2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Fun Gift Ideas for Runners

Our top gift picks for your favorite runner

1. Bib Bits

These bib magnets allow athletes to easily and accurately pin race bibs to their shirts, eliminating the hassle of the more commonly used safety pin. It may not seem like an exciting gift, but we’re sure that the runner or triathlete in your life will appreciate this simple item that can help make race day just a little bit easier. 
bibbits.nl; about $12.25  

2. Pearl Izumi Apparel

Outfit your favorite female runner with some of the most comfortable attire we’ve ever tested. With their streamlined design and lightweight but durable fabric, The Fly Split shorts allow for full range of running motion, never sacrificing comfort. Also pictured above (and also super comfy): Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash Singlet ($40) and EM Road N2 running shoes ($120).
pearlizumi.com; $55

3. The North Face Runners1 ETIP™ Glove

For the runner in your life who braves the pavement even in the chilliest of temperatures, these versatile gloves feature touch-screen compatibility, a moisture-wicking fleece jersey inner layer and a reflective exterior for added visibility while running in the dark. And for even colder climates, these pair well with the Runners 3 OverMitt (also pictured above). 
thenorthface.com; $25-$35

4. Polar V800 Multi-Sport GPS Watch

Described as a GPS enabled multisport device for “ambitious triathletes, runners and endurance athletes,” the Polar V800 tracks the typical stats like route, distance, speed, pace and altitude for running swimming and biking, but it goes beyond the abilities of your average watch with features like 24/7 activity tracking for a better picture of your recovery periods, customizable profiles for each sport and seamless sport transition capabilities for triathletes.  The watch package also includes a Bluetooth heart rate sensor that can be worn even while swimming.
polar.com; $519.95

5. The North Face Illuminated Reversible Jacket

Constructed with The North Face’s signature wind- and water-proof Apex ClimateBlock material, this outer layer will protect your favorite runner from the elements in any kind of weather. The neon coloring and reflective patches provide 360-degree visibility, but when it’s time to tone things down the jacket can be worn inside out to reveal a quieter heather gray hue.
thenorthface.com; $200

Click here to see our complete 2014 holiday gift guide. 


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