• Memory Foam For A Remarkable Shoe

    Memory foam, like a smart phone, is one of those products you don’t know you need until you have it. You wonder how you ever got along without it. This amazing material was developed by NASA, and like Velcro, it is proving to be a world-changing product. If you’ve ever had the chance to relax on a memory foam mattress, you know the sweet, sweet bliss of the sinking feeling as the foam slowly molds to the shape of your body.

    Naturally, it was only a matter of time before memory foam found its way out of bed and into your shoes. While most insoles take a little time to “break in,” memory foam conforms to the curvature of your foot right from the start, and recent breakthroughs in the makeup of the product allow it to hold its shape even after your foot is out of the shoe.

    For those who use their shoes for casual walking, memory foam shoes are a delightfully refreshing switch. The cushion of memory foam is virtually unparalleled, making them extremely comfy for people suffering from foot ailments like bone spurs.

    That said, those intending to do serious running, shoes made largely from memory foam tend to lack an efficient rebound because there is too much give in the insole. This can reduce the efficiency of your stride, ultimately resulting in more work for you with every step (think of running across loose sand at the beach.) This many not be highly noticeable when you’re out for a casual run, but when you’re putting in serious miles, you will definitely notice that shoes made entirely from memory foam do not have the same potency as a regular running shoe.

    Fortunately, there is a way to get the best of both worlds! Superfeet is beginning to explore the potential uses of memory foam in insoles. Superfeet, famous for its custom insoles that go through a heated molding process to confirm to the precise shape of one’s foot, has coupled that with memory form. This new technology doesn’t require heating the insole. This three-layer DMP Insole features three separate layers of memory foam, each layer serving a unique purpose. The bottom layer is designed to provide stability and support, while the top two layers offer molded cushioning to the foot.

    Other companies have integrated memory foam into their technology in pieces and parts. Asics, for example, created the Gel Oracle with a memory foam heel cup. This allows for added cushioning and a more customized fit. By incorporating the memory foam into an actual running shoe, Asics has managed to offer a shoe that maintains efficiency while adding to comfort and footbed customization.

    Though memory foam shoes may not be for everyone, they certainly have their fans. People who aren’t looking for serious running shoes, but rather a shoe that is focused on comfort and cushioning, a memory foam shoe may be an ideal solution. However, for those of you who are looking for something to do some serious training, Dardano’s recommends going with a standard running shoe that will still offer cushioning but not at the cost of efficiency.


    By:tlashkari   |   September 25, 2014   |   Categories: Running Accessories , Categories: Memory Foam

  • Summer Running Gear

    September has arrived and school has started, but that doesn’t mean that the warmth of summer has disappeared – far from it, in fact. We’ve still got a month or two to go before the air is too cold to run in shorts and a t-shirt.

    If your closet is anything like ours, your warm-weather running gear may show  some wear and tear from this summer’s activities. Truly…after washing your favorite shirt twice a week for the past 12 weeks, it’s no small wonder that the thing is still in one piece.

    With that in mind, it may be time to replace a few items, and we have some suggestions for what you need to keep you cool, dry and odor-free.

    Skin cancer is real, folks. And so are raccoon tans. If you’re spending any amount of time out in the sunshine you should be lathering up your exposed skin in sunscreen. That said, offering a little extra protection to your face doesn’t hurt either. The adjustable Brooks Hat II is made from moisture-wicking material that is light-weight and well-ventilated to keep you cool and safe from the sun.

     

    It may be September, but it’s still hot. Finding the right shirt that feels almost weightless even when it’s drenched with sweat can be a challenge. We’ve got a solution for you. The mesh panels on the Women’s New Balance Ice Short Sleeve Top (it also comes in yellow) mean you get airflow in all the right places. Evaporative cooling, anyone?

     

     

    Perhaps you’re one of the fortunate few who doesn’t sweat – you merely glisten. If you are one of those lucky individuals, please feel free to read ahead to the final paragraph, because the next two are for those of us who can’t get that irritating sweat smell out of our favorite running shirt (amiright?) Fortunately, Saucony seems to have figured out a solution in their Premium Tech Short Sleeve Top. It not only eliminates moisture, but it is also made from anti-microbial fabric to keep you odor-free wear after wear and wash after wash.

     

     

    Ladies, Icebreaker offers a great, odor-resistant tee to help the transition from summer into fall. The Icebreaker Flash Short Sleeve Top is made from extremely lightweight wool, making it a great transition piece as the warmer temperatures start to cool off. It dries quickly , and can be used as base layer once winter rolls in.

     

     

    It won’t be summer forever, so it’s good to plan ahead for the winter months. The Ultimate Direction Signature Series Scott Jurek Ultra Vest was designed by an ultra-marathoner as the ideal pack for every runner. Made to hold all the essentials that every runner needs from your cell phone to water bottles, it has special features like a water-proof pocket to store things next to your back without running the risk of sweat percolating through to your gear.

     

    Got questions? Call Boulder Running at 1-800-807-61791-800-807-6179 (303-RUN-WALK303-RUN-WALK locally) and we’ll be glad to walk you through fabrication details.


    By:tlashkari   |   September 17, 2014   |   Categories: Running Accessories

  • Sportsman’s Gear: Heart Rate Monitors are the Tool to Lose Weight and Improve Physical Fitness

    A heart rate monitor is an invaluable tool to use to lose weight or improve physical fitness. Your heart rate is the key to reaching the next level in your fitness goals, and by monitoring your heart rate, you’ll be able to establish a baseline and put quantifiable figures to your improvement. Whether you are new to jogging or you are a professional triathlete training for an Iron Man, your heart rate is the key to achieving maximum performance and efficiency in your training.

    What is the Maximum Heart Rate?

    The fist thing you need to know about your heart rate is your max heart rate. This can be established by simply subtracting your age from 220. For example, if you are 30, your max heart rate is 220-30, or 190 beats per minute (BPM).

    Keep in mind that you can only operate at your max heart rate for a very short period of time, and most of your exercise will be done at a percentage of your max heart rate.

    So, how do you know how high your heart rate should be during a workout? Use these basic standards to guide your workouts based on what your personal goals:

    Endurance training: 60-70% of max heart rate (using our 30-year-old this would be 114-133 BPM). Endurance training is ideal for cardiovascular and muscle efficiency, and teaches the body to use stored fat for energy.

    Aerobic training: 70-80% of max heart rate (Age 30: 133-152 BPM). Aerobic training focuses highly on improving cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, and weight management. When maintaining a heart rate in this zone, the body will largely burn stored fat and carbohydrates.

    Anaerobic training: 80-90% of max heart rate (Age 30: 152-171 BPM). Anaerobic training is generally interval training, and is not sustainable for an extended period of time. This is typically used to increase lung capacity and improve the body’s ability to operate in a lactic acid rich environment.

    Competitive Athletes vs. Non-competitive Athletes Heart Rate

    Most competitive athletes are striving to improve their athletic performance (faster times, longer distances, etc.) will incorporate all three types of training into an exercise regimen. A heart rate monitor can greatly facilitate this by improving precision during workouts, as well as providing a baseline measurement.

    For the less competitive athlete intent on weight loss or improving overall health, a heart rate monitor offers an easy way to ensure they are hitting the target fat-burning zone. Many heart rate monitors also have features that will use age, weight, and heart rate to help determine caloric burn during any given workout.

    How to Pick the Right Heart Rate Monitor for Me?

    Picking a heart rate monitor can be confusing. Prices range from as low as $30 to upwards of $250, and it’s often hard to know what functions you need in a monitor.

    The best place to start is with the basic anatomy of a heart rate monitor. Do you want one that has a chest strap that measures your heart rate and sends it to a watch you wear on your wrist? Or do you want a heart rate monitor that is an all-in-one watch without the chest strap?

    Benefits and drawbacks to both exist: The chest strap monitor will be more accurate and often times can cost less than a wristwatch monitor. At the same time, it can be uncomfortable for runners who aren’t used to having pressure around their chest while they run.

    In comparison, while the wristwatch monitor can be more comfortable, it may not be as accurate as the chest strap monitor, and because it’s an all-in-one deal, wristwatch monitors tend to be more expensive than chest strap monitors.

    For the dedicated or professional athlete who is on a strict training and diet regimen, a heart rate monitor with a chest strap is ideal. These deliver a precision reading to track training performance. This exacting precision isn’t an absolute must for the average athlete who may be looking to lose weight or simply maintain physical fitness.

    Once you’ve decided chest strap or wristwatch, you can begin to look at what’s available to you within your budget…and decide whether or not you need the monitor that has the GPS, altimeter, clock, calculator, and phone-a-friend features. Depending on how closely you intend to track your training, you may want to look for a heart rate monitor that connects to a phone app or your computer to help get a closer look at your physiology during a run.


    By:tlashkari   |   August 27, 2014   |   Categories: Heart Rate Monitors

  • Feel the Squeeze: Compression Socks Enhance Recovery from Injury

    The magic of compression socks lies largely in post-workout recovery rather than during-workout performance. At a basic level, compression socks offer graduated compressive support to the muscle, meaning it’s tighter at the foot and gets (somewhat) looser at the top. The objective of compression is twofold; first, it slightly restricts veins in the lower leg, thus increasing the velocity of the blood flowing throughout the muscles. The increase in velocity means that the lactic acid is carried away from the muscles more quickly. In short—less lactic acid means less soreness.

     

    Second, the tight sock actually offers physical support to the muscles in the lower leg by reducing vibration from the repetitive pounding of a distance run. This ultimately reduces delayed muscle fatigue and soreness.

     

    The end result is that compression socks allow runners to recover more quickly by reducing the lactic acid build-up during and after a run. Think of it as the alternative to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for feet. Wearing compression socks means you don’t need to endure the unpleasant shock of plunging your bare skin into a bucket of glacial water.

    Benefits of Compression Socks

    Compression socks don’t just offer performance benefits. They can also offer much-needed support to the lower leg when recovering from injuries like shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and even calf cramps/strains. While compression socks aren’t a cure-all for these ailments, they can definitely be useful in aiding your way to a rapid recovery.

     

    Choosing a Proper Sock

    If you’ve ever muscled your way into a pair of compression socks (or compression anything really), you’ve surely noticed that they are decidedly tight. So tight, in fact, that you may wonder whether or not you have the right size.

     

    Compression socks need to be tight to do the job right, but there is a fine line between tight enough and too tight. They won’t be comfortable, but they shouldn’t be painful. Before you go on an internet search for compression socks, measure the circumference of the thickest part of your calf. Compression socks are sold by size. At Boulder Running Company, compression socks are shown with an accompanying size chart to help you determine what size you need.

     

     

    Try before You Buy

    If you can try the socks on before you buy them, do so. This will allow you to decide whether they feel supportive or restrictive as you move.  Get up, move around, jog in place; see how the socks feel as you engage the muscles in your lower legs.

    Pro’s put their compression socks on differently than regular socks. Because they’re so tight you won’t be able to bunch the fabric and slide your foot in, try this: pull the sock over your foot and up your leg one tug at a time until it’s settled snugly around your foot. The first time can be daunting. You’ll be ready to get tired, breathless and sweaty on a run to try them out.


    By:tlashkari   |   August 15, 2014   |   Categories: Compression Accessories

  • Is Trail Running for You? What to Know and What to Wear

    Go ahead, run! Trail running is gaining in popularity so it’s a good thing we live in Colorado where there are tons of dedicated trails to run on. While there are pros and cons to trail running, one thing is for certain, Boulder Running Company can help you choose the right trail running shoe for your needs and style. But first, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why trail running is so great and some of the things to watch out for:

    What’s great about trail running:

    • It lets you release that primal need to just run, run, run. Being in nature helps give you that wild feeling.
    • The softer surfaces are easier on your joints and muscles.
    • You get to run for the sake of running, not for beating a time or for getting some exercise in before the workday begins.
    • It’s often safer because you don’t have to worry about sharing the road with cars.
    • The varied terrain is more interesting to look at.
    • Your endurance and muscle strength improve because the terrain is usually more difficult, requiring the use of different muscles and your core to manage uneven terrain and inclines.



    What to beware of in trail running:

    • Some of the very things that are good, can be a negative including that softer surfaces can be muddy, rocky and slippery, increasing the chance of injury.
    • Being in the wilderness, away from familiar city streets or park paths, can mean you can get lost or don’t have access to help if you get injured.
    • You may be so busy looking around you at the beautiful scenery, that you trip or twist your ankle on the uneven surfaces.

    So, overall, be safe, aware and prepared to fully enjoy trail running. Part of that preparation is having the right kind of shoe. Now, let’s take a look at some of the options Boulder Running Company has to offer the trail runner.

    Women:

    dynafit-pantera-trail-shoe-womenCreated by ski touring and mountain specialists, Dynafit Pantera Trail Shoe ($139.95) offers DUO motion full length EVA midsole for cushion and stability. The ESS midsole plate provides flexible protection from sharp stones while the Vibram mapping compound sole has three rubber compounds that can take on a variety of surfaces.

     

    new-balance-wt1010-womenConsidered a minimal trail running shoe, the New Balance WT1010 ($109.95) has a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that encourages more of a midfoot stike. A forefoot rock plate protects feet on rocky terrain. The thin upper has a tighter weave to help you maintain medial and lateral support on uneven terrain while the Vibram outsole offers durability and real group on the trail.

    Men:

    hoka-one-one-stinson-atr-menThe oversized EVA Midsole Technology of the Hoka One One Stinson ATR ($159.95) has 2.5X greater volume than traditional running shoes which encourages running longer, with better stability and more cushioning. The light EVA midsole compresses, providing excellent shock absorption, springing back underfoot to give you better acceleration.

     

    pearl-izumi-e-motion-trail-m2-menFor runners who tend toward mid-foot pronation, the Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail M2 ($124.95) is the best choice. Midsole densities provide support and stability while the forefoot’s rock plate and lugged outsole let you handle rocks and other debris on the trail. “Project E:motion” provides a smooth, fluid running experience.

     

    Boulder Running Company has an extensive selection of trail running shoes for both men and women. Shop online or come into one our stores to see the full selection, try on some shoes and see which ones feel best for your trail running experience so you can run free, with confidence and comfort.


    By:tlashkari   |   July 22, 2014   |   Categories: Running Accessories

  • 3 Things to Look for In a Running Sock

    We give a lot of thought to our running shoes (and with good reason) but the item closest to them, the thing that comes between our bare feet and that great running shoe, also deserves careful consideration. You can’t just substitute any day-to-day sock for the socks you wear while running. They need to be built differently, with comfort, durability and function in mind. Here’s why:

      • Cushioning – A good running sock, has extra cushioning in all the right places with the impact of your foot and the contact the shoe has with your foot in mind.

      • Durability – You’re putting a sock through the paces when it’s coming between your constantly-moving foot and shoe. A running sock needs to be made well, of good quality fabric with strong stitching (that doesn’t irritate your foot) and reinforced areas, like the toe and heel, that get the most wear.

      • Staying power – How annoying is it when your sock starts to lose its elasticity and inches its way down into your shoe, exposing your heel to blisters and bunching up under your instep? So annoying! Make sure your running socks have quality elasticity and a proper fit so that when you put them on, they stay put, doing their job.

      Now that you know what to look for, you need look no further to find socks that meet the criteria above.

      cushion-crew-sock-unisexThis crew length sock has cushioning that’s the perfect thickness in key impact areas. To keep your feet cool and dry, the Feetures High Performance Light Cushion Crew Sock – Unisex ($11.95) uses iWick fibers to wick moisture and SnugFit Technology with power bands of Lycra for support.

       

      balega-enduro-low-cut-sock-unisexYou’ve got to feel good about a company whose name is a Zulu word meaning “to move with speed.” With a very high thread count, the Balega Enduro Low Cut Sock-Unisex ($10.95) feels plush and comfortable yet is great at wicking moisture away. The sock provides optimal airflow and even has a mesh ventilation panel at the top for enhanced breathability. An extra deep heel pocket prevents the sock from sliding down.

       

      Those are just two of the running socks we have and they happen to be unisex. But we have men’s and women’s socks as well as compression versions. Take a look at our selection, consider your shoes, where you run and what you want out of a sock. We’re sure you’ll find something at Boulder Running Company that keeps you running happy. Although reasonably priced, consider running socks an investment in your overall running equipment. It’s worth it.


      By:tlashkari   |   July 16, 2014   |   Categories: Running Accessories

    1. Colorado Summer Running Events

      The Colorado running season is in full force this summer. With plenty of opportunities to participate in runs of varying lengths, in varying places and for varying causes, you can pick and choose the length, location and in many cases, cause you are most interested in. Here’s a partial list of runs coming up this summer throughout Colorado. For more options and for details, visit Active.com, Competitormagazine.com and HallucinationSports.com as well as Boulder Running Company, of course. We’re also your source for the gear that will keep you doing your best and feeling your best, no matter which runs you choose to tackle.

      June

      June 7 – Greenwood Village: Cherry Creek Dam Race
      5K or 10K Walk with 12.5 mile or 25 mile biking event along the Cherry Creek Dam Road to benefit Project C.U.R.E.

      June 8 – Denver: Strides for Epilepsy
      5K race to raise awareness for epilepsy followed by carnival games, face painting and caricatures.

      June 21 & 22 – Estes Park: Estes Park Marathon and Half Marathon
      Voted as ‘Most Scenic Race’ by Colorado Runner magazine readers, the family-friendly race goes along the border of Rocky Mountain National Park.

      June 27 – Denver: 2014 Underwearness Drop Your Drawers & Run Wild 5K Run
      Benefit the non-profit Underwearness, the Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Denver Children’s Home. Then head to the Denver Zoo for an after-party with food and drinks.

      June 28 – Castle Rock: Castle Rock Marathon
      Half marathon, 5-mile run or steep run up the Rock while enjoying historic downtown Castle Rock and trails along Plum Creek.

      July

      July 4 – Breckenridge: Breckenridge Independence Day 10K Trail Run
      10K run through Breckenridge, followed by the Main Street parade.

      July 4 – Boulder: Avery Brewing Company’s Four on the Fourth
      Four kilometers through Boulder, topped off with a brew from Avery Brewing Company.

      July 12 – Colorado Springs: 2nd Annual IREM Charity Run
      Run through the America the Beautiful Park to raise money for this Children’s Hospital Colorado.

      July 20 – Denver: 15th Annual Donor Dash
      5K run/walk to honor organ and tissue .

      July 26 – Westminster: Dog Days 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
      Choose among three races while running along Big Dry Creek Trail, with views of the Flatirons.

      August

      August 2 – Estes Park: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
      Start at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and then on to Dry Gulch and Devil’s Gulch. Date: August 2, 2014 Time: 6 A.M. Location: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO Cost: $65-$110

      August 9 – Commerce City: Neon Dash Denver
      Get covered with ultra-violet neon powder illuminated by blacklights and hear high energy music.

      August 16 – Steamboat Springs: Steamboat Springs Splash & Dash
      Try this swimming and running event that starts at Steamboat Springs’ historic hot springs pool.

      August 23 – Arvada: 2nd Annual Runapalooza 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
      Explore Arvada and the award winning Ralston Creek.

      August 30 – Boulder: Boulder Sunset Triathlon & Diathlon
      End the summer running season with views of Boulder.

      Wow, what a season! No matter what races you choose, be sure to start with the right equipment from head to toe at Boulder Running Company. We’ll help get you outfitted no matter what level you’re at or what terrain you’ll be taking on.


      By:tlashkari   |   June 25, 2014   |   Categories: Upcoming Events

    2. Cool Gear for Hot Days

      We’re in for a long, hot summer. But you aren’t about to let some heat keep you from running. Instead, dress for keeping your cool while your body heats up and the sun beats down. Take a look at a few of the items for men and women we’ve spotlighted, from what you wear on the outside to what you wear underneath.

      For men:

      nike drifit knit short sleeve shirt menThe ultra-soft tri-blend fabric of the Nike DriFit Knit Short Sleeve Shirt 519714 ($70) moves with you. But the real comfort comes from seamless construction that means less irritation from chafing and open mesh texture on the sides to keep air flowing when it gets hot. A cord management loop on the center-back of the neck helps keep cords out of the way – a nice touch.

       

      mizuno-aero-singlet-menOn race day or just when you’re doing fast-paced running, you’ll be glad you have the Mizuno Aero Singlet ($44.95). Mizuno’s DryLite moisture management technology keeps your body dry while the Body Mapping technology provides great air circulation, helping you keep your cool. BlindStitch means no abrasion (not even from labels) and that means more comfort for you.

       

      brooks-equilibrium-brief-menWhether you’re going on a quick, every day run or taking on something more intense, the Brooks Sherpa Short III ($39.95) will get you through it in comfort. Moisture wicking materials keep moisture away from your skin while the light internal brief liner adds comfort and support. Added perks that just make these shorts a real asset to your running wardrobe include dual rear holster pockets with Velcro closures for storing gels and other essentials, an internal key/ID storage pocked and 360 degrees of Scotchlite retroreflectivity for increased visibility.

       

      brooks-sherpa-short-III-menUnderneath it all, the Brooks Equilibrium Brief ($19.95) provides a great foundation for any running outfit. With moisture wicking material that keeps you dry and comfortable, a soft elastic waistband and lightweight support, these briefs will help keep you cool from the inside, out.

       

       

       

       

      For women:

      brooks-verstaile-ez-short-sleeve-top-womenThe Brooks Verstaile EZ Short Sleeve Top ($33.95) could quickly become your favorite running shirt. Incredibly soft and lightweight, the shirt helps keep you cool and dry with moisture wicking materials. The flattering V-neck has flatlock seams to reduce irritation as you move.

       

      sugoi-boulder-running-company-singlet-womenShow some Boulder Running Company love with the Sugoi Boulder Running Company Singlet ($49.95), showing off the custom designed Flatiron motif with the Colorado flag. The material is ultra lightweight and very breathable with moisture wicking material.

       

      brooks-glycerin-2-in-1-short-womenWhen choosing a pair of running shorts, you want style, comfort and ease of movement. The Brooks Glycerin 2 in 1 Short ($45.95) fits the bill all around. This popular Brooks’ style now has a supportive boy short liner to provide more coverage. Moisture wicking materials draw sweat away from your skin while the wide waistband helps the shorts stay put without digging into your skin. Store keys and ID in an interior stash pocket. Run confidently knowing you have 360 degrees of Scotchlite retroreflectivity for enhanced visibility.

       

      The foundatbrooks-versatile-womens-braion of a comfortable run is this foundation item! The Brooks Versatile Women's Bra ($33.95) provides compression and encapsulation to maintain proper support through M-frame construction. The breathable mesh in key sweat zones prevents a build-up of moisture. Attractive enough to wear on its own, the bra comes in solids and heather colors.

       

       

       

      Come in to one of our stores or shop online to see all of the comfortable, breathable, moisture-wicking items we carry for men and women. And remember, we have free shipping on orders over $75, making it easy for you to stock up on the essentials you’ll need for your summer running wardrobe.


      By:tlashkari   |   June 13, 2014   |   Categories: Summer Gears

    3. Warm Weather Accessories

      The heat is on…and getting hotter. Keep your cool while running with accessories that will make you more comfortable and keep you safer at the same time.

      HYDRATION

      If you aren’t hydrated, you’re in danger. Boulder Running Company has several types of packs that make accessing water while on the run easy.

      handheld hydration packHow many times have you dropped your water bottle while running, or had to hide your house key under a flower pot to avoid having to carry them? This clever product takes care of both of those problems. The Ultimate Direction FastDraw Plus Handheld Hydration Pack ($19.95) carries 20 ounces of water in a 100% BPA-Free bottle. The unique Kicker Valve prevents leaking. A comfortable strap wraps over your hand helping you maintain a grip on the bottle on one side, while on the other side, a handy zipper pocket holds keys, ID and other essentials.

       

      nathan trail mix 2 bottle hydration beltFor day-to-day running or during a race, the Nathan Trail Mix 2 Bottle Hydration Belt ($44.95) lets you maintain two smaller bottles and storage for phone, keys and other essentials, strapped around your waist. New mono-filament 20% stretch in the belt provides a bounce free ride. Tension molded holsters keep the bottles in place.

       

      hoka one one evo race packWhen you’re going the distance on a long run and/or race, the Hoka One One Evo Race Pack ($149.95) will be your new best friend. This limited edition pack has a storage capacity of up to 17 liters between the large storage pocket on the back plus several smaller areas on the sides. There are three pockets for food and gels and one pocket with zip closure to keep your phone, cash, credit cards and ID safe. There’s even a whistle included on an adjustment strap and a place to secure poles. An Airback Ventilation Mesh on the back keeps things breathable and comfortable.

       

      HEADWEAR

      brooks nightlife hatAn important part of keeping cool is protecting your head from the intense sun. Visors help shield your eyes and offer protection from the sun and rain. Although it’s intended for use at night (and who doesn’t love running in the cool of a summer’s night?), we also recommend the Brooks Nightlife Hat ($34.95) for use during the day because of its visible, bright yellow color. But at night, it really shines as an important running accessory. A flat, flashing LED light in the hat is powered by a Lithium battery that can be easily replaced. 3M Scotchlite retroreflective piping enhances your visibility. The hat is machine-washable.

       

      Boulder Running Company LogoShow your Boulder Running Company love while keeping cool with the Headsweats Race Hat with Boulder Running Company Logo ($24.95). Ultra lightweight and breathable this hat has a Coolmax fabric shell and fabric terry headband to create airflow and absorb sweat. It also has Invista certified UPF sun protection.

      SOCKS

      cushion low cut sockRunning in the heat means your feet get hot even faster. Good, lightweight socks help prevent chafing, too much sweat and blistering. Feetures High Performance Light Cushion Low Cut Sock Unisex ($10.95) combines cushioning with breathability, making it one of our most popular socks. There’s high density cushioning just where you need it, in high impact areas. Power Bands of Lycra® hug your foot, keeping the sock in place, avoiding rubbing and bunching up. iWick™ fibers wick moisture away, keeping your feet drier and more comfortable as do the light weight mesh panels that encircle your foot.

      Stop in to one of our stores, give us a call at 1-800-807-61791-800-807-6179 or shop online to see all of the many products we have that will help you stay cool, hydrated and comfortable on every run, whether around your neighborhood, on the race trail or in the mountains. We’ve got your warm-weather comfort in mind.


      By:tlashkari   |   May 7, 2014   |   Categories: Running Accessories

    4. Hoka One One Huaka Sneak Preview- Available 7/1/14

      Hoka One One Huaka, Available 7/1/14:

       

      1. Men's Huaka- Lime/Anthracite/Cyan
      2. Men's Huaka- White/Blue
      3. Women's Huaka- White/Pink/Grey
      4. Women's Huaka- Acid/Aqua/White

       

      Hoka One One’s Huaka is an ultra lightweight, performance oriented trainer ideal for racing and faster paced running. Weighing in at a mere 8.9 ounces with a 2mm offset, the secret to the Huaka lies in the RMAT midsole.

      RMAT, presently found in the Conquest, is a lightweight, durable, resilient, and responsive midsole compound that provides the benefits of maximal cushioning technology while retaining a responsive ride, ideal for faster paced runs.

      Ideal for runners seeking a low offset, lightweight racing or training shoe with maximum cushioning and protection but without sacrificing weight or performance, the Huaka is a must try this summer.


      By:BoulderRunning   |   April 20, 2014   |   Categories: Uncategorized