for lounging around but warm enough to keep you comfortable on a casual outdoor workout, this top will cover all of your winter needs.

Where you can find it: Endure It! Life, Fitness Formula Clubs, KRU Strength and Fitness, Northerly Outfitters, Ltd., Midtown Athletic Club, Dick Pond Athletics, Edward Health & Fitness Center, Earth Sports LLC, Lake Forest Health & Fitness, Peak Running, Run Today, Lively Athletics, Moosejaw

How much it costs: $68


YOGASMOGA Run Jump Play Capri

Why you want it: These pants were made to move, and they passed the sheer test with flying colors! The quality construction can’t be beat. These pants would be perfect for yoga, running, gym, and high intensity classes – very versatile!

Where you can find it: This newer company hasn’t made it into our local retailers yet, so for now www.yogasmoga.com

How much it costs: $88



Why you want it: Just like the name describes, this is the shirt you’ll want to live in. It (almost) feels too nice to work out in! It performed well through an intense yoga class, an easy run and a gym workout. You might want more than one color of this model. It’s that good.

Where you can find it: www.yogasmoga.com

How much it costs: $64