Help the outdoor enthusiasts and fitness freaks train hard and recover better with these athlete-focused gifts.
Whether you know someone who loves hitting the gym, working out at home, or training for backcountry adventures, we have a gift for them. We’ve waded through the enormous, and sometimes dubious options (neoprene “altitude mask” I’m looking at you), to find the best fitness-related gift options.
Happy holidays. Here’s to continuing fitness efforts to enhance enjoyment of the great outdoors.
Scarpa’s Spin RS, available in both men’s and women’s, is designed for the masochistic high-mileage trail runner. The Spin RS is light (verified 10.6 ounces in a men’s size 10) yet well-cushioned. It has an 8mm drop, Vibram Megagrip outsole with Lightbase technology, a TPU toe cap, and a quick-drying, highly breathable synthetic mesh and leather upper. Sock-Fit LW construction eliminates a traditional tongue and replaces it with a stretchy softshell material, providing a better fit while reducing weight and bulk.
NordicTrack S22i Bike: $1,999
Like having a personal trainer in your home, the NordicTrack s22i Studio Cycle is more than just a bike. The 22-inch touchscreen gives you access to an expansive library of classes and personal trainers. And the LIVE Interactions option means you can join trainer-led classes where the instructor digitally adjusts your LIVE incline and resistance, so you can stay focused on training. With 20 percent incline, 10 percent decline, and 24 digital resistance levels, there’s no limit to your fitness goals.
Roll Recovery R8: $129
Help the athlete on your list with their recovery efforts with the Roll Recovery R8. A patented design provides ample spring-generated pressure for deep-tissue work, and the R8 self-adjusts to accommodate different-sized bodies and muscles on both the arms and legs. Stainless steel fasteners, soft-touch handles, ball bearing pivots, and interchangeable rollers round out this heavy-duty muscle recovery tool.
Kogalla RA Adventure Light: Starting at $160
When defeating darkness is the goal, Kogalla RA lights are ready to provide unmatched brightness. Putting out 800 lumens of warm, natural light, these light strips could change the way you work out. Attach a light to each hydration pack strap and never again fumble for your headlamp when darkness falls on the trail. And with numerous battery pack and light options, you can customize how much light and power you need, from the RA Single Pack to an RA Team Six Pack you’ll be ready to light up the night.
Garmin Vivo Series Fitness Trackers: $80-300
The Garmin Vivo family of fitness trackers covers all the bases for the data-hungry on your gift list. The range of Vivos goes from children’s models that encourage daily movement to full-blown smartwatches. The smartwatches can track and record the usual exercise parameters such as heart rate and GPS tracking, but they can also estimate VO2 max, suggest specific workout routines, track heart rate variability and daily stress, store and play music, and perform a host of other functions for both exercise and daily tasks.
iFit Nourish Nutrition: Free With $5 Shipping
Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. But it can be hard to get everything you need during jam-packed days. Luckily, iFit Nourish is a quick and simple way to get all the vitamins and minerals your body craves. You get a customized blend based on your goals, complete with fruits, veggies, 13 essential vitamins, 12 minerals, and your choice of plant- or animal-based protein. Best of all, you can try it risk-free. Pay $5 in shipping and get a 15-serving bag and shaker bottle for free.
Help a friend or family member stay hydrated on the trail with this well-designed hip-mounted hydration system. The Deuter Pulse 3’s specially shaped bladder ensures comfort and stability while providing 1.5 L of fluid. Well-ventilated back panel mesh ensures ample cooling and zipped exterior pockets carry other essentials.
Floyd’s of Leadville has combined 27 g of protein, 8.5 g of BCAA’s with 25 mg of CBD to combat pain and inflammation while providing the building blocks for protein synthesis. I have used this product to enhance my recovery from physical therapy efforts to rebound from five consecutive knee surgeries, and it has helped me sleep better. CBD Recovery Protein is available in vanilla and chocolate, and each bag contains 10 servings.
Do you have fitness freaks on your list who are always on the go? Help them maintain a civilized level of hygiene with the NEMO Helio Pressure Shower. This shower system packs small in an included stuff sack, so it can stay in the car at all times. And it delivers five to seven minutes and 11 L of pressurized water via a 7-foot hose and spray nozzle. A foot pump charges the system, which can be filled anywhere without a hose and can heat up in the sun. Perfect for rinsing off after a sweaty or muddy workout, surfing, or paddleboarding. It also works on four-legged training partners.
Vuarnet Racing Medium: $250-280
Iconic brand Vuarnet can protect your eyes from wind, damaging rays, projectiles, and that one branch that always gets someone. Available in four different lens tints with varying degrees of light spectrum absorption, the Racing Medium is sure to please even the vainest athlete with its curved shape and not-too-flashy looks.
LifeProof Aquaphonics AQ11: $300 (on sale now for $180)
Insert some tunes into your friend’s garage gym with the LifeProof Aquaphonics AQ11 Bluetooth speaker. True to the brand’s core, the AQ11 is waterproof, drop-proof, dirtproof, and snowproof. The speaker even floats! The AQ11 can pair with up to eight devices and works as a speakerphone with a built-in microphone. Answer calls without interrupting that important set. A 15-hour battery life keeps the tunes rolling, and the unit has a dry box for protecting valuables.
Road iD Wrist ID Stretch: $25, includes six-month membership
Give the gift of peace of mind to everyone involved with a Road iD interactive identification band and membership. Each stainless steel ID plate contains critical information and instructions for first responders to obtain further vital knowledge (via phone or internet), including insurance and contact data. The Stretch 13mm is the minimalist version and comes in men’s, women’s, and kids’ packs.