Saturday, November 22, 2014

XTreme XTraining's Top TEN Holiday Gifts

So GoPro? No, eXpo Mini Action Cam this Holiday Season!
Sometimes it's difficult to get just the right gift for someone who enjoys the great outdoors or exercising... or both. Here at XTreme XTraining, we love to get outdoors for a fresh air workout! So here are some very cool things that have made the top of my Nice Not Naughty List for Christmas. These will help outdoorsy types and fitness freaks enjoy themselves all the more (hey, I should know). So here we go with XTreme XTraining's Top 10 Holiday Gifts for 2014!

For the Running Man (or Woman): Ear Buds That Don't Fall Out
A morning run or walk is going to be that much sweeter with some beats along. The Jaybird Bluebuds Ear Buds work with any Bluetooth capable device and are virtually sweat-proof. No long cables or wires to get tangled in either. See my complete review HERE. Visit the Jaybird Sport Website for more models and styles.

Jaybird Bluebuds have a decent 8 hour run time
For the Outdoor Adventurer/Film Star: A High Resolution Action Camera
With the release of the Hero4, everyone wants a GoPro this year! Really? Not when there are better quality and more competitively priced action cameras on the market. The Pyle Audio eXpo Mini Action Cam has a crisp 20 mp resolution and takes still photos even while you are shooting video. Comes with all the GoPro-ish mounting gear for underwater filming, cycling, skiing, jumping out of a plane...all that exciting stuff! See it at

eXpo Mini Action Cam filming in its waterproof case.
For the Night Rider: A Bicycle Tail Light that Flashes From A-Ha! to zZz
You'd never think of a bicycle tail light having swagger until you've seen this. Portland Design Works Danger Zone Tail Light is the perfect night time companion to every messenger and seat bag with a blinkie loop. Flashes brightly in A-Ha! zZz and Rock Steady modes with two 0.5 watt LEDs on board. Your giftee will thank you for this versatile bright tail light that helps them stay visible and come home safely. Check it our at Portland Design Works

Danger Zone hitching a ride on my Detours Madison Bag
For the Footloose and Fancy Free Hiker: Crampons that Don't Cramp Your Style
When the weather turns a bit icy and dicey, many runners turn in their sneakers for fear of loosing their grip on the trail. I carry mini-crampons with me for back country hiking because they are very lightweight and relatively easy to remove. These FreeSteps6 by Hillsound remind me of my Kahtoola Microspikes in that the stretchy upper brace (elastomer harness) goes over most any shoe or boot for extra traction. These stainless steel spikes work as chains do on your car tires! Perfect for: winter walking, trail running and hiking. Neither these or the Kahtoolas come with a carry pouch which you will need when removing them after a snowy or icy run. Check them out at the Hillsound Website.

FreeSteps6 Mini Crampons by Hillsound
For the Competing or Touring Cyclist: A Way to Stow It
You know the guy. He's always in full kit and on his way to the next Grand Fondo.  How about that couple who signs up for the spring bicycle tour around Martha's Vineyard every year? Well either one of these groups of cyclists will FLIP over the Bike Cube Deluxe from Mountainsmith.

More than enough space for organizing your: cycling shoes, helmet, gloves, energy bars, cycle wear. As the name implies, the cube shape makes it perfect for traveling in the trunk or back of your van. Has a large folding pad to rest your feet on during a shoe change or whatever. VERY well thought out it is luggage for cyclists. See the Bike Cube Deluxe at Mountainsmith

Mountainsmith's roomy Bike Cube
For the Sporty Shutter Bug: A Camera Bag for the Outback
If someone on your list has a Digital SLR camera but is constantly leaving it at home during a hiking trip, this is the perfect present for them. The Swift FX camera bag holds my Cannon Rebel T3, the lens and several compartment separated accessories like a speed light and tripod with ease. Can be carried with the shoulder strap, top handle or strapped on in "lumbar pack" style for easier hiking. Has an quick access zippered outside pocket and is made of water resistant fabric with a waterproof coating. Check it out at

Mountainsmith Swift FX Camera Bag

For Those Who Eat and Run: A Cutlery Set to Go
If someone on your list is careful about their diet yet likes to travel or even bike commute they can take along something to eat AND some stylish cutlery to eat it with! This Baladeo Outdoor Knife Cutlery Set has: a spoon, fork, locking knife, corkscrew, bottle opener and flat head screwdriver. Designed by Marco S. Salgado it comes with a magnetic closing nylon case that can be slipped on your belt for hiking. When I travel, I pack this with my lunch. The fortunate person on your list will think about you each time they (neatly) eat a meal away from home! Get it at

Eating on the run? Cutlery to go from Baledeo!

For Someone Who's Always Getting Caught in the Rain: A Pocket Weather Tracker
If someone you know is constantly at the mercy of the elements and never seems to know what they are up to, this is the perfect gift. Unlike your cell phone app, a Kestrel Weather Meter tells you the conditions where you are in real time. The best your cell is going to do is give the conditions from the nearest weather station which could be many miles away. The Kestrel also calculates wind speed which is really important for outdoor activities such as cycling, running, skiing and boating just to name a few. A weather tracker also keeps you up on: temperature, relative humidity, wind chill, barometric pressure and more. See all the Kestrel models and features available at the Nielsen-KellermanWebsite

Kestrel Heat Stress Tracker at REI's Mountain Bike Course
For The Toxic Friendship: Green Drink Delivery or A Power Blender with Punch
Everyone is talking about green drinks and detoxing this year. Some are even delivered to your door like this service from NYC Chef V. If you are in the NY/Northern NJ area, you can purchase this service for yourself or someone else for the New Year to start the year off fresh.

NYC Chef V's Green Drink Delivery Service

For Those Who Like to Mix Things Up
A power blender like a VitaMix or the TriBest Dynablend 1.2 hp Power Blender shown below allows one to have a complete lifestyle change. Makes whole food juices and chops, grinds and purees just like a food processor. A gift like this is very empowering because it gives a person so much more control over their dietary choices. Has presets for controlled blending, chopping and liquefying with an easy to clean glass pitcher. See it at

TriBest Dynablend Power Blender

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