Chrismas present suggestions for athletes
2 CommentsWednesday, 27 November 2013 | Admin
Great Gift ideas for Cyclists, Triathletes, Runners and Swimmers.
Are you looking for the right gift for the athlete in your life!? Great because we have gifts for triathletes, cyclists, runners and swimmers! We have compiled a list of the most popular Christmas gifts to help you. The list is divided into “main presents” and “stocking fillers” to help you choose your gift.
If you can’t choose what present to purchase you can simply buy a gift voucher.
Main present for triathletes
Garmin Forerunner 920xt /w HRM – our price €473.25
The Garmin 920XT is the top of the range sports watch for triathletes. The GPS-enabled 920XT provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate for running and cycling. Designed for open water and pool swimming, it records distance, efficiency, stroke type, stroke count and pool lengths. The 920XT has up to 40 hours of battery life, making it ideal for multisport athletes.
Main present for cyclists & triathletes
Garmin Edge 520– our price €250.99
The newly released Garmin Edge 520 is designed for the cyclist who wants it all in one device, from navigation, VO2 Max and FTP esitimation, Live Strava Segments and advanced training capabilities in one little device. It offers connected features through your smartphone, including live tracking, social media sharing and weather. Because it’s GPS-enabled, Edge 520 provides accurate data and navigation capabilities, anywhere in the world.
If the Garmin Edge 520 is not ideal for you these are some of our great alternative cycling computers:
Main present for runners & triathletes
Garmin Forerunner 110 (with heart rate monitor) – our price €178.99
The Garmin Forerunner 110 with heart rate monitor is the easiest way for a runner to track their training. Forerunner 110 uses GPS to accurately record distance, time and pace. Data from each run is stored in the unit, so you can go back and see how you did last week or last month. Or, upload to the Garmin Connect website to review, relive and replay the run.
If the Garmin Forerunner 110 is not ideal for you these are some of our alternatives:
Main present for swimmers & triathletes
Garmin Swim – our price €136.99
The Garmin Swim watch is perfect for every swimmer. The watch is designed for pool use and it tracks distance, pace, stroke count and more. The swim data can be uploaded to Garmin Connect for online analysis. Here, the user can view detailed metrics and track progress over time.
Main present for cyclists & triathletes
A turbo trainer can provide a triathlete or cyclist with the opportunity to train on their bike indoors when its wet, cold and miserable outside! Turbo trainers come in a range of brands and models and will suit almost all types of bikes. Tacx, Minoura and Kurt Kinetic are all popular and well recognised brands of turbo trainers.
Tacx Flow T2200 Ergo Trainer – our price €326.99
The Flow, one of Tacx's most popular ergo trainers, has an excellent price-performance ratio and is very easy to use. Power, speed and cadence are measured and visualized on the display of the handle bar computer. These training parameters are the most important tools that will help towards focused and efficient work-out routines and optimum performance. The main advantage of the Tacx Flow T2200 over other Tacx models is that the trainer measures the riders power and this can provide invaluable assistance to the rider during the session and allow them to map their training progression over time.
Minoura LiveRide 540 Turbo Trainer - our price €249.99
Powerful and strong, LiveRide trainers bring real road like feel and custom options not available in any other trainers. The Minoura 540 has the widest range of customizable resistance with thirteen different resistance settings. This turbo trainer comes with a free download of the very popular Sufferfest cycling training video.
If the above turbo trainers are not right for you we have a wide range of alternatives to suit all budgets:
Main present for cyclists & triathletes
You might expect clothing to be in the “stocking fillers” section but when it comes to cycling jackets, quality is everything. If you are still a few hours cycle from home and its cold or it starts to rain a good jacket can be a life saver! Endura, Altura and Castelli are all very well respected and popular cycling clothing brands offering unrivalled fit and comfort.
For good winter jackets you can choose from:
Stocking Fillers for swimmers & triathletes
We have the most popular swim brands, Speedo, Finis, Zoggs, TYR and Aquasphere. Popular swim presents are goggles, swim tools and swimsuits.
Amongst others we have the following popular goggles in stock:
Swim tools are essential for improving a swimmers strength and technique and form a core part of any swimmers kit bag. Swim tools include hand paddles, fins, pullbouys, and central snorkels.
We have a huge range of hand paddles (used to build arm strenght and improve swim technique) ranked in order of popularity as follows:
Fins help strengthen and improve a swimmers kick. We have a great selection to choose from ranked in order of popularity as follows:
What other cool swim tools have we got? For the beginner swimmer, perhaps the most useful tool is the Finis Freestyle Snorkel. The snorkel allows the swimmer to swim and breathe normally while focusing on all important swim technique (price €24.99). The Orca Pullbouy is a tool for teaching a swimmer correct body position while they swim and at only €8.50 is a real bargain. The Finis Tempo Trainer is a small, waterproof device that easily attaches to a swimmer's cap or goggles and transmits an audible tempo beep. The tempo trainer teaches the swimmer consistent stroke tempo and avoids lulls in training and races (price €36.99).
Stocking Fillers for cyclists & triathletes
Stocking fillers for cyclists will mainly consist of cycling accessories and clothing. Where to start when there are so many possibilities, well as the wise old saying goes, "safety first"!
Lights and safety equipment
Lights are one of the most important safety accessories that a cyclist can have. We have a huge range of lights, front and rear, from the top of the range Cateye Volt 1200 Rechargeable Front Light System (€164.99) right through to the BBB Redlaser rear light (€7.99). Remember, a cyclist will need a front and a rear light to be visible from all angles. The following is a selection of our lights ranked in order of popularity:
Broadly clothing for cyclist can be categorised as follows: socks, overshoes, gloves, headwear, shorts and bottoms. Again we stock the most popular brands such as Altura, Endura and Castelli.
We have a great range of socks, the merino wool socks and winter socks are particularly useful at this time of year to keep the cold out.
Overshoes are covers that are worn over cycling shoes to keep a cyclist's feet warm and dry in cold weather or wet. These really are a vital peace of kit for Irish weather conditions.
Cycling gloves are vitally important to keep your hands comfortable and are worn in all weather conditions. Winter gloves are most relevant for this time of year and here are our selection ranked in order of popularity:
Headwear ranges from ear warmers and head covers to waterproof helmet covers! Headwear is mostly worn for Winter and Springtime cycling so its perfect for this time of year.
Stocking Fillers for runners & triathletes
Compression Running Socks are designed to keep a runners foot as comfortable as possible while they are running by providing support, wicking away moisture and slip proofing which all help prevent blisters and discomfort. Its all the tiny details that make technical running socks much more comfortable on your feet while you race and train.
Lock laces produce the best laces on the market. They are elastic, so the presure is spread across the shoe evenly and do not come undone because they use a clever fastening system. This allows the wearer to not need to stop during a race or activity to tie there laces. They come in lots of really nice colors so you can pick the color to match your gear.