Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Xmas shopping list......


.... brought to you buy Runner's World...



Our Favorite Things

Need a holiday gift idea for a runner? Here are 10 that top our list.By Lisa JhungImage by Mitch MandelFrom the December 2010 issue of Runner's World 
Plenty of running gear passes through our office each year, but when heading out on a run we often find ourselves reaching for a few select items, time and again. With the holidays approaching, we'd like to tip our running cap to the new products in 2010 that stood out from the pack. Consider this Gear-of-the-Year list our gift to you. Use it to shop for others—or, even better, for yourself.

SELECTED SHORTS
BROOKS HVAC SYNERGY SHORTS ($44) became a staple in our running repertoire because they refuse to get bogged down with sweat midrun. They're made of a quick-drying fabric and have mesh panels that increase airflow for long runs or steamy treadmill sessions. And the shorts' soft liner uses silver fibers to regulate temperature and fight odor.brooksrunning.com

LOOK FAST
Saucony's track-inspired 
KILKENNY ZIP JACKET II ($85) is a stylish throwback to the bygone days of the first running boom. It looks and feels good enough to wear casually (it's great with a cotton tee on a lazy Sunday). And when we actually ran in the jacket, it didn't let us down: The interior wicked sweat like a champ. Note: Men's version is named Retro Track Jacket. saucony.com.


LIGHT DONE RIGHT
Sure, with all the fuss over minimalist footwear, the Vibram FiveFingers grabbed the headlines in 2010. But it was the 
MIZUNO WAVE UNIVERSE ($120) that got our pulses racing. Its wispy weight (3.8 ounces) and extreme flexibility made us want to go crazy-fast. For one staffer, the shoe's barely-there feel all but returned him to his track days.mizunousa.com

LITTLE WONDER
We're blown away by how much flashy technology fits into the 1.54" frame of the latest 
APPLE IPOD NANO($149, 8GB; $179, 16GB). It has a touch screen, like an iPhone, which is great for navigating playlists midrun. For one contributor who tracks all her runs using Nike Plus, the lightweight Nano is a godsend. It's petite, yet still displays (and offers audio prompts for) vital details, like pace and distance, onscreen.apple.com

IF you want to read about the rest click HERE.

I can attest to the "Little Wonder".  I have been using the Nano for awhile and have been impressed so far.  I did find that the Nano needs to be calibrated to your running stride.  It was logging more distance than I was actually doing.  Made my 'minutes per mile' look very impressive!!! lol

I was using my Garmin, Fitbit and Nano during runs to see how the Fitbit and Nano compared to the Garmin.  I'll never get rid of my Garmin....... but it's fun to have different data that you can get from other products.

What is on your Xmas list?  What do you recommend?

Gotta run.

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