Gelder’s Gift Guide 2017

A bunch of the best gear for the endurance athlete. This is your gift guide 2017 #giftguideer


2XU full length recovery tights

These tights are the holiday hug your legs need.  The tights go beyond the ankles and descend to cover the foot.  Featuring graduated stamping technology the support in these recovery tights are amazing.  Super comfortable to hang out in or take a nap.  Anybody that wants to recover better will appreciate these tights.  You will pay a little more for these because they are more durable and will be a gift that lasts.  Just like everything that 2XU makes these are top quality.   2XU Power recovery tights.

CLUB RIDE Highland Call Pants & Blaze Vest

This company makes to best clothing for the riding lifestyle.  The Highland Call pant is my favorite most comfortable pant for riding bikes, traveling, and hanging out.  The phone pocket on the thigh is a big plus.  These pants include stretch gussets for comfortable wear while pedaling.  The Blaze vest is just the right size when you want a little more warmth and rear stow pockets.  Both are water resistant and breathable. I took this outfit with me to Peru on a big adventure.  The lightweight vest and pants are understated but unique.  CLUB RIDE knows how to create pieces that fit an athletic body.  You can get the vest and the pants for under 200 dollars.  Check out the Infinity Hoody too.  Another one of my favorites.

Decibullz Custom-Fit Bluetooth Wireless Earphones

If you are looking for wireless compact earphones that will allow you to listen to your music in peace, then look no further. The Decibullz Custom-Fit Bluetooth Wireless Earphones utilize earpieces that are made exactly for your ears, by you. The earpieces are easy to mold to your ears and they provide you with earphones that are very secure in your ear and offer excellent noise isolation. Use the inline controller to skip songs, pause playback, or control volume. These earphones offer it all. Read our full review here or get yours today from Decibullz!


Gossamer SILVERBACK 50

This is a high quality backpack that is super light and comfortable.  Load it up, no problem.  The unique structure makes the backpack solid whether it is full or empty.  I really like the accessible waist strap pockets and the easy large stow section in the back for quick and easy access without opening the whole top.   The SILVERBACK is very versatile.  Remove the frame and just use the hip belt.  When you fill it up it will surprise you how much you can carry in this 50 liter comfortably.  All the packs come in varying sizes and different belt sizes.  This is like having a custom fit pack.

Injinji Merino Socks

I have been a fan of the toe socks for many years.  I don’t wear them every day but with the new merino version you can really enjoy these socks with comfort and breathability.   Injinji socks give toes the ability to spread out.  Also just like a glove versus a mitten the individual toes make for enhanced airflow.  I also like to give my toes a break from being crammed together.  The separation of the toes can prevent some blisters and discomfort.

PackTowl Ultralite Towels

These towels are a serious game changer for any athlete who loves being outdoors. Any of the options that PackTowl offers will make a terrific gift because they are lightweight, packable and quick-drying. These towels absorb as much, if not more than the amount of water from a standard towel and pack down to a fraction of the size! This makes them easy to stuff into a backpack, hip pouch, and accessible for any situation that you may need a towel while out on an adventure. No need to wait forever for the towel to dry because it dries 80% faster than cotton towels thanks to the use of microfiber fabric. The Ultralite PackTowl can be washed in a washing machine, making it super easy to care for. Get your today from PackTowl!

ROCKTAPE H20 Tape Rock guards and ROCK SAUCE

We all need some time to heal.  With this high quality kenesiology tape you can return to activity sooner.  ROCK TAPE has a variety of sizes, designs, and colors.  We like the H20 version so you can wear it in the water.  The ROCK SAUCE is a roll-on topical pain reliever.  This is an ideal match with the ROCK TAPE.  Use the 2 together and let the healing begin.  ROCKTAPE has a variety of other great training tools.  My favorite is the ROCK GUARD Shin protection.  These shin guards are good for obstacle courses, weight lifting, and mountain biking.  We all need some strength training no matter what your discipline.  See more @

Roll Recovery R8 massage tool

This could quickly become your favorite leg massage tool.  The R8 can massage efficiently the quads better than anything save a massage therapist.  The R8 has the right control and pressure to roll out the toughest spots IT-bands, quads, hamstrings, calves, shins, gluteus, etc.  My favorite is to use it on the quads.  I used this extensively after a triathlon.  The R8 really helped with recovery.  It helped reduce the soreness and keep muscles less stiff.  I really like the pressure that the R8 delivers balancing equally on 2 sides at the same time.  For more details and testimonials

Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow

Weighing in at a mere 4 ounces, this pillow is an ultralight addition to any pack. If fluff is what you’re looking for, then you’re going to love the 650 Fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down used to make this pillow. It can be hard to choose a good pillow because they are all different thicknesses and shapes. With the Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow, there is a cinchable area on the bottom where you can stuff some clothes to give the pillow a little extra fluff. So no matter how thick you (or your loved one in need of a pillow for Christmas) like your pillow, you will have many well-rested nights with this option. Get yours today from Therm-a-Rest!

Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow

veloToze weather proof cleat & helmet covers

This is like a durable swim cap for your bike shoes and bike helmet.  Totally waterproof , aerodynamic, and lightweight.  With veloToze no worries with the weather.  Don’t fear the puddles! Throw it on and take them off when things dry up.  Easy to remove and compact enough to tuck away into a jersey pocket.  veloToze gives us all a way to spend more time outside and less time on the trainer.  And we all like that.  This is the way to Outsmart the Elements TM.  With a variety of sizes and options check out the variety @

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About The Author

Gelder Lewis has been snowboarding for more than 30 years. He heard Mark Allen speak at a motivational meeting and wanted to do a triathlon. He decided to get in shape for the winter months so he started doing triathlon. Now he is totally addicted and loves to swim, bike, run year round. Gelder enjoys testing, writing, talking and presenting information about all things gear and how it can enhance the endurance sport experience. Gelder still snowboards until the Greatest Snow on Earth melts each season.