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WHICH RACING SHOES ARE BEST FOR ME?

What Racing Shoes Are Best for Me?

10 SHOES TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR NEXT RACE

By Brian Metzler

After what seems like an eternity, fall race season is back. But it’s also prime time for running a half marathon. Or a 5K. Or a trail running race. Or even a triathlon.

But you know that because signed up for a fall race, trained hard for the past several months and are almost ready to get after it. But what shoes should you lace up on race day? Here are 10 great models to consider as you count down the days until you’re toeing the starting line again.

Adidas Adios Pro 2

Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2, $220

Best for: Half Marathon / Marathon

Weights: 8.0 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 6.8 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 8.5 mm (39mm heel, 30.5mm forefoot)

The Buzz: One of the elite super shoes unveiled in the past year, the Adios Pro 2 has is one of the most prevalent shoes on the podium at top marathons around the world. It’s a thickly cushioned shoe with carbon-fiber energy rods embedded in the lively LIghtstrike Pro midsole. Finished off with a featherweight, breathable upper and Continental carbon rubber segments on the outsole, this is best-in-class long-distance racing shoe

Is it the shoe for you? The Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2 is like a smooth-riding sports car that’s built to go fast. It feels high off the ground (because it is), so there’s a trade-off for the relative lack of proprioceptive connection with the roads. But when you’re running as fast as they shoes will take you, it will feel like your feet don’t touch the ground.

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ASICS Noosa Tri

ASICS Noosa Tri 13, $130

Best For: Triathlon / 5K to Half Marathon

Weights: 8.0 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 6.5 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm (34mm heel, 29mm forefoot)

The Buzz: This brightly colored speedster is as loud as it is versatile. It’s a fast and light shoe that can be used for fast training workouts or racing on the roads or in a triathlon. It doesn’t have a carbon-fiber plate, but it does have a rocker shape and a firm feeling underfoot that creates forward propulsion. 

Is it the shoe for you? The Noosa Tri has been re-tooled a bit and is comfortable, fast and reliable. Plus, at $130 it’s very affordable compared to a lot of other super shoes. It has triathlon-specific features, including drainage holes and an interior feeling that makes it feel great without wearing socks. But let’s face it, it’s still the wild colorful patterns that draw everyone to this shoe as a race-day burner.

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Nike Vaporfly Next% 2

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, $250

Best For: 10K to Marathon

Weights: 6.9 oz. (men’s size 9.0); xx oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (40mm heel, 32mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The undisputed fastest marathon shoe on the planet, the neutral-oriented ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 it features Nike’s hyper-responsive ZoomX cushioning foam and a curvy, full-length carbon-fiber plate to increase forward propulsion. It’s been updated with a more breathable mesh and a little bit more structure to hold the foot in place, but the basic premise is the same: lace ‘em up and run fast!

Is it the shoe for you? Runners think about two things when they consider buying a pair of ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2: their current PRs and if they want to pay $250 to lower them. The answer is often yes, because the shoe is the closest thing to a short cut a marathoner can get. There are no short cuts in running. You still have to do the work, but this shoe definitely gives you a huge advantage over most others.

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Nike Alphafly Next%

Nike Zoom Alphafly Next% Flyknit, $275

Best For: Half-Marathon to Marathon

Weights: 7.4 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 6.3 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm (40mm heel, 36mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The evolution of Nike’s paradigm-changing carbon-fiber plated-shoe technology has led to this, a maximally cushioned shoe that induces efficient forward propulsion with the aid of a curvy plate and dual Air Zoom units in the forefoot. It has considerably more foam but a lower heel-toe offset than the original Vaporfly 4% and Vaporfly Next% shoes.

Is it the shoe for you? Although it is slightly heavier and higher off the ground than the original two Vaporfly models, this shoe serves up noticeably more energy return, stability and impact protection with a much smoother ride.

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Womens Hoka Rincon 3 Review

HOKA Rincon 3, $115

Best For: 5K/10K/Half Marathon/Marathon

Weights: 7.4 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 6.2 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm (33mm heel, 28mm forefoot)

The Buzz: Light, cushy and fast, the Rincon 3 is a lively and versatile neutral-oriented shoe at a budget-friendly price. It has an exceptional cushion-to-weight ratio and serves up an easy-rolling ride, which allow it to be a great shoe for long runs, speedier workouts and recovery jogs.

Is it the shoe for you? The midsole is squishy soft, but the ride is very lively and agile. It doesn’t produce a bouncy sensation, but more of a fluid, rolling motion that comes from the rocker (or concave) geometry of the outsole-midsole undercarriage. It’s a heck of a deal at $115, both because it’s fast and versatile enough to be an everyday trainer or speed workout shoe during the week.

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Hoka Carbon X 2 - Women's

HOKA Carbon X, $180

Best For: 5K to Marathon

Weights: 7.5 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 6.3 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm (35mm heel, 30 mm forefoot)

The Buzz: A lightweight racing flat built on a stable midsole platform embedded with a carbon-fiber plate, the Rocket X combines responsive agility with soft, forgiving landings. Unlike the bouncy sensation of many super shoes, the Rocket X feels firm, smooth and resilient and more engaged with the ground.

Is it the shoe for you? Compared to other racing shoes with carbon-fiber plates, the Rocket X’s plate is far straighter. As such, it feels like it lifts you onto your toes more than it rolls off the toes. That produces a powerful lever to propels you forward, but requires a strong stride up on your toes and forward-balanced, driving with calves and posterior chain.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro + Review

Saucony Endorphin Pro+, $250

Best For: 5K/10K/Half Marathon/Marathon

Weights: 6.9 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 5.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (35.5mm heel, 27.5mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Saucony Endorphin Pro+ is a featherweight, top-tier racing shoe built on an energetic foam midsole embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion. Designed for all-out racing from 5K to the marathon, it carries a higher price tag than the Endorphin Pro 2 ($200) but it’s lighter, more lively and faster than its predecessor because it has a slightly leaner foam midsole.

Is it the shoe for you? The Endorphin Pro+ is an all-out speed merchant, capable of a wide range of running distances and it’s not as bouncy as some of the other models in the super shoe category. The midsole foam is made from the same energetic PWRRUN PB compound as the previous versions of the Endorphin Pro 2, but this edition has a slightly leaner shape and a new flyweight upper and, as a result, it’s quite a bit lighter and more agile.

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Altra Lone Peak 5

Altra Lone Peak 5, $130

Best For: Trail Running 5K to Marathon

Weights: 10.5 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 9.5 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 0mm (26mm heel, 26mm forefoot)

The Buzz: A reliable trail running shoe built on a level or zero-drop platform, the Lone Peak 5 is offers good cushioning, great traction and exceptional agility. The new AltraEGO midsole foam is absorbent and extremely responsive, putting a bit of a resilient spring in every stride. Like every Altra shoe, it features a slightly roomier foot-shaped toe box, which is especially appreciated on downhill sections and on hot days when feet tend to swell.

Is it the shoe for you? This is one of the best-selling trail running shoes in the U.S., but the key is whether or not you can adapt to a zero-drop platform. If you’re a fit runner or someone who has been running in low-drop shoes for a while, you’re going to love this shoe for its proprioceptive feel for the ground and the traction its outsole provides.

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Saucony Peregrine 11 - women's

Saucony Peregrine 11, $120

Best For: Trail Running 5K to Marathon

Weights: 10.8 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 9.7 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm (28mm heel, 24mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Peregrine is a versatile, neutral-oriented trail running shoe that has the comfort and smoothness of a road running shoe with a low-to-the-ground feel and a nice blend of cushioning, traction and protection. It’s a classic, do-everything off-road runner, ideal for smooth, rolling dirt paths, moderately technical routes with some rocks, roots, gravel and other obstacles, as well as sloppy trails with a lot of mud and moisture.

Is it the shoe for you? The Peregrine 11 has a new upper that’s more durable and protective than the previous edition. The moderate midsole cushioning is accompanied by a flexible rock plate that allows for a cushy, flexible and protective ride doesn’t inhibit the natural movement of your feet on variable terrain. The Peregrine isn’t exceptionally energetic, but it feels and runs lighter than its spec weight and serves up an agile, go-get-it sensation on most types of terrain.

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On Cloudflyer 2020 - Men's

On Cloudflyer 2.0, $160

Best For: 5K to Half Marathon

Weights: 9.8 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 8.8 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

Heel-Toe Offset: 7mm (36mm heel, 29mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Cloudflyer is lightweight, soft and secure high-mileage stability shoe built on a chassis of On’s unique Cloud cushioning system. Made from a new Helion Superfoam, the midsole is soft but also extremely resilient and it a great job at damping the impact with the ground, and  combined with the extra-stiff Speedboard, it also provides an energetic pop that crescendos into a noticeable burst of forward propulsion as the foot reaches the toe-off phase of the stride.

Is it the shoe for you? Although the Cloudflyer feels as light and nimble as many neutral-oriented shoes, it’s a modern stability shoe that offers significant medial-side support for runners who need it. Overpronating runners will appreciate that support throughout a run, but neutral-oriented runners will benefit from it on long runs or races when fatigue starts to result in form breakdown.

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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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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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THERABODY’S RECOVE(RED) PRODUCTS

RECOVE(RED)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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GIFT GUIDE: SUSTAINABLE GIFTS FOR RUNNERS

Runners are looking to find the right sustainable products for their active lifestyle. See the JackRabbit recommended sustainable gifts for runners.

Shopping for gifts for the sustainable runner in your life? Look no further, we’ve got some great environmentally friendly suggestions below!

We’ve all looked at the world in a different perspective this year, and we know finding the right sustainable products is more important than ever. Our Team Member, Ike Tucker, has put together an excellent selection of gifts for you.

SUSTAINABLE FOOTWEAR

Let’s hop right into it with arguably the most important part of running – footwear!

How much better can you get than a plant-based performance running shoe? It checks all the boxes for sustainable gifts for runners! :Look no further than the Reebok Forever Floatride; it has you covered.

This forward-thinking running shoe is made with eucalyptus bark, bloom algae, castor bean oil and natural rubber, this shoe is crafted with both your run and our planet in mind.

SUSTAINABLE RUNNING APPAREL

Now that you’ve laced up the person you’re shopping for, let’s look at the next layer for some additional shopping ideas, and no need to look too far, as icebreaker brings in a perfect complementing sustainable running top. 

What’s that, stylish, comfy, and biodegradable don’t mesh? Think again, as the yarnmasters at Icebreaker have perfected all three. They’ve brought all three categories together without a second thought. Their 250 Vertex Long Sleeve Half-Zip ($140) incorporates style, while also being naturally renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable. 

HYDRATION

Let’s take a minute to pause from shopping and remember to always hydrate. Oh wait! We also have the perfect gift to stay hydrated and also give back, why not check out our Hydro Flask products.

Hydro Flasks are perfect reusable bottles for any outdoor enthusiasts, but what’s even better, the company contributes to Parks For All. Consistently Hydro Flask has committed to giving back and have donated over $1.5 million to date.

NUTRITION THAT GIVES BACK

If you’re Hydrating you should probably grab a snack as well to keep those energy levels filled. Well, guess what? I bet I can find something yummy for you. And yes, it’s healthy, tastes good, and sustainable…checkout the Honey Stinger Organic Cracker Bar. It really is as good as it sounds.

Plus Honey Stinger is always committed to having the most authentic and organic Honey nutrition products through their True Source Honey Pledge.

Sustainable gifts for runners Cracker Bar from Honey Stinger
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SOCKS THAT WALK THE WALK

Now that you’re stuffed, let’s finish with a great “Socking” stuffer. As I mentioned we’re all trying to be as environmentally conscious as possible, and so is Balega. They’ve taken huge strides at providing a comfortable sock, while keeping sustainability in mind. That’s why all Balega packaging is printed on partially recycled boards and their manufacturing facilities use water recycling purification systems that recover up to 50% of wastewater. 

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We hope our eco-friendly trip through the JackRabbit virtual shelves helps you add a sustainable lens your holiday shopping this year.

We wish you all a meaningful holiday season and we wish you many happy miles of running ahead.

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GIFT GUIDE: BEST WINTER TRAIL RUNNING GEAR

Embrace the cold, wet and mud this winter season with JackRabbit’s top gifts for trail runners from footwear to apparel and must-have accessories.

Even the most seasoned trail runners tend to dread winter training. Getting up from bed and knowing you’ll be running in the dark cold hours, likely alone are not the most incentivizing training circumstances.

For those of us (like me writing this!) who are barely making it out the door, here’s a quick rundown of the best running long sleeves, jackets, shoes and accessories that make getting dressed (if anything) fun.

LAYER LOVE

In anticipation of the cold, we tend to overlayer because we can’t fathom being cold even for one second. However, after that initial 5-minute warmup period, you’re thinking about dropping layers and tying them around your waist.

Pro-tip: take off the last-minute decision layer before you leave; you likely don’t actually need it.

RUNNING TOPS

Running tops – these are a great and easy way to keep the midsection a little warmer.

Trail Running - Men's Running Tops

New Balance Men’s Jacquard Short Sleeve Top. $45. It’s functional enough to run in and also nice enough to make that zoom call in.

Trail Running - Women's Running Tops

Nike Miler Short Sleeve Running Top. $35. Lightweight and breathable top that you’ll end up wearing all day!

Trail Running - Long Sleeve Men's Running Top

Saucony Stopwatch Long Sleeve Top. $34. Layer over the running top. The long sleeve layer acts as a light pullover.

Trail Running - Long Sleeve Top

Saucony Stopwatch Long Sleeve Top. $34. The anti-microbial finish helps reduce odors and for those darker runs, it has reflective logo marks

JACKETS

Running jacket (optional) – not taking off that last-minute layer decision? That’s ok! At least this can be tied around your waist.

The Brooks Carbonite Jacket was made for both warmth and visibility while out running.

SHORTS vs. PANTS

The Great Debate.

At the end of the day, this great debate comes down to preference and cold tolerance. Some runners refuse to wear pants unless it’s under 32 degrees F, others will only wear shorts if the temperature is in the 50s.

There’s no real right or wrong here, but whatever you choose, comfort is key.

RUNNING SHORTS

Trail Running - Men's Running Shorts

Men’s New Balance Impact Run 5″ short. $45. 5inches, practical and moisture-wicking. What more could a guy want?

Trail Running - Running Shorts Hers

Women’s Nike Tempo Lux 3″. $40. The perfect length to keep a perfect stride on the trail and lightweight enough to wear under tights if it gets a bit colder.

RUNNING TIGHTS

Trail Running - Running Tights Men's

Men’s New Balance Impact Run Heat Tights. $90. The perfect balance between warm and breathable

Trail Running - Running Tights Men's

Women’s Saucony Fortify Tights. $85. These tights have pockets. Enough said. How long have women been asking for pockets? Too long!

WINTER TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

Runners know it’s critical to check weather and trail conditions before heading out. If it’s too wet and rainy, it might be a road day to preserve the trail system.

Here are winter trail running shoe top picks.

Trail Running - GoreTex

New Balance Hierro v5 Gore-Tex $150. A great lightweight trail shoe that can withstand the cold wet terrain that also acts as a good transition shoe from road to trail and back.

Trail Running - Hoka Trail

HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4. $145. The tried and true all around trail shoe. The Speedgoat works well on even the wettest of trail surfaces to provide a breathable and largely dry running experience

MUST-HAVE WINTER ACCESSORIES

These accessories never go out of style and last for miles. For both safety and warmth, these are what we don’t leave home without.

Trail Running -Petzl Headlamp

Petzl IKO Core Headlamp. $90. The 100% compostable packaging is only half the reason this headlamp is a must have. The Petzl IKO Core has a rechargeable battery, 3 different lighting options (from ‘Oh yeah, this is nice’ to ‘OMG turn off the brights’).

Trail Running - Feetures

Running Socks. $9-$22. Feetures has a sock for everyone and meets every need. They are moisture wicking, come in different thickness and styles that make the most sense with where you’re at.

Icebreaker Gloves & Headband – Because matching is key and Icebreaker delivers both. The Icebreaker Sierra Gloves and Affinity Headband are essential to keeping your most vulnerable ligaments that affect the rest of the body, warm.

Plus, no one likes cold hands.

Trail Running - Icebreaker Gloves
Trail Running - Headband