The 2019 WearTesters Holiday Gift Guide is the best place to find cool and interesting gifts for the athletes in your life. At WearTesters, we research and test the best shoes, apparel, sporting goods, and technology for athletes. Let our research guide you to the perfect present.
Looking to give the gift of high performing basketball shoes? Our list of the current Best Basketball Shoes will help you find the perfect pair.
Does the athlete you’re shopping for need a new pair of running shoes? If so, check out our Running Shoes Reviews to identify the shoe that will offer your athlete the best fit, comfort, materials, cushioning, and overall value.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top ($55) and Low Top ($50) both represent classic off-court fashion. They’re not expensive, come in a bunch of colors and materials, can be used for weightlifting, and are super durable. And…they have Batman versions!
Strideline Socks are currently WearTesters favorite athletic socks. They don’t slip, have padding in all the right places, and are just the right combo of thick and thin. You’ll also pay less than half of what you pay for the big brands. Check out the 3 and 8 packs for the best savings. Still need to be convinced? Read or watch our full review.
Does the person you’re shopping for run with their phone? If so, the Under Armour SpeedPocket will change their world. Under Armour has ingeniously built a water resistant expandable center-front pocket into the waistband of a large selections of their shorts and pants. Your phone stays dry and doesn’t bounce while getting in those miles.
Speaking of phone pockets, the Varrik Pocket Sports Bra is perfect for any woman that hits the gym on a regular basis. She can hide her phone away in a slick pocket located between the shoulder blades and string her wired earbuds through a nifty hole that aligns the cord under the shoulder strap.
The Apple Watch 5 is the premiere smart watch on the market. It’s great at exercise, calorie, and movement tracking while gamifying fitness in an addictive way. It’s the perfect gift for anyone in your life that needs a little push to go from couch to 5k.
Compression gear is now a must have accessory for every athlete. Under Armour Rush is a new type of compression gear that uses infrared technology and mineral-infused fabric to reflect the body’s emitted energy back into your muscles. Does it work? Shrugs. We just know it’s really comfortable, well made compression gear with sweet holographic logos.
A basketball bag with a built in chain link fence hook? The Caisson Game Changer Basketball Bag is perfect for the outdoor hooper in your life. It’s got pockets for a basketball, shoes, devices, and clothing while sporting a modern industrial look.
Anyone that runs in the dark needs a headlamp. Whether lighting a dark trail or making sure drivers notice, a headlamp is a must have accessory. The BioLite Headlamp 330 is a super low profile, no bounce headlamp that feels like wearing a sweatband. It’s super bright, rechargeable, has seven light settings, and each one can be dimmed. To top it off, the light lasts between 4 and 40 hours depending on the brightness setting.
Cross Training Shoes
Crossfit and Metcon have become a huge part of workout culture and, for some years now, have shoes built specifically for the high intensity weight workouts they offer. The HYLETE Circuit II cross-training shoe offers similar cushioning and stability to the flagship Nike and Reebok models while also offering a 3-in-1 design using interchangeable midsoles. The 0mm drop insole is for lifting, the 4mm drop insole is for cross-training, and the 6mm drop insole is for running. HYLETE even throws on a sticky Vibram outsole for good measure.
The Barbell Apparel Havok t-shirt may be the perfect t-shirt. It’s super stretchy (thanks to an 88% polyester and 12% Spandex build), moisture wicking like dri-fit, and pretty much wrinkle free. It’s also got the tailored athletic fit that modern athletes want. It’s not cheap, but you get a high quality, durable product for your money.
Cold Weather Apparel
Everyone needs a comfortable hoodie. The OG Squad Logo Hoodie is a super soft hoodie from an up and coming Canadian streetwear brand. While the logo gets compliments, OG Squad built this hoodie to last. It’s even got awesome extra touches like metal aglets at the ends of the drawstrings and a Kangaroo pocket at the waist.
RLS SpeedLaces turn any shoe into a slip-on. Originally aimed at triathletes, SpeedLaces have taken the running world by storm. Being able to slip in and out of your shoes as needed while still having them be tight enough to perform well? That’s the dream. And the dream comes in 9 colors and 2 that are reflective (!).