The Capri Takes on the Short
The run apparel industry has expanded dramatically over the past couple decades, and it is continuing to venture into new corners of every runner’s wardrobe. No longer is the race day outfit limited to lightweight shorts and a tee (or split shorts and a singlet, more specifically). These days, you are just as likely to see people running in skirts, brightly colored knee socks, and shrugs. One relatively recent run apparel phenomenon has been the embracement of the capri – a versatile, technical and rather fashionable replacement for the classic short.
Not only has this category of technical apparel blossomed in popularity; it has also expanded in scope of features. Running capris are now offered in a variety of fabrics, fits, and features, and there are even a few flashy prints on the market these days. The influence of fashion-forward female runners has not compromised the performance and inherent versatility of run capris, however. In fact, such designers have merely increased the breadth of options for both female and male runners alike. (“Man-pris”, as they’ve been called, have sold surprisingly well, offering better cold-weather coverage and a high-mobility fit.)
Women on the lookout for reliable capris can hone in on a few key differentiators including fabric feel, aesthetics and performance details. The breakdown below reviews the features that might affect your buying decision, and gives examples of capris that highlight these features.
Asics Thermopolis LT Capri, Nike Low Rise Capri, Pearl Izumi Aurora Splice Knicker, Zoot Pulse Capri, Craft Active Run Capri
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GORE X-RUNNING AS Jacket, GORE X-RUNNING AS LADY Jacket, GORE X-RUNNING Gloves
GORE Running Wear has had great success in Europe, and it is now charging full-force onto American shores. Top-notch and innovative, just like the original GORE-TEX fabric, the 2011 GORE Running Line boasts excellence. Building on 30 years of experience with everything from astronaut suits to medical products and rainwear, GORE as an overarching brand has consistently earned the title “best-in-class”. Thus, this Fall’s GORE Running line is unlikely to disappoint.
Through extensive product testing both in the lab and outdoors, GORE provides impressive running designs and unparalleled weather-protection. The X-RUNNING AS Jacket (pictured above) is a stellar representation of this. It has striking lines, a totally unrestricting fit and WINDSTOPPER protective fabric, making it “a lifesaver for all long distance runners” who face windy and weathered conditions (GORE). Another stand-out piece to be on the lookout for this fall is the one-of-a-kind ¾ length waterproof short – the AIR GT AS Short. Uniquely designed with GORE-TEX’s triple-laminate fabric, it can provide ultimate protection from downpour and an ideal length for running in warmer, rainy climates. Even with more “basic” products like tights and tops, GORE demonstrates exceptional attention to detail and fit.
Additionally, the GORE Running accessory selection is all about quality. For example, GORE’s X-RUNNING Gloves provide the best warmth-to-weight ratio in the industry. They utilize a cutting edge design and WINDSTOPPER barrier, providing essential protection in a sleek, non-restricting fit. In addition, the Mythos Socks and the AIR Socks are products worthy of note; they have fantastic fabric, a great fit and obvious quality.
An array of GORE Running Wear apparel and accessory items will be available at Running Warehouse beginning in October 2011.
Saucony ViZi-PRO Pink Collection
After the tremendous success of Saucony’s ViZi-PRO orange selection, Saucony has broadened its offering to include an absolutely unavoidable, bright and fabulous, neon pink.
Saucony ViZi-PRO Pink Drylete Arm Warmers and Loose-Fit Beanie
Recognizing that visibility is always a concern for runners, and that women have an obvious lure to pink, Saucony is providing a great new fray of high visibility pieces for female runners. Just like the original ViZi orange, Saucony’s ViZi-PRO Pink line branches out beyond jackets and vests, adding hints of fun and brilliant color to everything from tights to hand mitts. The new Pink collection will include favorites such as the Drylete Sportop and the Ethereal Jacket, in addition to cool accessories like arm sleeves and beanies. ViZi-Pink is going to be a big hit this fall.
The Saucony ViZi-PRO Pink Collection is expected to be available at Running Warehouse in late August 2011.
I set out to do my fourth AR50 on April 9th. The 32nd running of the 2nd largest 50 miler in the nation brought cool weather and crisp, clear skies. I knew my first time running under race director, Julie Fingar, would not disappoint.
My alarm went off at 4:30AM. Knowing we needed to leave the house no later than 4:50 made me realize I’d underestimated how long I really needed to get ready. Hurrying anxiously, I put on my pre-planned racing garb. As the saying goes, don’t wear anything you haven’t trained in…well that went out the window with my new Asics Everysport shorts. I felt pretty confident they wouldn’t cause me trouble. But I never mess with shoes and socks. This time I went for my tried and true Drymax socks and Montrail Rogue Racers. After a little bite of banana, I couldn’t palate much more, I headed out the door for a chilly 30-minute drive to the start.
There was nervous energy in the air between my brother-in-law, Marc, my pacer, Lee, and myself. The thought of “why am I doing this” always enters my head around this time. For some reason I can never fully convince myself that it would be easier to sleep in and be a “normal” person. As we miss a turn, Marc says something about not being disappointed if we miss the start. Both knowing full well that much time and sacrifice goes into training for ultras; it’s not easy with 2 kids and a full-time job. AR has been the biggest key motivator for me since giving birth to my second daughter last year. I can’t afford to miss this race. Read more…
K-Swiss is a very successful tennis company looking to crack the running market. The challenge for K-Swiss is how to go from being a tennis company trying to sell shoes in the running market to becoming an authentic technical running specialty shoe brand. A key factor in K-Swiss’ favor is a loyal fan base, those who have worn K-Swiss footwear products from other categories tend to like K-Swiss. The other big plus is funding. K-Swiss has a sizable war-chest to go after the running market and be able to stick with their vision for quite some time. Add to this, K-Swiss Running is being led by a solid group of industry veterans with enough experience to get the job done. The pieces are in place for K-Swiss to take a stab at the market and be serious about it.
K-Swiss Blade-Light Run for Men
With the Holidays fast approaching I’m working hard to expand our Accessory offerings so you can make us a one-stop-shop for all your gift needs. Our trip to Austin for the Running Event provided me with a glimpse of several new lines I am rushing to bring into the store. The biggest area of expansion is with our compression line. When it comes to arm sleeves, calf sleeves, and socks we are looking to provide a wide range of offerings. Already in stock are new items from Zensah, CEP, RecoFIT and Vitalsox. Most of these will be up on the site in the next 3-4 days so check it out.
An additional arm sleeve brand we will be brining in over the next couple of weeks are Moeben arm sleeves. I’ve had mine since 2007 and wore them for the entire distance of the San Diego 100 mile race this past June. Nothing but comfort. And if your tired of black, white and grey wait till you see the Argyle, Flame or Tye Dye patterns.
Also showing up in the next week will be a full assortment of running headlamps from Black Diamond. With the short days of winter in full force, proper lighting is even more important. We will carry the full running line from the compact Wiz to the sturdy Sprinter.
And finally, our watch line now includes Soleus watches. A new brand in the sport, Soleus watches offer 3 lines to choose from, the 262, the 131, and the 10k (just the names show they are dedicated to the runner) along with 2 basic heart rate monitors, the Surge and Surge X.
And those are just some of the items I have on the truck heading our way. More to come, so check back soon.
Are you concerned with safety when out on a run at dawn or dusk? If the answer is yes, then Saucony has a solution for you.
Saucony introduces VIZI PRO to the high visibility gear on the market. This striking fluorescent orange definitely stands out from the traditional fluorescent yellow. There are three essential pieces in the men’s and women’s VIZI PRO line, which include the Saucony VIZI PRO Soniclite HD Jacket, Saucony VIZI PRO Optech Sportop and the Saucony VIZI PRO Soniclite HD Vest.
The Saucony VIZI PRO SonicLite HD Jacket maintains a quiet, ultra light feel while providing wind and water resistance. The SonicLite HD Jacket is one of Saucony’s most versatile outer layers.
Adding to the high visibility of VIZI PRO, Saucony has upped your safety by providing a removable flashing LED light on the roadside sleeve that is visible from 500-1000 yards away.
The VIZI PRO Optech LX Sportop is another piece in the line with the LED light. The Optech LX Sportop is an exceptional breathable mid layer piece with a half zip for regulating temperature as well as a zippered pocket on the arm.
And the final apparel piece in the Saucony VIZI PRO line is the VIZI PRO SonicLite HD Vest. The SonicLite HD Vest is light and quiet, keeping your core warm while being protected from the elements. A great piece for when it is not cold enough for a jacket, but for when there is a brisk wind or light rain.
Not only do these apparel pieces feature VIZI PRO, but they also feature reflective mesh panels, which combine visibility and breathability all in one fabric.
For those who do not want to compromise visibility and performance, then VIZI PRO is the way to go.
To view the Saucony VIZI PRO line at RunningWarehouse.com, click links below:
Men’s Saucony VIZI PRO Apparel Collection
Women’s Saucony VIZI PRO Apparel Collection
Over the past few seasons Saucony has quietly transformed themselves from the shoe company of your grandparents to the shoe company of their grandchildren largely through improved styling that holds ties to traditional styling cues while improving each new update with consistently fresh and modern cosmetics. Add to this a renewed focus on the types of shoes that younger runners tend to wear such as lightweight trainers, cross country flats and spikes and you have a recipe for growth within the younger generation while still maintaining contact with their more conservative customer base. The newest updates from Saucony for Spring 2010 should help keep the momentum built up the past few seasons rolling forward.
Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7 for Men
Saucony updates for Spring 2010 start with the new Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7. Saucony has always been known for producing shoes that have a soft, plush ride as well as having a snug fit in the arch area. The Triumph is Saucony’s premium neutral cushioning model that has traditionally highlighted these qualities. To this end Saucony has addressed several areas in this newest update that exemplify the soft ride and snug arch Saucony is known for. Saucony has increased the Super Rebound Compound (SRC) in the heel of the ProGrid Triumph 7 for improved cushioning on impact plus they have added more blown rubber in the outsole for a softer road feel. A less bulky Arch Lock improves the fit, while the addition of an eye stay within the Arch Lock improves lockdown of the midfoot. A newly added midfoot support bridge should help support the arch better. The fit and performance of the ProGrid Triumph 6 was pretty spot on, so Saucony took the approach of minimizing the “improvements” in search of a better end product, which was the correct path for this particular model. This new edition will likely please the current fan base of the Triumph series and continues to be an attractive model for runners looking at a new high end neutral trainer to consider switching to.
Last week I attended the 36th annual Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, which was postponed a year due to fires in 2008. My wife, daughter, and I packed up the truck and hit the high country of the Sierra’s. The race goes from Squaw Valley to Auburn and covers 100 miles of rugged trails with 18,000 feet of climbing and 22,000 feet of descent.
Most years you would find my wife or I toeing the line as a participant, but this year we would start our journey at mile 10.5, Lyon’s Ridge aide station.
The calm before the storm at mile 10.5
Because of the remoteness of the aide station we were required to camp out overnight with 25 other volunteers. Morning came quickly as the lead runners hit us right at 6:30 a.m., just 1.5 hours after their 5:00 a.m. start. This early in the race all the runners looked great. Some had smiles, but many had the serious look that ones gets during the early hours of any 100 mile race. All knew this would be a tough day with dusty trails and temps topping off around 105 in the canyons. The high temp would lead to 238 finishers out of 399 starters; a finishing rate of 59%.