by David Falk
The season is slowly creeping in on the calendar; the air has transitioned from cooling to cold and as we greet the impending new year and the snowy fields that define Canadian winter, runners need to be ready with the right gear. Whether training inside or out, whether expert or beginner, your runner needs the right shoes, jackets, and tops because when it fits and feels right, the effort is inevitably easier and can be–dare we say it–fun. Here are a few favorites picked by the Running Room purchasing department for the runner in your life.
If you are looking for a gift for anyone starting out, comfort should be your first priority: the gear (and the colour) don’t make you fast, you make it fast. When considering what will get someone out the door quicker, the question should be, are they comfortable enough to feel like they could accumulate 100 miles in these shoes, shirts, jackets, tights? Yes. Could you do 50 more? Yes. Then let’s go.
Beginner Runner – Women
Beginner Runner – Men
Beginner Runner – Shoes / Neutral
Beginner Runner – Shoes / Stability
It’s cold out, the sun is down, and everyone’s breath materializes in front of their face but the die-hard runner still must get out and do the work because it’s the only way to reach the goal that has been set. Jackets that are high on heat retention and breathability, tights that keep your legs toasty and uninterrupted range of motion, and shoes that are fast and resilient. All to get them where they need to go.
Experienced Runner – Women
Experienced Runner – Men
Experienced Runner – Shoes/ Neutral
Experienced Runner – Shoes / Lightweight