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Student Athlete? Save $50 on Garmin

February 23rd, 2012

Garmin Forerunner 610, Forerunner 210, and FR70 + Foot Pod

Now until May 15, 2012, Garmin is offering student athletes and school coaches a $50 mail-in rebate for the Forerunner 210 and Forerunner 610, along with the FR70 HRM when bundled with the Garmin Foot Pod.

How do you get the rebate? Purchase an eligible model and send in the Garmin Rebate Form along with the product UPC barcode and copies of your receipt and student ID. It’s that simple to get a little extra cash in your pocket.

Rebate Model Rundown

FR70: When paired with the Garmin Foot Pod, this heart rate monitor becomes a complete training tool, offering pace and distance calculation along with heart rate data. It features:

  • 100-Lap memory and heart rate zone training
  • Custom Interval Training for speed work
  • Wireless data transfer to your computer with included ANT+ Stick
  • Ability to compare and analyze data with Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Center
  • Comfortable HRM chest strap

Forerunner 210: The 210 is one of Garmin’s most affordable, easy-to-use GPS watches. It’s available on its own, with a heart rate monitor, or with a heart rate monitor and foot pod bundle. Big features include:

  • GPS with HotFix to sync up with the satellite quickly
  • Live pace and distance data with totals when your finish your run
  • Custom Interval Training for speed work
  • 1,000-Lap memory
  • Ability to compare and analyze data with Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Center

Forerunner 610: In addition to all the features of the 210, step-up with these added key features:

  • Touchscreen interface that works when wet or when wearing gloves
  • Vibration alerts for time, distance, run/walk breaks and more
  • Virtual Racer feature to compete against previous course PR’s
  • Virtual Partner feature to train alongside a digital person
  • Auto Pause automatically stops/starts timer for you based on speed
  • Wireless data transfer to your computer with included ANT+ Stick

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Garmin and iPhone: Together at Last

November 17th, 2011

Garmin ANT+ Adapter with Garmin Fit app

Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Thunder and lightning. These things just go together, right? Well it’s time to add Garmin and iPhone to that list. Garmin just introduced the Garmin ANT+ Adapter for iPhone (MSRP $49.99) and the $0.99 Garmin Fit app. Now you can sync your iPhone with Garmin ANT+ accessories for live data right on your touchscreen. These accessories include:

The Garmin Fit app uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS technology to track speed/pace, distance and elevation when in-range of your phone network. When you finish a workout, just review your run summary and the Garmin Fit app will automatically upload data to Garmin Connect online. The app also serves as a clean interface with Garmin Connect, letting you view past workout summaries and routes on your iPhone.

Garmin Premium Heart Rate Transmitter

How’d This Magic Happen?

You might be wondering why it took so long to sync up the iPhone and Garmin products. While most smartphones utilize Bluetooth wireless technology, many electronic sports devices use a different low-power wireless technology called ANT+ to connect with accessories like heart rate monitors. Though people have been running with smartphone ‘fitness apps’ for a few years now, until recently smartphones and wireless fitness accessories were incompatible.

Compatibility

The Garmin ANT+ Adapter is compatible with iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, iPod touch and iPad. The Garmin Fit app requires these devices are running iOS4 firmware or later. With such simple compatibility and an easy-to-use interface, we expect the new adapter and app to be pretty popular with gadget gurus and everyday runners alike.

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Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch – First Look

November 3rd, 2011

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch

Timex is adding a new option to their GPS line this fall with the run-focused Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch. In many ways, the new Ironman Run Trainer GPS is Timex’s answer to the Garmin Forerunner 210 and Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom. The Run Trainer will be available in 2 packages:

* Speed+Distance: Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch, $225.00 MSRP.
* S+D with Heart Rate: Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch and ANT+ Flex Tech Digital 2.4 Heart Rate Sensor, $275.00 MSRP.

Expect the new Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch to be available November 2011.

General specifications

  • GPS Tech: high-sensitivity SiRFstarIV chipset
  • Speed + Distance: current & average pace/speed, current & total distance
  • Memory: 15 workouts & 1,000 laps
  • Timing: chrono, hydration/nutrition timers, auto lap, auto start/stop
  • Intervals: 5 timers, zones for pace, foot cadence, and heart rate
  • Display: 3 or 4 lines, customizable data fields
  • Data Transfer: USB cord to online Timex TrainingPeaks site
  • Battery: 9-hour battery life, rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Hardware: swim-friendly 50m water-resistant, INDIGLO back light, 6 push buttons
  • Accessories: compatible with ANT+ HRM and Foot Pod
  • Watch Size: 1.9” wide, 2.2” tall, 0.75” thick (48 x 56 x 19mm)

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Icebreaker New Zealand Merino

October 24th, 2011

Wow. What’s with the lady and the sheep?

This is Icebreaker, a pioneer of sustainable technical apparel and a novice New Zealand Merino Wool company with a unique and radical take on things. The products are top quality, athlete-focused and 100% natural. Icebreaker is a stand-alone company with a great story to tell.

How It All Began

In 1994, during a time when synthetics dominated the apparel industry, Icebreaker founder Jeremy Moon took on the mighty task of proving to the world that wool is not dead. Nearly 10 years later, as many companies take small strides to show their social and environmental sustainability, Icebreaker’s New Zealand Merino wool business is far ahead of the pack. Quirky, provocative and fearless, Icebreaker’s business model revolves entirely around what it calls “our relationship with nature and to each other.” (Venture around the Icebreaker site a bit and you’ll see all angles of this relationship).

Why Merino Wool?

Borne from nature, inspired by nature and engineered for people, Icebreaker’s merino performance apparel is radical and unique. Beyond its inherent sustainability, New Zealand merino wool actually performs better than synthetics in regulating body temperature and resisting bacteria. This all comes down to the resilience of the merino in the harsh extremes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps where an efficient coat means the difference between life and death. The merino’s natural fleece is breathable in the summer and insulating in the winter, making it a great layering option for athletes.

But wait, isn’t wool itchy? We asked the same question and Icebreaker broke it down for us.

Traditional wool is from the “lazy” sheep of the lowlands whose fibers are indeed warm, but also course and heavy. By the very nature of the environment, New Zealand merino wool has thin, breathable fibers that are inherently anti-odor, renewable and biodegradable. Not to mention that they are really soft. Wow, right? We had the same reaction.

Icebreaker Baacode: Trace Me

One-of-a-kind

The cherry on top of the Icebreaker story is something called the Baacode. Recognizing that consumers are increasingly concerned about where their products are made and what they are made of, Icebreaker really honed in on transparency. Each garment has a unique Baacode that can be copied onto the “Trace Me” page of the website, which then indicates exactly – yes, exactly – which New Zealand merino farm your item is from.

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Pearl Izumi Fly Collection

October 18th, 2011

Men's Pearl Izumi Fly Jacket and Fly Split Short

Pearl Izumi’s Fly Collection is elite in every aspect. It has impressive designs and cool, racy aesthetics. Year after year, season after season, the line continues to develop and improve. This winter’s cold-weather selection goes above and beyond those before it. Pearl Izumi takes the high-quality, high-performance standards of its P.R.O. racing outfit – the Fly Singlet and Split Short – and translates it into an incredibly light, yet protective line of winter performance apparel. This means that you can adapt to the challenges of your racing and training environment without giving in to bulky and uncomfortable cold-weather clothing. Few other brands can actually achieve this; most top running brands have a signature singlet and split but nothing with comparable performance in their winter collection, or at least not the large spectrum of options that PI presents. Winter elites can satisfy the rigorous demands of their cold-weather training through the striking Pearl Izumi Fall/Winter Fly Collection.

Stand out pieces in the Fall/Winter 2011 Fly line:

  • Women's Evo Fly Pullover

    For runners who need a shield from the elements, but desire minimal bulk, the Fly Evo Pullover is a stellar choice. The design is innovative in that it has a powerful weather-resistant front panel and an aerodynamic, close-to-body fit. Ultimately, it provides core protection without hindering mobility or agility.

  • The Fly Softshell is a true winter jacket. It gives you substantial thermal benefits and weather protection in a technical, run-specific fit. This is for the winter elites who head out to run when everyone else is heading back in.
  • Leg protection is equally key. Runners taking on heavy-duty cold weather will appreciate the Fly Evo Tight. It has strategic wind-resistant and water-resistant panels to block

    Men's Fly Barrier WxB Jacket

    out the elements, and soft stretch panels to wick away moisture and provide breathability. This tight gives you protection for the extremes … without the weight.

  • A highlight of the 2011 line is the well-designed and brilliantly executed Fly WxB Barrier Jacket. Consistent with the entire theme of the Fly winter line, this jacket is incredibly light yet also very protective; it is fully waterproof, totally technical, thermal, and sleek-looking. A key feature of the Barrier Jacket is the unique, titanium thermodynamic interior that provides exceptional warmth when running in frigid conditions.

Additional information about the Pearl Izumi Fly Collection (men’s and women’s) and a greater selection can be found on the Running Warehouse Pearl Izumi brand pages.

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Salomon EXO Sensifit Line

October 10th, 2011

Spidey suit? Not quite. This is Salomon at its best.

Salomon Running has always sought to serve the needs of runners who traverse mountains, push limits and charge harsh terrain. Identified primarily with trail running, Salomon is recognized in the wider running industry for challenging norms both in aesthetics and technical features. True to this nature, Salomon launched EXO Sensifit in 2010, a totally innovative apparel line with performance benefits unique to runners.

EXO Agility: Salomon Men's EXO IV 3/4 Tight

The EXO Sensifit Collection is easily identified by a grid-like pattern, which is both cutting edge and daring. It is this honeycomb overlay (shown left) that provides everything from postural control to compression benefits to heightened mobility. The line includes a variety of shorts, tights, tops and calf sleeves.

Like all of Salomon’s products, EXO has been athlete-designed and tested. The designs are often flashy and intense, and have been championed around the world by elite runner and Salomon-sponsored athlete Killian Jornet.

This fall’s collection is highlighted by the Salomon EXO Motion XR Tight (men’s and women’s) and EXO XR ½ Zip Long Sleeve Tech Tee (men’s and women’s) pictured above.  Skin-fitted and offered in bold colors, this EXO Motion outfit is the premium choice for runners seeking warmth, light compression and total range of motion. (Click on images for larger view)

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Women’s Running Shorts: A Comparison

September 30th, 2011

For nearly a decade, a single short has dominated the women’s run apparel industry. The Nike Tempo Track Short is the queen of running shorts; women of all shapes, sizes and abilities adore it, some so faithful that they refuse to wear anything else. Through the years, the Tempo has taken on over 1500 color combos and hundreds of prints, from tie die to stripes, checkers to polka dots. Other running brands have tried to confront the Tempo “craze”, but they have ultimately been unable to draw attention away from the hoards of colors and the incredible following that the short maintains. (There are entire walls of tempo shorts in many retail stores, and even a blog entitled “Confessions of a Tempo Addict”).

In some ways, the success of the Tempo Short is peculiar – it’s very basic in shape, fabric and features. In other ways, it’s no wonder that it has won over the hearts (and purses) of so many female runners: the fit is forgiving and generous, not to mention that it’s reliable and always available, with 20+ colors and prints to choose from during any season. Women need not “shop”, they can simply “buy”.

Priced at $30.00 MSRP, the Tempo is clearly a price-point buy. But Tempo-mania goes far beyond that, and it is likely to continue given that Nike is offering some 50+ versions of the short for the Holiday season alone.

Fascinated by the dominance of such a simple short, we decided to do a comparison between the Tempo and its competitors. Interestingly, when put in a line-up among other 3”–3 ½ ” running shorts of similar price and style, the Tempo didn’t pan out where expected.  According to an in-house survey of 5 different shorts, a Saucony short actually out-did the Tempo in all 3 areas of criteria: Fit, Fabric and Aesthetics.

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THE NORTH FACE Better Than Naked Jacket

September 21st, 2011

The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket

The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket is a seemingly weightless, easily stowed, weather-resistant layer for Fall running.

As part of TNF’s Flight Series collection and Better Than Naked (BTN) line, the Better Than Naked Jacket is completely performance-driven with premium features and a minimalistic design. Both light and windproof, it’s built for endurance athletes who may experience fluctuating conditions all within one run. The fabric is uniquely soft, yet also breathable and stretchy.

We tested the Better Than Naked Jacket in a variety of running conditions.  Though we expected the jacket to be too thin for running on brisk mornings (~ 50 degrees) with only a tank underneath, it was actually just right. It was cold at first, but then quickly warm and even too warm once the sun rose. This was a perfect opportunity to utilize the stash pocket. Once stowed away, there wasn’t much to do with it. There is a wrist strap but ultimately it was most comfortable when worn around the waist or stashed in the back of shorts.

On violently windy days, the jacket performed surprisingly well as a wind barrier. Slip on the hood, tighten the hood’s drawcord and you’ll find yourself adequately protected from most stormy conditions. An important caveat is that the BTN jacket is neither seam-sealed nor substantial, so it will unlikely keep you sheltered from extreme downpour or dramatic drops in temperature. But we found the weight to be very versatile and the fabric to be deceivingly powerful.

The nicest feature by far was the jacket’s fabric. Implied in the name “Better Than Naked,” it has an incredible feel that makes it largely unnoticeable as you run; while runners normally avoid layers at all costs because of bunching, bulkiness or weight, the BTN Jacket is impressively airy and unrestricting. There is an even lighter version of the jacket for Spring and Summer that is very ventilated, but isn’t windproof or hooded. The Better Than Naked Cool Jacket will be available in February 2012.

Overall, the Better Than Naked Jacket is fantastic for long distance running in unpredictable climates.

Other “stand out” features:

  • Laser-cut venting provides a cooling system for your body (underarms and on hood)
  • All around adjustability: cord loops around the waist and on the sculpted hood keep the garment close to your body even when running in wind
  • Lots of reflectivity
  • Great versatility: can be worn with only a tank underneath and stowed away when temperatures increase

Where other jackets fail to provide lasting comfort and freedom, the North Face Better Than Naked Jacket prevails. It’s a must-have for Fall running.

The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket (MSRP $129.00) is currently available for both men and women.

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Soleus GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch – First Look

September 20th, 2011

Soleus GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch

Soleus is jumping into the GPS market with the GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch. With an MSRP of $99, the new Soleus GPS watch targets runners seeking a simple-to-use speed/distance watch to monitor training.

Main Features

  • GPS: high-sensitivity receiver
  • Distance: current & total in Miles or Km
  • Pace/Speed: current & average
  • Calories Burned: current & total Kcal burned
  • Chrono: 24-hour, 1/100 second resolution
  • Data Storage: 100-lap memory
  • World Time: 106 cities covering all time zones
  • Rechargeable Battery: USB rechargeable lithium-ion

Looking at the list above, it’s clear Soleus created a value-priced GPS watch with desirable core-run features. Additionally, the watch includes: time-of-day, date, alarms, multiple time zones and a backlight. All these features are packaged in a wristwatch that looks to be about the same size as Soleus’ current Ultra Sole or 262 watch models.

While there is no heart rate monitor option nor computer data-transfer capability, runners who want to track their pace/speed and distance will find it in the new GPS 1.0.

The Soleus GPS 1.0 Digital Sport Watch is expected to be available October 2011.

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The Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket: Intelligent Fabric, Brilliant Design

September 9th, 2011

The Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket

The advent of packable, lightweight running jackets isn’t an entirely new concept, but the Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket is absolutely original.

Sheer and intriguing, it features an “intelligent fabric” that reacts with water to create a moisture-blocking membrane. The film-like surface visibly activates as beads of water roll off of it, leaving a trace of “lifted” material. Unlike other jackets with waterproof material, the Hydrolite’s unique fabric actually breathes well; it allows excess heat and moisture to escape while also protecting you from the elements outside. This means that you can run comfortably in rainy conditions for far longer than most protective running jackets would allow. The Hydrolite even has 4-way stretch, ensuring great movement.

Between its one-of-a-kind fabric and its inherent versatility, the Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket clearly has an advantage over other weather-resistant shells. Beyond that, this stellar piece has ventilation panels and all-around reflective piping. It packs down to about the size of a muffin, making it a great “just-in-case” jacket for running in suspicious weather.

The Men’s Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket is currently available at Running Warehouse (MSRP $90.00).

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