Gifts for the fitness junkie or outdoors lover on your Christmas list.
No fruitcakes needed here, thank you very much.
The fitness junkie or outdoors lover on your gift list wants something to make them sweat, not weigh them down.
Here are some ideas to keep your pedal-pumping, track-trotting, muscle-making friends smiling. These suggestions will keep your loved ones healthy, too. What’s a better gift than that?
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Felt Electric SPORTe Bike ($3,599 at rocketelectrics.com). If they’re sick of getting stuck in gridlock, but aren’t sure about taking on Seattle’s hills, get them a pedal-boosting electric bike. The motor is maintenance-free, quiet and low-vibration, and the battery detaches easily.
Zackees Turn Signal Gloves ($90–$100 at zackees.com). Bike commuters can clearly signal their intention with these nifty gloves, which come with built-in turn arrows activated by pressing the thumb and index finger together. Fingerless or full versions are available and come with rechargeable coin cell batteries.
BrightCycle Helmet Light ($49 at lumenflex.com). Most single-beam bike lights show up only when they’re pointed directly at passing cars. This band of red and yellow lights wraps all the way around a helmet, so it’s visible from all sides.
PowerSpurz ($20 at 4id.com). This light-up heel-ware blazes in orange, green, blue, pink or red to keep runners visible when they’re exercising in the dark. They attach with tiny plastic spikes and provide more than 70 hours of light, either flashing or continual.
“Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon” ($26 at booksellers). The average time at last year’s New York City Marathon was more than four hours; the current world record is just over two. Records are made to be broken, though, and writer Ed Caesar thinks someone will snap the 2-hour mark. He spent three years researching the possibility, hanging out with the world’s top marathon runners and examining the culture, physiology, psychology and history of professional running.
Outdoor Research Spectrum Sun Sleeves ($12.50 at outdoorresearch.com). They can slip on a pair of the Seattle company’s lightweight, moisture-wicking, breathable sun sleeves to protect their skin from the sun, or provide an extra layer in the cold. The snazzy SPF 50 pieces are made of stretchy polyester fabric.
Buff Milo UV Headband ($15 at buffusa.com). She’ll look good when she pulls on this stretchy, quick-drying Coolmax headband at the gym, keeping her hair in place and sweat out of her eyes.
Penn Battle II Saltwater Combos ($110 at westmarine.com). These light-action rod and reel combos are great starter packages for anglers.
Scosche bomBOTTLE Wireless Speaker ($180 at amazon.com). A day on the water or campsite is always more fun with tunes. This omnidirectional speaker wirelessly sends music in all directions. Works with all Bluetooth streaming audio devices and others using a 3.5mm aux cable.