Valentine’s Day is on approach and love is in the air. But, this enviable emotion isn’t shared just between the living, as untold millions adore their sports and fitness endeavors just the same. For many in this crowd, perspiration is as alluring as an Eau de Parfum. And, the only thing they love more than a good sweat are gadgets and gear that keep them at the top of their game, literally and figuratively. Whether that special someone enjoys outdoor adventure and exercise or prefers to recreate indoors, this bouquet of gift ideas for sports and fitness “lovers” will surely charm the lucky recipient.
Casio OmniSync STB1000 Sports Watch (www.Casio.com ) – $99.95
The OmniSync STB1000 is Casio’s new “smart” sports watch that seamlessly connects with users’ smartphones via Bluetooth v4.0 low energy wireless technology. Notably, this watch enables music player operation and the ability to check personal fitness data from popular mobile APPs such as Abvio’s Runmeter, Walkmeter and Cyclemeter and Wahoo Fitness. Casio has provided products with Bluetooth technology and advanced time-keeping features to consumers for years, and the STB1000 is a perfect example of intelligent functionality re-imagined in a Casio timepiece—one that’s cost effective to boot. This watch displays running pace and distance, elapsed time, pulse cycling speed, pedal rotations, and can record up to 120 lap times. In addition to its fitness capabilities, the STB1000 offers an incredible battery life up to two years in a versatile 100 meter water resistant design. Of course, it also includes all of the essential functions that Casio fans have come to expect, including world time, multiple alarms, countdown timer and 12/24 hour time formats.
Runtastic Orbit Wearable Fitness Tracker (www.Runtastic.com ) – $99.99
The Runtastic Orbit is a new fitness wearable that allows users to track daily movements, fitness activities and sleep. It can count Steps & Distance, Calories Burned, Active Minutes, Sleep, Goals and Ambient Lighting. It monitors the user’s daily progress and can emit vibration alerts that trigger after an hour of inactivity. You can even wear your Orbit to go for a swim or take a shower because it’s waterproof up to 300 feet. The Runtastic Orbit is also versatile, available with a black and blue band plus a clip so it can be worn in more discrete locations. Six other colored bands are also available for purchase.
AthLights Wearable Safety Lights (www.AthLights.com ) – $9.99
AthLights are super-small, battery-powered LED safety lights that clip to your clothing with the help of a magnet. They can be turned on and off with a simple twist and placed anywhere on your clothing or athletic gear. They are a more compact and comfortable alternative to many of the personal lighting products on the market today, especially for long-distance runners. The strobing light is visible up to 600 ft away, giving motorists the extra critical moments necessary to recognize and avoid the wearer as they pass. AthLights can be placed just about anywhere, including socks, a MP3 player arm band and compression shorts, so users can still dress appropriately for the weather.
ShUvee UV Shoe Deodorizer and Germ Killer (www.TheBoomShop.com ) – $84
Germs and bacteria are the source of foot odor, but they can be hard to get rid of—especially in shoes worn every day. But this gadget does the job. It kills 99% of odor and disease-causing microorganisms in shoes using its safe ultraviolet light system, giving users a fresher pair without having to use harsh chemicals or cleaners. And because the weight of the shoes activates the UV light, there are no buttons or confusing settings to deal with. This product eliminates germs, bacteria and pathogens that cause both foot odor and athlete’s foot with 2 hours of use. The device works with all shoes, including boots, sneakers, cleats, high heels, flip flops and everything in between. Now that’s a fresh idea!
Aqua Sphere Maputo Water-Repellant Swimsuit (www.AquaSphereSwim.com ) – $59.95
Aqua Sphere is a premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise and triathlons. The company, which recently partnered with the world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman, was the first in the marketplace to introduce a revolutionary line of water-repellent swimwear made specifically for fitness and recreational swimmers called AquaLight. One design option of note is the Maputo AquaLight suit, which is crafted to retain less water and dry six times faster than traditional fabrics, making the transition to life outside the pool both comfortable and hassle-free. Maputo is a feminine design offering not only a quick drying fabric but also extreme comfort and a built in shelf bra, making it a favorite among women on the pool deck.
Coleman VisionHD HD Swimming Goggles with Built-in Video Camera (www.Overstock.com ) – $141.29
One of the best things about snorkeling or scuba diving is being among the stunning natural beauty that only exists under water. If you’ve ever wished you could bring that beauty with you topside, your wish is now a reality with the Coleman VisionHD HD Swimming Goggles with Built-in Video Camera. These exceptional goggles bring wearable video to the max. They feature full 1080p HD video resolution and are waterproof to a 10-foot depth. These functional goggles also feature an anti-scratch/anti-shock UV protected safety lens. With these, your vacation videos will never be the same. Now you can record all of your great underwater adventures in stunning HD.
SwimSpray Hair Care (www.SwimSpray.com ) – $15
A dip in the pool might be invigorating but the chlorine smell in your hair afterward is definitely an unwelcome result. But there’s a solution: SwimSpray. This product uses a patent-pending vitamin C technology to immediately neutralize the chlorine on your hair and skin after swimming in chemically-treated water, eliminating the residual chlorine that can damage and irritate your hair and skin. This residual chlorine is commonly associated with causing dry, itchy, and irritated skin and dry, crunchy, and discolored hair. SwimSpray prevents these affects and leaves your hair soft and moisturized. The product is 100% natural, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and free from artificial colors, and it’s safe, gentle, and appropriate for users of all ages.
Treasure Cove Fortune Finder Junior Metal Detector (www.Overstock.com ) – $74.69
Make a trip to the beach a treasure hunt! Designed specifically for kids, young adults and recreational users, the Fortune Finder Junior metal detector TC-1010 boasts many features. It has an easy-to-understand viewmeter and one-touch auto-tuning so users can get outdoors exploring the world rather than sitting indoors reading an instruction manual. Its 7.5-inch waterproof search coil can detect a US quarter buried up to 6 inches. Additional features include simple discrimination with two-color LED ferrous and non-ferrous indicators, audio feedback with adjustable volume control, adjustable handle for comfortable use, low battery indicator and 6.3-mm headphone jack. This metal detector is lightweight and compact, weighing just 3.8 pounds and measuring 7.5 inches wide x 30-40 inches long.
Barska Portable Solar Charger Case with Speaker (www.Overstock.com ) – $37.98
This USB/solar charged case is the ideal solution for traveling, camping or during an emergency situation when you do not have access to a power source or outlet. It’s also great to carry with you while you’re out and about as you play sports, exercise and live your active outdoor lifestyle. This multi-purpose case features a solar charger/USB capable charger, output speakers and sturdy carrying case all-in-one. Power is provided by using either the USB charging port or by solar energy. Simply place the case under the sun for an all-day power supply. The built-in speakers provide amplified sound to any device with corresponding jack. The inner storage compartment can safely store most personal mobile devices or MP3 players while on the go or while charging.
Rockboard Descender All Terrain Board (www.Overstock.com ) – $116
The Rockboard Descender is a super-cool all-terrain board ready to tear up any surface that stands in your way. The unlike typical skateboards, the Descender’s tank-like treads provide traction on grassy slopes, pavement, wooded paths, snowy hills and more. No need to wait for a sunny day or a smooth sidewalk; skateboard enthusiasts can now take their sport off-road. Beneath the Rockboard Descender’s deck are four heavy-duty triple-wheel sets—36 wheels in total—surrounded by a rubber tread. The treads tilt both backward and forward for stability and smooth transfers between different surfaces. With the Rockboard Descender, you can ensure any terrain does not go untraveled.
Y Fliker SP5 Sport Scooter (www.ToysRUs.com) – $149.99
Y Fliker SP5 Sport is the fastest Y Fliker scooter yet. This sporty scooter has extra-large wheels for faster propulsion and improved handling, special designed foot plates with superior grip meant for rapid acceleration, and high riser-style handle bars that offer more stability and control during tricks and stunts. This innovative, three-wheeled self-propelling scooter is all kid-powered. Using the same motions as downhill skiing, riders only need to move their hips and legs from side to side to get going and keep moving. Y Fliker SP5 Sport features polyurethane wheels for a smooth ride, anti-vibration rubber hand grips for comfort, and a quick response hand brake for safety.
Zero Gravity Sports Air Hockey Table (www.Overstock.com ) – $145
Feeling competitive? Provide hours of fun for you and your loved one with the 54-inch Zero Gravity Sports Air Hockey Table. With its large play surface, slanted leg design and electronic scoring, this air hockey table allows you to play competitively with the table keeping track of all the action. The set comes with everything you need, including a table, two pushers and two pucks. MDF construction provides maximum durability and powerful Zero Gravity Sports motor provides even puck float. The table measures 54 inches long x 27 inches wide x 32 inches high and weighs 44.4 pounds. Assembly is easy as well, and once put together it’s light enough to move wherever you need it.
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***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***