Holidays during a pandemic are different. You might not have a big gift exchange with extended family or your group ride buddies, and stay-at-home orders might make shopping challenging, even when local small businesses are desperate for your dollar and support.
Gift-giving this year is different. Timing matters less, gifting experiences is fraught with uncertainty while material goods are making a comeback. Thankfully, we’ve got a few great last-minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers for the cyclist in your life that may be available from your local bike shop or online retailer. They’re also great cycling essentials that can keep you riding into 2021 in comfort and style.
Here are four items that have brought joy to our cycling lives and kept us prepared, warm and safe. See Part I of our gift guide here.
Note: None of these items are sponsored or paid, and we’ve tried them all. We might earn a small commission via related product affiliate links.
2020 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Cyclist
Lastig ColdWet Cyclocross Clothing
Last season, we highlighted Michael Garrigan’s Lastig cyclocross clothing launch, and now thanks to Mother Nature’s much-delayed cooperation, we’ve had a chance to try out the garments designed specifically for our favorite discipline.
The $175 ($224 CAN) ColdWet ZipTights and $227 ($290 CAN) ColdWet Warm-Up Jacket aim to keep cyclists warm and dry, even if the pandemic has left many of us diehard racers out in the cold, without events.
The ZipTights’ splash-proof panel covering the rear and shins is perfect for wet rides, while the full zips provide for pro-style removal just before the battle for the holeshot, or race to the shower.
The Jacket boasts a luxurious, fleece-lined inner, a two-way zipper with a neck shield, arm pulls, three rear pockets with reflective piping, and a handy chest pocket that fits most phones.
The torso of the jacket is warm and generously long. We especially like the long tail for proper coverage in an aggressive riding position. On really chilly windy days, you’ll feel the wind on your arms, especially if you’re a former New Englander who has gotten soft in Norcal, but thankfully the sleeves are slim for snag-free bike shouldering.
The Lastig clothing has quickly become our go-to faves, despite the lack of racing. Perhaps the garments can be the perfect last-minute gift of cyclocross and keep the lucky recipient looking forward to future seasons.
Note: Initial sizing was quite odd, check with Lastig before ordering. We were sent a size Small tights and size Large jacket for a 5’11” tester used to wearing Medium or Large, yet they fit fine. Lastig says they’re redoing the sizing.
More info: lastig.net
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