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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.

WINTER ADVENTURES

Stay safe outside all winter – LOVE the Kahtoola Microspikes for winter hiking and good traction in snow and ice. These spikes fits my hiking boots, winter snow boots and trail shoes perfectly. I use them for winter hiking when the snow is packed and snowshoes might not be called for.

Kahtoola Microspikes
WINTER MICROSPIKES

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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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. 

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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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.

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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