Gear check: This fall and winter’s must haves
Baby it’s getting cold outside! Summer is officially gone and it’s time to pack away the singlets and tanks. More people are taking advantage of the cooler temperatures by running, walking and cross training outdoors. This also means you got to dress for fitness success!
Don’t fret, I did the work for you! Here are my recommendations for must-have gear this fall and winter 2010 season. Let’s take it from the top down!
The fitted cap
Nike is the perfect fit when it comes to headgear. So lightweight it might slip your mind, the Nike Dri-FIT Featherlite never loses its cool. Sweater’s paradise, Dri-FIT fabric wicks away moisture for cool, complete comfort, four black mesh vents increase breathability, black underbill and binding minimize visual glare and quick-adjust back closure delivers secure, one handed adjustability. Fabric is Dri-FIT 100% polyester woven.
From The North Face, cut from 95% rayon from bamboo with a touch of Lycra® elastane, this fabric is lightweight, breathable and stretchy. Ideal to wear for running in cold weather, the beanie is lightweight and stowable.
The track jacket
There are no excuses why you can’t go for a run with The North Face performance fitted jacket on your back. Brand-new performance jacket is designed with a windproof, breathable soft shell fabric at body that’s treated with DWR (durable water repellent) finish, with stretch elastane knit at sides for unrestricted movement and comfortable strides. Shaped collar eliminates abrasion from zipper at chin. Reflective tape all-over for visibility hits.
You can never go wrong with Asics, sound mind, sound body! The Velostretch V2 is ideal as a base layer or stand-alone running top. Made exclusively with ASICS’ Hydrology polyester, its superior moisture wicking properties and exceptionally lightweight. There’s even a secret security pocket to discretely hide your iPod or house key.
No glove, no love
It’s the little touches that make a simple product great and the Asics Thermopolis gloves are worth the investment! Like the terry surface on the thumbs of these DUOTECH® foul weather gloves, allows you to wipe the sweat off your forehead.
Brands like Asics, Nike and Saucony are just as fit, however my choice for running pants is Brooks Running. The Spartan II is more than a basic running pant, hand-warmer pockets keep you comfortable while you wait for your running buddies, and 9” locking leg zips ensure easy on/off. The fabric is Vapor-Dry, 93% polyester, and 7% spandex. The fit is relaxed made both front and back by 3M Scotchlite retroreflectivity, which makes running in the dark even better! Two side-seam zip hand-warmer pockets, elasticized waist, and stay-sure draw cord. Sizes range from small to extra large.
You can never go wrong with Smartwool’s PhD series and Balega’s Enduro Lo Cut.
Balega means to move with speed in Zulu. The Enduro lo cut is a winner! Hand-linked seamless toe for seam free comfort, mesh construction for added ventilation, low cut silhouette, extra-deep heel pocket and cushioning for impact resistance. No hate here, the Enduro is unisex, available to both the boys and gals.
Smartwool is another recognized brand that will keep both you and your feet happy! The ultra light cushioned PhD Running Ultra Light Mini is the perfect running sock for mild weather and shorter distances. Thanks to their WOW technology found in high-density impact zones, shock and abrasion is reduced. Your feet are completely kept in place. Made proudly in the USA, the sock is 66% New Zealand Merino wool, 31% Nylon and 3% elastic.
I have two recommendations and that comes from Asics and Brooks. Check out the Asics Gel-Kinsei 3 (right) and Brooks Ghost 3 (left).
When it comes to choosing the right shoes, you do have to consider your pronation level, the terrain you typically run on (flat, grass and trail), and what you’ve been accustomed to wearing. You can never go wrong with the following brands:
- Brooks Running
- Pearl Mizuno
Check out your local roadrunner store and online for all the top fitness gear. Super important, from your head to your toes, never wear a stitch of cotton! Keep it clima-cool, you’ll feel great and look your best working out!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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