Holiday gift guides are packed with the latest and greatest GPS watches, road bikes, and fancy skis. But what good is cool hardware without the right apparel to make the fun happen? Take our advice and give the complete package to your favorite active lifestyle aficionado. Keep reading for pairings we’re putting under the tree.
Velocio RECON Jacket + A Bike Tune Up at the Local Bike Shop
Velocio’s RECON collection is designed perform on and off the bike, marrying the highest quality technical materials with a tailored cycling cut. The RECON Jacket, made with Polartec NeoShell, is 100% waterproof and windproof. Whether you’re giving this jacket to an avid bike commuter or hardcore roadie, a gift certificate for a bike tune-up at the local bike shop is the perfect complement.
The Rocket Skirt is the ultimate bum-warmer: more stylish than sweatpants and better suited for playtime in the snow. Designed in Canada by the women of Garneau, the Rocket is insulated with Polartec Alpha, a breathable insulation that reduces overheating during active pursuits. Pair it with a set of women-specific snowshoes and you’ll give the gift of snow day fun.
Keep the runner in your life happily logging miles outside regardless of winter temperatures. Stretchy yet opaque (!), these tights are crafted from Polartec Power Stretch, a fabric brushed on the inside to a luxurious next-to-skin softness. Reflective details add a dose of safety to a seriously warm tight. The two side zip pockets are the perfect size to carry a gluten- and dairy-free Picky Bar (or her preferred snack of choice) on the run.
Your favorite mountain biker or urban commuter has unknowingly been searching for these boxers. Designed to remove seams from potential chafe-points, the Trail Boxer is perfect for casual rides on and off the trail. Polartec Power Dry keeps things dry, smooth, and comfortable. Help facilitate post-ride clean-up with a scrubbing soap that smells fantastic from Vermont’s Ursa Major.
Hailing from the West Coast, Myles Apparel brings a fresh, minimalist approach to the rain coat. The Elements Jacket is designed to be on the move in inclement weather. Ready for misty morning bike commutes, a rainy long run, or getting to happy hour in a downpour, this jacket protects thanks to 100% waterproof Polartec NeoShell and smart design details. Add a few Nathan StrobeLights in the stocking for extra visibility on the go.
Not everyone enjoys outdoor workouts during the dark, cold days of winter. Give a pair of shorts that work year-round, especially on a SoulCycle bike. With panels of Polartec Delta, a fabric that helps sweat actually keep you cool without the cling, these shorts won’t impede a 45 minute heart-thumping, quad burning ride. With this gift, there will be no excuse for January workout doldrums.
Is it a shirt or a jacket? You can decide on Christmas morning. This water-resistant shirt jacket is insulated with super soft Polartec High Loft Fleece. The hybrid design stands out against the usual sea of fleece jackets. The Albion is perfect for the urban guy-on-the-go who wants style and function and secretly wishes he was in an indie folk band. Bundle it with a subscription to Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee and you’ll gift hipster paradise.
Mammut’s Klamath Long Underwear sets the base layer bar. Made from Polartec Power Wool, a fabric that combines the best of natural and synthetic fibers, these base layers are soft against the skin, breathable, and odor-resistant. Add flatlock seams and UPF 35 sun protection, and you have the perfect base for winter layering (found exclusively at REI and available in women’s styles too). With no wardrobe issues to shorten a day on the mountain, make sure you also gift Skratch Lab’s winter hydration mix to keep your recipient’s electrolytes topped-up after a long day outdoors.
This holiday season, give a gift that makes you a hero. That’s easy when you’re giving the performance of Polartec fabrics paired with the perfect extra. Even Santa will be jealous.