Gone are the days when runners only had one pair of off-white gym shoes and shorts that were, let's face it, a bit too short. Now, as running technology innovates and new performance-oriented solutions are developed, there are more and more gear choices to consider than ever before.
This can pose a challenge for gift-givers during the holidays—how do you know what they'll like? What's actually helpful and will help your runner reach their goals?
We gathered the hottest in new running trends and tech to make shopping this year a breeze. From hydration packs to a feature-packed GPS smartwatch, there's guaranteed to be something here your runner will appreciate unwrapping.
Garmin Forerunner 745
For a watch that does everything and more, look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 745 GPS running and triathlon smartwatch. It's packed with all the features your runner requires, including preloaded (and customizable) activity profiles, VO2 max and training load stats and daily workout suggestions. It also syncs your runner's playlists from select music streaming services, and the Garmin Pay contactless payment solution will help them breeze though checkout lines and get back to their run quickly.
Somewear Global Hotspot
Somewear is a lightweight (4oz.) user-friendly device that pairs with your runner's mobile phone to provide global SMS text, mapping, location sharing, SOS emergency services and more. Perfect for trail runners and ultra-marathoners who find themselves off-grid, Somewear is an invaluable way to stay connected and provide peace of mind to those at home.
Hydro Flask 14 L Down Shift Hydration Pack
Designed to deliver a lower center of gravity and ultra-stable ride, the 14 L Down Shift Hydration Pack features a two-liter insulated reservoir positioned in the lumbar region for hands-free cold hydration and a streamlined design that transfers weight from your runner's shoulders to their hips. Cold water stays ice cold for four hours thanks to Hydro Flask's innovative Cold Flow technology, including the insulated HydraPak IsoBound 2-liter sweat-proof reservoir and reflective neoprene internal sleeve.
CamelBak Zephyr Vest
Featuring a men's specific fit, this vest is a dream for ultra-long-distance runners who need mid-run hydration and supplies. The Zephyr Vest is engineered with body mapping for optimal ventilation and is both lightweight and maxed out with safety details. Your runner will also be able to keep hydration at the ready with two Quick Stow flasks at the front of the vest for easy access.
Nike Stratus Sunglasses
Launched this fall, the Nike Stratus sunglasses include strategically placed ventilation, superior comfort and an ultra-lightweight frame that feels virtually weightless. Built for performance, the eight-base curved lenses have max optic adjustable temple arms and durable spring hinges. The floating nose pads optimize airflow and provide long-wearing comfort.
Sugoi Firewall 180 Jacket
Perfect for runners braving the elements this winter, the Sugoi Firewall 180 Jacket is a cold weather training jacket with powerful windproof protection. The Firewall 180 fabric is a lightweight thermal knit that offers wind and rain protection, and the S-Tek Lite insert adds extra ventilation and breathability.
Sugoi Firewall 180 Thermal Wind Pants
Companion to the Sugoi Firewall 180 Jacket, the Sugoi Firewall 180 Thermal Wind Pants includes the same wind and rain protection, paired with other great features. They have a buckle front closure with waist adjustment for a comfortable, secure fit, and two hand pockets as well as a secure zippered leg pocket to stow gels and your runner's phone and ID. They also have a draw cord at the hem for cinching to a customize length.
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