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Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement

With the Christmas holiday season fast approaching, many of us will be scrambling to get the perfect stocking stuffers for our favourite runners (or even for ourselves). To help ease some of the stress that frequently comes with these decisions, we’ve put together our list of top 10 stocking stuffers for runners for 2023.

Best for runners seeking a warm alternative to traditional running hats
Ciele Athletics GOCap Sherpa Ultra Iconic

Ciele Athletics GOCap Sherpa Ultra Iconic – Under $100

A winter running hat with a baseball-style esthetic

Want to stay warm when running but are tired of wearing toques? Then check out the GOCap Sherpa. Built with 100 per cent recycled polyester fleece, this cap will keep you warm, and thanks to its traditional baseball-style shape, it will also provide some sun and wind protection for your face. The cap is highly breathable to minimize overheating, and the adjustable back strap ensures a comfortable and secure fit.

Best for runners seeking a very bright, lightweight and comfortable headlamp
Black Diamond Storm 450 Headlamp

Black Diamond Storm 450 Headlamp - Under $100

A bright headlamp for running in low-light conditions

Weighing in at just 120 grams (with batteries) and providing up to 450 lumens of light, the Storm 450 is perfect for the low-light running conditions most of us experience during winter. The headlamp can run with a rechargeable battery (sold separately) or three AAA batteries (included). Multiple brightness modes allow runners to fine-tune the lighting based on the situation, and the headlamp’s PowerTap technology provides an instant transition from low beam to full power.

Best for runners seeking excellent music quality without blocking external sounds
Shokz OpenMove Headphones

Shokz OpenMove Headphones - Under $100

Affordable bone-conducting headphones

Unlike many traditional headphones that prevent you from hearing outside noise, the Shokz OpenMove, with its open-ear design, allows you to listen to your music and your environment simultaneously. The result is greater safety, as you are not isolated from the noise of cars, bikes and other runners. This is particularly important when running in crowded urban settings. The OpenMove headphones, with their titanium band, are surprisingly light and comfortable and provide a secure fit, even during high-intensity workouts. At normal volumes, they offer up to six hours of listening time.

Best for runners seeking an easy-to-hold, insulated hydration bottle with added storage
Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated - Under $50

An insulated hydration bottle

With its insulated bottle and secure hand-harness system, the SpeedDraw Plus is ideal for carrying just over 500 ml of water when running. The hand harness easily adjusts for a snug fit, allowing you to focus on running rather than holding the bottle, while the insulated bottle ensures liquids remain refreshingly cool in the summer and don’t freeze in the winter. Finally, Nathan has included a small pocket on the harness system for storage of small essentials.

Best for short to medium runs in cool weather
nathan trailmix plus 3.0 hydration belt

Nathan TrailMix Plus 3.0 Hydration Belt - Under $50

A 2-bottle unisex hydration pack/storage pouch for road or trail running

This low-profile hydration belt from Nathan is designed not to bounce while you run, and has just enough capacity for the essentials. It comes with two redesigned 1o oz./300 ml flasks with Push-Pull Blast Valve™ caps for ease of use, in holsters that have also been redesigned so you can access your hydration with one hand. It also has a large, expandable, zippered pouch that’s big enough to accommodate most phones, and an additional mesh pocket for small essentials like a key, credit card or gel. The belt is fully adjustable, with elastic keepers to hold the straps out of your way. Construction is 60 per cent nylon, 40 per cent polyester. The reflective logo keeps you visible to cars in low-light conditions.

Best for runners seeking a sophisticated multi-density foam roller
TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller - Under $50

A critical recovery tool for runners

With its patented multi-density foam and three-dimensional surface, the TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller is perfect for massaging sore and tired muscles and connective tissues. The roller features a compact size (13 inches in length and 5.5 inches in diameter), making it easy to carry when travelling, yet still provides sufficient surface area for targeting larger muscle groups.

Best for all-season road, trail and track running
Darn Tough 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock

Darn Tough 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock - Under $50

A quarter-height all-season running sock for men and women

These durable, high-quality running socks from Darn Tough are well-fitting and high enough to protect against rubbing from shoes and debris on the trail. They have a streamlined cuff, added ultra-light cushioning in the heel and under the foot and a seamless toe. Made from 50 per cent merino wool, 46 per cent nylon and 4 per cent lycra spandex, they are sweat-wicking, have just the right amount of stretch and will keep your feet at a comfortable temperature through all of your outdoor adventures.

Best for runners seeking protection against chafing and blisters
Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm - Under $20

Body lubricant for athletes

With its unique plant-based wax formula, the Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm provides an effective barrier against chafing and blisters. The convenient balm format can be applied to different body parts (thighs, nipples, heels) and will not damage or stain clothing, shoes or wetsuits. This is a great and affordable bit of insurance against one of the more irritating running issues.

Best for runners seeking an easy-to-digest energy boost
GU Energy Gel

GU Energy Gel - Under $20

A great-tasting energy gel

Tucked into a jersey pocket, the GU Energy Gel is ready for deployment any time your energy levels start to wane. The gel consists of a tasty carbohydrate blend for a quick energy boost, while the addition of antioxidants and amino acids reduce muscle tissue damage and delay muscle fatigue. Finally, the 20 mg of caffeine provides an extra energy lift on longer runs.

Best for runners seeking an easy-to-digest and slightly fizzy hydration drink
Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement

Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement - Under $20

A delicious electrolyte drink mix

These lightly flavoured electrolyte tablets are ideal for replenishing electrolytes during or after longer, more challenging runs. Simply drop a tablet into 500 ml of water, wait until it dissolves, and you have a refreshing, slightly fizzy hydration drink. The drink contains no preservatives or artificial sweeteners and now only uses non-GMO dextrose and stevia for sweetening.

Products reviewed in this article:

Best for runners seeking a warm alternative to traditional running hats

Ciele Athletics GOCap Sherpa Ultra Iconic – Under $100

Ciele Athletics GOCap Sherpa Ultra Iconic

Buy Now - $59.95

Buy Now - $45.00

Best for runners seeking a very bright, lightweight and comfortable headlamp

Black Diamond Storm 450 Headlamp - Under $100

Black Diamond Storm 450 Headlamp

Buy Now - $52.46

Buy Now - $59.95

Best for runners seeking excellent music quality without blocking external sounds

Shokz OpenMove Headphones - Under $100

Shokz OpenMove Headphones

Buy Now - $74.95

Buy Now - $80

Best for runners seeking an easy-to-hold, insulated hydration bottle with added storage

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated - Under $50

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated

Buy Now - $44.95

Buy Now - $37

Best for short to medium runs in cool weather

Nathan TrailMix Plus 3.0 Hydration Belt - Under $50

nathan trailmix plus 3.0 hydration belt

Buy Now - $48.74

Buy Now - $65

Best for runners seeking a sophisticated multi-density foam roller

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller - Under $50

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

Buy Now - $34.99

Buy Now - $40

Best for all-season road, trail and track running

Darn Tough 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock - Under $50

Darn Tough 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock

Buy Now Men - $25.95

Buy Now Women - $25.95

Buy Now Men - $15.20

Buy Now Women - $15.20

Best for runners seeking protection against chafing and blisters

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm - Under $20

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Buy Now - $14.95

Buy Now - $11

Best for runners seeking an easy-to-digest energy boost

GU Energy Gel - Under $20

GU Energy Gel

Buy Now - $2.65

Buy Now - $1.60

Best for runners seeking an easy-to-digest and slightly fizzy hydration drink

Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement - Under $20

Nuun Sport Electrolyte Replacement

Buy Now - $10.95

Buy Now - $7.50

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