The Trail Runners Perfect Christmas Stocking Fillers

The “silly season” brings out the best and worst of people. Over the weekend we saw Black Friday and Cyber Monday come and go with the usual craziness associated with nabbing a bargain.

So we thought we may offer you a public service and give you some last minute shopping ideas for your loved ones and even yourself.

This is not a review of the products as most of these have been or will be posted for review on this site.

Its more an opportunity to email the link to a loved one or leave open on your desktop as a major hint !

These are some of our favourite items we have been using over the last few months provided directly by the manufacturer, brand manager, supplier, Footpoint Shoe Clinic or bought with our own cash

Ultimate Direction – AK Race Vest

One of our favourites and a good counter to the ever dominant Salomon S-LAB 12l . The AK Race Vest, designed by the apostle of the “less is more” philosophy, Anton Krupicka.  Weighing in at a feathery 170 grams, the AK Race Vest is the world’s lightest hydration pack.  With all the features you need and none you don’t, the AK Race Vest offers twin bottle pockets, a main compartment for gear or a reservoir, and several smaller pockets easily accessed on the go.  The Power Net Mesh holds small items securely while expanding out to a full 4 liter capacity

Pearl Izumi Fly Ultra Shorts

The Fly Ultra Short features two stabilized side gel flask pockets and one zippered back pocket for your long distance nutritional needs.
  • P.R.O. Transfer fabric provides optimal moisture transfer and stretch with a superior hand feel
  • Fully–integrated Float liner uses Transfer fabric with Minerale™ which provides optimal moisture transfer, faster dry time and odor absorption
  • Direct–Vent panels provide optimal ventilation
  • Elasticized waistband with flat–stretch drawcord for unrestricted breathing
  • Two angled gel flask pockets secured to the liner for stability
  • semi–form fit
  • 5” inseam (size medium)
  • Reflective elements for low–light visibility
  • One zippered back pocket

Contour +2 POV Camera

Contour have taken the most coveted features from the ContourROAM and the original Contour+ and created a camera that is not only easier to use, but brings an entirely new perspective to your adventures. Share 1080p HD video with speed, distance, and elevation across the social networks you use most. Featuring even better video quality, an Instant On-Record switch, and a 60-meter waterproof case for those underwater adventures, the Contour+2 will bring your stories to life like never before.

AY-UP Headlights

The AY-UP has been a perennial friend at Ultra168 and when you dont want to compromise on quality – these are the best in the business period ! Brighter and more intimidating than any other lights on the market they have a new range coming in 2013 which will enhance the already winning package. 6-12 hours of battery life and interchangeable for those who bike and paddle. Worth the investment as they pay for themselves after a few recharges.

Apple TV 

How often do you see photos of yourself out on the trails and then they are left stored on a hard drive or FB page never to see the light of day again. Well the Apple TV has been a huge bonus to allow you to watch your pics and listen to music at the same time all through your HD TV. It brings an up to date version of the old slide show.  In addition, the ability to watch all those Kilian YouTube and Vimeo videos is all accessible through the high quality user interface we all come to know and love from Apple.

Compressport Socks

What would Christmas be without socks ? Extremely light and exceptionally invigorating, the Compressport T. Sock acts both on posture hold and activation of microcirculation. Its wide and ergonomic toe piece, the stimulation of the arch of the foot, the 3D dots and the multi-compressive fibres will give you aggression and comfort during effort.  The 3D dots also offer you a second-to-none shock-proof/breathing combination namely at the malleolus and Achilles tendon. Water is not stored in the protective cushions which guarantees you dry feet. The silver ion treatment is a bonus against perspiration and the spreading of bacteria. A sock guaranteed for 2 years.

Salomon EXO S-LAB SS Zip T-Shirt

Worn by all the visiting Salomon superstars to these shores and appearing with the Sense Ultra on more podiums than any other over the last 2 years – you too can now look like Kilian or Ryan Sandes. Featuring EXO technology which is compression apparel designed to help your muscles work more efficiently so that you can run longer, run easier, and recover better. With specific levels of support and warmth for different needs, EXO is the only compression apparel that helps athletes of every level get the most out of their workouts.

ARC’TERYX Incendo Vest

Ultra-lightweight vest constructed using wind resistant textile in the front, and breathable mesh in the back panel for maximum ventilation during aerobic activities. As with all products from ARC’TERYX build quality and functionality are at a premium. It is simply gear that will last a lifetime.

Rudy Project RYDON Sunnies

Famous for their endless guarantee – you scratch em they replace em – the Rydon ImpactX are the most versatile glasses we have worn. Ideal for all day on the trails and in low light as the photochromic lenses react quickly enough as you leave the wide open trails and enter the deep dark canyons. They double up as a great pair of sunnies when riding your bike or paddling or sailing. Comfort fit and worth the investment as they end up being the only shades you wear.

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3 thoughts on “The Trail Runners Perfect Christmas Stocking Fillers

  1. I’m sure I’ve seen a pack that looks almost identical to that AK racing vest. Just can’t quite put my finger on it. hmmm

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