Triathletes need a lot of things, which can make them easy to buy for during the holiday season. However, if you don't do triathlons yourself it can be hard to figure out where to start. We are here to help you with our triathlete gift guide for 2016!
We have included gifts with a wide range of prices so you should be able to find something for every triathlete on your list. Order online for in-home delivery, or select in-store pickup to prevent prying eyes from looking in the package!
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Triathlon Watch w/ Wrist-Based Heart Rate
Triathletes know that if it isn't measured, it didn't really happen. The Garmin Forerunner 735XT measures everything. Open water swim metrics, pool swim metrics, and (when paired with the appropriate heart rate strap) swimming heart rate. In addition to bicycle speed and cadence sensors, it pairs with power meters. It has second generation running dynamics (when paired with the appropriate heart rate strap) to help the athlete improve their form. The 735XT also has multi-sport mode so that during a race it takes only a press of a button to advance from swim to bike to run.
When running or cycling it is not necessary to wear a chest strap to get heart rate data because the 735XT has built-in wrist-based heart rate detection.
You can purchase the watch alone or in a bundle. The run bundle comes with the chest strap that measures running dynamics. The tri bundle comes with both a pool swim chest strap and a tri chest strap for open water swims and running dynamics.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT: Buy Now
Specialized S-Works Evade Tri Helmet
Give the gift of speed. Like other triathlon helmets, the Evade is designed to be aerodynamic. Compared to a standard road helmet, the Evade can save 46 seconds over 40 km (25 miles). But unlike other tri helmets, the Evade has strategically positioned air vents that draw air around the rider's head and then channel it out the rear. This prevents overheating and improves the athlete's performance.
Specialized S-Works Evade Tri Helmet: Buy Now
XLAB Torpedo Versa 500 System
Triathlon is all about improving speed by improving aerodynamics. A horizontal between-the-arms hydration system does just that, filling the dead space and making the rider faster than no hydration system. Plus, it keeps the rider hydrated! The refillable bottle holds 26 ounces and, because of its position, encourages the athlete to drink often.
XLAB had done extensive testing on the Torpedo bottle shape and the computer mount, saving watts not just compared to no bottle at all, but compared to other bottles on the market.
XLAB Torpedo Versa 500 System: Buy Now
Profile Design Wetsuit Care Kit
That funny looking wetsuit saves your triathlete a lot of time during the swim leg by improving hydrodynamics, but it wasn't cheap. Protect that investment with the Profile Design Wetsuit Care Kit. This kit includes a shampoo that washes off organic residue and salt deposits while also conditioning the neoprene. The Suit Juice helps the wetsuit go on more easily (less tearing) and come off more easily (faster transition time). And, just in case, the kit has repair cement.
Profile Design Wetsuit Care Kit: Buy Now
Skratch Labs Feed Zone Cookbook
Their newest book—The Feed Zone Table Cookbook—has 100 all-new dinner recipes designed for family meals and for entertaining. Buy this cookbook for your triathlete and enjoy a meal together.
Skratch Labs Feed Zone Cookbook: Buy Now
Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag
Swim gear everywhere! But, it doesn't have to be that way. The Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag keeps it all together and the open weave mesh allows it dry without mildewing. It even has two outside pockets to help your athlete to stay organized.
Just for fun, they come in a variety of colors.
Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag: Buy Now
SBR TRISWIM Chlorine-Out Swimming Shampoo
If you're tired of your triathlete smelling like chlorine, get them some SBR TRISWIM Chlorine-Out Swimming Shampoo. It gently removes chlorine and chlorine odor as well as deposits that can cause some hair to take on a greenish tint. It soothes stressed hair and relieves dry, itchy skin.
SBR TRISWIM Chlorine-Out Swimming Shampoo: Buy Now
TYR Wrinkle-Free Silicone Swim Cap
It goes on easily, doesn't tear, and doesn't pull your triathlete's hair. The bright colors are fun and don't fade, so get one for every mood.
TYR Wrinkle-Free Silicone Swim Cap: Buy Now
Runners and cyclists pin their numbers on. Triathletes use race belts. There is no time to pin a number on during transition, and wearing it for the whole race makes tearing the number (or tearing the clothes!) likely. Simply attach the race number to the belt and leave it in transition with the running shoes. Grab it and put it on while heading out of transition.
Choose between plastic clasp and magnetic, with loops to hold gels and without, and snap attachments and toggle attachments.
Race Belts: Shop Now
Triathlete Gift Guide Category
To help you shop this holiday season, we have created a Holiday Gift Guide category with sub-categories for Triathletes, Kids, Cyclists, and Runners. This triathlete gift guide is the first in a series. We will write more gift guides and continue to add products to the gift categories over the next two weeks, so check back!