All I want for Christmas Gift Guide #6
By Sean Burke
The SKLZ Plyo Box Set: $270
The SKLZ Plyo box set is a great addition to any cyclist’s garage. Strength training for cyclists means building not just strength, but power, and that usually means plyometrics. This SKLZ plyo box set can also used for more traditional strength work and even some core work. The set is quite versatile and comes with 4 boxes ranging from 12 to 30 inches. That not only means it can be used for different exercises and different athletes, but when appropriate, you can progress to taller box height. The boxes don’t have the same flash as a set of fancy wheels. But when the cyclist on your gift lists dusts everyone in the sprint, hopefully you’ll get some recognition for this awesome gift and training tool. Just in case you need another reason to give the SKLZ Plyo Box Set as a gift, CEO John Sarkisian is an avid cyclist, and SKLZ has a history of sponsoring local cycling teams.
Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
The Sport Kilt: ~$50 and up
Someone bought me a Sport Kilt as a gift over 10 years ago, and I still use it on a weekly basis. SportKilt advertises their product as something you can wear any time; during sports, relaxing, or even going out, but I use mine primarily for changing in and out of my cycling shorts. It works MUCH better than a towel, and takes up less space in a gear bag. They make versions for both men and women, and pricing ranges from $50 to $200. The elastic waist and velcro fastener helps it stay up so your cyclist can comfortably get out of those shorts without risking a post race indecent exposure citation. I’ll readily admit that I’ve left my Sport Kilt on after changing, just to enjoy a breezy drive home