You want to find the perfect gift for the triathlete in your life but when they start using 'tri-speak' you start to think....'maybe a sweater instead'.
To make matters worse, you walk into the store to find that there actually are 13 different types of goggles and you have no idea which one should go into the stocking.
Triathlon comes with a lot of equipment and with that, strong preferences on the type of equipment an athlete wants. Shopping can be overwhelming. Later this week, we'll publish our gift guide full of ideas for everything from stocking stuffers to the one big gift under the tree but today we wanted to help you know how to choose that perfect gift.
Determine your budget
You do anything from filling a stocking full of training essentials for under $30 to getting your athlete the bike of his/her dreams. The great thing about triathlon is that there is always something that the athlete needs or wants at any price point. Know exactly what you want to spend before you get started.
Get a wish list
A lot of gear comes down to personal preference and fit. For example, we only sell 4 brands of helmets in the store but within those, you will find a dozen different styles and price points. Most of the time, it comes down to the athlete's preference. For the athlete, one brand may just 'feel' better on his/her head than another.
On all3sports.com, your athlete can create a 'wish list'. This will give you the exact item and size that he or she prefers.
It's easy - just have the athlete go to all3sports.com and click wishlist
Create an account (bonus - now he/she is eligible for rewards)
Browse items and add them to the wishlist!
Just like that, you have a shopping list!
We have everything that is available online at the store. You can either have it shipped to you or pick it up at the store. If you prefer to pick something up at Podium, just give us a call and we'll have it transferred.
Is something not available in the right size? Give us a call and we'll see if we can order it for you!
We know that some people just really love the element of surprise. You want to get the perfect gift without your loved one knowing that you're on the hunt for it.
Here are a few ways to shop in stealth mode.
- Go through their gear! Typically once athletes find a brand they like, they typically stick with it. You can find brands, sizes, and more by snooping through their bags.
- Ask their friends. Triathletes talk a lot about their equipment and it's likely that the friends they train with will know every detail from nutrition to saddle preference!
- If your athlete shops at Podium or all3sports, we keep a record of their purchases. We can help you with sizing and brands.
And if all else fails, we offer gift cards!