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Holiday Gift Guide For Trail Running 2012 (Pt. 1)

Forests and Trail Running

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Are you planning to start Trail Running in the New Year? If you are like me you will be running on the trails even in the snow. In order to be ready for trail running here is my Holiday Gift Guide for Trail Runners for you and the special runnerds in your life.

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide for Trail Runners (Pt 1.)

1. Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) Women’s Power Stretch Full-Zip Hoodie

This is one of the best purchases of #fitgear I ever made to wear when trail running. First and most importantly this top has thumb-holes so you can cozy up and prevent drafts from dancing up your sleeves when you are running. The EMS power stretch fleece fabric is so warm on the inside and is also great for moisture wicking. I also love the hood which also offers protection to your neck and face against the wind when the temperatures dip below zero and the wind is blowing snow in your face.

EMS Women's Power Stretch Full Zip Hoodie

EMS Women’s Power Stretch Full Zip Hoodie

2. Under Armour Women’s ColdGear Frosty Compression Tights

Under Armour ColdGear compression tights are my absolute favorite! I love the fit! The compression style helps to keep your muscles feeling strong and they are incredibly warm. I wore my ColdGear all last winter at the Winter Wild Mountain Race Series running in the snow and they were perfect for keeping me warm and dry.

Under Armour Women's ColdGear Frosty Compression Tights

Under Armour Women’s ColdGear Frosty Compression Tights

3.  Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GORE-TEX Women”s Running Shoes – Gray

I love the easy close lace adjustment (Quick-lace) on this trail shoe. Plus these women’s trail running shoes are Gore Tex so completely waterproof which is perfect for trail running in the snow and running up mountain ski trails. The tread on these shoes is rugged and handles the roots and rocks of the New Hampshire Trails.  These women’s trail running shoes are surprisingly light too which is nice when trying to navigate the trails in deep snow.

4. REI Trail Running Gaiters

I have tall gaiters but have been wishing for a shorter pair for trail running to help prevent rocks/pebbles and snow from getting in my trail running shoes. I recently borrowed these from a friend and loved them. They are very easy to put on and are made of a nice stretchy fabric that moves with you as you take your strides.

Trail Running Gaiters from REI

Later Gaiter

5. Kahtoola MICROspikes

Kahtoola MICROspikes are a must-have for winter trail running. When the trails are extra gnarly and covered with snow and ice the MICROspikes will give you the extra traction that you need to help prevent a total “yard sale (tumble) on the trail when things get slip.  These MICROSPIKES have a great flexible crampon with flexible over the shoe binding. What makes these the best traction system for winter trail running is that they are easy  to store in a pocket or as I like to do, bungee them onto my Camelbak which means you can can get the added traction right when you need it.  I wore the Kahtoola MICROspikes last winter as I raced up and down mountains at the Winter Wild Mountain Running series in NH and the were amazing (I didn’t wipe out at all!) and made me feel very stable as I ran (somewhat out of control) down the mountain ski trails. When you are not trail running and your driveway has turned into a nightmarish ice skating rink your microspikes will save you from landing on your rear!

Microspikes from Kahtoola, Crampons

Kahtoola MICROspikes

Related Posts from some of the best running bloggers 

Fitness Friday-Holiday Gifts for Runners-www.runningescapades.com (Super NH running blogger)

Holiday Fitness Wish List-www.happyfitmama.com (Super NH running blogger)

Running to Me a Holiday Gift Guide, Running in a Winter Wonderland-www.irunnerblog.com

Holiday Gift Guide-www.runfargirl.com (Super NH running blogger)

2012 Holiday Gift Guide For Runners-www. runlikeagirl.com

The Amazing Christmas Running Gift Giveaway Extravaganza-www.averagemomswearcapes.com

Winter Trail Running at Night-LOVE!

Winter Trail Running at Night-LOVE!

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12 responses

12 responses

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! Love the blog love! Haha! And you’re list is awesome! Those micro spikes look pretty serious!

  2. The XA Pros are some of the best running/cycling/all-around-adventuring winter shoes I have ever used. Combined with Microspikes and quality gaiters I am invincible from the shin down!!
    Love the list!!

  3. Thanks for the link love! I’d love to do more trail running except I can’t find any of my friends to do it with me. I might have to pay a visit to you just to get my fix! 🙂

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