Under Armour Coolswitch Fabric Technology

Posted on March 8, 2016 in Gear Running Apparel

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Spring is less than two weeks away, and even though El Nino may have us feeling like winter is never going to leave, as runners we should start preparing for warmer days ahead.

DSC01269When it’s cold outside, you layer up. You grab your baselayer, add in a thermal layer, and if need be, wear a protective, weatherproof layer on top for ultimate protection. But what do you do when it’s warm outside? You can only shed so many layers. How can you amp up the cooling properties of your running apparel?

Under Armour is taking cooling to the next level with a fabric technology that enhances the cooling sensation you get when you sweat. While you’re running and you begin to perspire, the crystal like pattern on the inside of the Coolswitch fabric activates, drawing heat away and cooling your skin at the same time.

Coolswitch can currently be found in the Under Armour Men’s Coolswitch Run Singlet and the Under Armour Men’s Coolswitch Run Short.

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Shop all Men’s Under Armour Running Apparel.

Brooks Launch 3 |The Update Reviewed

Posted on March 7, 2016 in Gear Running Shoes

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With a virtually identical fit and no change in ride, the Brooks Launch 3 is a very minor update to the Brooks Launch 2.

The Brooks Launch 3 carries over the same midsole and outsole used on the Launch 2. As such, the two shoes deliver the same ride. The underfoot feel is taut, meaning the shoe gives a little at impact but snaps back with good energy return. As a result, the Launch 3 excels as a tempo shoe.

So what’s new with the Launch 3? The upper received some minor changes. The open-hole mesh between versions 2 and 3 is nearly identical. However, the soft underlying mesh of version 2 has been removed and replaced with a top layer screen mesh. This change has allowed Brooks to shave a fraction of an ounce in weight off this shoe, while also improving the durability.

Additionally, the upper has a new 3D Fit Print pattern applied to the outside of the upper, which adds structure and support. While the pattern is different than the previous version, the fit seems the same. The only noticeable difference is the crease line in the toebox when the shoe is flexed. So depending on your foot, you may feel different pressure on the top of your toes. The tongue is the same, further minimizing any noticeable change in fit.

With a 10mm heel-toe offset, the Launch is a great go-faster compliment for runners training in traditional running shoes with 10-12mm offsets. And as it stands, the Launch also does very well as a daily trainer.

Tech Specs

Brooks Launch 3 – MSRP $110.00

Stack height: 27mm heel, 17mm forefoot, 10mm heel-toe offset

Weight: 9.8 oz (men’s size 9), 8.3 oz (women’s size 8)

Competing Shoes

Boston 5

adidas adizero Boston 5 – MSRP $120.00

Stack height: 26mm heel, 16mm forefoot, 10mm heel-toe offset

Weight: 8.5 oz (men’s size 9), 7.5 oz (women’s size 8)

Fuzex Lyte

ASICS Fuzex Lyte – MSRP $110.00

Stack height: 26mm heel, 18mm forefoot, 8mm heel-toe offset

Weight: 9.5 oz (men’s size 9), 8.1 oz (women’s size 8)

Sayonara3

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 – MSRP $110.00

Stack height: 28mm heel, 18mm forefoot, 10mm heel-toe offset

Weight: 9.2 oz (men’s size 9), 7.7 oz (women’s size 8)

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Nike Zoom Elite 8 – MSRP $110.00

Stack height: 27mm heel, 19mm forefoot, 8mm heel-toe offset

Weight: 9.5 oz (men’s size 9), 8.6 oz (women’s size 8)

BreakThru2

Saucony Breakthru 2 – MSRP $110.00

Stack height: 26mm heel, 18mm forefoot, 8mm heel-toe offset

Weight: 9.0 oz (men’s size 9), 7.5 oz (women’s size 8)

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Clif Bloks Energy Chews: Innovative Packaging for Runners

Posted on March 2, 2016 in Nutrition

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The most important thing about nutrition on your run is having carbohydrates and electrolytes to keep you performing your best. The second most important thing is how that nutrition is delivered. Because let’s face it – some packaging is more convenient than others.

You don’t want to have to stop mid-run to figure out how to open up your energy chews, and then fumble around with the packaging to just eat one or two, trying not to spill the rest, and then stuff it in your pocket hoping that the rest don’t fall out into your pocket creating a sticky mess. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Clif heard the runner’s outcry for smart packaging and designed the Clif Bloks Energy Chews with us in mind.

Fastpak Packaging

clif_shot_bloksMost energy chews come in square pouches, but Clif had no problem breaking the status quo. With a design that has been likened to a “push-pop”, each chew pushes out one at a time, making them easy to access, and the secure, slender wrapper won’t cause them to all spill out on accident. And since you may not need all 6 energy chews on one run, Clif made the wrapper easy to fold over at the opening, saving the rest for later.

DSC01190An easy tear corner near the top is convenient for on-the-run access, but if you are planning ahead and want to make it even easier on yourself, you can use scissors to cut off one end before your run. Just fold over the packaging on top after you cut and stow away your Bloks. On the run, you can eat one-handed!

 

Shop all Clif Running Nutrition now.

 

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Why Do You Run?

Posted on March 1, 2016 in Run Life

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Running Warehouse is a company founded by runners hoping to bring the best experience possible for our fellow runners.

Over the years, we’ve encountered countless runners with a million different stories. We feel like we know you, but we’ve never stopped and taken the time to ask you why you run. We want to know.

We have created a short survey to capture a picture of what motivates you to get out the door. We know that there is not one simple answer to this, so we have a few of questions. To keep it short, most of the questions are multiple-choice, but there is a place toward the end for additional thoughts.

This information will both help us understand you better, and it will help our employee Holli Arrieta pursue her degree in psychology at Cal Poly University and a future career in sports psychology.

We appreciate your time and thoughts. Participation in the survey can be completely anonymous, but you also have the opportunity to provide your email to be entered in a drawing to win any pair of shoes that we sell.

We are excited to hear back from every one who participates and we can’t wait to update you with our results. Thank you for your time and happy running!

Please click here to complete the survey.

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New Balance Vazee Pace v2 | First Look

Posted on February 29, 2016 in First Look Gear Running Shoes

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Available July 2016 – MSRP $110.00

The current Vazee Pace is a snappy, go-fast shoe. It has a very taut, firm feel. The second version looks to be a touch softer, but still firm. One to two millimeters of thickness is added to the blown rubber outsole of the Vazee Pace v2. This small change should cause the ride to be a little more compliant.

NB VazeePace2 OutsoleIn addition to the thicker outsole, the outsole pattern also gets a change. The longitudinal podular orientation of the Vazee Pace v2 should improve propulsion in the forefoot. It should be noted the oustole changes do contribute to an increase in weight of about half an ounce over version one.

The midsole gets a cosmetic change, but retains the specs of the original version. It is built with REVlite for a responsive ride.

The new upper retains a no-sew construction and bootie tongue design to deliver next-to-foot comfort. While the look is new, we expect the fit to be similar to the original.

Preliminary Tech Specs

Stack height: 24mm heel, 18mm forefoot, 6mm heel-toe offset

Weight*: 8.2 oz (men’s size 9), 7.2 oz (women’s size 8) *Provided by manufacturer

Competing Shoes

Men’s ASICS 33 DFA 2 | Women’s ASICS 33 DFA 2 MSRP $90.00

Men’s Saucony Kinvara 7 | Women’s Suacony Kinvara 7 MSRP $110.00

Men’s New Balance Zante v2 | Women’s New Balance Zante v2 MSRP $100.00

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Brand Spotlight: B.O.A. Running Apparel

Posted on February 26, 2016 in Gear Running Apparel

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You might not know these pieces of running apparel by their brand name, but you’ve seen them around, believe us. They don’t exactly… blend in. They’re those crazy Galaxy Split Shorts that are so hot right now. They’re that insane Shark Singlet that your teammate wore to track practice the other day. Saint Paddy’s Day Split Shorts? Running has never been so festive. Meet BOA, the running apparel company that isn’t afraid to stand out, and for good reason.

Foundation in running

BOA was founded in 1992 by Dave and Pamela Fleming in Brea, California. Dave Fleming, President of BOA, was a 1,500 meter runner in college and continued to run professionally post-collegiately. Along with his running experience and knowledge of the sport and Pamela’s design and creative talent and brought them together, launching a new brand of apparel designed specifically for runners.

Made in America

Feel even more spirited wearing those American Flat Split Shorts for your Fourth of July run (or any time of year with pride) knowing that they were indeed made here in the USA. Not a fact that many companies can boast, BOA is proud to be able to say that all of their running apparel is “Made in America”, right here in California, in fact.

Wild prints

BOA Blog_3BOA has become known for their original, unique, eye-catching prints, and they have taken the market by storm. The distinctive print designs have proven to be BOA’s signature style, and each print is created at their headquarters with their own creative staff.

Success at Running Warehouse

Their men’s split short silhouette is our #1 best seller here at Running Warehouse. Not only that, BOA has been in partnership with us since we first started out 10 years ago. It has been fun to see the growth of both of our companies in the past decade.

 

Shop BOA Running Apparel: Men’s | Women’s

 

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Apparel Spotlight: Salomon Men’s S-LAB EXO TW Short

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Gear Running Apparel

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The Salomon Men’s S-LAB TW EXO Short is the best of the best when it comes to trail running shorts. Hardcore protection and technical details make this dual layer short stand out. Add this crazy green colorway and it’s a recipe for excellence.

Stand out features

salomon_m_slab_exo_short_1Compression fit – The inner short is designed with EXO Sensifit Stability Technology, providing postural control and muscle support through compression. The longer length of the inner short provides added protection which comes in handy when running the trails. The outer shell and inner compression short attach between the thighs to reduce chafing and bunching while running.

Trim cut – These shorts provide a design tailor made for the trail runner’s needs. You’ll find all the comforts of a 2-in-1 short without the bulk.

Attention to detail – As a brand, we know Salomon for their highly technical apparel, and this holds true with the S-LAB TW EXO Short. From the expertly executed dual layer design, to the flat, bonded seams, to the small pull tabs on the mesh pockets (for a tight closure with easy access when you pull)… This dual layer short is all about highly technical details.

Next-to-skin feeling – The inner compression short provides next-to-skin comfort and helps to prevent chafing while running long distances.

Pockets – The 5 mesh stash pockets throughout the waistband of the short provide a secure hold. Comfortably incorporated to ensure minimal bouncing, these pockets are perfect for stowing anything you may need out on the trail.

Reflectivity – You won’t always be running on a beautiful sunny day, so it’s good to prepare for low-visibility situations. This short has reflective design elements in front and back so that you will be more visible when it’s dark out.

Color – Straight from the Salomon trail running kit, this striking green color provides you with a unique style that’s perfect for race day. But if this “Granny Green” colorway isn’t for you, we also carry the same style in black and red.

 

Shop all Salomon Men’s Running Apparel.

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Recipes for the Runner: Oat’s Peak Cookie Bars

Posted on February 24, 2016 in Nutrition

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Oat’s Peak trail is a favorite among local trail runners. It has everything: grueling uphill, technical descent, a mass of connecting trails, and an awesome view at the top. With a balance of salty and sweet, smooth and crunchy, these bars remind us a little of favorite trails like this.

These are a great alternative to your usual ‘energy bar’, as they have similar ingredients and are loaded with cookie-like flavor. They whip up in a matter of minutes, and will go from ingredients in your cupboard to out of the oven in less than an hour. With that, enjoy our Oat’s Peak Bars, inspired by a good trail run and Skratch Lab’s cookie recipe.

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Oat’s Peak Cookie Bars

Makes 16 Bars

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt (or scant 1 TBSP kosher or sea salt)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter, or any nut butter
  • 2/3 cup mini pretzels, roughly crushed
  • ½ cup dark or milk chocolate chips

Preparation

Line an 8×8” baking pan with parchment paper, or grease thoroughly. Preheat the oven to 350F.

Combine everything except the pretzels and chocolate chips in a medium bowl.

Mix using a pastry cutter or your hands (yes, your hands work just fine). You are looking to combine the ingredients into a crumbly mixture, with butter and nut butters generally incorporated but not yet clumped together like a dough.

Pour about ¾ of the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Spread the pretzels and chocolate chips over the top of the batter, then spread the rest of the batter over the top.

If desired, top the bars with more pretzels and chocolate chips, and/or drizzle with honey if you feel crazy.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the bars are slightly puffy and golden brown.

Let cool, slice, and enjoy! You can wrap them up for storage as well; they keep for about one week at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Approximate per serving: Calories 287 Fat 15 grams Saturated Fat 7 grams Cholesterol 36 mg Sodium 387 mg Carbohydrates 35 gramsFiber 2 grams   Sugars 16 grams Protein 5 grams

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Contest: Win a Free Pair of New Balance 1080 v6

Posted on February 23, 2016 in Gear Running Shoes

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Have you ever tried on a pair of shoes, and just felt that “wow – this is comfortable” feeling? It’s kind of like love at first sight, only it would be more accurate to say love at first step-in. Well, that’s what we’ve experienced with the New Balance 1080 v6. It’s a premium neutral trainer that brings new meaning to the word plush.

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Premium upper

With Fresh Foam for improved cushioning in the midsole, and an upper that has brought the 1080 to the top of its class in premium trainers, this model offers the best materials and construction from the New Balance line. The crème de la crème, the first class flight, the 1000-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton sheets – the 1080 v6 offers a premium feeling of luxury and comfort.

Shop the New Balance 1080 v6: Men’s | Women’s


Enter the Contest

Want to experience love at first step-in? Don’t we all? Well, Running Warehouse is here to help. In honor of the release of the New Balance 1080 v6, we are giving away a free pair of New Balance 1080 v6 running shoes to two winners. Entering the contest is easy – just fill in your name, email address, and answer a few questions in the form field below and you’re entered to win. Contest ends February 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm PST. See Contest Rules for more information.

Contest is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

 

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Running Warehouse Then & Now | Our 10th Anniversary

Posted on February 19, 2016 in Run Life

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This past weekend marked the 10 year anniversary of Running Warehouse becoming an online retailer. As we celebrate this milestone, we are reflecting on how much has changed in the past 10 years.

Started at the bottom, Now we’re here

Running Warehouse started from humble beginnings in San Luis Obispo. With only three employees (Joe, Jonathan, and Jessica) handling the day-to-day operations, everyone had to wear a lot of hats. When I asked Joe Rubio about what his job consisted of back them, he told me: everyone did a bit of everything, from picking and packing orders, to answering emails and phones, working the retail floor, purchasing product, receiving purchase orders and writing descriptions for the website. They balanced working the retail floor, online order fulfillment and custodial duties. But when you are only shipping 5 orders a day helping 5-8 customers a day in retail, you don’t need more staff.

Jonathan noted that once we hit the double digit mark (10) in orders shipped, we maintained at least that number for a week. At that point, he felt the online business would be successful. It only took one month for online sales to out pace the retail store, but the retail store had only started 4 months prior. Nowadays the retail store does 10 times the business it did in 2006 and the online store is 80 times bigger.

With the growth in sales, there was a need to hire more employees. The first part-time employee was hired 3 months after the website went live and two months later 2 more part-time employees were hired. All three were track athletes from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As the business grew, new employees tended to be friends and fellow students of existing employees. As such there was and still is a very friendly vibe at RW. Even now with 80 plus employees.

Our brands

10 years ago, Running Warehouse carried 50 brands. Nothing to sneeze at, but today we’ve nearly tripled the number and carry 142 brands (though we dropped a few brands along the way).  We started with well-known brands like adidas, ASICS, Brooks, New Balance, Nike and Saucony, but had smaller brands like Inov-8, Montrail and Pearl Izumi. While we had a large number footwear brands at the start (17), we have seen some of them go, but have grown our selection to  24 footwear brands. Among them are brands like Hoka One One and Altra, both of whom did not exist when we started.

In apparel, we witnessed the birth of Oiselle, the re-branding of Hind to Saucony (a San Luis Obispo company acquired by Saucony’s parent company)  and the acquisition of InSport by New Balance. We carried The North Face apparel line in our first year of business and their first year in the running segment. The fit was initially a little big for runners (needed to size down), but the fabric was right. Now their Better Than Naked line contains some of our best selling shorts and jackets. We started with 15 apparel brands and with the recent addition of Patagonia are up to 26 brands.

In the beginning we didn’t know if people would buy nutrition online, so we started with Gu. Back then they just made gels. Yep, our nutrition category had one product: Gu Energy Gel. We have seen Gu expand their offering to include hydration products, chews (formerly known as Chomps) and ultra endurance Roctane. With the success we had with Gu, it was obvious we needed to expand our nutrition selection. We first brought in Endurox and Accel Gel, then added PowerBar and Clif products. Next was Hammer Nutrition, Nuun, and Honey Stinger. After hearing repeatedly from the college staff that we should carry Sport Beans by Jelly Belly, the product was reformulated and finally met are requirements for a nutrition product. We added Fluid (another San Luis Obispo product) a while back and our most recent additions are Tailwind Nutrition, which has taken the world by storm, and Trail Butter. From one brand to eighteen, nutrition has by far seen the greatest expansion of any of our categories.

In the world of accessories, there were no hydration packs when we started and foot pods were way more popular than GPS for getting speed and distance. Now, hydration packs are our top selling products within hydration followed by handheld water bottles. The Double Bottle belt which once dominated the category, is but a blip on the screen. As far as speed and distance goes, it’s not even really the name of the category anymore. It’s now known as GPS and Garmin reigns supreme. We remember when Nike+ was a big deal with it’s in-shoe, replaceable foot pod, but that no longer exists and new technologies are on the horizon. Where will tech be in 5 years? We hope we are here to find out.

Our customers

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyways) that you are why we’re here. With a staff full of passionate runners, we are your friends, your family, and the runners you see while you’re out on your daily run. We’re ultramarathoners, track stars, mom runners, dad runners, lunch runners – you name it. And that’s why we love serving you, our customers. We get you, because we are you. We can relate to your needs, because they are our needs, too. We want to see you succeed as a runner, because your success is our success. We can do this through providing you with the best customer service in the industry and through offering quality products that we have tested. We don’t just stand by you, we run with you.

Thank you for sticking with us for this past decade. Here’s to the next 10 years of doing what we love!

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