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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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Women’s Running Skirts

July 16th, 2013

The high heat of midsummer has us looking for new ways to stay cool on our runs, and sometimes a running skirt is just the ticket. Whether you’re a ‘taking-names-and-charging-hard’ kind of woman or you just want to look hot while you log miles at the track, there’s a run skirt for you. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself.

Adjustable: Nike Women’s Rival Stretch Woven Skirt

The Nike Women’s Rival Stretch Woven Skirt lets you express your mood on your run from day to day. The internal fitted short provides freedom of movement while the outer skirt has drawcords on each side to adjust skirt length and provide a ruched effect. Leave the skirt full-length when you’re feeling mellow, or cinch the cords for a sassier look.

Short on Length: Oiselle Women’s Bum Wrap

The short and sexy Oiselle Bum Wrap (shown at right) is true to its name. An internal fitted short moves with you while an outer skirt covers your assets with a flirty wrap-style construction. Use the side zip pocket to stash an ID card, key, gel or other essentials.

Trail Ready: Salomon EXO S-Lab Twinskin Skort

When it’s time to attack tough, technical trails, slip on the Salomon Women’s EXO S-Lab Twinskin Skort. The internal fitted short features EXO Sensifit Technology to provide postural control and muscle support as you run, and the lightweight outer skirt offers two back mesh pockets to stow nutrition and other essentials on a long run.

Modest: Nike Women’s Skapri

If you love the look of a skirt but want the coverage of a capri, slip on the Nike Women’s Skapri. The soft inner capri offers sleek coverage, while the outer skirt adds a dose of style. The skirt is constructed of stretch fabric to move with you, and has two side slash pockets and a back zip pocket for secure storage of essentials.

Lightweight: Pearl Izumi Women’s Ultra Skirt

The Pearl Izumi Women’s Ultra Skirt offers fierce, lightweight coverage for the serious endurance runner. Two back hip holster pockets let you stash your nutrition, and a back zip pocket provides additional secure storage. The wide flat waistband stays in place without digging in, and side splits allow for excellent range of motion. Yeah, it’s a pretty badass skirt.

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Hot New Nike Women’s Running Apparel

July 12th, 2013

Sometimes a new piece of running gear is all it takes to put some extra speed in your step. Here’s some of our favorite new Nike gear for the ladies:

Breeze Tank + Epic Run Boy Short

The Nike Breeze Tank is exquisitely breathable and lightweight for optimal comfort running in hot weather. Soft, semi-sheer fabric is made in a mesh-like construction that promotes ventilation, and a streamlined racerback design allows for full range of motion. V neckline adds a feminine touch.

The Nike Epic Run Boy Short is, well, epic. Soft moisture-transfer fabric hugs your hard-earned curves and stays in place while you find your stride. A wide, flat, waistband has twisted design for an aesthetic touch, and an internal draw cord ensures a secure fit.

Sculpt PRT Tank + Epic Run Printed Crop

When the sun gets aggressive, fight back in the Nike Sculpt PRT Tank. Ribbed fabric construction allows for rapid moisture transfer to help keep you dry and chafe-free on the run. A fun contrast-color print gives this tank an extra dose of flair so you can look good while you attack the road.

When you want a ¾ tight with a little more length, reach for the Nike Epic Run Printed Crop. Slightly longer inseam than a standard capri offers a flattering look and a little more coverage. Subtle graphic print adds an extra touch of style to this piece. Flatlock seamlines prevent chafing and an internal drawcord keeps these beauties securely in place so they won’t slip down while you run.

Miler Short Sleeve Crew Top + 4″ Print SW Rival Short

The Nike Miler Short Sleeve Crew Top is a simple running shirt that’s a perennial favorite with our staff and customers. The ultra soft, thin material gives you coverage without issues as the temps rise, with an exceptional fit that feels tailor-made to your body. It’s a quality piece that every runner should have in her lineup.

The Nike 4” Print SW Rival Short is one of our new favorites from Nike, and the fresh print makes it a go-to choice for summer running. This streamlined short has a wide, flat waistband that won’t dig in, a scalloped hemline for full range of motion, and two side slash pockets to store your essentials to-and-from your workout. The subtle navy print is right on trend, so you’ll look great while you work hard.

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The Skinny on Summer Shorts

June 21st, 2013

Who wears short shorts? Well, frankly, we do. Many of the ladies at the ‘House bust them out when the mercury crawls above about 80. But if you’re not a short short kind of girl, don’t fret – we have plenty of shorts with longer inseams for those who want to be a bit more modest. We’ve rounded up a few of our fave shorts to keep your gams happy all summer long.

Ideal for Sprints: Nike Women’s 2” Rival Short

Slip into your Nike Women’s 2” Rival Shorts when you’re heading to the track for your sprint workout. The incredibly soft and stretchy shell fabric moves with you, and a minimal inseam and side scallop make this short move with you as you find your stride. Slip your key or a credit card into the secure back zip pocket while you workout.

Ideal for Long Runs: Pearl Izumi Women’s Ultra Split Short

When it’s time for your long run, reach for your Pearl Izumi Ultra Split Shorts. Two anatomically placed hip pockets give you room to stash gels or bars for hours of fuel, and a secure back zip pocket provides additional storage room. A generous half split allows you to find your stride with ease, and a flat waistband sits smoothly against your hips without chafing.

Ideal for Tempo Runs: adidas Women’s Supernova Short Tight

The adidas Supernova Short Tight is short and sweet for your tempo runs. The bun-hugging fit moves with you seamlessly, and lower back mélange mesh enhances ventilation in a high sweat area. An internal envelope pocket provides a great place to stash your key when you head out the door. Reflective branding increases visibility in low-light settings to up your safety factor.

Ideal for Everyday Training: Saucony Women’s P.E. Shorts

Sometimes simple is just right, and Saucony made simple right with the Women’s P.E. Short. Lightweight fabric wicks moisture to keep you dry and comfortable as you crank up the intensity on your run, and a scalloped hem lets you move freely. Contrast color side stripes offer a pop of energy to help get you out the door for your daily workout.

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How to Care for Your Sports Bras

June 19th, 2013

Your running sports bras take great care of you when you’re running hard, so make sure that you return the favor when you’re washing them. How exactly should you be caring for your sports bras? Just follow these simple steps:

Start with Three

Sports bra manufacturing superstar Moving Comfort recommends that you keep (at least) three sports bras in rotation at all times, so you can get the most life out of your bras. Here’s why: you should have one sports bra that you’re wearing for your workout, one in the wash, and one hanging to dry. You might need more than three if you frequently engage in different types of activities, because you might not want to wear your high-impact running sports bra for a gentle yoga session, for instance.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Sweat, sunscreen and bacteria aren’t great for your technical fabrics, so it’s a good idea to wash your sports bras every one to three wears, depending on the intensity of your workout. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to wash a bra, wash it. Keeping your sports bra fresh and clean will also help prevent your après-work sports bag from developing a funk.

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Top Picks in Men’s Split Shorts

June 17th, 2013

Summertime has arrived. ‘Tis the season to work on your tan and get maximum freedom in a great pair of split shorts. The split short is a basic piece of gear in any competitive runner’s arsenal, and summer is a great time to add a few more pairs to your lineup. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for you to test drive on your long, hot runs this summer.

BOA 1” Elite Split Leg Short

The BOA 1” Elite Split Leg Short is…epic. Lightweight fabric and a sleek design with a full split let you focus on your stride: free and fast. And the prints available on this bad boy are, um, out of this world. Sorry, we couldn’t help it. But seriously, with prints this bold, there’s really no reason to go with a boring, solid color.

Mizuno Men’s Aero Split Short

Reach for your Mizuno Aero Split Shorts when you want an incredibly lightweight, breathable option. This half-split short has laser-cut perforations along the sides to enhance ventilation, and through these holes you can see the yellow liner, which gives an aggressive look on race day.

Nike Men’s 2” Tempo Split Short

The Nike Men’s 2” Tempo Split Short is a tried and true classic that will help you find your rhythm on your run. A generous half split provides excellent range of motion and bold colors pump up the energy. Slip your key into the internal key pocket for secure storage on the run. Read more…

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Top Picks in Men’s Singlets

June 13th, 2013

Whether you’re looking for a fast shirt for your next race, or just looking for a way to get rid of the farmer’s tan you developed this spring, summertime is the perfect season to pick up a new singlet. The sleeveless construction also allows greater airflow to keep you cooler on warm days. Here are a few of our favorites for hot summer running:

For an Aggressive Aesthetic

When it’s race day, gear up in something that will get you psyched to go when the gun goes off. For an aggressive aesthetic, we like the Saucony Men’s Inferno Singlet. The bold graphic and contrast colors are ready for action on race day, or any day you want to feel like a boss on your run.

For Excellent Moisture Transfer

No one likes the slop of a sweat-soaked running shirt. When it heats up, reach for the BOA Men’s Basic Waffle Singlet. The woven structure of the fabric pulls moisture away from your skin quickly, helping to keep you dry and comfortable while you train.

For Intense Ventilation

Even in a running shirt without sleeves, there are still scorching days that make you wish for just a little extra ventilation. When it looks like it might be that kind of run, reach for your Mizuno Men’s Aero Singlet for optimal ventilation. Featherweight fabric and a burnout mesh pattern on the front and back increase airflow to keep you cooler and more comfortable. Read more…

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Running Apparel with Sun Protection

May 31st, 2013

As the sun’s rays burn longer each day, it’s crucial to make sure you’re getting the sun protection you need when you’re out on your run, and a plain ol’ sunscreen just might not be enough. If you’re running in hot temps, you’re much more likely to sweat off your sunscreen, and it can be a hassle to reapply when you’re out on the road or trail.

The solution: apparel that offers an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a great way to make sure you’re getting the sun protection you need. We offer both Men’s UPF Running Apparel and Women’s UPF Running Apparel here at the ‘House.

UPF Rating

Just like the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) varies from one sunscreen to another, the UPF will differ from one technical piece to another. A higher UPF rating means more intense sun protection, so if you burn very easily, look for a garment with UPF 40 or greater, like the Brooks Equilibrium Long Sleeve or the CW-X Pro Tight. Although most people don’t see any visible signs of sun damage to skin covered by even a plain ol’ cotton tee, a technical fabric with a high UPF rating can offer greater protection due to fiber type, knit and treatments.

How Does It Work?

Fabric type, the tightness of the weave, and the inclusion of chemical additives during the manufacturing process all contribute to the ability of a fabric to deflect UV rays. Polyester fabric performs extremely well when it comes to blocking damaging UV light, while natural fibers like cotton typically don’t perform as well unless they’re treated with a chemical additive. Fabric that is woven tightly can add protection because there are fewer gaps in the weave for sunlight to sneak through. Manufacturers can also add chemical compounds to fabrics to make them more effective at blocking UV rays.

Fabric Care

Proper washing and care of technical fabrics increases the amount of life that you can get out of a technical garment. Start with a detergent that is formulated specifically for your running gear, like Penguin Sport Wash or Penguin Sport Gel Cleaner. If you have time, it’s best to wash your technical fabrics together (and separately from your everyday clothes), and to allow them to hang dry. So does washing your UPF gear diminish its sun protection power? If you’ve still got a UPF short sleeve hangin’ around from five years ago, it might not be as effective as it once was, but most UPF gear will survive many washes with its UV protection benefits intact.

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Introducing New Running Sports Bras

May 22nd, 2013

Hot summer runs just feel better in a fresh, fun sports bra. And to, um, support you this summer, we want to introduce you to seven brand new bra models worth a look.

New Balance Shockingly Unshocking

New Balance is bringing the heat with their new Psyche Bra Collection this spring, and we’re excited to try something new. The Shockingly Unshocking offers maximum support for full-busted women, with smooth adjustable straps and a convenient and comfy padded back closure. Molded cups offer great support, while mesh panels enhance breathability. A higher neckline offers full-coverage and a little extra modesty.

New Balance Fabulous Framer

The New Balance Fabulous Framer is a racerback bra that offers sporty coverage with molded cups for great support. The racerback design has a flirty little back cutout for enhanced breathability and a sexy look. A small internal pocket gives you a place to stow your key while you’re out running, and paneled construction creates a feminine silhouette. We like the contrast colors on the Dazzling Blue model, but you can keep it plain and simple with Black as well.

New Balance Seamless Genius

If what you seek is supremely soft seamless comfort, then reach for the New Balance Seamless Genius. High-density knit material has engineered shape cups to help keep you in place, and seamless construction prevents chafing and rubbing. We really like the streamlined racerback design of this bra, which allows for full range of motion on your run so you can find your stride with freedom.

Moving Comfort Endurance Racer Bra

Finally – a high-impact bra for larger busted women that feels sleek and lightweight! The Moving Comfort Endurance Racer Bra offers exceptional support, yet is made with some of Moving Comfort’s most lightweight materials. The adjustable straps are secure and soft against the skin, and molded cups with compression keep the girls supported. The back design allows for nearly effortless on/off, so you won’t have to wrestle your way into this bra.

Saucony Curve Crusader Bra

The Saucony Curve Crusader Bra is a fresh and sexy cross-back bra with encapsulated cups for support. Front mesh detail enhances breathability and an open back design lets you show off your hard-earned physique. Adjustable hook-and-eye closure makes this little number easy to get on and off, and it’s comfortable enough to wear on your long run – and even running errands around town post-workout.

Saucony Athlete Avenger

The Saucony Athlete Avenger has an elegant silhouette and a comfortable feel. Seam-free cups have light contouring for support and shape. This bra is a really nice choice for the petite-busted woman who wants a little more feminine shaping than they would get just from a pure compression bra. The racerback design allows for full range of motion, and a back cutout further enhances breathability.

Saucony Diva Believa Bra

The Saucony Diva Believa Bra gives you adjustability and contour cups in a full-coverage package. Adjustable straps and adjustable hook-and-eye back closure allow you to create a more personalized fit, and modest cut provides plenty of coverage in the front. The hidden underwire boosts the support factor for this bra, and the back keyhole cutout lends a feminine look.

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Top Buys in Tank Tops

May 13th, 2013

There’s a special kind of freedom that comes with wearing a tank on a run. Light, uninhibited movement, exceptional airflow and a little extra access to vitamin D make running tanks a great choice for spring and summer training. And with some of the stylish silhouettes we’re seeing this spring, you’ll be able to run hard and look great. Take a peek at a few of our spring faves below.

Flirtatious: Brooks D’Lite Reversible Racerback

The Brooks D’Lite Reversible Racerback offers excellent breathability and full range of motion in a playful little package. Ruching between shoulder blades lends a feminine look, while reversible construction lets you choose between a bold color pop stripe and a more subtle aesthetic.

Oh-So-Soft: Saucony Glo Tank

If you want a silky soft next-to-skin feel, then the Saucony Glo Tank just might be the ticket. Supremely soft lightweight fabric feels like buttah’ against the skin, and sleeveless construction allows you to move freely. Geometric watercolor print adds a subtle touch of flair.

Ultra Feminine: New Balance Go Anywhere Print Racerback

The New Balance Go Anywhere Print Racerback is a delightful little piece for the woman who wants her running gear to take her from the track to the coffee shop. Racerback design allows for freedom of movement on the run, and delicate flower graphic infuses this tank with feminine style.

Sporty Chic: Pearl Izumi Aurora Tank

Run hard and look good doing it in the Pearl Izumi Aurora Tank. Moisture transfer fabric helps keep you dry and prevent chafing as you rack up the miles. Criss-cross racerback straps and a simple line graphic along the right side give this piece a cute sporty look.

Speedy Fast: adidas adizero Singlet

On race day – or any day you want to feel fast and fierce – reach for your adidas adizero Singlet. Mesh construction helps increase ventilation and a halter design will let you move freely through your stride. Flatlock seamlines prevent chafing, and bold adidas triple stripes down the sides give this piece an aggressive look.

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