Paul Freary discovers a range of Christmas gifts suitable for any athlete this festive season
LED Lenser – NEO6R
Supplied with both a head strap and chest harness provides this torch with added versatility and comfort regardless of activity.
The torch has a maximum output of 240-lumen, enough to light your way wherever you choose to venture, and with up to 40 hours of battery duration, there’s always going to be enough power to get you home safely.
The rechargeable battery means no added costs and a seven-year guarantee makes this is gift that can keep on giving for years to come!
On – High Sock
Brand new from the growing shoe brand, these performance socks are available for both men and women in a range of colourful designs and three length options.
The High Socks reach up to mid-calf length and are great in the colder winter months. They offer a left and right anatomically shaped fit with low-profile seams to reduce irritation and protect from trail legs scratches as well as the cold. And coming in a variety of funky colours they’ll brighten up any running wardrobe.
Ronhill – Marathon Waist Belt
This is a useful gift for all runners. The belt will hold up to eight gels using fasteners and there’s a great stretch pocket that will hold most phones securely.
Designed with a lot of thought there are also three race number press-stud fasteners and reflective details around the zip which make it useful in low light conditions.
CJ Skinhealth – Active Cleanse and Enhance & Protect
Price: From £14.00
Skincare specialists CJ Skinhealth have launched a premium range with two products that are designed specifically for active people.
Active Cleanse and Enhance & Protect (with SPF 30 sunscreen) are designed to be the only two skincare products you’ll need.
Their cleanser doesn’t need water so can be used anywhere and anytime you need to clean your skin. Enhance & Protect is not just a moisturiser, it moisturises and hydrates the skin, whilst protecting it from the sun, wind and the cold – giving you a natural fresh healthy look.
Wahoo – TICKRfit
Equipped with Bluetooth and ANT+ technology to pair seamlessly with fitness apps on mobile phones as well as watches, this heart rate monitor is worn on the arm to record its data.
Ideal for those that find a chest strap too restrictive or uncomfortable, it’s easy to use and fully adjustable.
The rechargeable battery lasts up to 30 hours and means you can add heart rate training data to apps such as Strava and Zwift.
Maurten – GEL 100
Price: €40.32 (box of 12 gels)
Used by Eliud Kipchoge in his world record-breaking marathon run this year, these gels can claim to have quite a pedigree.
And what makes these gels paradoxically unique is that they are actually a ‘gel’ – they don’t have a thick syrupy sticky consistency to them. They are are smoother and ‘cleaner’ palette wise.
Whilst on first use this seems rather unexpected, in practice it’s great, no stickiness to deal with as every bit of the gel easily squeezes from the packet into your mouth – even when running at race pace. Coming in a box of 12 also makes them a great gift.
Raidlight – Easy Go Waist Pack
For the runner with everything, how about something to put it in? This waist pack provides plenty of storage space for long run essentials.
Twin drinks bottles are angled for easy access while on the move and the twin rear zipped compartments have enough space for a jacket as well as essential valuables.
The fully adjustable waist strap has a front storage compartment that’s great for gels or a soft flask.
doTerra Essential Oils
Price: From £12.00
We’ll hear the mention of frankincense and myrrh at this time of year; essential oils brought as gifts. In ancient times, these were worth as much as gold, the reason being that they were the most effective forms of plant-based medicine.
Frankincense, for instance, was used during that time to reduce bruising. It’s also great with the nervous system, so it would have been rubbed on a child after birth to support its growth and development and protect its immune system. Myrrh essential oil is a natural antiseptic.
Essential oils due to their plant and oil make up are easily absorbed and therefore able to be used by the body. These oils can be used for a variety of conditions as noted and additionally they can serve as an anti-inflammatory and aid recovery, for example.
Proviz – Reflect360 Dry Bag
Perfect for those wet days at cross country meetings this winter, this Dry Bag will ensure all your gear stays dry whatever the weather.
The durable PVC fabric is totally waterproof and constructed with welded seams to ensure it remains totally waterproof.
The rucksack design means it’s easy to carry and the large 28-litre capacity means you’ll get clothing and shoes inside with room to spare. The padded shoulder straps and adjustable waist provide a good, secure fit whilst padding in the back panel means it’s comfortable and won’t dig into your back.
It’s great for safety too, with large reflective details all around the back to make you extremely visible to other road user in low light.
Namedsport – Hydrafit
Price: £5.99 (400g tub)
Founded in Italy, this brand created products with cyclists in mind, with a range of bars, gels and drinks using high quality raw ingredients. Now new to the UK market and with athletes as well as cyclists in mind their range of products is reasonably priced and we found them to taste great.
This powdered drink mixture is a hypotonic and electrolyte mix with added mineral salts, vitamins and carbohydrates to provide an all-round solution to hydration. Useful for rebalancing fluid and electrolyte losses during activity, the mixture also provides an energy source to keep levels topped up for optimum performance.
Coming packaged with a free drinks bottle it makes a great gift for keeping someone hydrated throughout the festive season.
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