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Introducing the Great Gear Guide, Running Warehouse’s rundown of some top choices in running gear. First up: winter running jackets. What do you need to keep your runs comfortable in the rain, sleet, snow and other assorted muck this winter season? Read on for our picks.
Ah, that delightful, crisp fall air. Except wait a minute, I’m feeling a bit too nippy out here. That’s where the Asics Thermopolis LT Full Zip comes in. The fully peached interior retains heat, and mock neck adds extra coziness. Zip up or down to adjust to just the right temperature.
It’s a dry day, but it’s cold as the dickens. And we all know how cold the dickens can be. Avoid becoming dickensian on your run when you zip up the Sugoi Firewall 180. Intense thermal properties and soft fully brushed interior make this jacket a cold weather champ. Two generous front storage pockets allow you to carry A Tale of Two Cities and Hard Times, or other essentials for your run.
The twins. The girls. Cha chas. Tatas. Gazongas. … alright, maybe we’re getting a little breast-obsessed. But when it comes to running, a properly fitting supportive sports bra just might be the most important piece of gear a woman can own, so the ladies here at RW have your, er… breast interests at heart.
We’re blowing out some of our favorite sports bras so you can set up your set with some security. Fit is one of the most important features in a sports bra, so start by learning how to find your fit. Next, you’ll need to think about the level of support you need. This will depend on your size and the impact level of the activity you’re doing.
Running is a high impact activity, and different styles of bra work better for women of different shapes and sizes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’ve reviewed a few top performers to help you out. We’ve even got a few great bras for nursing moms, so all you mommas (and mommas-to-be) can run in comfort.
The trail beckons. Are you equipped for the journey? You will be in the Men’s Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection and Women’s Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection. As an ultra runner, it can be challenging to find gear and apparel that provides both a lightweight, performance fit and enough storage options to cover you for the long haul. This fall, Pearl Izumi came through with a solution. Here are a few highlights from the collection:
Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Jacket
The power in this piece is all in the details. The jacket is constructed of a wind resistant fabric (without a laminate) that offers some serious protection against the elements, with supreme breathability. Pearl Izumi added an abrasive print to the shoulders of the jacket to increase pack traction, so you’re pack or vest won’t slide around as much when you maneuver over technical terrain. The zipper hides a draft flap and zipper garage that help prevent chafing and chilliness. Zip up and get out the door!
Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight
Start with a multi-paneled, ergonomic design that allows your legs to move freely as you power through challenging mileage. Add soft thermal fabric with waterproof calf and ankle splices that keeps your muscles warm when the temperature plummets. Then throw in lock-down ankle zippers and hits of reflectivity.
In addition to a large secure zip back pocket for safe storage of essentials, these tights have stretch mesh pockets located at an angle on each hip to store gel flasks, gels, or other nutrition or hydration essentials. The pockets are located on the upper back portion of the hips, so whatever you’re carrying will move with you.
Pearl Izumi Ultra Gaiters
Take care of yourself all the way down to your toes on the trail with the Ultra Gaiters. Stretch fabric and a highly durable underfoot strap will give you a secure, almost custom fit. A small hook attaches to your laces to keep dirt and debris from sneaking into the front of your shoe, so you can focus on the trail ahead.
What do you look for in long-distance running apparel?
Look in the typical runner’s closet and you’re not likely to find a running vest. That’s too bad. Any runner who’s been out in chilly weather can tell you the benefits of a half zip or jacket, but many people just aren’t sure what to do with a run vest.
We know what you’re thinking: “If it’s cold and rainy, why would I want my arms exposed?” Certainly, a vest isn’t going to keep your extremities roasty toasty or dry when out in the elements. That’s just the nature of the design. But vests do offer five big benefits:
Protect your core body temperature. Many runners find that even in colder weather, they feel comfortable as long as their core is protected. A run vest fits the bill perfectly.
Provide warmth with full range of motion. This is where the lack of sleeves really comes in handy. You can move your arms freely and twist and turn without restriction.
Block wind without causing overheating. Remember the wind and water-resistant jackets of yore that trapped sweat like nobody’s business? The technology has advanced in recent years, but many wind-resistant jackets still can’t provide the inherent breathability of a wind-blocking vest.
Your evening training run probably won’t find you in a digital world fighting evil, but this “TRON”-looking apparel line from Asics will equip you to tackle your night run in greater safety.
Many runners have trusted Asics for their go-to running essentials for years, but this season the brand has introduced some serious “wow” with their Lite Show line, a revolution in visibility-focused apparel. The collection offers the technical features you look for in running apparel – wicking fabrics, ergonomic flatlock seams, mesh in key sweat zones – and then steps it up a notch in the reflectivity department with reflective stitching and trim.
The strategic placement of these reflective elements results in 360-degree reflectivity and a fast, flashy aesthetic. Many of the reflective seamlines are placed on parts of the body that are in motion when running (like the sleeves of tops and the outer legs of pants), which helps drivers see you from farther away. Want to learn more? Watch a Lite Show Video showing the apparel in motion.
Gear up and get out to run…or to fight malevolent characters in a digital domain. Your choice.
Well hello, September, when did you sneak up on us? We’re not sure where fall came from this year, but we’re already starting to notice the changing light and brisker temperatures…and we couldn’t be happier! Early morning runs that finish up just as the sun rises, hot tea or a cuppa joe with a friend post-workout, and that vibrantly alive feeling we get from breathing the crisp autumnal air.
To celebrate one of our favorite seasons, Brooks is adding two new colors to their high visibility ‘Nightlife’ collection. This tried and true lineup includes everything from gloves and arm warmers to cozy mid-layers and jackets – all in bright high visibility colors that help you be seen by motorists in low light conditions. This season Brooks invited a few more colors to the party with a Hi-Viz Orange on the Men’s side and a Hi-Viz pink on the Women’s, so you can be seen and look great on the run and beyond.
Nightlife apparel has been one of our biggest sellers over the past few Fall/Winter seasons, and this collection no doubt helps runners be seen and be safe on darker days. The two new colors are sure to attract a lot of attention – the good kind, when it comes to safety – and also give you more choices for your running gear.
What’s your plan for staying safe on your runs as the days get shorter?
Velcro Straps on Juno; Back Closure on Fiona; Front J-Hook on Grace II
It can be tricky for nursing mothers to find a sports bra that delivers on all fronts. Performance on the run, comfort and easy accessibility are all key features to look for when selecting a sports bra to use while you are nursing. To support your efforts to train hard through every stage of your life, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite bras for nursing moms. Check ‘em out here:
The Moving Comfort Juno Bra has a substantial liner and a nice high neckline that adds a little extra modesty for the woman who wants to move seamlessly from her run to her life-about-town. This bra offers appropriate support for a DD cup size for high impact activities. If you feel that you need more support than usual because of fuller cups, reach for the Juno and head out for your run with security. The Juno also has adjustable Velcro straps that allow you to quickly and easily unfasten one side of your bra to nurse.
We love the simplicity of the Fiona Bra. The back closure on this bra makes it easy to slip in and out of, so you won’t feel like you have to win a wrestling match to get your bra on. Soft adjustable Velcro straps and stretch fabric allow you to easily unfasten a strap and slip one side of this bra down to nurse. The Fiona is so soft and comfortable it can even be worn all day as an alternative to a nursing bra.
Zip through your day – and your run – in the Moving Comfort Grace II. This update to the Grace Bra flaunts a slimmed-down, streamlined design and a new front j-hook closure that makes zipping this bra on and off even easier. When putting this bra on, fasten the j-hook in the front to hold the bra closed, and then zip the bra up. Front closure allows you to easily unzip and unclip to nurse. The Grace II has a slightly lower neckline, so it is ideal for smaller busted women.
We’ve seen it in footwear: shoes that give you just enough of what you need, and take out all the extras. Slimmed down, sleek and fast. This season, New Balance offers up an apparel collection that’s in sync with the design philosophy of the New Balance Minimus footwear line. Featherweight fabrics, nearly seamless construction and intense breathability make this apparel a must for athletes who demand ultimate performance from their run gear.
How Did They Do It?
The NBx Minimus Singlet and NBx Minimus Short Sleeve are both constructed with highly breathable open mesh, with even more open mesh in key sweat zones like the chest. These pieces are designed with no side seams, to eliminate chafing.
The NBx Minimus Split Short is lightweight with a half split to allow for full range of motion, and mesh in the back to up the ante on moisture management.
Our Testers Say
“This apparel line almost feels like there’s nothing there. There aren’t any irritating seams. It’s so airy and breathable that when you’re running you won’t have to think about what you’re wearing, and you can focus on your run.” – Taro
“There aren’t a whole lot of pieces, but the engineering and build quality of the collection is impressive. I like the short sleeve best, for greater coverage and a featherweight feel.” – Matt
Wait…you’re still rockin’ the stars and stripes on your runs? Independence Day was SO two weeks ago (literally). Now’s the time of year when even the die-hardiest patriot comes down with a bad case of Olympic Fever. And the only prescription: more apparel.
That’s right, Running Warehouse has you covered, or at least your torso covered, with a selection of Nike Track & Field shirts representing some of the powerhouse countries in the sport. (See all Men’sNike Challenger T+F Country Shirtsand Women’s Nike Challenger T+F Country Shirts). Become a citizen of the global village while giving some props to top competitor countries like Kenya, Japan, Germany and many more.
But if you’re still clinging to your red, white and blue, or just frankly feel that U.S. Track & Field has some of the speediest human beings the planet has to offer, we also have a fresh USA design in dark blue or white fabric. To further satisfy your America fix for this summer’s games, be sure to check out our Men’s Road to London Collection and Women’s Road to London Collection for more great US-themed apparel.