Winter is the perfect time to give gifts to triathletes! With the cold weather, they are all cooped up, sad without regular races to prep for, and probably pacing the floor. Give them some brand new gear for next season or something they can use to make winter training more bearable.
We want to help you find the right gifts to bring joy back to your loved one’s face, so we have compiled this list of the top ten triathlon gift ideas.
In addition, we have created a 2015 Triathlete Gift Buying Guide section of our website where you will find gifts for every budget:
Read on to find the top ten gifts for triathletes this year.
1. Training and Racing Nutrition
You can take a couple of different approaches with this one. You could find out what your athlete’s favorite products are and stuff their stocking with those. Or you could pick out the widest variety of training and racing nutrition possible to create the ultimate sampler. This time of year is the perfect time for sampling: They have months before race season starts to test them all out and maybe find some new favorites.
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2. XLAB Mezzo Cage Pod
The XLAB Mezzo Cage Pod is a great waterproof, on-bike storage solution for your triathlete or cyclist. It has an extra wide opening, a protective micro fleece bag, and a large capacity. It fits securely in a water bottle cage.
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3. Xtenex X300 Flared Knot Laces
Give your triathlete the gift of speed. Once he or she puts these shoe laces in, there is no need to ever spend time tying them again. Triathlon is a sport where it isn’t just enough to swim, bike, and run fast. You need to change shoes, fast, too.
With plenty of colors to choose from you can match their shoes, their kit, or their favorite sports team. Have fun!
Xtenex X300 Flared Knot Laces: Buy Now
Read our Triathlon Shoe Laces Buying Guide to watch a video on how to install and use them.
4. Trigger Point GRID Mini Foam Roller
Like its larger sibling, the Trigger Point GRID, the Grid Mini has a strong PVC core wrapped in firm EVA foam. At just 4 by 5 inches, however, it is super portable. This makes it the perfect gift for the friend or family member always complaining of aching muscles, and isn’t that pretty much every triathlete?
Trigger Point GRID Mini Foam Roller: Buy Now
5. Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair
For the do-it-yourself-er, consider the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. This richly illustrated guide has detailed instructions for everything from trailside repairs, to regular maintenance, to complete overhauls.
Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair: Buy Now
6. TYR Ultralight Snorkel
Does your triathlete love swim toys? Those tools that make a workout more interesting and improve your technique? Get them a training snorkel. These aren't like your usual family vacation snorkel. The teardrop-shaped breathing tube comes up the front/center of the face and a comfortable silicone strap holds it securely in place. Because the swimmer then doesn't need to worry about breathing, they can see and concentrate on arm position through the pull phase of the stroke.
TYR Ultralight Snorkel: Buy Now
7. Serfas Folding Floor Pump Quick Draw
There is so much stuff that needs to be packed up and carted around on race day. Make things a bit easier with the Serfas Folding Floor Pump Quick Draw. It folds for easy storage and is perfect for traveling.
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8. Serfas USL-505 Headlight and USL-TL60 Taillight Combo
Show your triathlete or cyclist how much you care by helping them stay safe. This is a very powerful combo pack. It features 505 lumens in the headlight and 60 lumens in the taillight. Both lights are USB rechargeable.
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9. Triathlon Training Swim Kit
Give your triathlete a head start in the pool with a bundle that includes all the key swim training tools. Our Triathlon Training Swim Kit starts with the basics (swim cap, goggles, water bottle) and adds swim training tools: fins, hand paddles, kickboard, and pull float. It even includes a gym towel and a bag to put it all in. For most of the items, you can select the colors that will please your athlete the most.
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10. PowerTap C1 Chainring Power Meter
The best way to improve on the bike is to know how much power you are generating and do workouts targeted toward improving that power. The PowerTap C1 Chainring Power Meter is a full-featured, crank-based power meter that measures total power and provides left/right balance based on position within the pedal stroke. It broadcasts data using Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ simultaneously so it works with most computers out there. You just need to find out which size chainrings your athlete wants.
PowerTap C1 Chainring Power Meter: Buy Now
11. Discount Tri Supply Gift Card
Yes, this list of the top ten triathlon gift ideas has eleven ideas. If your triathlete is particular about things, you might just want to get a gift card and let them pick exactly what they want. That's okay, too!
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If you need more ideas, check out the 2015 Triathlete Gift Buying Guide section of our website.