Pack It In: Spring Running
Despite the surprise storms that have been hitting both the East Coast and Rockies, it’s supposed to be Spring. That means it’s finally time to ditch the treadmill and take a few laps around the park or hit your local trail. If you’ve been grinding out miles in the same tired old cross trainers that you bought a couple years ago, it’s time to step up your running gear – after all you wouldn’t want the cute girl in HR to catch you out on the trail in beat up gym shorts and ratty sneakers, right? We’ve tested the best Spring running gear so you don’t have to do any of the leg work, that is, except for the actual running part.
Sick of stumbling through early morning or late evening runs? The GoMotion Synergy vest is the perfect lighting solution for training or race day. The front lamp pushes out 100 lumens, which is bright enough to light up the trail. With a 1 liter Hydrapak reservoir, and just enough storage space for snacks and your phone and keys, the Synergy is light enough that you’ll forget you’re wearing it.
Salomon Wings Pro
Taking design cues from the race day S-LAB line, the Wings Pro is Salomon’s new all-terrain champion. Salomon’s Endofit system combines with a molded EVA midsole to cushion you through hard surfaces, but is agile enough to stay on top of soft ground like sand and mud. The Contragrip sole is just the right balance of grippy and durable to keep you running in style all year long.
lululemon Surge Shorts
It’s no secret that lululemon makes the very best yoga wear on the planet (just ask your girlfriend). With the Surge running shorts that expertise has been transferred to create the most comfortable pair of shorts we’ve ever worn. Coming in versions with a full length Luxtreme liner, and a lower profile Coolmax brief liner, the Surge is one of those pieces of gear you’ll be reaching for every workout. You’d better buy at least a couple pairs.
Icebreaker Sphere Shirt
Icebreaker is known for their excellent Merino wool. We know what you’re thinking – wool in warm weather? Yes. The new Sphere Short Sleeve shirt is blended with Tencel fibers made from natural eucalyptus. It makes the wool wick away your sweat three times faster than the lightest pure wool. It also feels 40% cooler on the skin, and stays soft to the touch even after serious punishment. If you can find a better looking or performing running shirt, color us surprised.
Farm To Feet Asheville Socks
Farm to Feet prides themselves in sourcing American materials, and crafting every pair of socks in their Mount Airy, North Carolina facility. The innovations – and love – that goes into each pair will be immediately evident the second you step onto the trail. The merino-synthetic blend of the Asheville running sock is extremely thin, employing just enough padding around the bottom and heel to provide comfort while running, and more importantly stay blister free. They’re also naturally anti-bacterial, which will help cut down on stinky feet post-run.
Trigger Point Grid 2.0
For those knots that just won’t work out in between gym and trail sessions you’re going to have to employ serious measures. We’ve been using a Trigger Point foam roller on our legs and backs for a few seasons now and couldn’t be happier. The latest model, the Grid 2.0 is twice as long as previous rollers. This aids in targeting hard to reach spots on your back and rolling both your quads at once. If you’ve got a stubborn muscle though, remember to go easy the first few times. Releasing all that tension can be as painful as it is rewarding.