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Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Men’s Tights

November 6th, 2014

Alright guys, winter is coming, and you know what that means. Lots of annoying Game of Thrones puns, pumpkin spice flavored everything, lazy Sundays watching football, and that disconcerting noise (and smell) your heater makes when you turn it on for the first time in a while. Oh, and it also means that it’s time to toss those running shorts aside and reach for something warmer. One peek at all of the different tights out there can be disorienting, so I’m going to break it down for you. Tights are kind of like superheros. Bear with me as I explain.

You need tights that are going to empower you. Strengthen you. Keep your muscles from fatigue. Help you recover after an intense workout. Save you from freezing in the cold weather. You need something to illuminate you, make you visible, and keep the dangers of the road at bay. In other words, you need a hero. A hero to help you be the best runner you can be, no matter the conditions.

Also, food for thought: Did you notice that many superheros wear tights? Coincidence?! I think not.

That being said, there are a lot of different features to choose from, and knowing what you want and need ahead of time, will make tights shopping a whole lot easier. Allow me to introduce you to the five types of superheros tights you should know.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s…

The everyday tight.

Clark’s Choice: adidas Men’s Response Long Tight (MSRP: $55)

adidas Men's Response Long TightThis is your basic running tight, good for daily training and armed with the essentials. The Clark Kent of tights: simple in stature, but when you put these tights on, your running experience is transformed. Built with moisture-wicking fabric to keep your skin dry and comfortable, features often include flatlock seams to prevent chafing, reflective details to increase your visibility, and sometimes ankle-zippers to help you get in and get out fast. This is the bread and butter of running tights, everything you need to keep your running routine lively as the temperatures drop.

The Dark Knight Night

Be seen with highly reflective tights.

Mr. Wayne’s Favorite: Nike Men’s Flash Tights (MSRP: $150)

Nike Men's Flash TightsIt’s always darkest just before the dawn… or just before you put on your high visibility tights. You prefer to run by the dark of night. You’re fast, but no matter how fast you are, you can’t outrun the dangers that you face while running in low-light conditions. Most tights have some form of reflective detailing, but some tights are a cut above the rest. These high visibility tights are ideal for you runners who embrace the darkness.

FLAME ON.

3/4 length, cropped, and short tights.

Torch’s Top Pick: Gore Men’s Essential 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $69)

Gore Men's Essential Tights 3/4You’re on fire. You run hot, and when you’re giving 110% during your run, full-length tights may be the wrong choice.  There are times when full-length tights are necessary, but not today! The smothering feeling of longer tights is enough to make you burst into flames. Cropped lengths are just the ticket – you still get great coverage and support, but thanks to the shorter length and ventilated panels behind the knees and lower back, you will finally be able to breathe and cool down.

You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Tights for performance and recovery.

Dr. Banner’s Best: CW-X Men’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Men's Revolution TightsLike the giant green rage machine, Hulk, you’re incredibly strong. When you get worked up and motivated for an intense run, you transform into a maniacal running monster. You embrace the hardcore running life, and your legs do their best to keep up with your intensity. Give your muscles and joints added support through various compression options, from zonal compression to graduated compression. Many high performance tights also help speed up your recovery, so you can bounce back quicker. Let’s pause a moment and be thankful that when you’re done with your run, you don’t wake up in a field naked.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Best value options.

Spidey’s Selection: Asics Men’s PR Tight (MSRP: $36)

Asics Men's PR TightScraping by on an up-and-coming freelance photographer budget? Saving up to move out of your aunt and uncle’s place? Plans to buy your sweetheart a modest engagement ring? It’s true that money can’t buy virtue, and for some, every penny saved has a purpose. After evaluating your needs, you should probably settle for the basic tights without the bells and whistles. Low-cost doesn’t mean low-quality, however – it’s just low financial commitment. As you sling webs run around the city, you’ll feel great about your run, and great about the money you saved for the next big purchase.

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Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Women’s Tights

November 3rd, 2014

It’s kind of like dating. Tights, like prospective dates, have personalities of their own, and getting to know what kind of traits you are looking for in your next pair of tights will help you before you purchase. It’s a crazy world out there, and there are a lot of options to look at, so let me break it down for you. Here are six types of tights that you will come across in your quest for this fine piece of leg apparel.

The Everyday

A Great Match: Nike Women’s Tech Tight (MSRP: $75)

Nike Tech TightI’m there for you on your daily run. I’m there for you when there is a little nip in the air and your shorts just won’t cut it. I provide you with that coverage you need, and in my simplicity I hug your curves for a comforting fit and additional warmth. I know that some tights have let you down in the past… they chafed your skin, they wore out quickly, and they left you feeling unprotected and unsure of your running future. But now I’m here. I’m loyal, I’ll stand the test of time, and you know that you can always turn to me for your day-to-day needs.

The Warmer

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tight (MSRP: $100)

Sugoi Women's SubZero Zap Tight

Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough to keep you indoors. Frosty enough to make you deny yourself your daily run. It’s not that you don’t want to run… I know you’re not lazy! Let’s be honest, if I wasn’t here to keep your legs warm, you probably wouldn’t even make it out of your comfy PJ’s. Don’t even get me started about running in sweatpants to keep warm… I shudder at the thought. I am so much better than those! Not only can I keep your legs warm, but my moisture-wicking fabrics will ensure that your skin stays dry and cool as your perspiration increases. My thermal properties will provide the toasty insulation so that your legs remain at a comfortable temperature throughout the entire run. No one loves to keep your legs warm more than I do.

The Supporter

A Great Match: CW-X Women’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Women’s Revolution TightsWhere other tights fall short, I’m here to support you. I love going on long runs, trail runs, you name it. I would follow you to the ends of the earth. Graduated compression, zoned compression, targeted support… tights like me have a lot to offer. I’m complicated, but so are you. You need me. Muscle fatigue is a real thing, and you’ve experienced enough of that for a lifetime. You’re doing all that work, killin’ it out on the trail, and all I want is to help your strong legs stay strong. As soon as you try me on, you’ll instantly feel the difference, and you’ll realize what you’ve been missing. Simple tights are for simple runners, and you are no simple runner.

The Looker

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero Tight ($80)

Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero TightYou stand out. You like being looked at. I’m not calling you vain… okay maybe just a little. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the life of the party, but you’ve gotta look the part, and I can help you with that. Why would you wear boring tights? Every workout is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. Here’s the part where form meets function, and form wins. Let me provide you with pretty patterns, bright colors, bold shapes, and cute cuts, suitable for your run downtown… for exercise, or for your coffee date. My flattering, fashionable form can be as versatile as you want me to be, baby. I like the way you work it. (No diggity.)

The Shorty

A Great Match: Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $60)

Pearl Izumi Women's Flash 3/4 TightYou tend to run hot, and full-length tights are just too much. Or perhaps it’s just that awkward season between warm weather and cold and you can’t justify the coverage that long tights provide. Here I am: the cropped, the capri, the short tight. I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been called “cute” before, it’s true. And yes, everyone does ask me that… “Crop It Like It’s Hot” is a song about me. I try not to brag though. I give you extra breathability, and I won’t smother you. I love showing some skin, but I want you to know that I still provide the chafe-free experience you are looking for, but I’m more versatile. When it comes to long tights, they give you too much coverage… they can be clingy, I’ve heard the stories. I give you what you need, and no more, I’m not pushy!

The Bright

A Great Match: Saucony Women’s Omni LX Tight (MSRP: $70)

Saucony Women's Omni LX TightYou’re an early riser. A night owl. Or maybe you’re just keenly aware of the dangers you face while you’re out on the busy streets. It’s a crazy world out there, and my primary concern is keeping you safe while you do what you do. I can help you be more visible to drivers while you’re out running in dark conditions. Reflective seams, logos, panels, glow-in-the-dark features, and brightly colored materials are all trademarks that I possess, and I promise I look just as good during the day as I do at night. You can wear me anytime and not have to worry. Other tights pale in comparison to my bright qualities, and you’re bright (pun intended)… you deserve a tight like me with some real street smarts.

The Penny Pincher

A Great Match: Asics PR Tight (MSRP $36)

Asics Women's PR TightsIt’s not all about money, and you’re a down-to-earth girl, so you get me! I’m frugal, I’m simple, I’m all you need. Don’t invest heavily in a tight that is looking for long-term commitment.. if you’re not sure you’re ready for advanced features, let’s just start simple and see where this takes us!  Some might call me “basic”, but there is nothing basic about the way I make you feel.

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Elite Oregon Club Teams Take to the Track

June 25th, 2014

Galen Rupp in an OTC uniform (photo: oregonlive.com)

Of late, American distance running is going through a bit of an identity crisis spawned from the fact that the athletes participating seemingly have no identity. When the best track athletes graduate from college and sign endorsement contracts, they join a team that in many cases spans the globe. While an endorsement deal is a momentous time for both brand and athlete, it is also a great feeling to be a part of something larger than one’s self. It is difficult for fans to grapple with these teams in the same way that they root for their favorite basketball team or university. At the same time, runners have always come together in training groups centered around coaches, but with endorsement deals taking precedence, they haven’t branded themselves as unique.

However, that started to change a little bit when Vin Lananna took over as the University of Oregon Track coach and dragged Frank Gagliano (later replaced by Mark Rowland) to Eugene to revive the Oregon Track Club. The Oregon Track Club has a tremendously successful history and its revival as an elite program was an integral complement to the community Lanana was trying to foster. This brought a wave of quality athletes to Eugene to sign with Nike, but instead of the generic Nike singlet, they wore an Oregon Track Club jersey, which was the first bit of differentiation among Nike athletes.

Meanwhile, Alberto Salazar created a group in 2001 in Portland. Seeing that Portland is also in Oregon, someone decided that his group was also the Oregon Track Club. Alberto Salazar had a heart attack in 2007 and recruited Jerry Schumacher as his replacement. Jerry brought a new crew while Alberto’s heart mended. There were three groups with three different coaches that hardly interacted with one another, wearing the same uniform.

In 2011, Oregon Project athletes started looking different. There was no formal announcement or marketing push, there was just a black uniform with a mysterious skull garnished with olive branches that Galen Rupp and company started wearing. Last year shoes and apparel with this logo became available through Nike catalogs to stores like ours. Enticed, we jumped on it instantly knowing that there is certainly a market for it.

Shalane Flanagan rocking her new kit (photo: entirelyamelia.com)

The process of differentiating the three Oregon groups completed earlier this year when Jerry Schumacher’s team became the Bowerman Track Club and Shalane Flanagan debuted their new uniform and logo at the Boston Marathon. The name originated from the local Portland team, Bowerman Athletic Club. The local youth and open athletes that were in BAC will be rolled into BTC with their new, very fast company.

So now, three of the premier track clubs in the country, each boasting Olympic medalists, finally have distinguishable brands and additional ability to cultivate a following. Hopefully, this inspires other premier clubs in the country, like the Brooks Beasts and Asics Mammoth Track Club, to produce gear for their fans as well.

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Employee Picks for the Holiday Season

November 22nd, 2013

Posted by Allie, Friday November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is next week, Hanukkah starts on Wednesday, and Christmas will be knocking on our doors really soon. Christmas songs are on repeat on my ipod and my shopping is done, so basically Christmas is tomorrow in my mind.  You might say I’m crazy, but I say, have fun with those crazy crowds, and I’ll enjoy my hot chocolate by the fireplace!

For those of you who aren’t as holiday-nuts as I am, waiting for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we’ve put together some of our top picks for 2013.

Taro, our resident blogger, tweeter and video personality, went for a footwear-apparel combo pack.

Nike Tailwind SS V-Neck – Once reserved only for the fashion elite, v-necks deserve to be more prominent in running apparel. The neckline of this Nike Tailwind tee sits perfectly – deep enough to give you some Euro-flair, shallow enough to be accessible to those switching from the lesser crewneck. In addition, the poly-cotton blend might be confused for the fur of a pubescent otter (though of course no otters were harmed in the making of this fine piece of apparel). Intelligently positioned air holes grace the armpits to keep you as a cool as a Klondike bar, and a rear zipper pocket gives you a place to store the compliments awarded when wearing this shirt.

Salomon Snowcross CS – Full disclosure: I don’t live anywhere near the snow. I’ve never lived near the snow, and because of my fragile and sensitive body (it truly is a temple), I will go out of my way to avoid the white stuff. But the Salomon Snowcross CS could make me reconsider. Dude, just look at it! This thing is a weapon. With the underfoot spikes, you will laugh in the face of ice. Look at the hightop design! All the snow will try to get in your shoe but the built in gaiter will block every attempt. This shoe is ready to do battle with snowmobiles, avalanches, and Santa Claus himself.

Tera, our retail store manager, took a little more, ahem, realistic outlook on her gift choices for 2013.

Hoka Kailua Trail – I have so many ultra-running friends that use and absolutely love Hoka trail shoes. I have a road shoe right now, the Bondi 2, but really want to experience the reduced pounding and less leg fatigue on the trails. This one in particular has a reduced midsole height compared to the other Hoka’s so hopefully it won’t make me feel so vertically challenged on the trails.

Nathan VaporShape 2L Vest – I’m in desperate need of a new pack for trail outings. My current Nathan Intensity has seen better days. I’m interested in the VaporShape for the comfortable fit and reduced bouncing of the 4-point strap system. Also, it’s pretty cool that it has a front holster for a water bottle if you need one. The little electrolyte compartment on the chest strap is also a plus! I’d probably go for the white one since it has a really fresh look.

Erik is a footwear buyer here at the ‘House and like Tera, his wish list has a couple trail goodies on it.

Petzl NAO – When you are heading out for a long night run and you want to light up the trails, the Petzl NAO will light the way and then some. Long lasting and high powered, the NAO is fully customizable to meet your needs. Among the many cool features of this headlamp, the REACTIVE technology automatically adapts light output while you’re running, turning down the brightness when you are focusing up close and cranking it back up when you need to see distance. It’s more efficient and improves battery life.

UltrAspire Alpha 2013 – With 70oz of hydration in a rear bladder and a minimal design, the Alpha will keep you set on the trails for the adventure of your choice. This pack is designed to disappear – they’ve added a sweatproof webbing this year so that the pack doesn’t absorb moisture and get heavy. There are also larger holes in mesh to reduce pack weight and increase breathability. I’ve been really impressed by how good UltrAspire products were right out of the gate and how much thought they put into making them better and better with athlete input.

Juli, one of our Customer Service Representatives and Live Chat operators, has her eye on an apparel/electronic combo.

North Face Impulse Active 1/2 Zip Hoodie – This is the perfect piece for San Luis Obispo winters. Because it’s rarely below 45 degrees around here, all you really need for fall and winter is a great long sleeve. (Yeah, we know. It’s awesome). The material is thin and breathable, yet still warm enough that you won’t dread setting out on an early morning run. The 1/2 zip allows you to remain cool when the temperature rises, and the hood adds a bit more protection from the wind.  But the best thing about this piece is the fit. It’s perfect for me. This also makes it an ideal piece for those of you who might need to put a bit more thought into layering than we do around here.

Garmin Forerunner 220What can I even say? This definitely goes without explanation. We are as excited about this update around here as you are. No one could knock the 210, and here Garmin comes along and introduces another revolutionary run watch. We’re talking about a lighter watch with fabulous functions such as a built in accelerometer, vibration alerts, autopause, personal record tracking, a hinged wristband and live tracking. Oh and it looks GREAT. Basically, this watch will do everything except run for you. Maybe that feature will be added to the 230!

Lastly, Dan, another of our Customer Service Representatives, is going for a footwear/apparel combo pack this holiday season.  He’s training for his first 50 miler; follow his training here: @DanHerronRuns

Merrell Ascend GloveSo, I’m a minimal guy. I’ve been looking for a zero heel-to-toe drop shoe with a little cushion underfoot! I’ve been a New Balance guy when it comes to my trail shoes…but it looks like I am going to have to cheat on New Balance with Merrell…sorry I’m not sorry! I really like how the shoe fits. The heel collar is snug, but the toe box is wide, allowing some room for my toes. I’m a big fan of the Vibram outsole, which provides solid protection and a decent amount of traction. The shoe is super nimble and will allow me to handle the trails pretty well.  Also, since I’m training for a 50 miler with Juli, I’ll need a new pair of shoes to train in.

Pearl Izumi Fly Reverse Jacket – If you haven’t seen this jacket in person, it’s kind of hard to comprehend how cool it is. You can’t beat the reflectivity for the price of the jacket. Plus, who doesn’t want a reversible jacket? The fabric is extremely comfortable and breathable, which is a big deal for me. Also, since I do my training runs at 5am, it would probably be a good idea for me to have a reflective jacket that hopefully prevents me from having a brutal encounter with a car. Even more, on the trails, the vibrant color will help me stay visible to other runners. It’s important to let people know you have style!

For more gift ideas, check out our complete Holiday Gift Guide (Men’s and Women’s) and our Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide.  If all else fails, give a Gift Card to your favorite online running retailer! Happy Holidays from all of us at the Running Warehouse!

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Win the New Balance HI-VIZ Beacon Jacket!

October 22nd, 2013

Back in grade school, we had glow-in-the-dark everything. From silly putty and stickers to shoes, we rocked the stuff like it would never go out of style. In the New Balance HI-VIZ Beacon Jacket, glow-in-the-dark just got better. This wind- and water-resistant outer layer protects you from the elements while 3 levels of visibility to help you stand out to drivers while running.

  1. Low-light visibility comes from the bright green (Men’s) and bright coral (Women’s) colors.
  2. Oncoming-light visibility comes from the 360° reflective trim.
  3. No-light visibility comes from the revolutionary glow-in-the-dark technology on the sleeves and back. Just charge the Beacon Jacket under a light for at least 10 minutes before you run and you’re ready to go.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to our New Balance Beacon Jacket contest winners, Pat in West Virginia and Kelly in California! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Watch this video to see the Beacon Jacket in action!

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Get Your Asics New York City Marathon Gear

October 3rd, 2013

Fall is knocking on our door and that means cooler weather, shorter days, pumpkin spice lattes, and marathon season. The New York City Marathon, established in 1970, is one of the largest marathons in the world and one of five world marathon majors. There’s no better way to show off some Big Apple pride than with official 2013 ING NYC Marathon gear from Asics.

The 2013 NYC Marathon apparel is performance-oriented and looks good, so you can wear it while you train for race day and during post-workout activities around town. You can see the full Men’s NYC Marathon collection and Women’s NYC Marathon collection on our site, and also take a look at a few of our favorites below:

Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket

The Asics Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket (view Women’s) is a wind and waterproof full-zip jacket. The embroidered ING NYC Marathon logo on the front chest and across the back lets everyone know that you rocked in New York this year. A zip-off hood provides extra coverage while an internal mesh layer wicks sweat from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. With ample storage room, this jacket is ready to tackle the winter weather and keep your essentials safe.

Marathon Course Map Tee

The Asics Marathon Course Map Tee is a great breathable, lightweight tee featuring the course map for the 2013 ING NYC Marathon prominently on the front. Polyester mesh provides lightweight breathability with moisture-wicking properties. The map on the front lets you show off the 5 boroughs you passed through on the way to the finish line.

JADE Thermopolis LT Hoody

The Asics Women’s Marathon JADE Thermopolis LT Hoody is all about warmth and functionality. The soft thermopolis fabric feels great against your skin and provides the extra coziness you want post-workout and pre-race.

A small zipper pocket on the front lets you easily store small essentials that you might need, and the silhouette is sure to flatter during your workout and while you’re out and about around town.

Gel Nimbus 15 NYC Shoes

NYC Marathon gear from Asics goes beyond apparel. The brand also produced a NYC Marathon Gel Nimbus 15 (view Women’s). The Nimbus 15 has an ultra-smooth and cushioned ride and plenty of protective Gel under the forefoot and heel. This neutral trainer has a flexible platform to ensure an effortless transition from heel to toe and a plush upper wraps around your foot for a personalized fit with an embroidered 2013 and NYC to let you show some big city pride.

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Win Zensah Tie Dye Leg Sleeves!

October 2nd, 2013

Zensah is a leading brand in compression and support running apparel. Their calf/leg sleeves just got a whole lot groovier thanks to the new tie-dye prints the brand recently added.

Now you can channel your inner hippie when you wear these popular calf/leg sleeves – for free! Choose from one of these 3 great colors:

This contest is now closed. Congrats to contest winners Kathy, Colin, Juwon, Meredith, Tonya and Joe. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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High-Visibility Running Jackets

September 16th, 2013

We don’t have to tell you that the sun is rising a little later and setting a little sooner these days. And we don’t need to remind you that there are plenty of yahoos in automobiles who are bleary-eyed, distracted, or just plain inattentive. It’s not the best combo for runners who want to brave a run in the early morning or evening hours.

So be smart and wear bright colors when it’s dark, dusky, rainy or any other time when there’s a good chance you may not be seen clearly by motorists. And as the weather cools down this Fall and Winter, it’s nice to have a little extra warmth that can come from a running jacket. Here are a few top choices for runners who want a high visibility running jacket:

Women’s Hi-Viz Running Jackets


Asics Spry Jacket: Reflective details and a bright purple color up your visibility to motorists in low light, and this lightweight shell also protects you from the wind with wind-resistant construction and a mock neck.
Asics Lite-Show Jacket: Get some serious warmth with your visibility in the Lite-Show Jacket. Though the jacket is black, reflective seams in key areas provide increased visibility when you are in motion, and an inner brushed lining keeps you toasty.
New Balance Komen Stride Jacket: Battle the dark and breast cancer with this cute, hooded jacket. The bright pink color accents give you some added visibility while you also show your support for breast cancer research. The cozy hood adds warmth on chilly mornings.

Men’s Hi-Viz Running Jackets


Nike Cyclone Jacket: The red color on this lightweight jacket is bright, bright, bright. The hits of reflectivity further help you to stand out. Because it’s so lightweight, the Cyclone Jacket is a nice option for dark mornings when the sun will come up and temps will rise while you’re out on your run.
Asics Fujitrail Packable Jacket: The eye-popping print on this lightweight, breathable jacket certainly should get you seen. But just in case, you also have 360 degrees of reflectivity. The jacket can be packed securely in the front pocket when temps heat up.
Sugoi Zap Jacket: You’re sure to be seen on early morning or dusk runs with bold neon colors and great reflectivity of this lightweight shell.

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Treats for Trail Runners

August 2nd, 2013


More and more runners are trying trail running, and manufacturers are taking note by creating some pretty rad gear for offroad duty. We caught up with a few of our own trail runners around the RW offices to see what gear they’re stoked on right now. Here’s what they had to say:

Top Picks in Shirts

“[For a recent 100 mile race] I chose The North Face Better Than Naked Short Sleeve Top. I chose The North Face top because it’s so ridiculously light and really felt like I wasn’t wearing anything (hence the name), but at the same time I wanted to have something to protect from the sun’s rays.” – Tera

“I just bought the Gore Women’s Air 2.0 Shirt, and I had to justify spending so much on a shirt, but it’s AWESOME! So comfortable, and it fits really nicely under a pack.” – Juli

Top Picks in Shorts

“It is all about the Pearl Izumi Ultra Split Short. Welded hems for ultimate comfort and minimal chafing, comfortable waistband, holster pockets that carry the right amount of product [a few gels]. This shorts are comfortable when you are in them all day.” – Erik

“The Nike Rival Skirt offers an internal short brief, which works really well against chafing. I like the idea of a skirt over the short brief, so you don’t have to bare all and can still look cute.” – Tera

Top Picks in Footwear

“I’m finding more cushioning is becoming my best friend, and an offset of about 8 to 10 tends to be the sweet spot for me without risking potential injury. I’m currently very fond of the Asics Gel Scout and the New Balance WT1210.” – Tera

“I really enjoy the New Balance MT1010. It is highly responsive, has solid protection for the downhills, and it’s very flexible. It’s a great shoe for technical trails and for those who enjoy feeling the trails underneath their feet.” – Dan

Top Picks in Hydration Gear

“The UltrAspire Surge has been my go-to pack. 2L of liquids, easy to reach pockets in the front, comfortable fit and feel. It’s also easy to adjust and there’s room to carry an additional bottle if needed.” – Erik

“I use the Nathan Intensity Pack. I love that it has a 2 liter bladder, and it fits really well. I tried on a lot of packs, and only this one and the Salomon S-Lab 5 Set Pack fit. It’s great for smaller people, and it’s women’s specific, which is awesome.” – Juli

Top Picks in Extras

“The Brooks Hat all the way…very comfortable and durable.” – Erik

“For any long run over two hours, Bodyglide is a must. I don’t leave home without it!” – Tera

“When I do [wear sunglasses], it’s a pair of Tifosi Slip. They’re lightweight, have an interchangeable lens, and are a good value for the price.” – Erik

VFUEL! (Peach Cobbler) So awesome. Tastes great, very light and doesn’t leave you feeling like you have to drink 5 gallons of water to wash out the residue. It’s one of the only gels I really like.” – Juli

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Run-deroos: Men’s Running Underwear

July 29th, 2013

Running shoes are undeniably your most crucial piece of gear, but what ranks second in your book? The perfect split short? Or maybe an aggressive pair of sunglasses? What about running underwear?

Do not underestimate the power of this little piece of running equipment for your running equipment. Running underwear can enhance your run and they may even be your new favorite on rest days too. If you haven’t experienced the security, comfort and excellent moisture management of athletic underwear, you’re missing out. But don’t worry: we’ve got you covered with a great selection of men’s running underwear. Take a look at a few of our best-in-class options.

Seamless: Asics Men’s ASX Boxer and Brief

The seamless design of the Asics Men’s ASX Boxer and Asics Men’s ASX Brief provides chafe-free support on your run. An anatomical support system gives you stabilization during activity, and moisture-transfer fabric helps keep you dry and comfortable.

Great Stretch: Nike Men’s Core Compression Short

If what you seek is supreme stretch, reach for a pair of Nike Men’s Core Compression Shorts. The four-way stretch fabric of these underwear will move with you for a freedom of movement as you run.

Secure Support: Saxx Kinetic Boxer and Brief Fly

You can be your own Sexy Sax Man in these run-deroos. The Saxx Kinetic Boxer and Saxx Kinetic Brief Fly bring a whole to meaning to the word support. An internal articulated pouch with side panels provides secure…storage on your run.

Lightweight: New Balance Men’s 6” Trubase Short

If you want a lightweight performance piece, throw on a pair of New Balance Men’s 6” Trubase Shorts. The lightweight fabric and minimal design of these boxers makes them a great option for race day.

Ventilation: Under Armour Men’s 6” Boxerjock

The Under Armour Men’s 6” Boxerjock sports a breathable mesh fabric in the crotch area to enhance ventilation and keep you dry on your run. A wide flat waistband sits snugly on your waist without digging in, and moisture-transfer fabric pulls sweat away from your skin to eliminate chafing.

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