Gift guide: pro runner Nick Symmonds

The outspoken track star is equal parts outdoorsman and city-slicker, as evidenced by his gift guide.

To explain the thought process behind his gift guide, American pro middle-distance runner (and celebrated beer-miler) Nick Symmonds cites his spirit animal: "If I could be any type of animal, I would want to be a peregrine falcon. Not just any bird, not just any falcon, but the peregrine," says Symmonds, who is also the brains behind Run Performance Gum. "I love this animal because they make their homes in both the wilderness and the city. And whether their nest is perched atop a 200-foot pine or a 20-story skyscraper, they always have the best view of the amazing world around them."

Symmonds lives his life similary, splitting his time between the city and country. "My holiday gift guide is intended to be equal parts Don Draper and Bear Grylls," he explains. Check out his personal suggestions for the Renaissance running man (or woman) in your life.


"No, I don't have one yet. But this is #1 on my wish list."
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tailored shirts

"Not everything in your closest needs to be tailored, but button-up shirts must be. I get all of mine from Blank Label."
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brooks ravenna trainers

"Brooks Ravenna are the best trainers money can buy. They offer great support and will hold up to literally hundreds of miles."
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patagonia down sweater jacket

"Down is always better at keeping your warm as opposed to synthetic, in my opinion."
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chevrolet silverado 1500

"For getting to the outdoors. The best truck on the market."
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soleus gps fit

"I'll use the iWatch for nights, while this is my go-to for the day: A beautiful, sleek running watch, GPS included."
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levi's slim fit jeans

"A beautiful girl once told me that guys should never wear any other jeans than Levi's. That stuck with me. They make great jeans for any situation."
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aprilia sr motard 50

"The truck is for the country, but this is for getting around the city."
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