We know that you are eagerly waiting for the race reports from Europe and Silver Star (which are coming soon), but this will give you something to read in the meantime. Today’s installment of the FasterSkier Holiday Gift Guide features gift ideas priced between $100 and $200.
Previous 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Suggestions:
FasterSkier’s picks for the top ten gifts between $100 and $200:
10: Icebreaker Long Sleeve Top. Price: starting from $100. You don’t have to have an unlimited quantity of apparel if you have quality articles you can rely on. An Icebreaker long sleeve top will prove to be one of your favorites. Made of soft New Zealand Merino wool, it will surely keep you warm and dry. Men’s selection available online here and ladies’ here.
09: Vintage Skis. Price: set of 3 for ~$150.00. Get creative with some vintage skis. Vintage wood skis are beautiful, and if you mounted three unique sets next to each other they would make a statement about what’s important to you and your family. Alternately, you could secure several Swix ‘hydration’ cups on one nice ski for some social fun. Available at your local ski swap or check on Ebay.
08: Waterproof iPod Shuffle. Price: $149.95. This might be a good gift if the person on your list does some cross-training in the pool, but it will likely be a good match for someone that goes out for a long run in the pouring rain. Available online here.
07: Sorel Joan of Arctic. Price: starting from $110.00. The Sorel Joan of Arctic boot is quite popular with lifties who spend endless hours standing in the snow. They’re warm, waterproof and stylish. And yes, they make more masculine models as well. Available online here.
06: Liquid Topcoat. Price: $125.00. We repeatedly heard from the service techs and coaches at the SuperTour in West Yellowstone that the liquid topcoats were running best on transformed snow. It’s good to have the blocks and powders in your wax box too, but when it really counts don’t be afraid to turn to a liquid final coat when the snow is icy. Holmenkol and SkiGo available online at Boulder Nordic Sport, Swix available online at Boulder Nordic Sport and Gear West and Toko available online Gear West.
05: Salomon Trail Running Shoes. Price: starting from $109.99. The FasterSkeir staff has tested out many different pairs of trail shoes and really like the Salomons when out on the trails, especially the Gore-tex models for wet or snowy conditions. Available at your local ski shop or online at FinnSisu, Gear West and SkiRack.
04: Swix 45 Liter Travel Backpack. Price: $119.95. When you’re leaving on a ski trip that’s longer than a day it’s good to have a pack that can handle all your gear. With both top-load and front-load compartments, this Swix pack can handle all you want to stuff in it. It will be able to handle everything from your next overnight camping trip to your next trip to Europe. Available online at Gear West.
03: Fischer XL Ski Bag with Wheels. Price: $172.00. Speaking of making long trips, it’s important to have a ski bag that can handle all your boards. Next time you’re headed to the airport for a ski trip, it’ll be helpful to have a bag like the Fischer XL Ski Bag with Wheels. Not only is this one big and rugged, but the wheels are perfect when you have to make a long walk. Available online at Boulder Nordic Sport.
02: Holmenkol Digital Iron. Price: $195.00. We’ve talked to a number of techs that choose this iron as their value choice. As far as FasterSkier is concerned, there are only two top-end irons and the Holmenkol Digital Iron is one of them. The other will be listed in tomorrow’s addition of the gift guide. If you have the opportunity to go give one of these high-end irons a test run, do it. It will convince you on its own. Available online at Boulder Nordic Sport.
01: Rudy Sunglasses. Price: starting from $179.99. If you haven’t noticed, there’s been a Rudy Project ad running on the right side of the home page with a special offer just for our FasterSkier community. We all know that these glasses are sweet, and if you follow this link you can get some bonus gear for free. We’ll leave the shameless promotion up to other sources, but this really is an opportunity for you to save some money this holiday season. Available online at e-Rudy.com.