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Christmas can really put a spanner in the works for those in training for an event. All those mince pies, boozy parties and late nights are definitely not part of the training plan, but pretty hard to avoid. We all know that new gear can be a really big incentive to get back to training though, so what you find in your stocking on Christmas morning could mean the difference between lounging by the fire and topping up your KMs. We’ve split our guide into four different sports, but most pages have something for everyone so it’s well worth a look through the whole thing. Starting with runners, we’ve got gadgets, apparel and accessories to give any athlete a boost during their training programme. We’ve also focused on triathlon, walking and adventure racing, covering all the things they’ll need from mountain to pool to gym. And if you feel like you could do with inspiration all year round, we’ve got some great ideas for magazine subscriptions. Whoever you’re shopping for, may we wish you a stress-free shopping experience and of course, a very happy Christmas break!

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Ultimate Performance Tarn Hydration Pack £24.99 The features on the Tarn pack belie its price tag and help ensure you’re comfortable on your next outdoor adventure. Padded back and shoulder straps are made from wicking air mesh and as well as the main storage compartment, there’s a headphone port and inner stash pocket plus quick access pockets and bungee cords for attaching gear to the outside of the pack. We all know the benefits of regular hydration and the Tarn comes with a 1.5l bladder with easy to use bite valve plus secure on/off tap to prevent leaks when not in use. Great price, great performance.

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TRAIN LONGER TRAIN STRONGER Whether it’s a training run or you’re pushing yourself to the extremes, you’ll need a light you can trust. The award winning Ledlenser SEO7R headlamp integrates powerful performance and state-of-the-art technologies that combine effortlessly to chase the dark away and extend the day. Highlights include patented Advanced Focus System optics, OPTISENSE active light measurement technology, white and red LEDs and the ability to use standard alkaline batteries in this rechargeable light. Reach that personal best with the Ledlenser SEO7R. www.ledlenser-store.co.uk

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gifts for runners

great ideas for runners at christmas

Stuck for what to buy the runner in your life? The obvious answer is a new pair of shoes, but that’s not really possible without a proper fitting by an expert, which would rather take the surprise element out of it on Christmas Day. Never fear; we’ve searched high and low for a great selection of ideas to help you, whether it’s for a novice parkrunner or a seasoned multi-injured ➜ ultra-maniac…

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Get kitted out all in one go. Shown here: men’s Dash top, £50; men’s Spartan pant, £65; Glycerin 14 shoes, £130; women’s Steady long-sleeve top, £40; women’s Streaker tight, £70; Glycerin 14 shoes, £130. brooksrunning.com

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A YEAR ON THE RUN HARDBACK £20

This is a really fun book that’s great for dipping into over a coffee when not out running! The author, Damian Hall, has compiled his favourite running stories from the world of sport – one for each day of the year. quartoknows.com

GARMIN FORERUNNER 35 £169.99

Great for standard tracking during a run, plus music control and even built-in training tools. Use as a fitness monitor when not running, with features such as step-counting. buy.garmin.com/en-GB

ALEXANDRA VEST TOP £35

Building on the success of their tried and tested range of work-out gear for women, Zaazee has responded to requests for pattern with this eye-catching black and white range. Very flattering, racer-back design. We love it! zaazee.co.uk

ADIDAS YOGA MAT, FROM £21.95

Any runner who knows what’s good for them knows they need to cross train, and yoga or Pilates is an excellent strength builder. This cool mat is the ultimate accessory to inspire some training at home. amazon.co.uk

CRAFT BASE LAYER £36

This is a super-light base layer, which covers right up to your neck, down to your cuffs and low round your waste – no draughts getting in here! It’s gauze-thin too, so easily fits under another top for extra warmth. wiggle.co.uk

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RUN LUX MEN’S SHORTS £35

It’s hard to find the perfect pair of running shorts – some are too short, some too tight, some too loose. We think we’ve found something pretty near ideal with these though, they’re soft, perfect length and not too tight. saucony.com

CEP RUN SOCKS 2.0 £39.99

These knee-length compression socks are designed to reduce vibration while increasing coordination when you run. They’re also great for putting on after exercising, for recovery. Available in a huge choice of colours. cepsports.co.uk

CLASSIC FLIPBELT £25

Answering the problem of keys rattling in your pockets, or just too many bits and pieces to carry on a run, the Flipbelt fits snug and secure on your waist, holds all your belongings tightly inside, and won’t bounce about. flipbelt.co.uk


GIFTS FOR RUNNERS

3 OF THE BEST… FITNESS MONITORS

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fitbit Charge 2 £129.99 There’s not much this doesn’t monitor, from heart-rate to steps to sleep. We like the guided breathing sessions for meditating. fitbit.com

ROCK N ROLLER £39.99 Foam rolling isn’t just for the injured, but it’s not for the faint-hearted either! Get down with this technical design and improve your blood flow, relax muscles and avoid injury. rocktape.co.uk ZOEY FULL-LENGTH LEGGINGS £90

No irritating labels, flat-locked seams and high wasteband make these flattering leggings a musthave this winter. They’re made from anti-pilling fabric, too, so will look good all winter. zaazee.co.uk

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Misfit Ray £79.99 This activity tracker is waterproof up to 50m and looks gorgeous with any outfit! misfit.com

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TomTom Touch £129.99 Measure body fat and muscle mass while keeping up with steps, calories and more. Smaller strap available too. tomtom.com

CAMELBAK DART £54.99

Great for shorter ultra-races, this lightweight pack carries 1.5ltr of water and provides pockets for essentials such as energy gels and first aid kit. There’s an extra easy-access pocket on the harness for a phone as well. wiggle.co.uk

ART PRINT, FROM £19.99

By artist Kate Molloy, these art prints from The Flying Runner are unique and eye-catching. They depict the overhead view of a race, with recognisable landmarks all along the course. There are several that can be personalised to celebrate a race that you or someone you know is proud to have completed. The best-seller is this quirky impressionistic map of the London Marathon, which can be personalised with your name and time. flyingrunner.co.uk

WHY NOT MAKE IT PERSONAL THIS YEAR?

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CITRUS ZINGER £16.99

A great idea to add a bit of flavour back into your workout, this bottle comes with attachments to squeeze orange, lemon or lime into your water to give it a bit of a kick while keeping it healthy and hydrating. firebox.com

WHAT SKIN NEEDS SOOTHING SKIN GEL £14.99

If you suffer from changes in the weather, be it sunburn or windburn, or even if you just have sensitive skin, this gel soothes instantly and smells great too. It has a really smooth finish, almost like a balm, which is very nice as well. firstaidfast.co.uk

T-SHIRTS ALWAYS GO DOWN WELL WITH RUNNERS

➜ MEN’S SEAMLESS TOP £40

A comfortable t-shirt is worth its weight in gold, with so many designs causing chaffing and itching halfway through a long run. The New Balance seamless t-shirt for men has been tried and tested by us and we can’t fault it – it’s not too tight, not too roomy and not a chaffe-mark in sight, even after a marathon. It has ICE technology, which is activated by sweat and can keep you cool, which is another nice feature. If you think this Bright Cherry Heather is a bit bold, don’t worry – there are three other colours available. newbalance.co.uk

NEBULA FIRE HEADTORCH £85

Great for winter months, this neat headtorch provides 192 lumens of light and is sister to the popular Halo Fire, just a little less powerful but still good light. It includes five light modes and three brightness settings. Easy to keep topped up, as it’s recharged via USB. nathansports.com

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NEWBURY LAYER TEE £22

Quite loose-fitting, this top might not be best for running in, but it’s great for cross-training classes like Pilates or even a spin class. It’s very flattering and slightly transparent, so wear with your best sports bra! newbalance.co.uk

MARATHON SOCKS £15.99

These men’s socks are designed with a supronation bandage to stabilise the foot and help you run more efficiently. They have left/right foot beds and targeted cushioning for a better fit. sockshop.co.uk

CAMELBAK QUICK GRIP CHILL £29.99

Keep your drink cold for the whole run, with this insulated holder. The stretch handle means your hand won’t warm up the contents and there is a pocket on the front so you can keep keys, money, etc, safe while you run. camelbak.com

SOCKSHOCK CASE £15

A great website for mobile phone cases, Casehut caters for all models and offers great features such as the added key pocket on this design, as well as myriad colours to choose from – all very comfy to wear on a run. casehut.com


GIFTS FOR RUNNERS

RUNNING SUBSCRIPTION, FROM £19.99

A great idea for the dedicated runner, choose a sixmonth or year subscription to Running for tips, advice, events and kit reviews. shop.kelsey.co.uk

MEDAL DISPLAY £34.99

A genius solution for all those medals when you run out of hooks, these wall-mounted displays are strong brushed steel, made in the UK. For runners with plenty of medals, a “triple tier” display will be just the job! flyingrunner.co.uk

ROCKTAPE £2.50

Used to both help and prevent injury, kinesiology tape doesn’t have to be boring! This W5cm design is called Locals Only. rocktape.co.uk

SIS MIXED ISOTONIC GELS 20 PACK £28

It might seem a boring gift, but any long-distance runner would be delighted with a selection pack of energy gels – sometimes practical ideas are the best ideas. scienceinsport.com

STRENGTH TRAINING FOR RUNNERS £16.99

Get to grips with techniques and drills to help you stay strong as a runner and avoid injury. You may even find your running performance is increased… bloomsbury.com

JBL REFLECT MINI BT £79.95

These light-weight headphones have great sound without the hassle of plug-in sets. They are also reflective to keep you seen on darker mornings and evenings. http://uk.jbl.com

3 OF THE BEST… HEADGEAR

WHETHER YOU’RE KEEPING WARM OR KEEPING COOL…

Buff Tad Military Visor £21 Great to keep the sun out of your eyes, your ears protected from wind and your neck from getting burnt. buffwear.co.uk

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Asics Winter Beanie £18 The snug fit of this beanie means it will keep you warm and won’t fly off in strong wind. asics.com

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Inov-8 Race Elite Peak cap £15 A lightweight, water-resistant, breathable design that’s also available in black. inov-8.com

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GIFTS FOR ADVENTURERS GE ET NA-KD THIS CHRISTMAS! Bri Bridgedale’s superb, ultra-light running soccks ‘Na-kd’ will make any runner’s feet smile this Christmas, Featuring a SlingShot sm heeel fit and elasticated construction for stayy-put comfort and protection from rubbbing, Na-kd will make Christmas and Boxxing Day runs an absolute breeze. Feaaturing high-performance microfibres, succh as Coolmax, to create a cooling and d fast wicking over-foot mesh, feet are guaranteed to stay dry and comfortable gua in mixed weather conditions. Na-kd is the perfect low cut pairing for that favourite pair of trainers too! RRP is £10.99 per pair. www.bridgedale.com

1000 Mile Fusion Anklet Sock £11.49 Socks may seem like a stereotypical gift but remember, there’s socks and there’s socks. Blister sufferers will delight in a pair of these which come with a Blister Free Guarantee. 1000 Mile’s double layer technology means that the fabrics rub against each other rather than rub the foot. And the icing on the cake? Padded zones over the toe, heel and ball as well as along the whole of the Achilles Tendon. Your feet will be crying out to hit the road.

www.1000mile.co.uk

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g i f t s f o r t r i at h l e t e s

triathlon go shopping for tri gifts this year If you know a triathlete, you know someone who’s easy to buy for – they’re always looking for new energy snacks, apparel and equipment to help them ace that next race. But if you’re still not entirely sure what’s what, turn the page for our guide to great gifts for triathletes, whether they’re just starting out in the sport or a fully fledged addict. Happy shopping! ➜

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Why not buy a friend a triathlon with The Castle Triathlon Series (shown here)? Email Castle Triathlon Series on info@castletriathlonseries.co.uk who will provide you with a Christmas gift certificate ready for Christmas day.

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NIKE SPORTS BAG £22

With all that training you need a good bag to cart all your kit around – this one has detachable straps, side pockets and is nice and roomy. It’ll squish happily into a locker while you’re woking out and black won’t show marks. jdsports.co.uk

WOMEN’S CYCLE CALI JERSEY £45

This striking cycle top is comfortable, durable and has excellent moisture management. It includes three pockets on the back for gels, keys etc. Checked detail continues around the back as well. zootsports.com

GO FASTER FOOD £12.99

Eat your fill and stay healthy with this great recipe book, packed with delicious ideas. Kate’s dishes cover everything from snacks to main meals that will help you get all you need while training – and all of it totally scrumptious! gofasterfood.com

WATERPROOF WALKMAN, FROM £80

With 12 hours battery time and 4-8GB of storage, you can take the monotony out of swimming lengths with this new waterproof walkman. A really snug fit means you don’t have to worry about it falling out. sony.co.uk

WOMEN’S CALI 7” SHORTS £60

A great pair of shorts to match the Cali top, these include 50+UPF protection and have grippers to stop the hems riding up. Excellent moisture management too, and flatlock seams to avoid chaffing. zootsports.com

THERMAL SKULL CAP £35

This swim cap has been fine-tuned using a hollowed wool liner so that it has reduced water absorption, creating an extra boundary to protect against heat loss in open water. blueseventy.co.uk

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IOTA HEADLAMP £35

With 150 lumens of power, this will get you through the darkest of trails. Charges via USB in just three hours and settings include full power, strobe and dimmed. cotswoldoutdoor.com


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3 OF THE BEST… GOGGLES

GET COMFORTABLE IN THE WATER AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE BEST VIEW WITH THESE STYLISH DESIGNS

COMPACT TRAVEL TOWEL £9.99

This great little towel fits neatly into any kit bag and dries super-quickly. At 120x58cm, it’s plenty big enough to take to the pool but folds down small so worth popping in your backpack when you’re out training too. mountainwarehouse.com

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Nabaiji Spirit goggles £9.99 Soft seals to fit your face. Anti-fogging and include UV protection. decathlon.com

NATHAN LOCK LACES, FROM £6.84

This great idea means you never have to stop due to laces coming undone again. Plus the squeeze and slide mechanism makes them really quick to undo, which is perfect for transitioning. amazon.co.uk

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2XU Race goggles £15 Anti-fog, low-profile design with adjustable strap for comfort and durability. 2xu.com/uk

CHRISTMAS JERSEY £30

This festive elf jersey is part of Halfords’ Christmas range, which includes Christmas pudding and Santa designs. You might want to gift it before Christmas so the recipient gets more wear out of it! halfords.com

SOLTAN ACTIVE SUN STICK £3.50

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Hydra-Vision goggles £25 Soft frame and polarised lenses help enable you to see further away. blueseventy.co.uk

This handy SPF30 stick is designed for face and lips. It’s water-resistant and non-pore-blocking, so you can rest assured it’s protecting you without clogging your skin. boots.com

VARIDESK FROM £225

Sitting is the new smoking, and most of us would agree that a day at your desk leaves you stiff, uncomfortable and can even cause your feet to swell. This design fits happily onto your existing desk, with no ‘installation’ required, and can be raised quickly easily for a spell standing up. It takes some getting used to, but will make you feel much better at the end of a working day and does wonders for your circulation. Comes in a choice of sizes. uk.varidesk.com

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SINGLE LAYER HAT £22

Merino wool is the magic word when training outside as it’s naturally anti-bacterial and breathable. This is a great addition to any kit bag, keeping you warm in winter but not overheated. buffwear.co.uk

TRI PLUS SUBSCRIPTION FROM £24.30

For the keen triathlete in your life, why not buy a six-month or 12-month subscription to Triathlon Plus? Full of kit, training tips and interviews, it’ll inspire them and keep their training up to date. shop.kelsey.co.uk

STAY HYDRATED AND KEEP YOUR ENERGY UP TOPEAK WEDGE BIKE BAG £19.99

PUNCTURE REPAIR KIT £10

Ideal as a stocking filler, this little kit includes tools so you’re ready for anything. Includes 12 patches and two adhesive tubes as well as tyre levers, sandpaper a spanner and more. halfords.com

Handy for keeping keys, money, energy bars and other bits and pieces, this saddle bag fits on quickly and easily so you can just grab it and take it with you whenever you’re finished with cycling. halfords.com

➜ TAILWIND £1.50 EACH

Great for on-the-go, as they come in individual sachets, these powders contain 200 calories plus electrolytes and have been developed to be very gentle on the stomach, which is good news for those who don’t get on with gels. They dissolve quickly in water and don’t leave residue so your bottle will be a cinch to clean. There is a flavour-free option as well, so you can dissolve into your favourite flavoured drink if you prefer. A great stocking filler for the triathlete who has everything! tailwindnutrition.co.uk

LEZYNE MACRO DRIVE LIGHT SET £100

These pro bike lights mean business and will please the fussiest of riders. Up to 800 lumens front, 100 lumens rear, they are charged via USB and include an economy mode too. merlincycles.com

VINYL DUMBBELLS PAIR £23.99

Keeping strength levels up can be tricky if you often run out of time to go to the gym. These 4kg weights are just the thing for adding in a bit of extra lifting in front of the TV. powerhouse-fitness.co.uk

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CARDIOSTRONG FOLDING TREADMILL £499

Tackling that problem of space, this model can fold down when not in use and includes wheels, making it easy to transport in and out of the room when needed. powerhouse-fitness.co.uk


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BOPWORX DOUBLE BUMPER £24.99

This clever little gadget creates space between your bike and whatever it is beside, so no more worrying about scuffs when transporting or locking up. The rubber buffers rotate in the middle for ease of fitting. bopworx.com

MEN’S P.R.O. BARRIER LITE JACKET £79.99

Perfect for riding in low light, this bright jacket is comfortable and reflective. It’s also very lightweight, water-resistant and wind-resistant, plus it’ll pack away into a pocket when not in use. pearlizumi.co.uk

PACKAWAY BACKPACK £14.99

This pack folds away into its own pocket when not in use, and when it is in use it’s water-resistant, durable and includes an extra zipped pocket for valuables. mountainwarehouse.com

NEOPRENE HALO OVERSHOE £40

These overshoes emit a bright light visible from over 500m – great for winter riding. There are two modes: flashing and constant, activated by the Halo switch. They fit really nicely too, with silicone leg gripper. sealskinz.com/uk

BODYMAX TRAMPOLINE £39.99

With detachable legs, this will store away neatly when you’re not using it and provides a great workout at home when you’ve no time to go out. Measures 101.5cm diameter, so larger than a lot of other models on the market. b-fresh.co.uk

3 OF THE BEST… CYCLING GLOVES GET TO GRIPS WITH THESE THREE DIFFERENT DESIGNS

Halo all-weather cycle glove £50 Has a powerful LED light integrated into the back of the hand. sealskinz.com/uk

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Giro Hoxton gloves £29.99 Made in a combination of wool, suede and synthetic leather. halfords.com

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B’Twin 700 gloves £11.99 Light-weight and durable with adjustable cuff. decathlon.co.uk

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1000 Mile Fusion Walking Sock £15.49 It’s not just boots that are made for walking these will have you clocking up the miles with not a blister in sight. 1000 Mile created the original double layer sock with its blister free guarantee. Then aware that some people like a padded sock, the clever designers combined the two and a unique best-seller was born. Padded comfort zones cover the toe, heel and ball and full length protection for the Achilles Tendon, plus two layers of sock to reduce friction on the skin. A great incentive to get out and wear off some of the festive season’s excesses!

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Pain & Suufffe Pa ferriing feri ng is bi bill illlleedd as on one of of the he tough oughes ou est races in the countryy. There are over 35 obstacles around this 10-14-mile course but like the extended distances there are a lot more than 35. If you think you have what it takes to do all 3 races you can take on The Sufferings Legends Series. Choose from either Relentless Suffering; all 3 races back-to-back in 8hhrs, or Suffering Legends; 3 races over a weekend. The choice is yours, but don’t expect it to be easy. To become legend, you must be legendary! If you haven’t run one yet, add it to your race calendar. You won’t be disappointed.

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gifts for walkers

walkers head out for some great gear this year

Walkers come in many guises. Whether they’re a hardcore camping enthusiast or someone who just enjoys a day out on the moors, they all have one thing in common: being prepared. Waterproofs and woollies are top of the packing list, and there’s no end to the gadgets and accessories they could potentially be taking along with them. We’ve narrowed down a few ideas to ➜ make their Christmas.

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If you’re looking for ideas on a head-to-toe outfit, take a look at a specialist apparel company who cover everything. This outfit is by Columbia, available online. columbiasportswear.co.uk

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GIFTS FOR WALKERS

DRISTORE MAP CASE £17.99

This waterproof pouch has a roll-top fastening to keep the rain out, and is worn around the neck so it’s easily accessible. It measures 290x385mm and is recommended by Ordnance Survey. lifeventure.com

HONCHO PONCHO £85

The ultimate attire for evenings by the campfire, this brilliant design is water resistant and breathable, with an adjustable hood, plus it folds into its own pocket for easy transportation. cascadedesigns.com/ie/therm-a-rest

ANTARES 3 SEASON DOWN SLEEPING BAG £420

Doesn’t matter what time of year you’re out there, this sleeping bag can handle it. It has both a hydrophobic down lining and a reflective thermacaptive lining, while staying lightweight and flexible. cascadedesigns.com/ie/therm-a-rest

ESSENTIAL FIRST AID KIT £6.99

This is a great little stocking filler for the walker who has everything. The soft case means it’ll squeeze into the smallest of backpack spaces and it includes sterile wipes, plasters, dressing, tape, eye wash and splinter remover. boots.com

JASE MEN’S JACKET £65

Stay dry in a downpour with this smart waterproof with elasticated cuffs and draw-string hood. It has zip-close pockets to keep the contents safe and has 100% Polyamide PU coating. animal.co.uk

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CARNATION SILVERSOCKS £5.99

A great little extra, these socks are made with silver thread, which is antimicrobial, killing over 400 types of bug and keeping feet fresh, clean and odour-free. Ideal for those weekend-long treks. firstaidfast.co.uk

MEN’S QUANTAM LONG-SLEEVED ZIP HOOD £160

Made with merino wool, this top is breathable and insulating. It includes mesh underarm panels, thumb holes and a dropped hem at the back for comfort. Great as a spring top or winter base layer. icebreaker.com

CANFORD WATCH £375 AND RUBBER STRAP £50

If you’re investing in a good timepiece for a walker, take a look at Elliot Brown. The watches can be customised to suit you, so you can combine the water-resistant, shockresistant face with a rubber strap. elliotbrownwatches.com


GIFTS FOR WALKERS

3 OF THE BEST… WALKING POLES

YOU’RE HOLDING ON TO IT ALL DAY LONG, SO MAKE SURE YOU FIND ONE THAT SUITS ALL YOUR NEEDS.

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Camera Staff Carbon £59.95 Adjustable pole – remove the cork handle to use camera mount. Pole and tripod in one! komperdell.com

BUFF WINDPROOF HAT £38

The range at Buff is huge, so you’re bound to find a style and design that suits every walker in your life. This is made with Gore Windstopper and is seam-free, so no irritations. Shown here in Xtreme Pink. buffwear.co.uk

HYDROFLASK WIDE MOUTH DRINKING FLASK £21.95

The whole Hydroflask range is well worth taking a look at – they range from individual bottles to much larger containers and keep hot food and drink hot for an extraordinary long time, cold drinks even longer... ellis-brigham.com

MERLIN BACKPACK £39.99

For shorter walks, or those just getting interested in walking, this backpack is ideal. It holds up to 23ltr, has plenty of external pockets (including one for an iPod) and padded raised airmesh at the back keeps you cool. mountainwarehouse.com

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Photosystem Alu Trekking Pole £69.95 Another smart design that incorporates a camera adaptor. leki.com

MEN’S REDLINE LONG-SLEEVE, £45 Ideal for a spring or autumn walk, to use as a base layer in the colder months, or simply for a quick walk to the pub, this practical top is Polygiene treated and quick-drying. mountain-equipment.co.uk

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Alpine Carbon Z trekking poles £130 Built for hard winter trekking, the 100% carbon fibre poles fold into three sections when not in use. blackdiamondequipment.com

HEYERDAHL 2 TENT £190

It’s definitely worth having a chat to the recipient before investing in something as crucial as a tent, but you might start by suggesting something like this two-person tunnel tent from The North Face. Its tunnel design means it’s really tough, offering good protection from extreme elements, and it has great ventilation too. Possibly the best thing about it is how easy it is to put up – a huge factor when the rain’s coming down! thenorthface.co.uk

STAR GIFT: TOO BIG FOR A STOCKING!

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GIFTS FOR WALKERS

LITE+ ALL-IN-ONE STOVE £94.99

This sturdy stove is lightweight so well worth throwing in your backpack for a quick coffee stop for two people, or something more substantial if you’re out walking alone. Comes with a heat-resistant sleeve. ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk

ORDNANCE SURVEY COLOURING MAP £19.95

There must be something to do when you’re not out walking, right? There is now. Ordnance Survey has just launched this new adult colouring book – now all you need is the colouring pencils! laurenceking.com

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH JACKETS…

HELIX ZIP HOOD £190

Something like this women’s hoodie is always going to go down well on Christmas Day. It’s made from merino wool, which is a great material for hiking clothes as it naturally keeps you warmer in winter and cooler in summer, plus it’s breathable and has antibacterial properties, keeping odours at bay. This particular top has Lycra side panels too, for a snug fit, plus thumb holes, which are great when you’re carrying a back pack, to keep everything in its place. Zip side pockets are a nice extra, too. uk.icebreaker.com

META BOTTLE MICROFILTER £40

Next time you run out of water, forget the hassle of sterilising natural water – this clever filter will do it all for you in moments. Just scoop the water into the top and it will filter through to become safe to drink. platy.com

WOMEN’S REDLINE TEE £2.50

This fast-drying top is super-comfortable, with a flattering scooped hem to make you feel really snug. It’s treated with Polygiene, so has antibacterial protection, and wicks sweat very efficiently. mountain-equipment.co.uk

WHITE CHRISTMAS POCKET KNIFE £34.99

This limited-edition design includes: blade, nail file, can opener, screwdriver, bottle opener, wire stripper, corkscrew, reamer, key ring, tweezers and a toothpick. The ultimate accessory for the walker in your life! victorinox.com/uk/en

THE GREAT OUTDOORS, FROM £23.99

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SPECTRUM GLOVES £15

These cosy gloves are a great go-to when the weather is in between cool and cold. The fleece material is really soft and warm, plus it stays warm when wet. The double cuff is a nice touch to keep them secure. berghaus.com


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ULTRALITE PACK LINERS, FROM £16

Available in three sizes, 30-50ltr; 50-70ltr; and 70-100ltr, these new pack liners seal your pack, keeping it waterproof and mudproof. Simple roll-top opening is efficient and easy to use. ospreyeurope.com

BRACKEN 3-IN-1 JACKET £179.99

This waterproof jacket has a detachable inner soft shell so can be worn all in one, shell only or outer-jacket only. It’s breathable with a detachable hood and adjustable cuffs for a better fit. mountainwarehouse.com

NEOAIR CAMPER SV £125

With its Speedvalve design, this mattress inflates up to three times faster than a standard valve. When inflated, it has ThermaCapture technology to keep you warm and when you’re done, it deflates super-quickly too. cascadedesigns.com/ie/therm-a-rest

TOUGH HANDS HAND CREAM £7.99

REUSABLE HAND WARMERS £3.99 A great little extra to have in your pack, these clever pouches are activated by clicking the metal disk inside and stay warm for up to 90 minutes. Simply submerge in warm water to re-load. lifesystems.co.uk

3 OF THE BEST… WALKING SOCKS

Pacific Crest pro socks £20 Moisture-managing socks that are designed to prevent blisters and keep feet cosy. wigwam.com

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This is as hard-working as the packaging suggests. After just a couple of applications, skin feels softer – perfect for weather-worn skin. A bonus is there’s no greasiness so you can get on with your day; no hanging around. tesco.com

STAY WARM, DRY AND COMFORTABLE OUT THERE

Bamboo Ultralite waterproof sock £20 These super-soft socks really do keep your feet completely dry! dexshell.co.uk

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Extreme ProTrek technical walking sock £13.75 Made from merino wool, so comfy, anti-bacterial and very warm. hj.co.uk

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GIFTS FOR ADVENTURERS

Ultimate Performance Helvellyn Race Number Belt £8.99 This is a great stocking filler for the competing triathlete. The comfortable, fully adjustable belt allows you to clip on your race number while also doubling up as a carrier for gels, gloves etc. Light and easy to wear, this is definitely worth circling and leaving out for your personal Santa to take the hint!

www.ultiimate-performance.co.uk

£30 UK 8-14

£25 UK 3-8

- Cushioned ergonomic shoe

FOR THE ULTIMATE TREKKER! Bridge Bridgedale’s best-selling WoolFusion® Techno ology hillwalking sock ‘Trekker’ is celebraating its 21st birthday with a special anniversary Limited Edition Trekker annive Twinpaack – the perfect present for keen walkerrs and hikers. Featuring Bridgedale’s uniquee WoolFusion® Technology, which brings together Enduro Wool and technical fibres to provide balanced insulation, fast wickingg moisture control and durability, Trekkeer guarantees outdoor enthusiasts miles and miles of walking comfort on their hillwalking journeys for many years to com me. RRP for the Trekker Twinpack is £15.999. www.bridgedale.com #Trekker21st

- Lightweight - Durable - Waterproof - Many customer testify that they can relieve the symptons of plantar fasciitis Don’t forget they are the perfect choice for a christmas gift! Secure gift vouchers available.

www.backdoorshoes.co.uk

#naturebestplacetoeat Forestia is a selection of ready-to-eat meals, 100% natural food prepared and preserved with care in Spain to enjoy in the best place to eat: Nature. Relax and enjoy our meals outdoors, where you can indulge all your senses and enjoy life at its best. Our range includes numerous vegan and vegetarian options

Contact sales@rosker.co.uk to find your nearest retailer.


gifts for adventurers

get something they really want this year Whether they’re thundering down steep hills on their mountain bike, trying a bit of extreme sports or navigating their way across a tough terrain, adventure racers never sit still long enough to tell you what they want for Christmas. We’ve put together a list of ideas to help you raise a smile on Christmas day, from fun stocking fillers to all-out extravagant gifts. Turn ➜ the page to browse!

all the gear!

For everything they need to get up those mountains, down those trails and across the countryside, visit a specialist website and mix and match. The kit and apparel in this picture is from Columbia. columbiasportswear.co.uk

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GIFTS FOR ADVENTURERS MEN-Ü TRAVEL KIT £29.95

ROKFORM BIKE HANDLEBAR CASE KIT £40

Compatible with iPhone6, this’ll keep your biking buddy from getting lost as they can keep the map on their phone in view all the time. Might make them quicker too, as they won’t have to keep stopping! casehut.com

Everything you need in portable sizes – great for any adventurer who tends to end up covered head-to-toe in mud. The wash bag is easily squished into a kit bag too. men-u.co.uk

LUCOZADE SPORT JELLY BEANS £24.99 FOR 24

A great little packet to keep in your pocket for whenever you need a hit of energy on the run. Lucozade also sells energy gels on the website, so stock up and make your own gift pack! lucozadesport.com

MEN’S OCEANSIDE 1/2 ZIP £35

This cycling top includes a draught flap to keep breezes out, a back pocket and it offers UPF 50+ protection. Zip collar means you can control ventilation and it comes in a few different colourways. zootsports.com

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FOLDING MAP COMPASS £6.95

You can’t beat good old-fashioned methods of navigation and this sturdy little compass could come in quite handy when out and about if your tech fails. Screwdriver and lanyard are included. whitbyandco.co.uk

GOAL ZERO FLIP 10 CHARGER £30

This handy little USB charger holds a single charge for most devices so you can be sure you won’t run out of juice half way up a hill. The small USB connector simply flips up at the top when needed. Also available in blue. blacks.co.uk

PETZL REACTIK HEADTORCH £65

Designed for fast-paced activities, this headtorch offers constant or reactive lighting, a red light mode and, importantly, a washable headband. Charge in a USB port – full charge takes 4.5 hours. cotswoldoutdoor.com


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3 OF THE BEST… SUNGLASSES

WHETHER YOU’RE RUNNING OR OUT ON THE BIKE, YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR GLASSES WON’T FALL OFF…

OUTDOOR FITNESS SUBSCRIPTION FROM £24.99

For the enthusiast who has everything, a six-month or 12-month subscription should give them the inspiration to keep going, try something new or just find out about new kit and equipment. shop.kelsey.co.uk

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Colour-frame sunglasses, from £26.60 The range at Naked Runner covers every colour you can think of. Great glasses that stay in place. nakedrunner.com

BIOCERA WATER BOTTLE £52.75

This bottle’s unique filtration system produces hydrogen-rich water which is said to have huge health benefits, keeping you better hydrated and providing optimum potassium, magnesium and calcium. water-for-health.co.uk

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Salice 011 CRX £74.95 Photochromic lens with light-reactive technology. Supplied with spare lens. salice.co.uk

COOLFUSION TRAILBLAZE SOCKS £15.99 Perfect for wearing with boots, these socks have a hybrid construction to provide ventilation where needed. Anti-shock system gives extra protection at the Achilles heel. bridgedale.com

SUUNTO SPARTAN ULTRA £549

For a really high-end gift, a GPS watch will tick all the boxes. This is a favourite among adventure race enthusiasts, providing time, stopwatch, water resistance, GPS readings, weather, heart rate – the list is almost endless! cotswoldoutdoor.com

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Oakley EVZero Path £112 Rimless frame means these are very light and have an increased field of vision. shadestation.co.uk

DXO ONE CAMERA £399

Worried if you gift a camera it’ll get dropped on a rock in the first week? This tiny camera is pro-quality but takes up no room in a backpack – perfect for taking out on treks, rides and runs and much more difficult to break! Has a wifi-enabled remote control, lightning connector to connect to iPhone or iPad and a built-in rechargeable battery. Lets you share your amazing photos instantly on social media and it’s only three inches tall! uk.store.dxo.com

CAPTURE BIG EVENTS WITH A MINIATURE GADGET

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GIFTS FOR ADVENTURERS WATERPROOF PHONE CASE £25

This phone case is submersible and hardwearing – a really good practical gift that’s simple yet effective. Fits iPhone 6, Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL. aquapac.net

ASS SAVERS MUDGUARD £5.84

Requiring no tools to fit, this extended mud guard is designed to work especially well at high speeds to reduce spray and save your ass! merlincycles.com

MEN’S KILOWATT THERMOBALL JACKET £145

This brand new snug jacket from The North Face is a good all-rounder, offering good insulation, waterresistance and a media port for your mp3 player. There is a ladies’ version also available. thenorthface.co.uk

RUNNING BEYOND £25

This hardback book from photographer Ian Corless is packed with stunning images from the most breathtaking endurance events in the world. A great one to flick through when you’re not out competing. iancorless.com

OOFOS FLIPFLOP £40

Anyone who spends hours at a time on their feet will appreciate the feel of these clever recovery flip flops. They cradle your feet so walking around post-race isn’t such a pain. Also available as slide shoe or clog. oofos.co.uk

COMPACT BEACH TOWEL £10

This microfibre towel measures 80x160cm but folds up into a small pouch, so perfect for trail events or just for after the gym. It comes in different colours and patterns and dries really quickly too. theye.co.uk

TOMTOM ADVENTURER £269.99

A good idea for the fearless sports person – this has hiking, trail running, skiing and snowboarding modes. It also has automatic lift detection that shows you key stats from your last trip down the slope as soon as you hit the lift. amazon.co.uk

3 OF THE BEST… TRAIL SHOES STAY ON YOUR FEET EVEN ON THE ROUGHEST TERRAIN Trailtalon £110 Nice wide toe box and superior grip make these a brilliant choice for long races. inov-8.com

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Asics Gel-FujiRunnegade 2 £90 With a deep-lugged outsole, these are suited to the muddiest of conditions. asics.co.uk

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Women’s Pure Grit £100 Lightweight cushioning for a lighter run, while still offering protection against rocky terrain. brooksrunning.com

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