Stock­ing Stuffers

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Features -

Just be­cause these toys aren’t swim-, bike- or run-spe­cific, it doesn’t mean the triath­lete in your life isn’t cov­et­ing one of these this hol­i­day sea­son. Whether it’s an awe­some GPS watch, a pair of cool-look­ing and high-per­form­ing sun­glasses or even just a spe­cial train­ing and rac­ing treat, you can’t go wrong with these choices this hol­i­day sea­son.

ClifBar Hot Choco­late and Spiced Pumpkin Pie

$1.69, BAR Renowned for its tasty, nu­tri­tious and eas­ily di­gested bars, ClifBar has long been a main­stay for triath­letes dur­ing train­ing and rac­ing. With 70 per cent or­ganic ingredients and 23 vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, you’re get­ting lots of healthy en­ergy in­side each tasty bar that’s made with or­ganic rolled oats and is a great source of pro­tein and fi­bre. For those who love pumpkin pie the sea­sonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie Bar is a must, while the Hot Choco­late bar tastes like a fresh-baked brownie you can take along with you for your next work­out.

Con­ti­nen­tal Com­pe­ti­tion Tubu­lar

$175 While the in­dus­try is steadily turn­ing to clincher and tubeless wheels these days, there are still more than a few diehards who aren’t will­ing to give up their tubu­lar tires quite yet. While glu­ing tubu­lars to a rim can be both time con­sum­ing and messy, there’s still a lot to be said for the ride you’ll en­joy on a high-end tubu­lar tire. Con­ti­nen­tal Com­pe­ti­tion tubu­lars have long been the choice of the world’s top pro triath­letes and cy­clists be­cause of their ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for of­fer­ing com­fort, per­for­mance, punc­ture pro­tec­tion and low rolling re­sis­tance. The Vec­tran punc­ture pro­tec­tion in­sert will give you a bit more ease of mind as you head out of T1, while the Black­Chili Com­pound rub­ber used in the tire pro­vides ex­cel­lent grip and will get you through a sur­pris­ing num­ber of miles.

Picky Bars Cookie Dough­p­ness

$40, CASE OF 10 You know that a com­pany started by a pair of elite ath­letes (Iron­man cham­pion Jesse Thomas and elite run­ner Lauren Flesh­man) is go­ing to of­fer up per­for­mance-ori­ented prod­ucts, but that’s hardly the only rea­son you’ll en­joy the new Cookie Dough­p­ness bar from the com­pany. Fea­tur­ing all-nat­u­ral ingredients like dates, rice pro­tein and sea salt, the 4:1 carb-to-pro­tein ra­tio in this great-tast­ing bar helps you re­plen­ish mus­cle glyco­gen dur­ing train­ing, rac­ing and re­cov­ery.

Zwift Academy

Zwift has taken the in­door train­ing world by storm over the last few years. Now, there’s more to do than just ride with (and race, if you’re so in­clined) ath­letes from around world. Zwift is of­fer­ing an eight-week train­ing camp that puts cy­clists (and triath­letes) of all lev­els to­gether for so­cial rides and train­ing ses­sions put to­gether by pro coaches.

Subaru Out­back 3.6R

FROM $37,795 Subaru has been the largest spon­sor of the sport in Canada for over 20 years, so it comes as no sur­prise that you see lots of Subaru ve­hi­cles at races across the coun­try. The ti­tle spon­sor of all the Iron­man events in Canada is renowned for be­ing, well, just like an Iron­man ath­lete – tough, high-per­form­ing and al­ways push­ing the lim­its. The Out­back 3.6R of­fers a nutty amount of power in a roomy and plush sta­tion wagon that can also take on the tough­est of ter­rain and is a dream to drive in win­ter, thanks to the all-wheel drive and high clear­ance. You’ll have no prob­lem get­ting all your gear into the back, ei­ther mak­ing this a triath­lete’s dream car. Of course, you’re not get­ting this sucker into a stock­ing, but the keys will fit just fine.

Su­unto 9

FROM $650 While Garmin rules the roost when it comes to mar­ket share in GPS watches, you’re likely to see a lot of Su­unto watches on the wrists of triath­letes these days, too. The lat­est mul­ti­sport GPS watch from the Swedish com­pany is the 9, which of­fers up to 120 hours of con­tin­u­ous ex­er­cise track­ing. Like the Spar­tan series, the 9 is ex­tremely durable and of­fers all the data you could want or need in just about any sport or ac­tiv­ity you can think of. This is a watch that will help you ex­cel in your work­outs, while also serv­ing as a help­ful com­pan­ion on other ex­treme ad­ven­tures, too.

Oak­ley Jaw­breaker Splat­ter­fade col­lec­tion

$268 If the al­ready-cool Jaw­breaker frame from Oak­ley doesn’t make you stand out enough, the Splat­ter­fade ver­sion might just do the trick. The hand-crafted splashes of colour of­fer a unique look to these high­per­for­mance glasses that come with all the high-per­for­mance fea­tures we’re used to see­ing in Oak­ley glasses in a frame that makes it re­ally easy to switch out lenses. The Prizm lenses are spe­cially de­signed for triathlon train­ing and rac­ing, en­hanc­ing vis­i­bil­ity and max­i­miz­ing con­trast so you’ll see even the sub­lest con­tours of the road or trail.

Smith Re­verb Sun­glasses

$200 These medium-fit sun­glasses from Smith are fea­ture-packed to en­sure you’ll get the most out of your bik­ing and run­ning, all while look­ing good, too. The TR90 frame ma­te­rial is ex­tremely light, while the hy­drophilic tem­ple and two-po­si­tion nose pads en­sure you get a se­cure, com­fort­able fit, no mat­ter how much you sweat along the way. The Chromapop lenses (you even get an ex­tra Con­trast Rose Flash lens for darker days) use a 7x4 toric lens cur­va­ture that pro­vides ex­cel­lent con­trast and colour dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion, and have a hy­dropho­bic coat­ing, too. TR90 frame ma­te­rial

Bollé Shifter

$300 In­spired by Bollé’s Chronoshield, the Shifter of­fers lots of style packed with lots of high-tech fea­tures to pro­vide the ul­ti­mate train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The curved tem­ples and vented lens en­sure you get lots of com­fort­able cov­er­age while you’re bik­ing or run­ning. The Phan­tom lens uses NXT, a ma­te­rial that pro­vides ex­cel­lent visual acu­ity and uses a pho­tochromic fil­ter to adapts to light, so you’ll see clearly in a va­ri­ety of light­ing con­di­tions.

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