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Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Women’s Tights

November 3rd, 2014

It’s kind of like dating. Tights, like prospective dates, have personalities of their own, and getting to know what kind of traits you are looking for in your next pair of tights will help you before you purchase. It’s a crazy world out there, and there are a lot of options to look at, so let me break it down for you. Here are six types of tights that you will come across in your quest for this fine piece of leg apparel.

The Everyday

A Great Match: Nike Women’s Tech Tight (MSRP: $75)

Nike Tech TightI’m there for you on your daily run. I’m there for you when there is a little nip in the air and your shorts just won’t cut it. I provide you with that coverage you need, and in my simplicity I hug your curves for a comforting fit and additional warmth. I know that some tights have let you down in the past… they chafed your skin, they wore out quickly, and they left you feeling unprotected and unsure of your running future. But now I’m here. I’m loyal, I’ll stand the test of time, and you know that you can always turn to me for your day-to-day needs.

The Warmer

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tight (MSRP: $100)

Sugoi Women's SubZero Zap Tight

Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough to keep you indoors. Frosty enough to make you deny yourself your daily run. It’s not that you don’t want to run… I know you’re not lazy! Let’s be honest, if I wasn’t here to keep your legs warm, you probably wouldn’t even make it out of your comfy PJ’s. Don’t even get me started about running in sweatpants to keep warm… I shudder at the thought. I am so much better than those! Not only can I keep your legs warm, but my moisture-wicking fabrics will ensure that your skin stays dry and cool as your perspiration increases. My thermal properties will provide the toasty insulation so that your legs remain at a comfortable temperature throughout the entire run. No one loves to keep your legs warm more than I do.

The Supporter

A Great Match: CW-X Women’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Women’s Revolution TightsWhere other tights fall short, I’m here to support you. I love going on long runs, trail runs, you name it. I would follow you to the ends of the earth. Graduated compression, zoned compression, targeted support… tights like me have a lot to offer. I’m complicated, but so are you. You need me. Muscle fatigue is a real thing, and you’ve experienced enough of that for a lifetime. You’re doing all that work, killin’ it out on the trail, and all I want is to help your strong legs stay strong. As soon as you try me on, you’ll instantly feel the difference, and you’ll realize what you’ve been missing. Simple tights are for simple runners, and you are no simple runner.

The Looker

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero Tight ($80)

Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero TightYou stand out. You like being looked at. I’m not calling you vain… okay maybe just a little. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the life of the party, but you’ve gotta look the part, and I can help you with that. Why would you wear boring tights? Every workout is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. Here’s the part where form meets function, and form wins. Let me provide you with pretty patterns, bright colors, bold shapes, and cute cuts, suitable for your run downtown… for exercise, or for your coffee date. My flattering, fashionable form can be as versatile as you want me to be, baby. I like the way you work it. (No diggity.)

The Shorty

A Great Match: Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $60)

Pearl Izumi Women's Flash 3/4 TightYou tend to run hot, and full-length tights are just too much. Or perhaps it’s just that awkward season between warm weather and cold and you can’t justify the coverage that long tights provide. Here I am: the cropped, the capri, the short tight. I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been called “cute” before, it’s true. And yes, everyone does ask me that… “Crop It Like It’s Hot” is a song about me. I try not to brag though. I give you extra breathability, and I won’t smother you. I love showing some skin, but I want you to know that I still provide the chafe-free experience you are looking for, but I’m more versatile. When it comes to long tights, they give you too much coverage… they can be clingy, I’ve heard the stories. I give you what you need, and no more, I’m not pushy!

The Bright

A Great Match: Saucony Women’s Omni LX Tight (MSRP: $70)

Saucony Women's Omni LX TightYou’re an early riser. A night owl. Or maybe you’re just keenly aware of the dangers you face while you’re out on the busy streets. It’s a crazy world out there, and my primary concern is keeping you safe while you do what you do. I can help you be more visible to drivers while you’re out running in dark conditions. Reflective seams, logos, panels, glow-in-the-dark features, and brightly colored materials are all trademarks that I possess, and I promise I look just as good during the day as I do at night. You can wear me anytime and not have to worry. Other tights pale in comparison to my bright qualities, and you’re bright (pun intended)… you deserve a tight like me with some real street smarts.

The Penny Pincher

A Great Match: Asics PR Tight (MSRP $36)

Asics Women's PR TightsIt’s not all about money, and you’re a down-to-earth girl, so you get me! I’m frugal, I’m simple, I’m all you need. Don’t invest heavily in a tight that is looking for long-term commitment.. if you’re not sure you’re ready for advanced features, let’s just start simple and see where this takes us!  Some might call me “basic”, but there is nothing basic about the way I make you feel.

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8 Tips to Keep Running Through the Holidays

November 26th, 2012

1. Ignore the Weather

It’s snowing and frigid outside…embrace it! Gear up for winter weather and head out on your run despite the conditions. With the right winter jacket and a great pair of men’s tights or women’s tights, you’ll defeat the chill every time. If it’s especially brutal outside, warm yourself up with a cup of hot cider or tea when you get home.

2. Run before You Feast

Log a few miles before you sit down to eat, and you’ll feel better after the meal. And if you make sure to get out the door and run before you eat, you won’t have any excuse for missing mileage.

3. Set Your Next Race Goal Now

Register for an upcoming race near you, and set your goal for that race now. Write your goal down and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day, to help you stay motivated when weather conditions, family errands, and work obligations threaten your workouts.

4. Run with Family

Inspire your loved ones to greater levels of health by running as a family. A morning run will help everyone work up an appetite for dinner and start the day off feeling energized. If you have kids, they’d love it if you grab the headlamps and find a safe area to go on an evening run.

5. Hit the Gym

If you just can’t convince yourself to head out and run in the rain or snow, then maybe it’s time to mix it up with a strength workout indoors. Adding some light weights to your repertoire will up your calorie burn post-workout and can help you build lean muscle to power you through your runs later on.

6. Respect Your Diet – Within Reason

Your diet is about respecting your body, so it just makes sense to respect it during the holidays as well. Enjoy your favorite seasonal snacks in moderation and they won’t negatively affect your training.

7. Stay in the Hunt

While the winter months might make you feel like skipping workouts, your fitness will take a huge hit if you miss even two to three weeks of training. The holiday season doesn’t have to be the season of PRs for you, you just need to stay in the game by getting out the door a few times a week and logging some miles.

8. Watch Your Stress Levels

It’s easy to get bogged down by the stress of holiday planning and coordination, but stress can have seriously negative affects on your physical and mental health. Avoid the frantic fray by establishing a few de-stressing routines for yourself. Do a morning meditation, enjoy a few moments of stillness with a hot cup of tea or hit the trails to get away from the hustle of the city.

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Nike’s Winter Running Shoes

March 16th, 2010

In October, for the last several years, Nike has been producing winterized versions of two of their best selling running shoes: the Nike Air Pegasus and Nike Zoom Structure Triax. What Nike does is they take the normal road versions, add a GoreTex membrane (waterproof/breathable) with minor tweaks to the upper and poof, you get shoes ready to take on the wet and cold of winter. The only drawback in the past has been a slight change in fit, which was the result of a stiffer upper that changed the toe-box shape compared to the supple mesh used in the regular versions. For October 2010 that all changes. Thanks to a new toe-lasting process and material improvements, the Nike Air Pegasus+ 27 GTX and Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 13 GTX are intended to provide the same fit of the mesh versions. We will have to wait and see if this holds true once the production versions arrive, but the samples looked good.

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