Wow. It’s already December. This year went by pretty fast. Now that we’re in the month of December,we see the holidays all around us. Hanukkuh is in full swing, and Christmas is just 3 weeks away! We’re sure most of you have already finished most, if not all, of your holiday shopping, but for those of you who are still looking for the perfect gift for the triathlete in your life, let your friends at Triathlon LAB help you out a bit.
Here in sunny Southern California, we were still enjoying t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flop weather until just recently. With December coming around, Sweaters, furry boots, and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere! For the triathlete who still wants to enjoy an outdoor workout, may we recommend the following, without breaking your budget:
Zoot XOtherm Ultra 300 Run Gloves ($24.98)
Offering warmth without the weight, these gloves are sleek and stylish. Offering reflective accents all over the glove, and a fleece wiper for the inevitable runny nose, the Zoot XOtherm Ultra 300 Running Gloves will protect your hands from the elements this winter.
Pearl Izumi Cyclone Gel Gloves ($31.98)
Pearl Izumi’s most popular cool weather cycling glove offers best in class reflectivity, wind protection, and gel padding. The Elite softshell provides wind and water protection, while the Comfort Bridge gel padding helps relieve pressure on the Ulnar and Median nerves, keeping your hands comfortable during the ride.
Louis Garneau Matrix Hat ($19.98)
The Louis Garneau Matrix Hat is perfect for those early morning rides! It fits snugly under your helmet, blocking wind while wicking moisture. Of course, you can also using it during a run, or walking around and hanging out when you want to keep your head warm.
Blue Seventy Thermal Skull Cap ($44.98)
For those daring enough to brave the open water this winter (Kudos to you guys, by the way) we recommend the Blue Seventy Thermal Skull Cap. This cap kicks Blue Seventy’s neoprene skull cap up a notch by adding a wool liner and reducing water absorption, creating an extra boundary layer and reducing heat loss. For those swims in truly chilly temperatures. Of course, there’s no denying the warmth given by the original Blue Seventy Skull Cap.
Blue Seventy Toe Covers ($19.98)
Bike shoes are awesome. They keep us connected to our pedals, helping us in our efforts to spin perfect circles (Impossible? Sure, but we still try). The shoes are so awesome that to help keep our feet from getting too hot, there are vents all around the shoe, in the upper and the sole, to keep airflow moving and keep our feet cool. Unfortunately, during winter, the airflow can make things a bit TOO cool for our feet. This sounds like a job for some toe covers! These will keep your feet warmer (and dryer!) in less than perfect weather.
Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL Shoe Cover ($34.98)
For those days a toe cover just won’t do. When it’s especially chilly or windy, the Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL shoe covers have your back (figuratively speaking, since they’ll literally have your shoes). These are the perfect booties for the cold, offering wind protection and thermal insulation. The velcro closures are easy to adjust and take on and off. They have reflective accents, too!
Instead of making a bunch of Game of Thrones references and saying “Winter is coming” over and over again, I figured Winter is already here. I hope we were able to help with a few ideas that the triathlete (or runner, or cyclist, or swimmer) in your life could use to help make their sport of choice a bit more comfortable for the next few months. And besides, getting new gear is always fun!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask us on the blog or email me at Chris@triathlonlab.com.
Thanks for reading!