Best Gifts for Triathletes
It’s hard enough to find gifts for athletes that love one sport, let alone three. Don’t fret, we are here to help. Besides the best running shoes or a new bike, there is a lot of other gear that triathletes need to train throughout the year, whether it is their first sprint triathlon or their 50th Ironman.
We put together a list of the top 10 gifts for triathletes full of gear to help them run, bike and swim their way to the finish line:
- Aftershokz Xtrainerz Headphones
- Amphipod’s Race-Lite Quick-Clip Race Number Belt
- Garmin Forerunner 945
- Swiftwick Aspire Zero Socks
- Maurten 360 Drink Mix
- Nathan Run Laces
- Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0
- Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth
- Craft Hybrid Winter Gloves
- Goodr Sunglasses
[Updated September 9, 2021. This article is part of our 2021 Gift Guide for Runners. See all the best gifts for runners by price, category and more.Can’t make up your mind? No worries. Check out our gift cards for a gift that keeps on giving.]
Aftershokz Xtrainerz Headphones
These headphones are fantastic for a triathlete because they can use these to listen to music during all three sports. The open-ear listening design of Aftershokz headphones use bone conduction to transfer sound, so these sit outside your ears, not inside or over them. That way you can hear your tunes, but also traffic and other noises around you.
The Xtrainers have built-in storage that allows for a library of up to 1,200 songs ready to play at the touch of a button. These are not bluetooth compatible, but they are waterproof. The IP68 waterproof design withstands total submersion in up to 2 meters of water. This means that swimming laps just got a whole lot better when you can also listen to music.
With an 8-hour battery life to get you through those brick workouts, the Xtrainerz are a reliable way to stay entertained during long training days.
Amphipod’s Race-Lite Quick-Clip Race Number Belt
Transitioning from the bike to the run became a whole lot quicker with Amphipod’s Race-Lite Quick-Clip Race Number belt. The fast on-and-off quick release buckle makes it easy to get on when you are sweaty and ready to go.
The ultralight, ultra-secure belt uses one inch soft non-chafing elastic to make sure that you are comfortable on race day. The Quick-Clip™ Number Tabs make attaching any size race number easy without any parts dangling or loose. This adjustable race number belt will have you ready for race day.
Garmin Forerunner 945
The Garmin Forerunner 945 is a perfect watch for triathletes.
Better training starts with better data, and the Forerunner 945 has plenty of it. The GPS watch does the basics flawlessly: distance, pace, time and heart rate are all displayed on your wrist. It also gives you full-color maps for easy navigation in unfamiliar territory, and built-in safety features let you share your location with contact in case you need help.
But the Garmin device also monitors your performance. Over time, the device adjusts its personalized insights to match your training history. Met your steps goal for the day? Garmin will increase it for tomorrow. Improved your VO2 max? The watch will let you know. It will even measure your overall training load—a numerical representation of the combined strain that all your activity puts on your body—to let you know if you’re going too easy, too hard or just right.
Garmin gives it a waterproof rating of 5 ATM, meaning it can withstand depths down to 50 meters, and it has a battery that will last up to two weeks in smartwatch mode, 36 hours running GPS and 10 hours when you’re tracking and listening to music. This watch has modes for running, cycling, swimming and triathlons, making it a great gift for the triathletes who are looking to learn more about their training and improve.
Swiftwick Aspire Zero Socks
Similar to a runner, a triathlete can never have too many pairs of socks. Swiftwick socks have a firm compression that provides contoured support for running, cycling and triathlons.
Swiftwick’s most popular cuff height for running, the Zero no show sock is also preferred by many cyclists and golfers. The Fiber First™ moisture wicking material includes high-performance fibers that are sculpted into breathable designs that move moisture away from your skin.
The result of the Contoured Compression® Fit and Fiber First™ Moisture Wicking is dry, blister-free performance, important for those triathletes who just get out of the water with wet feet.
Maurten Drink Mix 320
Maurten’s Drink Mix 320 is the endurance sports drink mix for your hardest efforts. Developed by an Ironman triathlete, this is the perfect way to fuel during training or on race day.
Drink Mix 320 works like Drink Mix 160: Open the packet, dissolve the mix in 500 ml of water and gulp. But this bad boy is hopped up on carbs. Packed with 80 grams of carbohydrates per 500 ml serving elite athletes are using Maurten products to fuel their endurance efforts.
The difference is Maurten’s use of hydrogel technology. The drink mix remains a liquid when dissolved in water, but it reacts with the acidity of your stomach to transform into a hydrogel. The change is important: The hydrogel acts like a medicine capsule, protecting your stomach from high concentrations of carbs and transporting them to your intestines where the nutrients are released and absorbed. Maurten engineers developed the hydrogel with natural alginate extracted from brown algae and pectin, which is found in fruit. Plus, they left out any artificial flavors, colors and preservatives to give your body what it needs—and nothing more.
Nathan Run Laces
These performance laces are a great stocking stuffer for triathletes. They are super-secure, ultra-grippy elastic shoelaces that are a no-tie shoelace solution.
The unique fastening system keeps laces secure and tight, allowing the triathlete to slip on their running shoes without needing to waste precious seconds tying them. With lots of colors to choose from, you can find the perfect match for your running shoes.
Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0
Keep your car seat sweat free and have a secure towel to change clothes under with this multipurpose transition wrap. Plus, triathletes can use this multipurpose towel on race day to lay all of their gear on it during transition.
The integrated hoodie pocket of the wrap can be slipped over the headrest of your car seat to protect it from soaking up sweat or lake water.
When you're ready to change from work clothes to workout clothes for an open water swim, just secure the belt around your waist and the towel will stay put so you can change your clothes underneath! It’s machine washable, built to last a very long time, and comes in a bunch of fun colors, too.
Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth
Training for three different sports will make for some sore and tired muscles. The Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth can help those muscles recover. This is a powerful and versatile percussion massager that makes a great gift for triathletes.
Hyperice engineered the Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth with a strong and quiet motor that delivers three levels of power to your muscles. The percussive action helps soothe achy muscles and break up knots like never before, leaving your body ready for the next long run.
With five different head attachments to precisely target different muscles and a three-hour battery life, the Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth is a great tool to keep your body in top shape to swim, bike and run.
Craft Hybrid Winter Glove
Most triathletes won’t let the cold winter months stop them from training outside. These Craft Hybrid Winter Gloves will keep your hands warm while running or cycling
This 2-in-1 glove/mitten offers a brushed inside for extra warmth and comfort, a wind and waterproof cover, elastic fabrics, a silicone print in palm for enhanced grip, and touch screen compatible embroidery.
Triathlons are expensive enough, so goodr sunglasses have all of the performance features without the expensive price tag. All of goodr’s sunglasses are super-lightweight plastic with a no-slip grip so you can run, bike, dance or lounge without bouncing or slipping. Most of the models are polarized, scratch resistant and offer UV protection.
There are so many different styles and colors to choose from depending on head size and personality. Whether they are biking, running, or having a beer afterwards, they can do so in style with these shades.
Standing Behind Our Picks
We picked the best gifts based on what we think will work for the most people in the most situations. If you buy a gift from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.
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