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2013 adidas Boston Marathon Apparel

March 4th, 2013

Qualifying for Boston is something of a holy grail for many runners, and if you’ll be running the race this year, you have reason to be proud. There’s no better way to show off your Boston pride than with official Boston Athletic Association 117th Boston Marathon gear.

The 2013 Boston apparel from adidas is performance-focused as well as aesthetically aggressive. Wear it while you train for race day, or even when you’re just out running errands. Check out a few of our favorites from the collection:

adidas Official Boston Marathon Jacket

In the adidas Official Boston Marathon Jacket (view Women’s) you can represent your entry into the original American marathon whether you’re training or just kickin’ it with some friends on the weekend. This full zip jacket is wind- and water-resistant to protect you from the elements when your training sessions lead you into blustery weather, and the bold “BAA 26.2” on the back of the collar lets everyone know that you rocked Boston this year.

adidas Boston Official Race Hoody

If you’re like most athletes, you have a go-to hoody to snuggle into pretty much whenever you’re not training. The adidas Boston Official Race Hoody (view Women’s) lets you flaunt your Boston spirit when you’re on your way to the gym or just relaxing post-training session. Soft cotton provides coziness and warmth, while two large front hand pockets give you plenty of room to stash your media player, wallet and keys.

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What’s New in Running Shirts

February 21st, 2013

Moving Comfort Women's Flex Tee

That perfectly broken-in cotton tee from back in ’87 might hold a revered place in your wardrobe, but it’s not going to be your best friend on your next run. Technical running shirts have been around for awhile now, but few have been able to achieve moisture management and breathability in a shirt with that gotta-have-it feel.

Running shirts this season are all about providing the feel of your paperthin, broken-in tee and the performance benefits of a technical run piece. We’re seeing more seamless designs, featherweight fabrics and extreme breathability that will be excellent for spring and summer.

Seamless Design

The best way to eliminate chafing from obtrusive seamlines is to get rid of the seams, right? Run apparel designers are tapping into this idea, and some of the running shirts this season seem to be held together with magic instead of seams. Shirts like the Nike Men’s Short Sleeve Seamless and the Women’s Moving Comfort Flex Tee are engineered to hold their shape without the use of seams to hold the fabric together. The result? A super smooth next-to-skin feel and the ability to run without chafing.

Breathability

As we head into the hotter months of the year, stocking your closet with highly breathable running shirts will enhance your experience on the run by providing ventilation. More air moving across your skin will help you keep your core temperature in check. The adidas Supernova Short Sleeve Tee (view Women’s here) has soft highly breathable stretch mesh inserts in key sweat zones for great breathability.

Lightweight Fabrics

When it’s sweltering outside, sometimes you almost want to run shirtless. But some situations call for a shirt, for sun protection or modesty. When that’s the case, you want to wear the most lightweight run shirt you can find. If you’re looking for a running shirt that’s just a step above being half naked, then check out the Brooks Women’s D’lite Reversible Short Sleeve or the Mizuno Men’s Rider Tee. Both of these pieces are constructed with incredibly lightweight fabrics that provide freedom of movement with just a touch of coverage.

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D’Lite in Playful Brooks Running Apparel

February 13th, 2013


We had a few warm, sunny days here in January, and we were ready to believe spring would come early. False. But it will be here sooner than we think, and we want to be ready. We were pleased – dare we say, delighted – to try on the new lovelies from the Brooks Women’s D’Lite collection when they arrived this week. Our verdict: these pieces are even better than last spring’s, and we kind of want everything in the collection. Like, now.

Brooks D’Lite Low Rise Short

Fabric is soft and silky against the skin, and a lacy mesh side splice adds breathability and a splash of fashion to the D’Lite Low Rise Short. Wide contrast color rollover waistband and contrast color liner let you turn this short into an even flirtier on-the-run option. Pair it with a cute tank or just a sports bra and hit the track for a workout.

Brooks D’Lite Racer Short

Looking for a short that will perform well on long runs but still packs plenty of style? Look no further than the D’Lite Racer Short. Two back stash loops let you store your gels and a back envelope pocket provides additional stow room when you log long miles. Abbreviated side ¼ splits allow for full range of motion so you can let loose and go fast.

Brooks D’Lite Reversible Short Sleeve

With a playful and sporty look, the D’Lite Reversible Short Sleeve performs on your workout and still looks great after. Side ruching adds a feminine touch and a universally flattering fit. Sheer fabric is highly breathable, and the reversible design lets you tailor your wardrobe to your mood. What will your flavor be today?

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Hi-Viz Running Apparel: 2013 Running Trend

January 29th, 2013

Even though it’s staying lighter outside, we’re still bundling up when we head out to run. It’s hard to think all the way to next Fall, but every year around October, the auburn hued trees tell us the season is a-changin’. That’s our cue to start looking around for high-visibility apparel for those dark mornings and evenings. This year, Fall is going to bring a few twists in the high visibility run apparel department.

Out with the Bold?

For the past couple of years, we’ve seen visibility apparel in bright, bold Highlighter-esque colors that really make you stand out. We’re not saying those options are going away (so don’t fret if they’re your winter running fave), but this year manufacturers will combine the safety aspects of hi-viz apparel with more fashion forward designs.

Fashionable Flair

The Asics Lite Show apparel from last Fall gave us a taste of what will come later in 2013. We’ll see vendors pairing hi-viz colors with fashion colors on garments for fall. Look for bright hits of color teamed with quieter fashion colors. Vendors will apply a ‘less-is-more’ philosophy to their visibility apparel, turning it into something you can wear from the track to your coffee date after your workout.

Techno Craze

Also keep your eyes out for cutting-edge use of alternative methods to increase visibility in lower light settings. Innovative uses of reflective threads and fabrics in strategic places on garments will be an alternative to extremely bright colorways. Last Fall, we saw a few garments like the Men’s Saucony VIZiPRO Sonic HDX Jacket / Women’s Saucony VIZiPRO Sonic HDX Jacket with integrated LED light components, and we expect technology like this from more manufacturers in Fall 2013.

What’s your hi-viz flavor? Bright and bold, or more subtle?

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The Nike Tailwind SS V-Neck (aka Your Next Running Shirt)

January 22nd, 2013

The Nike Tailwind SS V-Neck may not be a Double-Deep V, but it still is pretty advanced stuff when it comes to performing on long runs. This premium v-neck has a lot more going for it than that sharp neckline. Frankly, it’s one of the best running shirts we’ve ever tried on. Kudos, Nike.

What makes this shirt so great is the sum of its parts.

  • You’ve got a very soft, highly wicking Poly/Cotton blend (yes, apparently it is possible to run comfortably in cotton).
  • You’ll stay cool thanks to underarm mesh and vent holes, and the taped seams keep you comfortable on longer outings.
  • You also have a back zipper pocket that comes in handy if the shorts you want to wear offer limited storage options.

Putting it all together, maybe you really should be a v-neck guy after all.

This is the shirt that actually started the v-neck wars.

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Sassy Run Apparel: 2013 Running Trend

January 22nd, 2013

We’ve seen it already…more and more ladies taking to the streets (and shops) in their workout apparel. What does this mean for technical run product in 2013? We’ll see more manufacturers designing run-specific apparel in colors and silhouettes that flatter the female form with a healthy dose of fashion.

If you love the function of your running apparel, don’t worry. We have faith that our favorite running brands will keep performance as priority number one (where it belongs, in our opinion). It’s just time to mix things up a little. Are you ready?

Functional Fabrics

We’ve grown accustomed to technical run fabrics giving us a lightweight, breathable feel. But the texture and look of these fabrics will be refined in the coming months to create apparel that is supremely comfortable and feminine. We’re already seeing some innovative uses of integrated mesh and strategic paneling in key zones like the underarms and back where range of motion is essential.

Color & Patterns

Throughout 2013, we’re predicting an array of space dye fabric treatments, printed and textured patterns, and bold colors accented by some softer shades. Subtle heathered fabrics like what you see here on the Moving Comfort Women’s Urban Gym Capri are very in style this year.

Sexy Silhouettes

The days of running in boxy men’s shorts and baggy tees are out, thanks to women-focused brands like Moving Comfort and Oiselle that put a focus on women’s technical running apparel. Expect flirty tops and tights that look as good with flats as they do with trainers.

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Yes, Please: Women’s Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant

December 15th, 2012

Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant

Christmas tunes are playing in every store, Starbucks has brought back the Gingerbread Latte and Ugg boots abound. There’s no way around it… it’s wintertime! Every year winter brings us a season of hot tea, hot-tubbing and cold training sessions. We were hesitant to head into the chill this year, until we met the Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant. This pant seriously gives us the warm fuzzies. Here’s what we love:

Thermal Interior

The interior of this pant is fully brushed, which gives it a fuzzy, cozy feel reminiscent of your favorite flannel pj’s. The peached interior ups the warmth factor of this piece, so you’ll stay nice and toasty even in frigid conditions.

Waterproof Shell Fabric

The exterior fabric is windproof to keep the icy gales off your gams as you workout in wintry conditions. Although the fabric is highly technical, it maintains a very soft and flexible feel, giving you great range of motion.

Adjustable Waistband

The elastic waistband hits just below the natural waist, and has side Velcro tabs that allow you to get an extra-secure fit, so these pants won’t slide down as you run.

Pockets

Two large front zip pockets give you ample room to store an mp3 player, pair of gloves/arm warmers or other essentials on the run. Lockdown zippers with guards will keep zippers from bouncing up and down while you run.

Reflectivity

Winter means it’s not just getting colder, it’s getting darker, too, so we were stoked that Sugoi was generous with the reflectivity on these pants. Reflectivity around pockets, behind knees and down the sides and front of these pants will help you be seen by motorists when you’re running in low light.

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Gotta Have It: Sugoi Men’s Firewall 180 Pant

December 15th, 2012

Sugoi Men's Firewall 180 Pant

Christmas tunes are playing in every store, your risk of frostbite has spiked, and even the neighbor’s Shih Tzu is wearing a festive sweater vest. There’s no way around it… it’s winter, and it’s all about the eggnog, hot-tubbing and cold training sessions. We were hesitant to head into the chill this year, until we met the Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant. This pant will equip you to tackle training sessions in the most brutal conditions. Here’s what we love:

Thermal Interior

The interior of this pant is fully brushed, which gives it a fuzzy feel reminiscent of your favorite sweats, but without the bulk. The peached interior ups the warmth factor, so you’ll stay nice and toasty even in frigid temps.

Waterproof Shell Fabric

The exterior fabric is windproof to keep the icy gales off your legs as you work out in wintry conditions. Although the fabric is highly technical, it maintains a soft and flexible feel, giving you great range of motion to power through the miles.

Adjustable Waistband

The elastic waistband hits below the natural waist and has side Velcro tabs that allow you to get an extra-secure fit, so these pants won’t slide down as you run.

Pockets

Two large front zip pockets give you ample room to store an mp3 player, pair of gloves/arm warmers or other essentials on the run. Lockdown zippers with guards will keep zippers from bouncing up and down.

Reflectivity

Winter means it’s not just getting colder, it’s getting darker too, so we were stoked that Sugoi was generous with the reflectivity on these pants. Reflectivity around pockets, behind knees and down the sides and front of these pants will help you be seen by motorists when you’re running in low light.

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New and Cool: Shrug, Rundies and More

December 4th, 2012

OK ladies, we’d like to let you in on a few of our favorite new arrivals here at RW. And guys, if you’re already in the zone of holiday shopping, many of these hot new items will make great gifts for her (especially number four below, hint hint).

1. Pearl Izumi Infinity Shrug

Finally, fashion and clever function meet in the Pearl Izumi Infinity Shrug. This sassy little number is an excellent choice for brisk days when a tank top or tee isn’t quite enough at the start of your run, but you want a layer that’s easy to take off.

2. Oiselle Rundies 7-Pack

The super cute Oiselle Rundies 7-Pack of everyday undies will remind you what workout you have scheduled for today. Each pair has a running inspired graphic on the hiney, like “tempo” or “long run,” to get you fired up to work out or race. Or, flaunt your runner pride at an undie run (when the weather warms up, of course).

3. Saucony Kinvara 3 Girls Shoes

The Saucony Kinvara 3 Girls Shoes will let your mini-me look just like mom while she’s running. Her feet and joints will thank her for wearing a purpose-built running shoe on the playground or around the track. The bright, fun colors will let her make a bold statement every time she laces up.

4. I-Knead Medium Massage Roller

Who doesn’t like a great massage? The I-Knead Medium Massage Roller lets you give your tired muscles a treat any time. The massage ball can be removed to ice or heat before use, or by itself to massage a tight plantar fascia. It’s portable enough to fit into a purse or gym bag, so you have access to massage on-the-go.

5. Petzl Tikka 2

The Petzl Tikka 2 is a great entry-level headlamp if you’re looking to try night running, or if your next adventure might last past sunset. Simple to operate and very versatile, this little light has three lighting modes and 4 LED’s in one unit. The adjustable headband will help keep the light securely in place as you run.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

November 20th, 2012

Having a hard time figuring out how to surprise that special runner in your life? Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of giving. Choose the profiles below that fit the runners in your life for great gift ideas. Also check out our Men’s Gift Guide for more ideas. Read more…

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