Photography by Zach Rotstein
Type by Julie Krasniak
The Gimme Gimme Guide returns this week with a look at one of our favorite past times — trail running. Last week we went into the woods with local photographer Brenton Salo to get his take on our new running kits and a few other goodies. The resulting images of Macleay Trail are some of the best we've seen. And while we were up there assisting (aka standing around watching him do his thing) we laid out the second round of our Holiday Buying guide. Again, we are hoping to bring you some of our things, but moreover some of the cool stuff that we find, desire, test and generally want when we're going into this crazy holiday season of buying and giving.
THE ATHLETIC RUNNING KITS - $60 / $65:
This is our second round making running kits. The Mt. Fuji Ekiden was our first go round at a running kit a while back - we went to Japan and hiked to the top and then blasted our way back down. That was fun.
Mashashi Ichifuru aka Ichico was our designer with the original Ekiden kits, so it was he that we turned to again when we revamped the project for this year. He also did that radical Speedvagen kit that you may have seen out there as well.
In any case, we did a second new running set up as well. The Rhino Running kit. We worked with another fantastic designer - maybe you've heard of him - Mike Heenan on this one right here. Anyway, they're great for running and looking radical.
NEW BALANCE 690V1 TRAIL SHOES - $75:
Trail shoes are a bit of a thing for us. Their lugged outsoles and mild waterproofing are a bit of fascination. How to get the perfect trail shoe? Who knows?
Well, the folks at New Balance have come pretty close with this one. Light, taped, and extremely good looking. Pretty big fan of the speckles on the outsole. Plus, the thing that is awesome about these is that I want to wear them outside of running. Which is a certainly a rare thing. Damn, these are good looking shoes!
Check out the blog post for more photos of these here.
SKRATCH LABS FRUIT DROPS &
RIP VAN WAFELS - $2:
"Foood, we need food!" To echo the immortal words of MF Doom on his classic album of the same title. It is essential to the whole running thing as well. Thanks to some of these sweet snacks that Rip van Wafels and Skratch sent over we've been properly powered for liftoff. Buy a box for your friends. They'll thank you.
Plus, they're delicious and that's a plus. We recommend the chocolate and sea salt with your morning coffee. You can thank us later. And yes we know that isn't running, but morning coffee can be just as important.
MT. FUJI EKIDEN V2 BIDONS - $25:
Whether you're one of those people that use those crazy neoprene sleeves to carry your water bottles with you whilst running, or just leave one behind for when you return all parched and looking like a bedraggled terrier of some sort. Drink up suckers! Also designed by our pal Ichico and made right here in the good old US of A.
CIELE ATHLETICS GOCAP - $38:
Here's something cool for your head. Not sure this particular color way is still available, but these hats are fantastic. Because who wants a sweaty mess of hair flying about when you're running through the woods? Sure, it sounds nice, but in reality it's just gross. The soft brim of the Ciele cap is great for bending and twisting out of the way and giving yourself a little bit of flair. Head flair. It's important.
MT. FUJI EKIDEN HIGHLIGHTER YELLOW & RICHARD SACHS CYCLOCROSS SOCKS - $15 / $25:
There are a couple ways that you can go with the sock options. Personally, I tend to lean towards the wool sock for running, because my running tends to be in the winter months. Other people like to have more contact with the ground and that means less material. If you're one of those people go for the synthetic version.
NEW BALANCE WIND CHEATER JACKET - $80:
If you're going to be out in the elements. You might as well be prepared. No one wants to go running with that shivering, whining friend. "I'm so cold." That's no fun for anyone. This jacket is light enough to be a protective layer but at the same time light enough to roll it up around your waist or carry it in your hand if you get too hot. Seriously. Plus, it looks good with that bright little stripe down the center!
Meter Issue 01 - $12:
Do you even Fell run bro? If you're looking for a nice running magazine that is a little outside of the ordinary, Meter is going to be your thing. It is not packed with ads or abs, two of things that seem to dominate publications of a similar sort these days. It is packed with amazing photography and great articles about all of us that exist just outside the "normal" scope of running. Whatever that is. Plus, it's brought to you by the fine folks at Tracksmith, so you know it's great. Issue 02 has arrived!
There you have it. A handy guide to finding the right stuff for your trail running friends. Or if you're into the trail running, for you. But, the most important thing to remember is to get the gear or items that are going to actually inspire you to head out onto your favorite trails during the holiday season. You know, that season where pies are a thing. And eating and sitting and eating some more. Next up? Actually, we aren't entirely sure what's next week.
Make sure to check out last week's edition as well:
Gimme Gimme Guide : Hiking