Archive for 'Gear Reviews & How-to'

Gear Review: Columbia Triple Trail II Shell Jacket

When you run through Canada’s harsh winter conditions you need to be adequately prepared to counter the effects of frostbite, frigid temperatures, sleet, snow, blasting winds and everything else winter can throw at you. A large portion of the jackets devoted to running are designed for temperatures around freezing, but not much below. Light shell jackets […]

Gear Review: TNF Women’s Capri Tights & GTD Tee

The North Face GTD capri tights These capri tights are the perfect thing to wear for a cool spring day or a nice fall run.  I found they were snug without being too tight and felt almost like a second skin—nice and light and well-ventilated.  I also found them very supportive due to the compression fit, […]

Gear Review: Arc’teryx Trino Jersey LS Men’s

Fall weather is in full swing and often times, as a trail runner, you need some added wind protection for those cooler days and frosty mornings. Soft shell jackets have become popular due to their combination of wind protection, breathability and off-the-trail style. Arc’teryx Men’s Trino Jersey LS is a well-designed soft shell windbreaker, designed […]

Gear Review: Compressport Calf Sleeves

Compression technology is a balance between too much and too little. Err on the side of too much and you restrict circulation and limit performance benefits. On the other side of things, if there’s too little compression the effect is minimal and you’re really just wearing an expensive fashion accessory. The other balancing act is […]

Gear Review: Columbia Men’s Solar Polar Short Sleeve Crew

Immediately the most noticeable element of this Columbia short sleeve is its style. The compass blue design, which I reviewed, integrates a nicely designed front with an even more stylish back. The two-tone blue with reflective and laser cut detail works well if you’re with your running buddies or hanging out in a less casual […]

Gear Review: Zensah Compression Socks

Compression clothing is quite popular these days. Socks, leg sleeves, and shorts are being heavily advertised to runners through the various media streams. The cited benefits of compression are many and include: stabilization of muscle tissue, minimizing swelling, improved circulation, decreased inflammation and reduced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Anecdotal evidence from fellow runners suggests compression […]

Shoe Review: Men`s The North Face Hayasa

Chad Sawatzky reviews the Men`s Hayasa. Look for a review of the Women`s in the Trail Running Canada digital magazine Issue 2 (http://trailrunner.ca/home/?p=1945). I was pretty excited to receive my TNF Single Track Hayasas in the mail. I had been coveting these shoes at my local outdoor store and in the pages of my favorite […]

Shoe Review: The North Face Single Track

I have been running on North Face shoes off and on for the last 10 years. My first pair of TNF trail shoes was a pair of Fire Roads that I grabbed from a discount bin while on my Honeymoon in Maine (chosen mostly because of the eye catching color scheme!). Since then I have […]

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