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The best gifts for runners

November 7, 2021, 2:00 PM UTC

Not everyone has time to shop around and look for the newest items on the market that could appeal to the loved ones and colleagues on their gift-giving lists. (Or for themselves, because let’s be honest, we look at holiday gift guides and deals for ourselves just as much as for others.)

Here is a list of suggestions for what runners really want and need this winter season.

Hoka One One Rincon 3 Running Shoes

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Hoka One One has rapidly become a fan favorite among runners, and the brand recently debuted two new models—the Bondi X and the Rincon 3—with extra support. The Rincon 3 are especially light at 7.7 ounces, a bonus selling point for long-distance runners as well as anyone packing sneakers in their luggage. The redesign features an asymmetrical tongue, a thinner pull tab, and a vented-mesh upper for more breathability. Just make sure to loosen the laces a bit before your first run as they’re wound a bit tight upon arrival. SRP: $115

Hylete Altium II Sports Bra

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This is hands down one of the best sports bras on the market, offering every bit of needed support without being stiff, chafing, or suffocating. SRP: $52

Final Surge Training Plan

This training app stands out in a crowded field for its user-friendly interface that makes it easier for an athlete, whether training alone or being coached, to track many data points. In addition to nice maps that show an athlete’s workouts, the app makes it easier to compare performance over time and detect trends in the athlete’s performance. And if used with a smart watch, Final Surge also allows, users to track things like percentage of fat, as well as keeping track of injuries. SRP: Plans run from as low as free for super basic, coach-free, to $19 per month in a coached group, to $330 for 44 weeks for someone training for an Ironman, depending on the coursework and duration.

Dr. Scholl’s Blister Guard Crew Socks

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Socks are an underrated gift. Sure, this might have seemed like a lame stocking stuffer in high school or college, but as we get older, some of us realize how much easier it is to receive gifts that we will use frequently. And runners know how important it is to have good socks. Dr. Scholl’s has earned its reputation for protecting and healing foot ailments, and these Blister Guard socks get the job done. SRP: $16

Theragun Mini

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The Theragun family of smart app-enabled percussive therapy devices has gained a loyal following with amateur and professional athletes alike. The most portable (and perhaps the best entry-level) option is the Theragun Mini, a pocket-sized massage device for working out strained and hard-to-reach muscles while on-the-go—perfect for a suitcase or gym bag. SRP: $199

PÜL SmartCap

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This new device measures daily intake and integrates with an Apple app to track fluid intake in real time and to send reminders via color-coded LED lights on the SmartCap, as well as app notifications about metric-based daily goals. The SmartCap is also compatible with most popular brands like HydroFlask and Nalgene. SRP: $99

Zwift Runpod

Zwift might be best known for its bike app that allows people to race one another remotely in a Virtual Tour de France with beautiful, realistic visuals. But it has something to offers runners too. The RunPod is cadence sensor that clips onto shoelaces and allows runners to race on simulated roads by connecting to the Zwift app on a phone or tablet. And for Zwift, it’s a way to sell what really generates its revenue; subscriptions. SRP: $40

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