Sure there are plenty of ways to make someone feel appreciated this holiday season. But if you're really looking to impress this year, then gifting any of these following training essentials from Nike will surely do the trick.
Everything from all-weather apparel and footwear to high-tech training tools (nod to the unstoppable Fuelband), Nike has rolled out some of the coolest training gear we've seen in a while. No matter what the end goal is, and regardless of who's rocking it, this year's Nike gear will look great and set you up to perform your best. Chances are, even if you don't have an athlete on your Holiday shopping list, you might end up seeing something that you'll want for yourself.
Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Fitted Dri-FIT Max Shield
Training during the cold of winter is all about being comfortable and staying protected from the elements. The Pro Combat Hyperwarm Fitted top features Nike Shield technology, which deflects outside moisture while still managing to wick away sweat. To really give the gear some weather-proofing, it is constructed with 3D-structured Dri-FIT fabric, with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish. It's strategically placed ventilation zones help regulate body temperature, something every athlete is concerned with.
Nike Free Trainer 3.0 Shield
With the Free Trainer 3.0 Shield, Nike has taken an already popular shoe and turned it into a weather-conquering beast that will help you get the training results you’re looking for. The 3.0 Shield is made from a combination of zoned shield fabric for wind and water resistance, and Dri-FIT material for breathability. The Nike Free flex grooves on the outsole provide flexibility, while the adjustable hood and gator protect and comfort the feet.
Chances are, most people on your Holiday list would opt for a gift that included a tech gadget over training gear. Well, with the Nike+ Fuelband, they can literally have both. The high-tech training device measures your daily physical activity and turns it into NikeFuel, depending on how many calories you've burned. The FuelBand tracks all sorts of activities including running, walking, dancing, basketball and many more. Oh, and it can tell time too.
Nike+ Kinect Training
If you haven't taken notice, training nowadays is all about technology. Since we can't all afford personal trainers, Nike has teamed up with Microsoft to give you your very own trainer right at home. Using Kinect for Xbox 360 the Nike+ Kinect Training game coaches you through your daily workouts. With it, you can receive feedback on your performance, as well as advice and tips to keep you motivated. Once you've reached your set goal, the training program allows you to share your results with friends across Nike+ and global Xbox communities. TV and Xbox 360 not included, unfortunately.
Nike Max Air Ultimatum All-Weather
Training requires gear, and gear needs a way to get from point A to point B. Enter the Nike Max Air Ultimatum All-Weather duffle bag. Built with stitch-free Fuse technology to keep water out, the Max Air Ultimatum duffle is perfect for rainy days when, along with you, training apparel and gear need to stay nice and dry. Equipped with a cushioned shoulder strap and a number of pockets, this duffel keeps everything well organized and easy to transport.
Nike Free Trainer 7.0 Shield
The latest weather-resistant sneaker in Nike’s winter arsenal is the Free Trainer 7.0 Shield. Designed to cater to athletes across various sports, the Free Trainer 7.0 is a highly responsive sneaker that features the proper lock down support modern athletes look for. The Nike Shield upper on the shoe is constructed from Durable Weather Resistant (DWR) material to keep feet dry, while the rugged outsole makes sure balance and traction aren’t an issue. To top it all off, the Free Trainer 7.0 incudes a mix of other thoughtfully performance elements, including a dual-pull lacing system, and padded fleece at the ankles for comfort.
Nike TKO Knit Woven
For the person on your Holiday list that refuses to be seen in shorts, the TKO Knit Woven training pants provide a perfect alternative. Aside from the general warmth and comfort sweat pants provide, the Nike TKO comes ready to help keep you dry and protected from cold, windy conditions thanks to a DWR (durable, water-repellent) finish on lower back leg overlays. On the sides you'll find mesh stripes for ventilation.
Nike Shield KO Full-Zip
A solid hoodie is a definite training essential no matter what your end goal is. The Shield KO Full-Zip just happens to be the crème de la crème of performance hoodies. Made from lightweight Therma-FIT fabric, the Shield KO will keep you warm and insulated, while the DWR finish at the shoulders, sleeves, upper back and hood provides exceptional weather protection. The kangaroo pocket provides additional warmth for the hands, as well as convenient storage space.
Nike Pro Combat Core Fitted
The weather may be cold outside, but inside that gym, you're likely to work a sweat in a heartbeat. While long-sleeves and full-zips are great when you take your training outdoors, inside you'll need a lighter top like the sleeveless Pro Combat Core Fitted. The mesh shirt is made from a breathable fabric that has flat, ergonomic seams to minimize distractions and maximize comfort so you can push on through the pain to the next level.
Nike Dri-FIT Cushion Crew Socks (6 Pack)
An athlete can never have too many socks. That's why the Nike Dri-FIT cushioned mid-length socks would make the perfect stocking stuffer. Made with soft, sweat-wicking Dri-FIT fabric in a snug, comfortable construction, the performance socks keep the feet dry and comfortable throughout intense competition in a fit that covers the ankle for added warmth. The socks feature reinforced heel and toe areas for shock absorption and durability.
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