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GIFT GUIDE: TOP MEN’S ATHLEISURE WEAR

Whether you’re lounging on the couch, exploring the great outdoors, or (safely!) embarking on some urban adventures, refreshing your wardrobe with top men’s athleisure wear is a great way to stay comfy and stylish this winter.

Check out top athleisure wear for men on JackRabbit.com – they make great gifts for the guys on your list, and they also are great for treating yourself!

Take a look as resident style guru Chase walks us through three of his favorite athleisure outfits for the season.

Chase standing out in the Sand Dunes national park with text saying 'my top athleisure outfits by chase hawes'

Hi there, I’m Chase, the creative director at JackRabbit.  Aside from being creative in front of my (three!!) monitors all day, I love having fun with my wardrobe and putting together fun and fashionable looks.  Athleisure is having a big moment, and as someone who enjoys some outdoor activity and (a lot) of downtime relaxing, it’s the perfect mix of modern style and couch-to-outdoor comfort.

I love mixing my personal pieces and jewelry with high-quality athleisure gear to create unique looks that express my personality.  I’ve put together three looks I love, and have plenty of recommendations for gear that you or that special guy on your list are sure to love.  I hope you find some inspiration!

A Pop of Color!

For obvious reasons, those of us at JackRabbit LOVE the color red!  There’s a lot of red gear out this season, and I’ve used it to add some head-to-toe pops of color in my fun and cozy outfit.

For starters, I’ve grabbed a red Adidas beanie from my personal (and very large, I might add) collection of hats, and I’ve layered a long-sleeve Rhone shirt with red sleeve details over a bright red Alo yoga hoodie. 

two stacked photos of chase with his arms crossed showing the color details of the sleeves, and one of him unzipping the red nike hip pack

I’ve slipped into some super comfortable heather grey Vuori Ponto Performance pants (and cuffed them, because I’m short!).  Add in a red Nike Heritage Hip pack, and a bright red pair of the Nike Infinity React, and we’re ready to roll!

A Cozy Autumn Look

Fall is my favorite season – the temperatures begin to drop (great for my love of layering), the leaves change colors, a nice hot cup of tea every morning, and the occasional firing up of the fireplace.

I’ve started with (yet another) Adidas beanie from my collection in a burgundy color, and paired it with a fall-colored On Weather Jacket, layered over a cozy heather white tee from my closet.  I’ve added a pair of dark charcoal gray Vuori Sunday Performance joggers, and my personal favorite sneakers, the On Cloudflow 2.0 in a fun fall colorway. Granted, they’re next to me on the couch – don’t want sneakers on my table! So I’ve got on a cozy pair of JackRabbit No Show Tab socks as well.

two photos side by side - one of the On cloudflow sneakers, and one of the chest detail of the On weather jacket

I’ve thrown on some of my personal gold jewelry, and we’re on our way!  I recently wore this outfit out to the Sand Dunes National Park here in Colorado, but I also love to wear it lounging around the house cuddled up with a good book.

A Warm Winter Wardrobe

It’s getting cold out there!  However, it’s still a great time to be outdoors – and you can layer up and be stylish at the same time.

I’ve started with (you guessed it – an Adidas beanie!) in a muted orange color that I picked up from my local Boulder Running Company store, and paired it with a modern Nike graphic tee.  

two photos side by side - one is a detail shot of the Terra Kiger shoes and the other is a back view of the hood of the jacket detail

I’ve layered a New Balance Heat Tech jacket on top, slipped into some warm and sturdy Rhone Guru Pants, and paired it with a seasonally-colored pair of the Nike Terra Kiger 6 trail shoes – great for hitting your local trails or crunching leaves in the city.

Be Yourself!

I love to mix brands, colors, styles, and gear from my closet with hot new gear from JackRabbit – and I feel like I’m comfortable, stylish, and putting my unique style and personality on full display (even when it’s just me at home alone – remember to socially distance!) I highly recommend these pieces and many more we have available – either spruce up your own wardrobe, or get some great gifts for the guys on your list who value being cozy and stylish at the same time.  They’ll be sure to love it.

Happy lounging!

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hoka one one Reviews

HOKA CHALLENGER ATR 6 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The HOKA Challenger ATR 6 is a crossover road/trail hybrid shoe that tackles many types of trail surfaces with aplomb.

The Challenger ATR is a soft, comfortable and accommodating maximally cushioned, neutral-oriented shoe. It’s versatile enough to handle both smooth, semi-rugged and mildly sloppy trails, as well as roads and bike paths on the way to a trailhead.

HOKA Challenger ATR 6 - What's New

WHAT’S NEW

If you ran in the previous versions of the Challenger, you’ll find the sixth edition has a similar fit, feel and ride.

The most notable change is a new, more pliable upper material made from recycled yarn . This really adds to the shoe’s smoother flexing demeanor. It also features a slightly updated lacing eyelet structure that helps keep your feet more secure on the run.

Like its predecessors, the Challenger ATR 6 is a good all-around running shoe that runs well on a lot of surfaces. It’s not exceptionally energetic for fast-paced workouts. However, it’s light and cushioned enough to offer smooth-striding consistency in most other applications.

The outsole features low-profile, 4mm lugs. These provide good traction running on dirt, gravel, over small rocks and roots and through shallow puddles. The lugs aren’t quite deep or aggressive enough for running over sloppy, muddy trails and dramatically technical terrain.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The HOKA Challenger ATR 6 accommodates a range of foot shapes and sizes, but is slightly wider in the mid-foot/arch and the toe box. (It’s available in two widths for men and women.)

Runners with narrower feel will have to snug down the laces tightly, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. The step-in feel is decidedly soft and comfortable. There’s an added plush sensation from the padded heel collar and cushy, partially gusseted tongue.

Out on a run, the Challenger feels soft and supple on all types of terrain. This allows the foot to move naturally without inhibition from foot strike to toe-off.

The rigid, internal heel counter keeps the foot securely in place. Add to this, the wider forefoot allows your toes to splay for optimal balance and toe-off on uneven terrain.

The HOKA Challenger’s low-profile lugs offer good traction on smooth dirt paths, mildly technical terrain and gravel roads. Add to that it can also feel as smooth as a road shoe on paved or concrete surfaces.

Although the soft midsole isn’t quite as energized or robust as some other shoes out there, our wear-tests suggest it should be a shoe that’s durable enough to get through about 400 miles of running.

HOKA Challenger ATR 6 - Mid Blog

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

The Challenger ATR 6 is a great option for road runners who occasionally run on trails or trail runners who primarily run on mild or moderate terrain.

It’s versatile enough to be the only trail shoe in your quiver. Or, it can be an ideal shoe for long runs on smooth terrain or dirt roads.

Hoka Challenger ATR 6 - Pros

PROS: CHALLENGER ATR 6

This edition of the Challenger weighs slightly less than the previous version and is lighter than many road running shoes. Combined with the “rockered” (or convex) geometry, you’ll feel a light, rolling sensation that promotes quick-cadence strides — especially on firmer surfaces.

The softness of the compression-molded EVA midsole makes running in the Challenger ATR 6 similar to running in your favorite road shoes, although slightly softer and a tad less energetic. That will be especially appreciated if some of your training runs include a variety of trail and paved surfaces.

Hoka Challenger ATR 6 - Cons

CONS: CHALLENGER ATR 6

The Challenger ATR 6 doesn’t have a lot of inherent structure in its midsole/outsole chassis, so runners who need or want additional stability might consider a trail shoe with more support or a more rigid outsole.

Although the Challenger can suffice on some more technical trails, it’s most at home on smoother terrain and not ideal of extra gnarly mountain terrain. That’s partially because it lacks a rock plate and offers limited protection with a from a minimally reinforced toe bumper.

TECH SPECS

HOKA Challenger ATR 6 - Tech Specs

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.

As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

Brian Metzler - Trail racing
Brian Metzler - trail running
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Interviews

OLYMPIAN MECHELLE FREEMAN & TRACKGIRLZ

Mechelle Freeman is 2007 World Track and Field champion, and a 2008 Olympian in the 4×200-meter relay. She founded the organization TrackGirlz in 2015 as a way to provide exposure and access for girls to the track and field world that so often gets left behind after college.

She and her co-director, Jennifer Nash Forrester have developed this community to create sisterhood, provide empowerment and to equip girls with the resources necessary to pursue track and field at any level.

Mechelle Freeman - Olympian and Trackgirlz Founder

MEET MECHELLE FREEMAN

“Growing up, our mom always made sure we had access,” Mechelle said over a nice 9:00 am zoom call. “Whether it be dance, theatre, sports, she always made sure.”

Mechelle and her sister were dubbed “the fast twins” after becoming track athletes in high school. Have a record near and dear to your heart? If it was between 100-meters and 400-meters, you could have wished it farewell once they stepped onto the track.

“We broke records and got state records. When I went off to college at the University of South Carolina, we brought back the first National Championship the school has ever had,” she said.

When we think of track and field today, or have friends who participated in it growing up, there’s often a massive drop-off in participation after high school. The National College Athletics Association (NCAA) released their 2018-2019 “Estimated probability of competing in college athletics” report in which they found that of the 605k high school track and field athletes, just 4.8% go on to compete at the NCAA level.

POST COLLEGIATE JOURNEY

After university, Mechelle found herself in New York City as an intern for VMLY&R (previously Y&R), a top ad agency where she placed her focus for a few years.

Being on a budget with the exorbitant prices in the NYC area, the cost of training, commuting, and gear, Mechelle knows first-hand just how difficult pursuing track can be when you’re on your own.

“I had a vision, though. I knew I was going to make the Olympic team. I became very intentional, everyday.” She later decided to quit her job and make a run at becoming an Olympian.

Coming in last in her first race, her support system was there to encourage her to keep going. “There were a lot of losses and uncertainty,” she says about the start of her time back on the track. “I was hustling, working odd jobs, traveling across town to practice, I relearned discipline.”

FINDING HER STRIDE

After finding her *stride* and gaining more consistency, she found herself in a race with Allyson Felix and others at the U.S track and field championship in the 100-meter sprint (aka the make-or-break race of her career).

“I was on the right side of the race that day. I looked up and saw I came in 3rd by 100th of a second.” For reference, the top runners then go on to make and compete on the World team. She showed up for herself that day and gained Nike, her old ad agency and a local gym as her sponsors.

And so the story goes.Mechelle gets a shiny new PR in the 100-meter sprint of 10.01-seconds and goes on to the Olympics to make the 4×100-meter relay team.

THE OLYMPICS

“It’s all about executing the battle. You can only control the controllables and that’s what I had to do.”

Mechelle and her team were watching the Men’s 4×1 relay team against Jamaica where they dropped the baton. An absolute nightmare, and the men’s team was disqualified. The women’s team was next and Mechelle was the second leg.

“I was just going and going on that straight. Passing people everywhere, you know? And I knew all I had to do was pass off the baton and we’d be good, I’d have done my job.”

She comes into the passing zone seeing her teammates hand, which to us would look just fine, but Mechelle could tell the hand was just a little bit lower than comfortable. Hand back, she reaches out to pass the baton and they nail the exchange. Her teammate is off in stellar position to run the final curve and hand-off to the anchor.

“It was all just happening so fast. I was trying to breathe and I looked up and, well, they dropped it in the same zone the men did.”

_____________________

“People kept telling me track wasn’t relevant after a certain point. I just want to expose the dopeness,” Mechelle starts to tell me. “I want to provide a consistent platform for the community.”

TrackGirlz - strength in speed

TRACKGIRLZ LAUNCHES

Thus, TrackGirlz was born.

What started as a general platform to empower girls and women in the track and field space, turned into a non-profit organization in 2018 after she met her co-director, Jenniger. Since then, they’ve put on running camps both domestically and internationally as well as running and fitness workshops.

This past year in 2020 amid the start of COVID-19, they’ve started to work on making grants accessible to be able to support girls who want to have the chance to take running to the next level – whether it be in high school, college or after. Exposure and accessibility are two key things Mechelle had learned from her mother growing up. Exposure, accessibility and inclusion are all three key things that are also promoted in TrackGirlz.

“I want to get more Black, Indigenous and people of color involved to expand the conversation,” she says about the future of the organization. “I want to bridge the gap between track and the rest of the running community. I want to bring out all different body types to show just how inclusive this sport is.”

What’s Mechelle’s advice for getting more involved in the running community? “Find your local track club to create community, so you can have people lead you. Track and field has organic diversity, so you can always find something.”

As for future goals of TrackGirlz, Mechelle plans to be able to provide access to millions of girls for sport, to be able to provide direct mentorship opportunities to help them reach the next level, and to eventually develop a team that can be financially supported.

Want to learn more about TrackGirlz? Visit their website here for information about the organization, Mechelle and Jennifer.

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GIFT GUIDE: TOP GIFTS FOR OUTDOORSY WOMEN

Looking for gifts for outdoorsy women in your life? Read on to find our top picks that any woman of the wild needs for her adventures.

Our own JackRabbit outdoors adventurer Emily, introduces us to her must-haves from the practical, to the stylish.

Gifts for Outdoorsy Women
Outdoorsy woman Emily leads the way in outdoor adventures

HAT

When it comes to gifts for outdoorsy women, start at the top! A top pick for any adventure is an on-point hat to shade my face from harmful UV rays (gotta protect the money maker!)

SUNGLASSES

Sunglasses with polarized lenses are key to shield my eyes from reflection off the water on SUP adventures. Goodr is my go-to for fun, affordable, on-trend polarized style.

FACE COVERING

Face covering or neck buff (of course) because we should all wear face masks when leaving our homes, even in the woods!

SHORT-SLEEVED TOP

A short-sleeved shirt as a thin, fitted base layer is key under my warmer long sleeves; it’s always nice to be able to shed layers when the sun comes out!

LONG-SLEEVED MID-LAYER

I use a long sleeve mid-layer, half zip or pullover on top for those early morning start times. I make sure to choose something thin and light enough to carry in my day pack when it warms up.

TECHNICAL SOCKS

Socks made with Merino wool to keep my feet dry and warm. I like to choose wool for it’s sustainability as well as its anti-bacterial and practical warmth.

TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

Trail running shoes with big lugs for traction on slippery terrain are a must for outdoor adventures.

HYDRATION PACKS

A hydration pack that is easy to carry, super light and holds a surprising amount of H20, is a non-negotiable for any outdoor adventures.

SPORT WATCH

I use a Garmin watch to track my adventure miles, elevation gains and hours on the trails.

Gifts for Outdoorsy Women: Garmin Forerunner 245
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Brooks Gifts for Runners Nike Sports Bras

GIFT GUIDE: SUPPORT THE TATAS SPORTS BRAS FOR ALL

Sports Bras: Supporting, empowering and celebrating women never goes out of style. And nothing does that better than, arguably the best invention in women’s sports apparel, the sports bra!  

We asked team member Melanie, the woman who has donned sports bras for more years than most, to share her wisdom of ‘The Bra Wall’ at JackRabbit.

In her sporting bra career, she has gone from teen xc runner, to triathlete (when running in a swimsuit with no bra was the thing), to mother, to returning to triathlon (where wearing a sports bra is now firmly a thing). Her tatas have literally seen it all through her varied sport and life journey.

HOW TO GIFT A SPORTS BRAS FOR EVERY OCCASION

Read on to support your ladies, support the tatas and make sure you select the right one. Our gift guide will take all the decision making out of the equation. Buy the perfect one with confidence, wrap and give the gift of support in 2021.

Much like there are race shoes, training shoes and athleisure shoes, there are sports bras for all occasions and all support scenarios. Fortunately, just like shoes, we have you covered at JackRabbit.

STRENGTH TRAINING BRAS

When you’re pumping iron, box jumping, twisting, squatting and crunching, it’s ok to have a bra that offers lighter support for these non-impact kind of scenarios.

This is where you can really shine with your design choices, just make sure there is enough coverage to avoid any slippage when you twist and comfort to avoid any chafing when you’re moving.

Double Down Bra

HANDFUL DOUBLE DOWN BRA $57. There is ample coverage on the sides and back to eliminate side boob, spillage, pinching, and other unpleasantries. Extra wide band provides comfort and support for time in the gym

Brooks Fast Forward Bra

BROOKS FAST FORWARD BRA $36. Perfect for strength workouts thanks to minimal back coverage. This gives you a flexible range of motion for all-day comfort and building the power you need.

LIGHT SUPPORT BRAS

Smaller-breasted women can use a lighter support bra when running, merely from the physics of less movement. Indoor bike training? Perfect scenario to crack out the light support bra for a tough workout on the pedals. 

Nike Swoosh Bra

NIKE SWOOSH SPORTS BRA $38 The Nike Swoosh Sports Bra gives you classic coverage and medium support for activities like indoor bike training, socially distanced cardio classes and yoga.

Brooks Dare Strappy Bra

DARE STRAPPY BRA $59. The minimal seams add a modern style and distraction-free fit. Plus, an integrated bottom band provides invisible support and comfort.

HIGH SUPPORT BRAS

We hear you pre- and post-partum mothers, ladies with curves, ladies with implants, ladies with ample bosoms needing support. Fortunately, there are science gurus who have literally dedicated their careers – no sniggering in the back – to studying how breasts move and how to support them without restricting breathing (we’ve all made that mistake). 

Here are our top support bras for high-impact sports and running. The right support cannot be underestimated and gone are the days when the need for support meant you had to sacrifice style. New fabrics and construction have been game-changing for high-impact bra designs.

Brooks Fiona

BROOKS FIONA SPORTS BRA $50 This is the best-selling bra at JackRabbit and the most versatile. It blends comfort and support in a fit that works for nearly any body type. This is a bra which you can expect everything from it with no regrets.

Brooks Dare High Neck

BROOKS DARE HIGH NECK SPORTS BRA $65 A streamlined shape and support come in this statement-making silhouette. With minimal seams, the neckline and longer length deliver a modern, streamlined look that layers easily and looks great solo.

THE HISTORY OF THE SPORTS BRA

Oh, and we love sports bras so much at JackRabbit, head over to our blog to read about their development, the science behind and how the modern pioneers have, rightly so, been added to the Sports Apparel Hall of Fame. Read, print and add to your gift. What you are giving is really a piece of sporting history.

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Gifts for Runners Therabody

THERABODY’S RECOVE(RED) PRODUCTS

RECOVE(RED)
Wellness for World Health

Therabody and (RED) have teamed up in 2020 to bring you a line of their premium percussive Theragun therapy products with the iconic (RED) branding.

When you purchase a RECOVE(RED) product, 2% of the purchase price will be donated to the Global Fund to support the COVID-19 Response as well as supporting critical HIV/AIDS programs. Giving back is more important than ever this year and we’re honored to be able to represent the Therabody range of products that give back to those in need of critical support.

The Therabody RECOVE(RED) project spans across all 3 Theragun styles all available at JackRabbit.

THERAGUN MINI (PRODUCT)RED

Theragun Mini

Portable treatment packed with power. Theragun quality, anytime, anywhere.

Theragun mini is your pocket-sized partner, giving you Theragun quality deep muscle treatment with unparalleled portability. Compact but powerful, Theragun mini is the most agile massage device that goes wherever you do.

THERAGUN MINI RED

THERAGUN PRO (PRODUCT)RED

Theragun Pro RED

Powerful, quiet, and commercial-grade. The professional smart percussive therapy device in a

league of its own.

The most powerful commercial-grade percussive therapy device with the features pros know and trust. Our top-of-the-line deep muscle treatment is more personalized than ever, thanks to our guided app experiences, which help to reduce muscle soreness, improve mobility, and increase relaxation. The Theragun PRO with Bluetooth connectivity, continuous battery life, rotating arm, and an industry-leading 2-year warranty, is the most advanced recovery tool of choice for both professionals and everyday people.

THERAGUN PRO RED

THERAGUN ELITE (PRODUCT)RED

Theragun Elite RED

Premium. Effective. Elevated.  The Theragun Elite is their quietest smart percussive therapy device.

Elegantly designed, lightweight, and fully personalized for your body’s needs. Thanks to its unparalleled power, the Theragun Elite, with Bluetooth connectivity, is your ultimate wellness partner. Now more personalized than ever with their guided app experience to reduce your deep muscle tension, whether it comes from everyday life, work, or workouts.

THERAGUN ELITE RED

Shop all three RECOVE(RED) products, and help save lives today.

Feel better. Do good.

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New Balance

FROM THE BRAND: NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM X

Why not get the scoop straight from the source?! Let’s talk about New Balance’s proprietary Fresh Foam X technology and the running shoe range that features this midsole.

Journalist Brian Metzler sat down with New Balance Product Manager Paul Zielinski to get the insider talk on the what, why, and excitement around the continuing refinement of the Fresh Foam X experience.

AN EXCITING ADVENTURE IN SHOES

New Balance Product Manager Paul Zielinski and Brian Metzler share the Zoom limelight talking about the Fresh Foam X. Spoiler alert, it’s a game changer with many more exciting things to come in 2021!

FRESH FOAM X COLLECTION

Have an urge to know more about the development of the Fresh Foam midsole and New Balance? Check out our tech review at the JackRabbit blog to learn more.

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Gifts for Runners Running Accessories

GIFT GUIDE: SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Healthcare workers have been working overtime to deal with the overwhelming cases caused by the pandemic. Everyone is giving back to help support and make their time on the job more comfortable. If you have a healthcare worker in your life, make their holiday by giving them the gift of comfort. 

Here are our top five gifts recommended by our UX Designer, Destini. Before she started her design career, she served as a Medical Technician in the Air Force, caring for military members and their families at Travis Air Force Base. 

RECOVERY FOOTWEAR

I remember working twelve hour shifts on my feet all day in the hospital. Today, pandemic workers are putting in countless hours to support their community. Their feet are literally on the front line holding the load.

My recommendation is the OOFOS Fibre Recovery Shoe ($140). The closed-toe design is best to give your feet a break during your long hours. 

Supporting Healthcare Workers - Oofos

COMFORT SOCKS

Socks are always the butt of holiday jokes. Imagine kids rushing to their trees and ripping apart wrapping paper only to reveal a pair of basic socks. To a healthcare worker, a set of comfortable socks while running from patient to patient can make a big difference. 

My recommendation is Balega Silver, No Show Socks ($15). The antibacterial properties and performance is the ideal option for front-line healthcare workers. 

Supporting Healthcare Workers - Balega Socks
BALEGA SOCKS

MASSAGE GUN

You can easy away aches and pains after a long day with your chosen message gun. Standing, walking, and repetitive moments for long hours can cause your muscles to cramp up.  

My recommendation is the Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth ($399). The 30% more power, paired with the Hyperice App, you can follow guided massage routine that will help to knock out all of your aches.

Supporting Healthcare Workers - Hyperice Hypervolt
HYPERICE HYPERVOLT

CBD LOTION

In addition to a massage gun, I also recommend following up with a CBD Lotion. CBD has come a long way. This completely non-psychoactive treatment can help relax your muscles after using a massage gun. 

My recommendation is TheraOne CBD Lotion ($55). 

Supporting Healthcare Workers - Therabody Lotion
THERABODY CBD LOTION

HYDRATION

Last, but certainly not least, is a good water bottle. Being hydrated for all of us is essential, but keeping your health when working with at-risk patients is crucial. Our HydroFlask water bottles help keep the temperature of your water consistent throughout the entire day. So, no matter what, you can get a refreshing sip when you need it. 

My recommendation is the mother load version of the Hydro Flask, the 40 oz Wide Mouth ($59). 40oz are better than 39oz!

Supporting Healthcare Workers - Hydroflask
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Gifts for Runners Training

GIFT GUIDE: TOP CROSS TRAINING GEAR

When you don’t want to run, switching up your routine with cross-training helps to keep you active. This year for the holidays, pivot and try different things when it’s too cold for a run or other outdoor sports.

For a wide selection of ideas for the essentials for cross training, we asked our UX Designer, Destini. She loves lifting weights and trying different things in her active lifestyle – from powerlifting to triathlon, she’s done it all.

Destini the Cross Trainer

ESSENTIAL FACE COVERING

If you’re going back to the gym this season, Most places are requiring a face covering. With my weight training wearing a mask was very difficult for me, especially during my lower-body days. Finally, I found a face-covering that didn’t tire me. 

My recommendation is the JackRabbit Bunny Chute ($15). It’s lightweight, breathable, and can wear in many ways. 

Bunny Shoot
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TECHNICAL HOODIE 

In the winter, I love a transitional piece to be able to layer up and take off in the gym. When I leave the gym body is still hot from my work out, I prefer outerwear that’s not too heavy or too light. It’s soft, versatile, and great for the gym. I would recommend going to your local store because I found more colors and size options. 

My recommendation is Women’s Vuori Performace Hoodie ($90).

Cross Training Hoodie
VUORI PERFORMANCE HOODIE

ATHLETIC TANK

No matter what you are doing, a good tank is great for any workout. I prefer a looser tank so I can maximize my range of motion during workouts.

My recommendation is Nike Yoga Luxe Tank ($45). It’s highly breathable with great iconic Nike material. 

Women's athletic tank
NIKE LUXE TANK

RESISTANCE BANDS

During quarantine, I kept up my strength training by using resistance bands and hiking outdoors. They are great for when I don’t want to get into the gym but still want to get a pump in. I found the Adday Resistance Bands in the store. 

My online recommendations are the JackRabbit Pro-Tec Resistance Band ($15) & Nike Resistance Band Light ($18).  Having these two sets allows you to perform various exercises at home or the gym. 

Exercise Bands

CROSS TRAINING SHOES

Often, I see people lifting weights in cushioned shoes. I can’t help but cringe. A flat base gives you more stability to push off of the ground when your performing squat, lunges, and deadlifts in particular. The largest barrier for someone getting flat shoes is comfort.

I find the Reebok Nano X ($130) to be a very well rounded cross-training shoe. It’s a cushioned flat sole training shoe that can transition from the gym, cross-training, and light running. I love using it for workout days when I am squatting, deadlifting, and doing overhead presses. 

Cross Training Reebok Nano X
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Gifts for Runners

GIFT GUIDE: BEST WOMEN’S ATHLEISURE WEAR

If there’s one thing 2020 hasn’t deprived us from, it’s the ability to enjoy not wearing “real” pants as often (if at all…), wearing the same outfit for multiple days in a row, and honestly, we’re here for it! Here’s our top women’s athleisure wear available at the JackRabbit ‘Athleisure HQ’.

Now that colder days are upon us and we’ve been wearing our casual favorites for months now, a refresh or a new, quality athleisure piece is a perfect gift that any woman will enjoy.

We’ve broken down a list of top casual “comfies” for the deserving woman in your life.

Athleisure Wear - Shop Vuori

LEGGINGS & JOGGERS

A go-to legging or jogger (or both) is an essential staple to any girl’s athleisure wardrobe. We need a soft and cozy, yet durable fabric for any activity, from working out, to running errands, to strolling between the couch and the fridge… anyone else?

TOPS AND TANKS

Tank tops are a key item in her casual closet, regardless of the season. She can layer them, exercise in them, even sleep in them if she so chooses. You can’t go wrong with getting her a versatile tank that she can throw on and conquer anything the day brings.

LONG SLEEVES & PULLOVERS

The days are getting darker and colder at the JackRabbit HQ, so we love a cute and light long sleeve or pullover hoodie to go under the winter layers. Vuori has stylish long sleeve tops and their material is unbeatable!

RUNNING SHOES

A cute shoe completes the outfit, and there are so many options. If she loves white sneakers or classic sneaker fashion like me, Saucony x Prinkshop’s collaboration graced us with a Jazz Vintage Shoe that makes a perfect addition to her collection. Even better, it supports the nonprofit She Should Run.

If she’s more into modern style, On Running stands out with their unique design and combination of textures. Check out their women’s On Cloud Terry Shoe.

RUNNING SOCKS

Matching socks, anyone? They have been among my top gifts for family and friends, and it never goes unappreciated. We all need quality socks, and yet, they fall down the priority list or get eaten by the washer. JackRabbit carries an amazing selection of quality socks and fun prints, perfect to round up your athleisure wear collection.