Choosing the running gear to include on your wish list this holiday season is a big decision. You need the best shoes and clothing to help you run an extra mile or shave a few seconds off your PR. That’s why we’ve selected some of our top picks to help you Gift Greatness.
Lightweight, breathable, and the perfect length, the Nike Dri-FIT Distance Shorts are an easy grab-and-go option for running in any weather. These shorts feature a built-in brief for comfortable support and mesh panels that allow cooling airflow where you need it most. The 7” inseam is a great length for layering over tights when the temps drop, and the color-blocked design means these shorts work just as well on their own. These versatile, comfortable running shorts also come in 5” and 9” lengths, making them a must-have on your holiday wish list.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is all about responsive speed, thanks to Zoom Air units in both the heel and forefoot. This springy, low-profile cushioning returns energy with every step, propelling you to a faster run. And who doesn’t want that? With 25 options to choose from — including different colors, prints, and widths — the Air Zoom Pegasus 33 matches everyone’s running style, making it the perfect gift this holiday season.
Need warmth without the bulk? Look no further than the Under Armour Streaker ¼ Zip as your go-to gift. Made with Microthread technology, the Streaker won’t cling, chafe, or lose its shape while you run. UA’s Signature Moisture Transport System also lends a hand, quickly wicking sweat away from your body so it can evaporate into the air. The result? The gift of lightweight warmth and a barely there feel that lets you focus on what really matters — your run.
The Under Armour HeatGear 7” Launch Woven Shorts are the perfect match for your Streaker ¼ Zip. Available in over 20 colors, it’s easy to stock up and prepare for all your workout needs. These shorts are built to keep you comfortable and fresh, with anti-odor technology and a mesh liner and panels that help sweat evaporate quickly, so you can stay focused on your run. Looking for a different length? No problem. The Launch Woven Shorts also come in 5” and 9” options, so check ‘em off your list.
Distraction-free fit? Check. Comfortable cushioning? Check. Aggressive traction? Check. The Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2.1 has it all. Add it to your list this holiday season and you’ll be lacing up in UA’s precision-fit SpeedForm technology, a seam-free construction that conforms to your foot for next-to-skin comfort and natural movement. Dual-layer Charged Cushioning underfoot combines support and energy return for a springy stride and faster run, while flex grooves in the outsole allow a smooth transition from heelstirke to toe-off. The Gemini 2.1 is the total package — make sure it’s under your tree this year.
Even the toughest runners need support sometimes, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Nike’s Dri-FIT Power Flash Essential Tights. Made with Nike Power fabric, these tights have just the right amount of stretch to allow a full range of motion without sacrificing the compressive fit you need to run farther and recover faster. For an extra punch of confidence, a reflective Nike Running graphic down the leg helps you stand out in more ways than one.
With over ten bold color options and a premium, one-piece Flyknit upper, the Nike Free RN Flyknit looks as good as it performs, making it the perfect gift for runners who are as serious about style as they are fitness. The shoe’s sock-like fit is paired with a tri-star outsole pattern that expands at impact and contracts at toe-off, following the natural movement of your foot throughout your running stride. The streamlined, lightweight construction of the Free RN Flyknit lends itself to more than just natural movement — it makes a style statement that’s impossible to ignore.
The Nike Dri-FIT Element ½ Zip is the perfect gift for the serious runner. Lightweight and buttery-soft, this layering piece wicks away sweat to keep you dry and focused, while providing the perfect warmth and coverage for your cold-weather workouts. Available in over 20 colors, including graphics and heathered fabrics, there’s an option to match all your other running staples. Even better, the Dri-FIT Element ½ Zip looks and feels as great as a casual piece as it does on your run, letting you transition seamlessly from running to relaxing.
The holiday season is all about traditions, and so is Nike’s Air Max line. Marking 30 years of visible Air, the Air Max 2017 features a tried-and-true, full-length Air bag and a streamlined upper with a subtle wave beginning at the midfoot. The large, eye-catching Nike Swoosh has been moved back to the lateral and medial sides, and the Flywire cables from the 2016 version have been removed for a clean, fresh look. Whether as a running shoe or a casual staple, the Nike Air Max 2017 belongs under your tree.
Every gift you open this holiday season is about more than what you find inside the box. It’s about the opportunity that gift represents — the chance to be faster or stronger or the chance to push yourself more than ever before. Each gift is an opportunity for greatness. And you can find those opportunities at eastbay.com.
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