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Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide for Runners and Trail Runners 2013

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Organic Runner Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

 *Disclaimer: I was provided with items from Skirt Sports, Peppers Eyeware, Swiftwick Socks, and Skida as compensation for review for this gift guide.  All of the opinions reflected in this Holiday Gift Guide are my own.

Organic Runner Mom's Holiday Gift Guide for Runners and Trail Runners 2013

What’s on your holiday wishlist for running?

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here and it’s time to find the perfect gifts for the runner or trail runner in your life. This year’s holiday gift guide features my fresh picks to help every runner stay fast, hydrated, warm and colorful during the colder winter running months.

FRESH HYDRATION Pick:

1. UltrAspire Spry Purpleocity SP13

Retail Price: $80

Purpleocity SP13

Purpleocity SP13

When I run longer distances I tend to experience fluid loss at a quick rate so I am always looking for more convenient ways to carry fluids during training.  It is easy as a runner to neglect hydration and I know that if you are like me sometimes a short run can turn into a long run if you are feeling great or the conditions are perfect. The UltrAspire Spry is a great hydration pack because it is not bulky. It has two pockets up front to carry your energy gels, identification and keys.  The pack now also holds a one liter bladder for fluids.  The vest is made of a lightweight breathable mesh.  The UltrAspire bladder is cool because it is easy to fill with a wide opening at the top that is closed using a Slide Seal™. I also love the high flow valve that UltrAspire uses for easy fluid flow.

UltrAspire 1 Liter Reservoir

UltrAspire 1 Liter Reservoir

Fresh Skirt Pick:

2. Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt

Retail Price: $90

Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt in Aberdeen Print/Black

Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt in Aberdeen Print/Black

Meet the Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt. As you know, my love for Skirt Sports runs deep and this is my new favorite running skirt to keep me warm and toasty on long, cold midwinter runs. This skirt features super warm running pants that still include Skirt Sports signature pockets on the legs, perfect for holding energy gels, your iPhone or whatever you might need on a cold winter run.  The best thing about the Tough Girl Skirt is the two panel skirt over the running pants which makes you feel warm and cozy, pretty and colorful when hitting the icy winter roads and trails.  The running pants also have a boot cut at the bottom which makes this skirt perfect for wearing on errands after your run. The Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt comes in a  variety of bright colors and prints which will warm up your coldest run.
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Fresh Compression Pick

 

 3. Swiftwick Aspire 12 in Pink–Compression Socks

Retail Price: $35.99

Swiftwick Aspire 12 Pink-Compression Socks

Swiftwick Aspire 12 Pink-Compression Socks

I love compression socks for three reasons. The first is that they help increase circulation in your legs during and after running. I also love them because they add an extra layer to keep my calves warm when the temperature becomes chilly. Lastly, I love compression socks because I have always loved the look of tall socks (I guess it is the true runnerd in me coming out). Swiftwick Aspire 12 compression socks have a 4″ double cuff to help keep them in place on your calves which is helpful especially because I have string bean legs. These socks help to improve performance during running by creating better circulation  in your legs and feet and enhance circulation for excellent recovery for tired legs after long runs and races. These socks are made from a unique fiber called olefin which is moisture-wicking and breathable. They also come in white but I love them in pink for a fun burst of color.

Fresh EYEWEAR Pick:

 

 4. Peppers Polarized Eyewear–Circuit Breaker

Retail Price: $49.99

Peppers Polarized Eyewear–Circuit Breaker

Peppers Polarized Eyewear–Circuit Breaker

I fell in love with Peppers Eyewear because they offer stylish glasses at a reasonable price.  Peppers Eyewear come in styles made for sports or for your post marathon celebration around town in their more fashion forward styles.  Many of the frames are offered with both Polarized or non-polarized lenses to suit your needs.  Peppers Polarized Eyewear was generous enough to share with me the Peppers Polarized Eyewear Circuit Breaker frames which have super thin POLARIZED polycarbonate lenses (also available in non-polarized) and a tuff-core GRILAMID frame.  This frame is light and perfect for cycling and running.  The frame is made for someone with a wider face. I have a narrow oval shaped face so I passed these on to Organic Runner Dad to test out.  He loves the lightweight frames and has worn them on rugged mountain runs in the White Mountains.  I think they suit him perfectly.  Peppers Polarized Eyewear will make a nice holiday surprise for your running enthusiast’s next running adventure. Here is a promo code for your holiday purchase from peppersusa.com which can be entered at checkout for 20% off your order. promo code: OUTDOORS  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fresh Tough Chick Look

5. Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top

Retail Price: $85

Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top

Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top

The Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top is quickly becoming another one of my winter favorites.  I love how well thought out Skirt Sports technical gear is when it comes to pockets and other necessary features. This half zip pull-over has a large hidden kangaroo pouch that can hold your gloves, hat or whatever you need to take off as your thermostat warms up on a long winter run.  There is also a little pocket on the left shoulder for your iPhone, your keys, your identification or your energy gel. The other must-have feature for any piece of winter gear are the thumbholes. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the inventor of thumbholes because they help to prevent a draft from climbing up your sleeves when the wind is whipping.  The Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top also has some reflective details for better visibility when running at dusk. This half zip is a must have!

Fresh Post Run Footwear Pick

 6. Women’s Classic High Bogs 

Retail Price: $120

Women's Classic High Bogs

Women’s Classic High Bogs

I have been a huge Bogs fan for years and the Women’s Classic High Bogs have become a staple in my wardrobe. I love these Bogs in the summer when I am working out in the garden. I love them during mud season and on rainy days for keeping my feet warm and dry and I love them in the winter especially after long runs and races because they are comfortable and keep my piggies warm and toasty. Bogs are 100 percent waterproof,  and use unique materials to help wick moisture and keep odor out. Bogs are the perfect after run footwear in the winter. Did I mention that they are rated to 40 below zero? I am also a huge fan of the colorful nature inspired patterns.

FRESH HAT Pick

 7. SKIDA Alpine and Nordic Hats and Headbands

Retail Price: $16-$34

SKIDA–headwear and accessories made in Vermont, USA

SKIDA–headwear and accessories made in Vermont, USA

I was first introduced to SKIDA by my good friend Alison and fell in love with the pretty patterns and the simplicity and wearability of SKIDA hats and headbands.  SKIDA is a Vermont company that was started by Burke Mountain Ski Academy student Corinne Prevot in 2007.  She and her Mom work with local cottage industry seamstresses to create these cool hats and headbands.  SKIDA offers hats in both Alpine (lined with fleece) and Nordic (unlined) hats and headbands. The hats and headbands are made of a printed poly-blend outer fabric and when lined have a cozy fleece. The hats come in many different unique fabrics featuring large polka dots, bold designs, and vibrant colors.  SKIDA also just began producing a kids line of hats which my kids (ages 5 and 3) were super psyched to test out! The nordic hats are perfect for those semi-cold days where you just need to keep your head covered while still not overheating and the Alpine hats are great for days when the wind chills pick up. I wear my SKIDA on the mountain, on nordic ski trails and on all of my favorite runs and you should too! a Rafflecopter giveaway

FRESH FAST SHOE Pick

8. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13

RETAIL PRICE: $110

BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 13

BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 13

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is the shoe that has been with me through all of my marathon training and racing and trail running adventures.  I love the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 because it offers fantastic stability for an over-pronator like me.  It features the signature Brooks “footbridge” to help provide extra support and even comes in a 2AA which I need for my narrow fit.  This shoe fits true to size. The Adrenaline stands up to the grueling miles of marathon training. This shoe is light and is very flexible which is a surprising feature of this stability shoe. If you aren’t in need of a stability shoe Brooks has a lot of other great road trail shoe choices to add to your holiday wish list.

FRESH GIFT CARD Pick

9. Outdoor Divas Gift Card

Retail Price: $25-$200

Outdoor Divas Gift Card

0utdoor DIVAS Gift Card

My last holiday gift pick for runners, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts is a gift card to an awesome Boulder, CO business.  Outdoor DIVAS is “the first women specific outdoor and snow sports shop in the country.” This business was started by Kim Walker, “a recognized authority on apparel and gear designed for women.” I had the opportunity to meet with Kim and to check out outdoor DIVAS first hand during my last visit to Boulder, CO.  Kim’s store, outdoor Divas, sells great brands such as Prana, Nuu Muu, Stonewear Designs,  Skirt Sports and many more. Kim Walker and her business celebrate and support strong women athletes.  If you haven’t yet heard of outdoor DIVAS this is  definitely a go to spot for your outdoor gear!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my Holiday Gift Guide! I hope you enjoy my selections and now have some great ideas for the runners in your life! Happy Holidays!

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92 responses

92 responses

  1. Great list! I want that running skirt and the top … and the hat LOL. I’ve never run in a running skirt but they always look fun

  2. Oh I want the neckwarmer! Or the floating flowers alpine hat. But man that neckwarmer could have been a blessing this morning LOL

  3. I looooove Skirt Sports gear! (And I looooove running in a skirt!) Never heard of Skida before, but their hats are so cute I’ll have to check them out!

  4. I just love SkirtSports and now I just have to have the Tough Girl and Tough Chick! Love the hat. Love the glasses! I have always loved my Brooks Adrenalines. Ok…..I’ll take one (or more!) of everything on your list! Good choices!

  5. Love the picks!! I’m an origianl, diehard SS fan, and can never have enough of their products. Also, Love that you have so many small business finds. The Skida hats are so cute and functional! yay!

  6. Can I just tell you how much I LOVELOVELOVE The Tough Girl Skirt??? my favorite winter running bottoms bar none. I’m dying to get one in the aberdeen print…

    I’ve been wanting a SKIDA hat for a while now, too… so anyway.

    I got a pair of BOGS last winter and I wear them alllll the time once it starts getting cold. 🙂 hehehe.
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  7. OH MY! This is like a perfect Dear Santa list! I need it all for my 1/2 marathon at Yellowstone National Park in June 2014!!!! 🙂 Great stuff!

  8. Skirt Sports are fantastic. I just started running this April – and my running wardrobe is almost entirely SkirtSports. I have 2 Happy Girl skirts, a Lotta Breeze Capri, and a Tough Girl skirt. I haven’t worn the Tough Girl skirt – just now getting cold enough for it & I need to have it hemmed. Love the pockets on all of their skirts.

  9. Great gift guide – thanks for posting. I’m looking for a fitness themed gift for my BFF & there’s several on your list that I haven’t seen before like the UltrAspire – she runs half & full marathons so this looks like a good item for her. And the Skida hats and headbands are so cute too. (might get me one of those too!)

  10. So many cute hats and headbands on Skida’s website. But if I had to pick my favorite it’s the Celestial Stars headband. No, it’s the Lavender headband. Well ok then I can’t quite decide – they’re both equal favorites

  11. Checked out Pepper’s Eyeware website – my favorite is the Circuit Breaker Shiny Black. It would be so nice to have sports sunglasses for running. I’ve only been running for a few months so I don’t have all of the requisite gear yet!

  12. I’ve been wanting to try a running skirt but am worried about my wide hips looking even wider (I know, how vain, right?)

  13. What a great gift guide! I love the vest idea. I’ve got to work on my hydration during the winter months. It’s harder for me to remember to drink up when it’s not hot out! I also like the bogs! I have rain boots but they are super stiff. So I don’t wear them alot. Bogs looks like a good choice! Also I keep seeing these skirts. I love Runningskirts but have not tried this brand. Thanks for the info!

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Great list, should make a lot of husbands Christmas shopping easier!
    I luv that you included UltrAspire vest on the list! My Atom is my go~to pack for training and race day. No bounce, no chafe…it doesn’t get any better!!!
    The SKIDA hats you keep wearing are so cute.i think I need one or two of those!!!

  15. I don’t have a skirt to run in. As far as He other gear, never heard of it. I run for my health and can’t afford all the running accessories. I just use my workout clothes. Have to buy running shoes on clearance and/or with coupon.

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