Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for the athlete on your Christmas list? Below are a 6 ideas, and if you have any other ideas please share them with us in the comment section below.
1. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, by Wade Davis ($20)
Wade Davis’s newest book details the early exploration efforts on Everest, the highest mountain on earth. Early reviews of this book are very good. Here are a few reviews from Amazon’s website:
“Into the Silence is a breathtaking triumph. An astonishing piece of research, it is also intensely moving, evoking the courage, chivalry and sacrifice that drove Mallory and his companions through the war and to ever greater heights.”
“Into the Silence is utterly fascinating, and grippingly well written. With extraordinary skill Wade Davis manages to weave together such disparate strands as Queen Victoria’s Indian Raj, the ‘Great Game’ of intrigue against Russia, the horrors of the Somme, and Britain’s obsession to conquer the world’s highest peak, all linking to that terrible moment atop Everest when Mallory fell to his death. The mystery of whether he and Irving ever reached the summit remains tantalizingly unsolved. Into the Silence deserves to be an instant bestseller.”
The book can be purchased online at Amazon.com or at any friendly local bookstore.
2. Trigger Point – The Grid Foam Roller ($40)
Foam rollers are the ultimate athlete’s friend. They help relieve tight muscles and soothe aches and pains. They have also been known to help athletes overcome a number of nagging injuries such as IT Band Syndrome and Achilles Tendonitis. Best of all they’re affordable and can be found in almost any running store. We like the Grid Foam Roller because its light, firm, and has varied textures for your different needs.
The Grid Foam Roller can be purchased online at ZombieRunner or at your local running/triathlon store.
3. A Race Entry ($ varies)
For that competitive loved-one how about a new and unique challenge? How about a Yeti Showshoe Race? Or the Mind Over Mountain Aventure Race in Burnaby? With so many awesome events happening throughout the year in BC, the sky is the limit.
Giving a race entry is the same as giving them an experience. If that person on your list like to complete or has goals in which they like to work towards, then getting them a race entry makes great sense. It can even be an entry into an event which they like to compete in annually, like the Vancouver Sun Run or the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon.
As a start see the following sites for lists of events to sign your loved one up!
4. A Box of Clif Bars ($22.99 for a box of 24)
Simple and delicious. A box of Clif Bars is perfect gift for the down-to-earth, no nonsense person on your Christmas list. Stop by your local running store, MEC, or Costco for your box today. Makes the perfect stocking stuffers.
5. UltrAspire Surge Racing Vest ($115)
- Dual side compression for stable load without restricting movement with Compressi-flex™
- Quick access hydration compartment.
- Stretch mesh energy gel pocket
- Patent pending Magnon Electrolyte Pocket™ with easy worry- free magnet closure
- Light weight zippers pulls easily grabbed even with gloves, cold or numb fingers
- Left mesh pocket over zippered inner pocket for securely stowing night time accessories, energy foods and other necessary gear
- Contoured shape profile for comfortable stable ride
- Stretch mesh back stash panel for easy access
- Top zippered pocket for head lamp, cell phone or other supplies
- 2 Lt hydration bladder included.
- Weight: 304 grams
The Surge can be ordered online from here, shipping for this brand new product begins December 4th, just in time for Christmas!
6. Primal Wear Tattoo Arm Warmers ($29.95)
It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s wet. But damn you look good wearing a pair of the Rolls Royce of arm warmers. Primal Wear carries a variety of unique designs and colors to suit many tastes (Mrs. Trainharder has been longing for a pair all year). These warmers are also highly functional. They can keep you arms warm during warm-ups and cool-downs, while during hard efforts can be easily pulled down or taken off. Click here for more information and to order a pair (or two).