Gift-giving can be tricky. From last-minute dashes to the mall to questionable fruitcakes, holiday gifts are hard to get just right.
To make this year’s gifting a little easier, we asked 12 successful MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun users to suggest their favorite Under Armour products that can act as gifts for your friends or loved ones. In this guide, you’ll find our community’s most-loved accessories, clothing and shoes that helped them on their health and fitness journey — and will hopefully do the same for your favorite fitness fanatic.
ASHLEY’S PICK: UA ESSENTIALS DUFFLE
Why Ashley loves it: “I recently started a walking group with coworkers, and I have been using this duffle bag to bring my workout gear with me to work. I can easily fit my jacket, my whole lunch box, large bottles of water and more. I love that there is a spot for a laptop, as well. The bag looks chic and is made super well. It also has an exterior pocket for my cell phone and keys. I’m really loving this well-made bag.”
About the gear: This duffle bag has the perfect name because it can hold pretty much any essential for work, the gym or a quick weekend trip. The UA Storm technology keeps your gear dry and a quick-stash outside pocket allows for easy access to your keys or phone. Our favorite part is probably the removable laundry bag that can double as a shoe bag to keep those dirty soles away from clean clothes.
SCOTT’S PICK: COLDGEAR REACTOR RUN BALACLAVA
Why Scott loves it: “I unload trailers in the morning, which are getting quite chilly. I love wearing this piece because it’s comfortable and warm, but still allows me the full range of motion to keep unloading freight. On the few cold mornings we have had so far this year, it’s also great for running. The hoodie with face mask will come in handy once the temperature really falls and I continue to train for my first full marathon in the spring.”
About the gear: This versatile top will easily become your new go-to for winter activities. The ColdGear Reactor technology adapts to your body temperature to keep heat in when you’re cold and release it when you warm up. A built-in balaclava-style hood can cover your head and face when the temperature drops below freezing, and extended sleeves feature thumbholes to limit skin exposure in extreme temperatures.
KRISTIN’S PICK: UA MESH HEADBAND
Why Kristin loves it: “My hair drives me crazy when I run and I’m also a big ‘sweater’ when it’s warm, so I’ve become really dependant on a good headband. This one is very lightweight, a nice width and stayed perfectly in place — total winner!”
About the gear: The mesh elastic fabric of this headband allows for maximum breathability, while two silicone strips help the band stay in place during all kinds of activities. It stretches to fit any size head, and three color options match any outfit or hue preference.
FRANK’S PICK: UA CHARGED BANDIT 3 RUNNING SHOES
Why Frank loves them: “I wore these shoes in the middle hours of a 24-hour endurance run, and they held up splendidly. They’re light, which is increasingly appreciated as the miles piled up. They’re breathable, which is increasingly appreciated as the temperature climbs. They’re seamless, which helps prevent blisters. They’re responsive, which allowed me to run with confidence. Overall, this is a really nice shoe that has left quite a positive impression on me.”
About the gear: The third iteration of the Bandits features UA’s Speedform construction to mold to the shape of your foot, while the lightweight, flexible upper makes each step comfortable and breathable. Charged Cushioning in the midsole allows for a cushy, yet energetic ride and a solid rubber outsole means they’ll hold up through anything without weighing you down.
CHELLE’S PICK: UA BREATHELUX MID SPORTS BRA
Why Chelle loves it: “It was stylish and the support was impressive. The fit couldn’t have been any better, and I received a maroon color that was eye-pleasing, too. Regardless of my activity, it gives me exactly what I would want in a sports bra. I have worn it during cardio, gym classes and while strength training. It stays in place, despite vigorous activity — no sliding or slipping to distract you during your workout. I’d highly recommend the this bra to others. You won’t be disappointed.”
About the gear: Created for mid-impact activities, like boot camp or CrossFit, this bra holds your goods in place while looking extra sleek. The smooth, bonded straps lay flat against your skin, so you won’t feel them digging into your body at the most inopportune times. A mesh lining offers breathability, while the material wicks away sweat, so you’ll stay dry and comfy while working your hardest.
RIK’S PICK: COLDGEAR REACTOR FLEECE 1/4 ZIP
Why Rik loves it: “I really love the ColdGear. I ran in this fleece top on a chilly morning for the Des Moines Half Marathon and, after 2 miles, I thought I was going to overheat [from overdressing]. However, it kept the heat in even though I could feel the chill of the air. I ended up running a personal best with it on. The red color makes you stand out, and it’s very comfortable.”
About the gear: This fleece takes advantage of Under Armour’s Reactor technology to keep you warm or cool depending on your body temperature and the conditions outside. The material wicks sweat, while the fleece brushed “nodes” remain soft during all kinds of sweaty activity. Nine color options are sure to please any style preference.
CHRISTINA’S PICK: UA THREADBORNE SLINGWRAP SHOES
Why Christina loves them: “These shoes are extremely lightweight and move with me. The fit was perfect, and they are cute enough I can go from the gym to work with no issue. I have been able to use them in my CrossFit sessions and when I lift heavy! I’ll be buying other colors, for sure.”
About the gear: It’s hard to overlook these stylish kicks, and the performance factor ups the appeal. The Threadborne knit fabric fits your foot like a glove, creating a compression-like feel that’s also lightweight and breathable, while a flexible strap wraps the midfoot for next-level support. The outsole takes advantage of UA’s Charged Cushioning and compression-molded foam to deliver energy return with each step. Choose from seven different colors to fit your personality, or get them all and pick daily to fit your mood. (You know you want to.)
BRIAN’S PICK: UA THREADBORNE 3/4 UTILITY SHIRT
Why Brian loves it: “In the summer, it can be tough to get me to wear a shirt on my runs. This one did it! The fabric was spot on. The fitted design really has a great feel. Like many of Under Armour’s other athletic clothes, it extends beyond my workouts. This is a shirt that I definitely enjoy wearing even when not working out.”
About the gear: This shirt will be his new favorite top layer for days in and out of the gym. The stealth ventilation keeps him cool without sacrificing style, and the Threadborne fabric is super soft and comfortable through any activity or weather. In 10 different colors, you’re sure to find something that syncs perfectly with his personal preferences.
LORI’S PICK: ATHLETE RECOVERY SLEEPWEAR
Starts at $59.99
Why Lori loves it: “I am in love with these pajamas. I paced a marathon a few weeks ago, and I was feeling pretty beat up after … and then I got these in the mail. I don’t know what it is, but I felt great after wearing them overnight. They are super soft and one of the most comfortable pairs of pajamas I’ve ever worn. I also love the thumbholes in the shirt. Super cool to have those in my pjs.”
About the gear: By now, it’s common knowledge that a workout is only as good as your recovery. If your athlete is skimping on recovery, she’s likely missing out on the full benefits of any workout, whether she’s a marathoner, bodybuilder or footballer. Sleep is a proven method of exercise recovery but this revolutionary product takes it a step further by harnessing the the power of Far Infrared technology to take those recovery benefits to the next level. Even better? These PJs are worn by five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who credits rest and recovery for his years of success, even as one of the most senior players in the NFL.
ERIC’S PICK: UA PERFORMANCE CHINO JOGGERS
Why Eric loves them: “First, these pants are thoroughly designed for running. Their light weight, tapered ankles and tight (but not too tight) elastic waistline means they stay where they belong throughout the entire run. The fabric offers great airflow, but, almost magically, also offers insulation against colder temperatures. At the start of a run, I feel comfortably warm, however, once my body temperature heats up, I don’t overheat. These pants are my new favorite clothes. If you run in cooler (or even cold) weather and haven’t tried a good pair of proper jogging pants before, I can’t recommend the Jogger lineup more!”
About the gear: These joggers are so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them while running, lifting or just lounging around. The soft (yet durable) textured fabric wicks sweat while allowing for easy movement in any direction, so they’re great for activities of any kind — including marathons of the Netflix-kind. The tapered leg and elastic cuff create the classic “jogger” pant look, while the deep, flat-front pockets let you easily stash your keys, phone or wallet.
CARLA’S PICK: UA WOMEN’S DOWNTOWN PACK
Why Carla loves it: “The backpack has been so awesome because I recently just started a new job, and it’s the perfect combination of what I can’t live without (a backpack) and the more professional version of one. I love the style, and the fact that I can fit not only my laptop and lunch, but all the things people make fun of me for carrying around in my bag … until, of course, they need that Band-Aid or floss or multi-tool or charger. I always have water with me and the side pockets are perfect for easy access. With the days getting darker, I also appreciate the fact that there are reflective accents on most of the stitching. I rarely leave the house without it.”
About the gear: This pack looks great — and performs even better. The inside is spacious enough to fit a gym outfit (plus shoes and more), and there are pockets galore designated for your laptop, small valuables, water bottle and more. There’s even a special compartment lined with antimicrobial material to ward off germs and odors from your sweaty workout clothes. The ergonomic straps are specifically meant for a woman’s back, so you’ll be comfortable even if it’s fully loaded for the day ahead.
DAVE’S PICK: ARMOURVENT MESH SERIES 6” BOXERJOCK
Why Dave loves them: “These are very comfortable with thin, stretchable fabric. Almost feels like I’m wearing nothing. Like a good boss, it provides support while giving the freedom to get the job done!”
About the gear: Would you believe us if we said these underwear were better than going commando? With their chafe-free, no-sew, breathable design, this pair is the closest thing to wearing nothing at all — but with the benefit of support when you need it most. The material wicks away sweat in all the right places, prevents odors and germs from getting in all the wrong places and keeps everything in place through any activity.
A note about these picks: We gave some of our fans free gear to try out and review for this gift guide. They offered up their personal opinions and picked their favorites based on their experience. None of them received any financial compensation.