5 Shoes as Last-minute Gift Ideas for your Triathlete

Yeah, Christmas is just a few days away.  If you have a dear friend, spouse, a family member who simply love the triathlon lifestyle, a pair of running shoes are a great gift for the holidays.  A new pair will be greatly appreciated, and are perfect timing as your triathlete will start shaking off the off-season blues come the new year.   Just make sure you know his/her preferred brand, size and type of running shoe (cushioning, neutral etc..).  We chose 5 of the hottest brands of triathlon running shoes–hopefully you get to choose one for your triathlete!

  1. New Balance Fuel Cell Echo-$99.95

New Balance received great props with the release of the FuelCell 5280, but it focuses on short distance running and mostly suited for elite runners.  Now comes the FuelCell line designed with performance and style in mind.   It’s great for those 5-10k runs, and can be used as your everyday trainer.   The comfort is superb with an upper knit, and it is breathable and flexible.   Snug but will not sacrifice comfort. Mid-sole as tested is responsive as advertised!   And the full rubber on the outsole provides solid traction and grip.

The Fuel Cell Echo are great for those looking a shoe you can work with in those run to work routines, as well as your everyday go-to trainers you can pair with your jeans.  You can buy it here via Amazon.


2. Nike Zoom Fly 3-$169.95

I guess you have heard it now that Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2 hour marathon barrier wearing Nike’s premium running shoe, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Next%.   The Zoom Fly 3 is the affordable version of those Nike Premium shoes (which includes Vaporfly 4%).  Yes, it also has the carbon fiber plate midsole that provides the lightning quick response and energy return.   Also features the React foam for a responsive feel that seems to always move you forward.  New in the Zoom Fly 3 is the upper VaporWeave, breathable, lightweight and does not absorb water or sweat.

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This can be used as a racing shoe as it feels fast and aggressive, but the thick midsole provides sufficient support you can use for your daily runs. You can but it here via Amazon and here for the women’s version.


3. Hoka One One Carbon X

This is another model that features a carbon plate on the midsole.   Testers and reviewers agree that it can be used for both daily runs and as a racing shoe.  Again, it transitions as an aggressive shoe you can use for speedwork, and yet cushioned enough to take you into those longer runs.   The carbon plate is design to give you that fulcrum effect, and is better suited to mid foot strikers.   The fulcrum effect of the plate creates a quick turnover into a forward motion momentum feeling.  The Upper knit feels snug so better to up-size if your feet feels too restricted.


4. On Cloud

Zero-Gravity CloudTec in the outsole provides soft, cushioned landing.  This is one of the unique shoes in the list and can also substitute as a daily trainer and travel shoe.   Very lightweight and the beautiful design readily makes it a casual shoe.  The lace design makes it fast to slip on and off, so it will be great for racing or brick training.  You can buy it via amazon.


5. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v10

The 1080 Fresh foam version has always been targeted for heavy set runners who need the extra cushion, or simply average runners who likes the feel of cushioned shoe.  The V10 version looks very different from its V8 and V9 brothers, but feels much lighter than those 2 previous versions.  Taking a cue from maximalist running shoes that has become a trend of late, New Balance put on a full-length Fresh Foam X midsole, is more responsive than earlier versions and provide a plush, comfortable ride.   The new Ultra Heel design that hugs the back foot means no more slippage.   Testers applaud these v10 version as being a very solid daily trainer, not suited for speed work, but superb for those long run sessions.  You can but it here via Amazon and here for the women’s version.

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