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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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Holiday Gift Guide for Him

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 that fit the runners in your life for great gift ideas. Also check out our Women’s Gift Guide for more ideas. Read more…

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High-Tech Tights for Men

November 16th, 2012

Hey, Northern Hemisphere runners, notice that it’s getting colder? Your favorite split shorts just aren’t going to cut it anymore. It’s time to call in the heavy artillery of lower-body running clothing: Tights.

We’ve put together a list of five tights to keep you running warm this winter. Don’t worry – these aren’t the tights your girlfriend wears to yoga class. These high-tech running tights provide the best protection from winter that science currently offers.

2XU Sub Zero Run Tight

The name of the 2XU Sub Zero Run Tight pretty much speaks for itself. In case you don’t get it, these tights were made for sub zero (a.k.a. freezing) conditions. You know the scene in the movie Titanic where everyone is cold and frozen while sitting in lifeboats/lying on floating doors waiting to be rescued? You won’t feel like those people while running in these tights, thanks to a brushed interior and a front wind-proof panel.

New Balance NBx WindBlocker Tight

Ever notice how wind can have a funny way of taking a mildly cold day and making it feel downright frigid? Probably not, because you’re too busy rocking the New Balance NBx WindBlocker Tight. Thermal fleece lining throughout and front wind blocking panels will keep you running even when the cold and heavy winds try to say no. And who wouldn’t like the stretch mesh panels on the back to keep you super mobile?

Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Tight

This winter, don’t let the cold hold you down. It’s time to make a stand against the oppression of low air temps and run a free man! The Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Tight is the perfect weapon to rebel against winter conditions, with warm thermal lining and wind-resistant paneling. Waterproofing treatment on the lower legs guards from puddle splashing, and side holster pockets provide quick and easy access to your pistols energy gels.

Sugoi SubZero Zap Tight

Look outside. See that? That’s snow on the ground. Good thing you’ve got the Sugoi SubZero Zap Tight for this run you’re about to go on. This tight features a thick, thermal inner lining to protect you from the biting cold, and with a weather-resistant DWR coating, you won’t have to worry about kicking up snow all over your legs. Don’t waste your time sitting by the fireplace – you’ve got a run to tackle.

Salomon EXO III Tight

Think we can put together a blog post on high tech running apparel without mentioning Salomon? Puh-lease. Salomon is the frontrunner in futuristic, ultra-functional apparel for the serious athlete. The Salomon EXO III Tight does more than just keep you warm in cold conditions; EXO Sensifit Agility technology provides muscle and postural support to keep you upright and running, long after fatigue arrived thinking it could slow you down.

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Flattering, High-Feature Tights

November 15th, 2012

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight, Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight, The North Face Winter Warm Tight, and Nike Element Thermal Tight

When you’re shopping for running tights, chances are that the first thing on your mind is finding a tight that will handle the temperatures you need it to and offer the mobility, breathability, storage and other key features you want.

But right there in the back of your mind, of course, is that little angel/devil who wants to make sure you look good in whatever you choose. Nevermind that many of the miles you spend in these tights will be in dark, rainy, and let’s face it – unfashionable – conditions. The bottom line is you still need to look good!

If knowing you look like a million helps you charge the road or trail like the rock star you are, check out a few of the running tights we carry that bring on the tech without even a whiff of frump:

Simply Sexy

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight – Warmth without weight and bulk means you can run fast and look good doing it. The tech here is all in the Vapor Dry fabric, a polyester/Spandex blend that’s on the lighter side for the heat retention it provides. The high waistline creates a pleasing shape, and several of us in the office here really appreciated the flattering cut of the panels.

High Feature Haute Couture

Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight – You’ll feel like a sexy action hero (think Lara Croft) in these high-tech tights. Why? For starters, you can store gels or other items in the trick “holster” pockets on the rear hips. Plus, waterproof calf and ankle panels and a gusseted crotch for increased range of motion mean you’ll be able to outrun the baddies no matter the terrain or conditions.

Stone Cold Fox

The North Face Winter Warm Tight - This tight is your friend if you want to look hot when the weather is anything but. A protective layer for your coldest runs, the Winter Warm Tight has thick fabric and a fully brushed interior, but it manages to avoid looking bulky. In fact, the thicker fabric on this tight actually does a nice job of shaping us in all the right places.

The Elements of Style

Nike Element Thermal Tight – It’s hard to look much more sleek and speedy than you will in this tight. The water-resistant lower leg also helps you look smart, not soaked, when you trudge your way through rain, slush and snow. This tight is available in lengths so you can get a more custom fit.

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Cover Your Bases: Running Baselayers

November 7th, 2012

Finding the right baselayer is clutch when it comes to preparing for winter running. A good baselayer is more than just another running shirt – it provides additional warmth and wicks moisture like a champ to minimize chafing and rapid temperature swings during your run. So don’t just throw on any baselayer – pay attention to a few key aspects for the best possible performance. Shop our Men’s and Women’s Running Baselayers to find the right piece for your upcoming winter runs.

Fit

It’s a good idea to look for a more fitted running shirt when choosing a baselayer. Wicking moisture away from the skin is one of the primary purposes of a baselayer, so it’s best to have a lot of skin contact with the garment. Having a close-to-body fit is also nice because it allows you to easily layer without bulkiness or bunching in more inclement weather conditions.

Seamlines

In a baselayer, the location of the seams is almost as important as the type of seams. For example, if a seamline is placed directly across your elbow, it will likely chafe on a long run no matter how nice the seam is. A seamline that is placed along the side of your arm will be much more comfortable. Some runners find that raglan sleeves help to minimize chafing in the shoulder and armpit area.

Fabric

Synthetic fabrics and certain blends of wool (typically merino, for it’s softness) offer the best moisture management. The fabric type and thickness of a baselayer will differ depending on the weather conditions for which the piece was designed. If you’re going to be in very cold conditions, try a baselayer with thicker fabric and a closer weave. For more moderate temperatures, a thinner piece will serve well. To help you judge what will work best, we list temperature ranges on the product page of each baselayer we carry.

Some of Our Faves

We asked a couple of RW employees to tell us about their favorite baselayers.


“I like the Craft Active Extreme Crew. It’s super soft and very fitted. I like baselayers to be really fitted, so that there are no folds in the fabric. This baselayer is great for extremely cold conditions” – Joanna


“When I use a baselayer, I prefer a sleeveless option like the Under Armour HeatGear Sleeveless to maintain maximum mobility in the arms, while regulating core warmth.” – Taro


“I’ve found that the Mizuno Breath Thermo Stretch Crew is like your own personal microwave for your body. It’s noticeably warmer than other fitted long sleeves of similar thickness.” – Matt


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New Winter Running Jacket Videos

November 2nd, 2012

To help you choose the right winter outerwear for your runs this season, we recently brought you The Great Gear Guide: Winter Jackets. If you’re still trying to choose a jacket for cold and wet conditions, check out the quick product videos we’ve put together on a few of our most popular jackets.

These videos will show you the fit of the pieces, their design details and some of their standout technical features. To view a product video for a particular jacket, first navigate to the product page. Then click on the blue “RW Videos” link below the product image, as highlighted in the screenshot at right.

Watch all the videos in the playlist below. If you still want more info after you watch a jacket video, check out the “Product Details” tab on the jacket’s product page.

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Great Gear Guide: Winter Running Jackets

October 25th, 2012

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.

Great Jackets for Cool Days

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.

Others to consider:

  • Nike Element Thermal Full Zip
  • Salomon Men’s XA Midlayer
  • Salomon Women’s Swift Full Zip Midlayer

Great Jackets for Cold Days

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.

Others to consider:

  • Zoot Ultra WRKSnano Thermocell Jacket
  • Brooks Utopia Thermal Hooded Jacket/Hoodie II
  • Saucony T-Grid RX Fleece Read more…

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Treat Your Twins: Bra Sale!

October 10th, 2012

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.

Shop Our Sale to find the just right bra for you.

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