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GE A R Stocking Stuffers for Trail Runners

RUN PRETTY FAR Mountains Are Calling Gaiter $24 | Available in a variety of designs and quotes, these gaiters promise to “add a little giddyup” to your run and help keep small rocks, sand and other debris out of your shoes. The gaiters stay well in place with lace hooks and Velcro attachments that affix directly to the heels of your running shoes.

MIO Link Heart Rate Wristband $99 | One of the pioneers of chest-strap-less heart-rate monitoring, MIO offers this sleek, unobtrusive watch for athletes who prefer to train by heart rate. The water-resistant band measures your heart rate through your wrist, eliminating the need for a pesky chest strap, and reports data to any of 200+ compatible devices or fitness apps.

SECUR Sun Power Bank 4000 $69 | 6 oz Ideal for fastpacking adventures, camping trips or all-day crewing at ultras when electricoutlet access is limited, the powerful, portable Solar Power Bank 4000 with built-in USB cables uses a small solar panel to charge up electronics on the go. It can store its own energy, recharging fully in five hours via USB or approximately a day’s worth of direct sunlight—though, unlike many comparable products, it can still gain a charge even in indirect sunlight.

PEARL IZUMI ORANGE MUD Challenge Headband $15 | Stay motivated with this soft headband, customizable with Velcro-secured Orange Mud Challenge patches that feature words ranging from “Trail” to “Ultra” to “50k” to “100m.” One logo patch is included with each headband; additional patches are $5 apiece.

BUFF Polar Buff $30 This winterized version of the versatile Original Buff tacks on nine inches of cozy Polartec fleece for additional insulation. Buff boasts at least a dozen different ways to wear it, ranging from a headband to “neckerchief” (otherwise known as a neck gaiter) to, for total face warmth in raging winds, a full-wrap balaclava. It’s great for exceptionally cold runs, but perfect, too, for snowshoeing, cross-country or downhill skiing and other wintery pursuits.



Fly Softshell Run Hoody $140 Nothing can take the wind out of your running sails like, well, a blisteringly cold gust of wind. To keep the chill at bay, this fleece-lined softshell hoody is outfitted with wind-blocking, thermal panels to provide warmth without clamminess. The form-fitting hood and internal mitts in the sleeves (can be worn simply as thumbholes in the sleeves or as full-cover mitts over your whole hands) let you leave your hat and gloves at home. The fit is slim and athletic, with pleasantly long sleeves that don’t ride up.



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Trail Runner Issue 100  

December 2014

Trail Runner Issue 100  

December 2014