Most people know of the common gifts for runners. Socks, shoes, shirts, watches, fuel belts and the list goes on. But other gift ideas, some extravagant and others rare, are less talked about.
These running-related gifts will have your running partners and friends say ‘wow,’ either because they’re not readily available or because they are not often seen on the scene.
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite – 500 euros ($750)
The rarely-seen racing flat used in the Nike Breaking2 attempt in May is going for upwards of US$1,799 on eBay as it’s not widely available to the public. On StockX, the last pair, as of Dec. 18, to be sold went for US$1,000.
Maurten– US$42 (excluding tax)
Though currently only available in select countries, Maurten claims its product is the world’s most carbohydrate-rich sports drink.
Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% – $330
One of the most-talked about running products of the year was the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, which claims, backed by a University of Colorado study, to improve running economy by four per cent.
Arc’teryx Norvan jacket – $400
A minimalist and waterproof breathable Gore-Tex jacket for the wettest and windiest running conditions.
Kilian Jornet-inspired Salomon trail shoe – price TBA
Inspired by the great mountain runner and adventurer Kilian Jornet, this trail shoe was on display at the Running Event in Austin, Texas recently. The shoe is slated to be released in 2018.
The Garmin Fenix 5 does it all in terms of fitness tracking. Plus, the metal band (and sapphire lens) is a nice, albeit pricey, touch.
Tiffany and Co. teamed up with the TCS New York City Marathon for race-themed jewelry.
The beast of a foam roller, which vibrates at various intensity, provides deep muscle activation and trigger point release.
Normatec Pulse Leg Recovery System – US$1,395
These moon boots, which inflate and deflate like a pulse, are the ultimate compression tool.
Satisfy Running Cult Moth Eaten Sweatshirt – 240 euros ($365)
Satisfy Running describes the moth body holes as being mapped to “create vented cooling zones.”
Hestra Heater Glove – $559
Yes, gloves with built-in heaters.