Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Big List from Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Big List
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Big List
Activate Apparel Tanks
Comedic and motivational fitness-themed tees and tanks from Activate Apparel are guaranteed to make even the grumpiest gym junkie smile. With hundreds of hilarious and adorable designs to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find one that perfectly fits the personality of your favorite fitness fanatic.
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.
CamelBak Forge Travel Mug
Perfect for athletes on the go, this newly designed travel mug features a leak-proof top, self-sealing cap, double-wall vacuum insulation and an impact-resistant bottom cap.
Bern's Kingston Helmet
The gift of a safer ski season is something any skier or boarder can appreciate, especially when the safety comes with a bunch of great features. The sleek-looking Kingston features external adjustable vent sliders for maximum comfort when your body heat kicks in and a micro adjustable fit liner that supports the Chips Bluetooth speaker system. Add to that Bern’s Zipmold technology and impeccable fit and the Kingston is a perfect gift for any snow sports enthusiast on your list.
The Pro Pack by Incase
Every action photographer—expert or novice—is concerned first and foremost with getting the best shot. Protecting their equipment is a close second on the list of priorities, so your favorite photographer will appreciate a bag that simultaneously protects their gear while ensuring they never miss their shot. The Pro Pack by Incase features a GoPro mount on the left shoulder strap for perfect (and protected) point of view shots and tons of cushioned internal storage. The bag has an easy-access top compartment for DSLR cameras, adjustable tripod carry straps on the outside and main-compartment access from the right side or the back. The lightweight bag even looks sleek and professional—you can’t go wrong with this gift.
For the city cyclist or the adventurous mountain biker, the Ridewallet is the perfect thoughtful gift. Ensure safety and peace of mind with this tiny wallet that holds everything they need for a quick repair out on the road or trail.
syncros.com; ride wallet and tools sold separately
Ride Wallet $25
Mini Pump $20-35
Tire Levers $5
Multi Tool $16
Patch Kit $2.49
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 left (and also super comfy): Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash Singlet ($40) and EM Road N2 running shoes ($120).
The North Face Women’s Farrows Twill Pant
Need something for your favorite snow junkie? A pair of waterproof, lightly insulated snow pants is the answer. These slim-fit pants keep water and cold out while maintaining stretch and durability. From the park to the backcountry the Farrows Twill Pant will hold up in all conditions.
Every athlete loves an energizing snack. But wait, we know what you’re thinking: “The athlete in my life doesn’t need any more energy than they already have.” You can hardly keep up with them already right? True, maybe. But throw a Clif Bar or two in their stocking and we almost guarantee they’ll slow down enough to thank you at least a few times. (P.S. Look out for our new favorite flavors coming soon: Berry Pomegranate Chia and Nuts and Seeds)
clifbar.com; $15 for 12 bars
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cubes
If you ask your favorite athlete to describe the experince of packinging for any kind of trip, they’ll have four words for you: Pain. In. The. Neck. That’s where these organizational specter cubes from Eagle Creek come in. They’ll ease an athlete’s luggage anguish by allowing them to consolidate and separate their apparel from everyday items.
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 left).
Yurbuds Inspire 200
For the fitness fanatic who enjoys a bit of musical motivation, we recommend the new line of ear buds from Yurbuds. The latest Inspire 200 model features a sweat proof design that’s guaranteed to never fall out, a durable reinforced headphone jack and a new “Quik Clik” magnet for tangle free storage.
Dare 2b Genteel Jacket
This heavy duty winter jacket (perfect for the powder hound in your life) is equipped with several epic and essential functional details. Features include high loft polyester insulation, a detachable snow skirt with a stretch panel and gel gripper tape, a concealed, zipped internal ski pass pocket, inner ribbed collar and cuffs, two double entry lower pockets (with hand warmer pockets to the top entry and zip access to the side entry), an adjustable shockcord hem system, a polyester/satin blend quilted lining, and multiple inner pockets for MP3 or goggle storage.
dare2b.com; about $314
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
The North Face Vault Day Pack
A pack that’s truly perfect for any adventurous traveler’s day trip needs, the Vault offers 26 liters of space to keep gear safely stashed. It features two compartments; one large main zip section with a laptop slot and a smaller (but still very spacious) secondary zip compartment with internal organization. A foam back panel, comfy straps and a removable sternum strap make for a secure, snug carry.
Brunton REVOLT 9000 Power Bank
Great for anyone on your list, campers and travelers will find the REVOLT especially useful. With the ability to charge up to six smartphones and durability against drops and water, the on-the-go adventurer on your list will never be without power. The power bank comes with a three-in-one adapter cable for easy charging of almost any device and for the extreme winter enthusiast, the REVOLT pairs with Brunton’s HEATSYNC collection to keep you warm out there.
Chips by Outdoor Tech
Safety never sounded so good. The Chips by Outdoor Tech are the first universal Bluetooth speaker system made specifically for ski and snowboard helmets. Simply stash the chips in a helmet with an audio liner to easily control music and take calls while on the slopes. The chips work with tons of great helmets from Giro, Smith, Bolle, K2, Bern (including the Kingston) and more. Soon they’ll be even more versatile, working as headphones and inside beanies and headbands.
BRAVEN BRV-1 Bluetooth Speakers
This award-winning Bluetooth speaker produces some remarkable sound in a tiny, durable package—and it even has the ability to charge other devices from its internal power bank. Both waterproof and shock resistant, the BRV-1 features 12 hours of music playback on a single charge, making this little powerhouse the perfect gift for any on-the-go adventurer.
Dakine Wristguard Glove
Wrist breaks and fractures are among the most common snowboard injuries, but most boarders still don’t wear a wrist guard. Dakine’s Wristguard Glove is waterproof, insulated and—most importantly—comes with 360-degree added support for the wrist. The protective feature is inconspicuous, but it gives a little bit of added support should your favorite boarder unexpectedly catch an edge.
SCOTT Linx Snow Goggle
A great option for the skier or boarder on your list, the Linx goggle can handle any amount of powder in comfort and style. OptiView lenses paired with 3-layer foam and a top of the line air management system mean these modern-looking goggles will keep any powder hound comfortable all day.
The North Face Stormy Trail Jacket
When it’s wet outside, this jacket will keep your favorite runner dry. When it’s windy, it will keep him or her warm. And for those fall days when the weather is somewhere in between, they’ll stay comfortably cozy with a light outer layer featuring a venting system that lets cool air in through the front and hot air out through the back.
Gordini STASHLite Gloves
The STASHLite series from Gordini combines all the warmth you would expect with the lightest material you can imagine. The spandex cuff doubles as a stuff pocket so you can store the entire glove when you’re done wearing it. As if this everyday glove could be more convenient, it’s touch screen compatible and comes in a mitten style as well.
Give the gift of warmth this season with one of many stylish options from Icebreaker. Made of a merino wool blend, all of the hats keep the heat in and the odor and sweat out. Perfect for the winter athlete and just about anyone else who will be out and about this winter.
Hydro Flask 18 oz. Insulated Bottle
Every outdoor adventurer needs a quality water bottle to keep drinks cold and a thermos to keep coffee, tea and soup piping hot—why not give the gift that takes care of both needs? Hydro Flask’s stainless steel double wall vacuum insulation will keep drinks ice cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids steamy hot for up to 12 hours. The 18 ounce option (shown left) is a perfect size for almost any activity but sizing and color options are nearly endless—you can’t go wrong with this great gift.
SUPER.NATURAL Base Layers
Keep your friends and family warm, stylish and super comfortable with base layers from SUPER.NATURAL. This high performance apparel combines merino wool with wicking fibers to provide warmth and keep you dry throughout even the most physically demanding winter activities. The odor resistant fabric is machine washable for added convenience and super soft for endless comfort.
Polar V800 Multi-Sport GPS Watch
Described as a GPS enabled multi-sport 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.
The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Snow Jacket
Avid skiers and boarders know how quickly conditions can change on the mountain and that’s why adaptable gear is essential. This three-in-one jacket from The North Face allows real time adjustment with changing conditions and includes a removable ThermoBall layer for maximum heat retention. Your skier or boarder can wear both layers on the coldest bone-chilling days or sport the shell on mild days to look and feel their best throughout the winter. As an added bonus the jacket has some fantastic features—underarm vents, a pocket on the wrist with a goggle cloth and water resistant seals make it stand out from the crowd.
Ski/ Snowboard Backpack
This little pack is the ultimate mountain companion. The perfect size for a day in the snow, the 11-liter Heli Pack is discreet and attractive with all of the features any powder hound could want. The pack is able to carry either a set of skis or a snowboard along with a shovel in an outside pocket. The Heli pack also features an insulated hydro sleeve, a fleece lined goggle pocket and a rescue whistle built into the sternum strap.