Double Your Friday Five: A Preview of Our Holiday Gift Guide

Yes, you read that correctly. This week, we’re stepping up our game and giving you TEN items to look for when shopping for your Outdoor Athlete. This equipment spans the entire outdoor spectrum–from snow, to water, to land–and includes cold weather-specific items, and year-round gear that anybody can use. So let the ideas flow! Maybe one of these products is just what you’re looking for.

Outdoors

Wahoo Fitness Blue HR

Wahoo Blue HRYou already bring your smartphone along for your workouts, why not use it for more than music? The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR strap uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with your Bluetooth Smart Ready device and provide you with current heart rate readings on your favorite fitness app. That’s right—no Wahoo-specific app is needed—just strap the sensor around your chest and exercise like normal. Additional features include an optional armband to keep your iPhone 4S safe while still allowing touch screen access.

MSRP: $79.99 | WahooFitness.com

Merrell Esker Coat

Merrell EskerThe Merrell Esker feels like luxury and gives you plenty of room to move around and wear that comfy winter sweater you love, while still showing off some curves. Quilted Conductor fleece traps warm air in while the waterproof outer shell keeps water out. The coat does tend to be slightly loose-fitting, but keep in mind that it is intended to be worn over thicker layers. Overall, it is a very cozy and flexible coat with feminine flair—the perfect asset for a day in a winter wonderland.

MSRP: $197 | merrell.com

Snow

Lowa Nabucco GTX® Mid

Lowa Nabucco GTX MidLightweight, comfortable, and supportive, this boot will be your go-to footwear for tackling snow and ice. Gore-tex and fleece keep your feet warm and dry as you track through the elements, and high-quality leather makes the boot look as good as it feels. To ensure a constant grip on the elements, Lowa’s lug pattern sole follows the natural movement of your foot, and keeps at least one lug on the slippery ground at all times. Shock-absorbing fabric and the PU midsole also provide maximum grip on snow and ice. They’re as comfortable and effective as they come—we won’t be slipping this winter.

MSRP: $250 | lowaboots.com

Point6 Snowboard Gnargyle Socks

1116 Snowboard Gnargyle Medium OTC 232 blueWho doesn’t like getting footwear for the holidays? As you may already know, your feet are usually the closest part of the body to the ground when out in the snow, and therefore need something more than just your typical ankle sock to keep warm. The Snowbaord Gnargyle socks from Point6 do more than just keep the foot warm—cushioning prevents boot irritation, ventilation panels prevent overheating, and the soft merino wool keeps moisture away. Perfect for a long day on the slopes!

MSRP: $22.95 | point6.com

Run

Yaktrax® Run

Yaktrax RUNshoesSnow on the ground doesn’t have to stop you either. Strap on a pair of Yaktrax to the bottom of your favorite running shoe, and forget about painful falls on icy roads. Removable spikes at the midfoot and forefoot provide traction where runners need it most, and the coil system allows you to walk normally without the fear of slipping. Still not convinced? NHL trainers, employees of the city of Vail, Colorado, and Outdoor Athletes everywhere use Yaktrax for increased stability in the snow and ice. Try it out for yourself, and stay safe this winter.

MSRP: $40 | yaktrax.com

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS HRM

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS HRMHigh-tech yet relatively easy to use, this Timex GPS training watch gives runners everything they need to know before, during, and after a run. The large display is fully customizable, and can be set to either a 3- or 4-line setting. The GPS requires a couple of minutes to boot up prior to first use, but isn’t a problem thereafter—just make sure you’re outside and in as open a space as possible. Along the way, the watch will keep you updated on everything from heart rate to pace to mileage, and can even notify you for when you need to eat or drink. After your run, hook the watch up to your laptop and keep track of your workouts online, using the Timex Trainer technology. All in all, the Timex Ironman Run Trainer series is a quality line with enormous benefits to runners.

MSRP: $229.95 | amazon.com

Bike

Club Ride Vibe Long

Club Ride Vibe Long

Bike the city streets in any season, and look good doing it. The Vibe Long, from noted cycling apparel company Club Ride, gives cyclists the moisture-wicking protection of a jersey while still allowing for comfort and warmth. Vents in the armpit help air circulate throughout the jersey, and the wicking fabric keeps moisture from interrupting your ride. The fabric also stretches for optimal movement on the bike, and reflective accents increase visibility for those night rides. Best of all, you can wear this anywhere—the Vibe Long is comfortable, classy, and looks like a regular shirt, making it a perfect addition to the urban cyclist’s wardrobe.

MSRP: $99.99 | clubrideapparel.com

iBike POWERHOUSE

iBike POWERHOUSEGet yourself into shape without stepping inside a gym or hiring a personal trainer. Velocomp’s most recent development, the iBike® POWERHOUSE, is the world’s first intelligent cycling fitness system that automatically adjusts to your exercise goals. Using your iPhone or iPod Touch to assess your fitness levels, the POWERHOUSE gives you the most out of each ride and produces faster results. Pick from any of the goal-based plans, and let the iBike guide your path to fitness. Plans range from “iSlim” to “Brazilian Butt,” and consist of 4-6 weeks of 45-90 minute bike rides, all put together by the constant adjustments made by the POWERHOUSE system. The package includes a handlebar mounting system, the iBike electronics, wireless sensors, and more.

MSRP: $279 | ibikesports.com

Stocking

Honeystinger Blueberry Buzz Energy Bar

Honeystinger Blueberry Buzz Energy BarNeed a pick-me-up during a long run or bike ride? You already know about Honeystinger waffles, now try the newest in Honeystinger energy replenishment. Released in 2012, the Blueberry Buzz Energy Bar continues the company’s tradition of great-tasting protein with the added sweetness of organic honey. Yogurt coats the bottom of the bar, providing a nice complement to the blueberry flavor. The blue appearance is slightly offsetting at first, but the taste absolutely dispels any concern based on appearance. Overall, the Blueberry Buzz is the perfect way to get that extra boost to finish a tough workout.

MSRP: $1.69/bar | honeystinger.com

Bodyglide® Anti-Chafe Balm

BodyglideDon’t worry about painful chafing and rubbing during your next run. Bodyglide® Anti-Chafe Balm goes on clean, stays where you put it, and provides incredible comfort for the duration of your workout. The balm penetrates the skin, and prevents irritation and blisters in any weather. Use it in everyday life, too—Bodyglide® works great for new shoes that rub against your ankle, or any other chafing problems you may have. For all of you cyclists, check out the Chamois Glide® Balm. The dry, invisible balm prevents saddle sores without the mess of a lotion or cream.

MSRP: $5.99-$14.99 | bodyglide.com

Be sure to catch the rest of the Holiday Gift Guide in our December/January issue, hitting streets soon.

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