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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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Salomon EXO S-Lab: Take on the Trail

April 29th, 2013

When you take to the trail, you want to feel like a warrior. Your time on the trail is an opportunity to push yourself to new levels of performance.

Salomon’s EXO S-Lab trail product offers superior performance for the dedicated trail runner.

EXO S-Lab Twinskin Skort

This piece of gear is not your average running skirt. The EXO S-Lab Twinskin Skort offers muscle support, compression and postural support to help you run farther and recover more quickly. The wider waistband sits comfortably on the hips without digging in.

Two gel pockets provide plenty of room for nutrition on long runs, and a featherweight overskirt gives you coverage and a sleek look.

EXO Motion Zip Tee

When you want a little extra muscle support on your run, reach for the Salomon EXO Motion Zip Tee. Lightweight honeycomb fabric offers muscle support throughout the chest and upper arms, while raglan sleeve construction allows for full range of motion and seamless construction minimizes the risk of chafing.

If you get too warm on your run, use the front half zip to increase ventilation. This running top even has UPF 50+ protection in the fabric to protect your skin from the sun’s rays when you’re running in bright conditions.

EXO ¾ Tight

The Salomon EXO ¾ Tight offers muscle stabilization and support to help you push through hard mileage and to help your muscles recover more quickly. The honeycomb pattern of the EXO Sensifit Agility technology give you excellent muscle support without inhibiting range of motion.

Mesh panels behind the knees provide great ventilation, and reflective details front and back increase your visibility if you have to run on the roads to get to the trail. This ¾ tight has a wide, flat waistband with an internal drawcord which will stay securely in place even on your long runs.

We focused here on the ladies, but the Salomon EXO line doesn’t discriminate. Check out the Men’s Salomon EXO S-Lab Collection available now.

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Oiselle Spring 2013 Apparel – Our Picks

April 23rd, 2013

Oiselle Go Long Tank, Stellar Stripe Tank, and Winona Tank

Oiselle seems to just keep getting better. They write some hilarious blog content, they recently signed Lauren Fleshman, and now they give us a drool-worthy spring line. We’re talking get-in-my-closet-now run apparel. You’ll find the wings to fly through your training sessions or your next race in the supremely comfortable fabrics and stylish performance-forward silhouettes of Oiselle’s tops and bottoms. Take a look at a few of our faves below.

Go Long Tank

The Oiselle Go Long Tank takes you playfully from your workout to the rest of your life. A soft poly/cotton blend fabric gives you plenty of moisture-wicking power on the run, and feels great against the skin. This tank has a racerback design and a longer, streamlined close-to-body fit which makes it great for layering. The contrast color Oiselle bird graphic on the back and the front left hip add a little extra springtime to this piece.

The Go Long Tank is my favorite by far. It’s cute, it’s functional, and the fit is so nice!” – Allie

Stellar Stripe Tank

Meet us at the intersection of fashion and function in the Oiselle Stellar Stripe Tank. Racerback design gives you full freedom of movement, and a small envelope pocket on the front left hip lets you stash your key or other small essentials. Polyester/cotton blend fabric is smooth and soft, and wicks moisture to keep you dry and chafe-free. Contrast color stripes and an asymmetrical design make this piece cute enough to pair with your favorite jeans for a jaunt to the farmers’ market.

“Amazingly soft fabric with fun and feminine styling. This tank feels so good on a run.” - Tami Read more…

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Mizuno Men’s Running Apparel: Japanese Heritage

April 9th, 2013

Mizuno Japanese Island Graphic

This spring’s Mizuno apparel line is paying homage to the brand’s Japanese heritage. The company has added a small, subtle graphic  representing the Japanese islands (shown at right) on most of its spring collection. The bottom image is a symbol for the god of war, to empower you as you head into your run. The kanji in the middle hexagon is the Japanese symbol for “run.” The Runbird above these symbols lets you rock your Mizuno pride.

Mizuno has also included elements of Ekiden racing style in some of their running shirts, such as the Mizuno Creation Singlet. During an Ekiden race (a long distance relay race that originated in Japan) each competitor hands off a sash, or tasuki, to their teammate when they finish their leg of the race. The contrast-color details on select Mizuno running shirts represent the sash worn by Ekiden competitors.

Ready to run with Mizuno? Take a look at a few of our favorites from the spring lineup:

Aero Singlet

The Mizuno Aero Singlet is lightweight, fast and ultra breathable. Sleeveless construction allows for optimal range of motion, and flatlock seamlines prevent chafing. Burnout mesh detail on the chest and back display the god of war symbol, to get you charged up for your next run.

Aero Split Short

Looking for a short that can keep up with you? Check out the Mizuno Aero Split Short. Featherweight fabric with perforations for enhanced breathability will help you stay cool as you heat things up. A half split provides full range of motion, and Mizuno Japanese heritage graphic lets you sport your Mizuno pride. Read more…

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Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection 2013

March 28th, 2013

Pearl Izumi Ultra Inside-Out Singlet & Ultra Split Short

Endurance runners like you face many challenges as the miles rack up. Pearl Izumi’s Ultra running apparel line is built to solve some of the biggest annoyances out on the trails and roads. Here are a few highlights from the collection:

Ultra Split Short
The Ultra Split Short (view Women’s) is no ordinary split. For starters, the Gel Flask Pocketing System secures nutrition in an anatomic position on the back hip for maximum mobility and minimal bounce. A back zippered pocket offers additional storage. A welded hem, roll-over waistband and fully integrated liner combine to highlight the comfort story.

Ultra Inside-Out Singlet
With the Ultra Inside-Out Singlet (view Women’s) you can count on a distraction-free run. The Transfer Dry fabric is highly breathable and offers optimal moisture transfer with a quick dry time. And, as the name suggests, the inside-out seams minimize the risk of chafing. This singlet even sports a shoulder abrasion print to give you extra grip for your pack or vest.

Ultra Vest
Pick the Ultra Vest (view Women’s) for those cool, windy days when a jacket is just a bit too much. This vest allows you to start your run in comfort, then pack it into itself and store it on your arm or in your hand. Like the singlet, the Ultra Vest has an abrasion print on the shoulders for exceptional pack traction.

Take a look at the complete Pearl Izumi Ultra apparel collection for men and for women on our site.

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