Christ­mas Kicks And Run­ning Gifts

Anew pair of shoes as a gift this hol­i­day sea­son is very likely to be well re­ceived by the mul­ti­sport ath­lete in your fam­ily – we al­ways seem to be in need of a new pair of shoes, clothes or a new gad­get to get us through a tough win­ter of train­ing. Here

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Salomon Fast Wing Aero M

$180 Weigh­ing just a scant 110 g, this fit­ted jacket from Salomon will give you lots of pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments and keep you warm through your cold-weather ef­forts this win­ter. There’s a fixed hood for some added pro­tec­tion, while the smart vent al­lows for some air flow as you ramp up the ef­fort. The ac­tive fit makes this both com­fort­able and stream­lined, while there are a cou­ple of pock­ets for some gear while you’re out on the trails or roads.

2XU Cus­tom Tri Suit

FROM $185 The of­fi­cial team sup­plier for Triathlon Canada, 2XU can now set you up so you can have your own look at your next big race. Teams will love 2XU’s easy-to-set-up cus­tom pro­gram, and we loved the fact that you can get a rear-zip suit like the Cana­dian elites use at WTS races, or a long-dis­tance ori­ented aero­dy­namic won­der that will help you nail a per­sonal best at your next Iron­man or Iron­man 70.3 event. Re­gard­less of the dis­tance you’re rac­ing, you get an ex­tremely com­fort­able chamois, along with an aero­dy­namic suit thanks to the unique blend of com­pres­sion and fab­ric bond­ing tech­nol­ogy used in the suits.

Un­der Ar­mour Ath­lete Re­cov­ery Track Suit

$240 We all know that as im­por­tant as train­ing is, how you re­cover from all that train­ing is truly the key to your suc­cess. Un­der Ar­mour’s Re­cov­ery Track Suit uses a spe­cial pat­tern in­side the fab­ric to re­turn in­frared en­ergy to your body, in­creas­ing blood oxy­gen to your mus­cles to help them re­cover quicker. The soft light­weight knit is ex­tremely com­fort­able and breath­able, wick­ing away mois­ture and dry­ing quickly. There are se­cure zip pock­ets for valu­ables and a phone, so you’ll be all set to grab a cof­fee while you’re start­ing your re­cov­ery af­ter your work­out.

Po­lar Van­tage V

$680 Po­lar’s new Van­tage V is de­signed to be much more than just a tool to mea­sure your train­ing data. While it does all that well, pro­vid­ing GPS info, run­ning power mea­sure­ment and ac­cu­rate HR mea­sure­ment thanks to the new Pre­ci­sion Prime sen­sor tech­nol­ogy, you also get so­phis­ti­cated tools de­signed to op­ti­mize your train­ing. The Van­tage V helps you bal­ance train­ing and rest, and it will even help you fig­ure out just how hard you went in your last work­out thanks to the Train­ing Load Pro soft­ware. Sync­ing to the Po­lar Flow soft­ware is easy and you can also au­to­mat­i­cally sync all your train­ing data to Strava or Train­ingPeaks.

Garmin 645 Mu­sic

$580 Now you can get all your train­ing data and mu­sic on your wrist dur­ing your next run work­out. (There’s also con­tact­less pay­ments, too, so you can leave your cash and card at home for that post-work­out cof­fee or tea.) The 645 in­cludes all the reg­u­lar train­ing fea­tures you’d ex­pect from a Garmin GPS watch and even of­fers run­ning dy­namic in­for­ma­tion like ground con­tact time, stride length and more. The wrist-based HR sen­sor means you don’t have to wear a strap around your chest. The five-hour bat­tery life in GPS mode with mu­sic should be more than enough for all but the most avid of ul­tra­run­ners.

Ree­bok Floa­tride Run­fast Pro Shoes

$300 As you’d ex­pect from any shoe that has the word “pro” in its name, the Floa­tride Run­fast Pro shoes pull out all the stops to en­sure you can go fast in your next tri or train­ing ses­sion. Ex­tremely light (100 g), you also en­joy ex­cel­lent grip thanks to the high-trac­tion out­sole. The low pro­file Floa­tride foam mid­sole some­how man­ages to keep your foot low to the ground while also pro­vid­ing just enough cush­ion­ing that’s en­hanced by the EVA sock­liner. Add in the re­duced seam con­struc­tion and soft lin­ing and you get a nice com­bi­na­tion of com­fort and speed.

Saucony Ride ISO

$160 This neu­tral shoe of­fers a great bal­ance of cush­ion­ing and re­spon­sive­ness so you get the best of both worlds – a fast feel­ing shoe (it weights in at just 275 g) that of­fers a com­fort­able ride that will get you through longer ef­forts with ease. The shoe is also de­signed to adapt to your foot shape so you get a per­son­al­ized fit, while the Everun layer and Pwr­foam cush­ion­ing in the mid­sole ab­sorbs im­pact and pro­vides some much-ap­pre­ci­ated en­ergy re­turn. The wo­ven heel counter pro­vides an ex­tra bit of sup­port, too.

361° Mer­aki

$170 Com­fort is ev­ery­thing when you’re putting in those long base miles through the win­ter, and the Mer­aki pro­vides lots of that. This neu­tral shoe is de­signed for high mileage, giv­ing you lots of cush­ion­ing thanks to the QU!KFOAM ma­te­rial in the mid­sole, while spe­cially de­signed mid-foot sup­port keeps your foot se­cure. The seam­less mesh up­per and Pres­sure Free Tongue are ex­tremely com­fort­able, too.

Asics Noosa FF2

$180 Noosa is an Aus­tralian triathlon mecca where many of the world’s best train, but has also been the name of one of Asics’ most triathlon-friendly shoes for al­most a cou­ple of decades now. The lat­est it­er­a­tion, the FF2, re­tains the Noosa’s rep­u­ta­tion as a re­spon­sive, light­weight, com­fort­able and very fast shoe. The seam­less up­per uses tech­ni­cal mesh so it’s easy to skip socks, while the spe­cially de­signed heel and tongue make it easy to fly through tran­si­tion.

New Bal­ance 860v9

$165 The hol­i­day sea­son in Canada typ­i­cally brings some colder weather, so you don’t al­ways want a light­weight trainer or rac­ing shoe for your train­ing ses­sions at this time of year. Those look­ing for a sup­port­ive shoe with lots of cush­ion­ing will want to have a look at the ninth ver­sion of the 860. The mid­sole uses New Bal­ance’s TruFuse tech­nol­ogy to de­liver a plush ride, while the dual-den­sity post will en­sure you get all the sta­bil­ity you need. This isn’t just a win­ter shoe – the en­gi­neered mesh up­per is ex­tremely breath­able and com­fort­able.

Nike Va­por­fly 4% Flyknit

$330 Nike says it’s their fastest run­ning shoe ever, and it’s hard to ar­gue af­ter Eliud Kip­choge used a cus­tom ver­sion of these speed­sters to clock a 2:01:39 marathon. All that speed comes from a mid­sole that uses Zoom X foam and a full-length car­bon fi­bre plate for sta­bil­ity. The new Flyknit up­per is lighter and more breath­able that pre­vi­ous ver­sions, too.—KM

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