Running Gifts at Running Stores
by Doug Kurtis, Nov. 28, 2007
Running Gifts at Running Stores
Runners love Christmas gifts from running specialty stores. It’s the best place to start working on your shopping list. From the store managers, here are a few of their favorite things.
Total Runner in Southfield and Southgate likes the Mizuno breath thermo tops starting at $55. This clothing changes body moisture to heat for overall warmth and has anti-bacterial and deodorizing functions. Hats and gloves at $20 also come in this material.
Insport’s Energlo Luminocity jackets set the standard for high visibility with an extended tail and front and back pockets for $90. Check out their silver fiber, anti-odor X-static line of long sleeve mock, zip tee and crew necks beginning at $46.
Going to a fitness center to run on the treadmill? Stuff your gear in the Ogio locker bag for $60.
Running Fit has several locations in metro Detroit. Their Nike cashmere like yarn has a great feel. The long sleeve fit dry tops come in several gorgeous colors. Nike also makes a lightweight and thermal glove with reflective material starting at $15. On the high tech side, Nike + IPod nano at $29 enables runners to download their tunes as well as a read out of their workout.
Oakley half jacket glasses sell well starting at $105 but for $50 the Serfas with interchangeable lenses fits my budget.
If Brooks makes the gear you like then you’ll find it at one of the Hanson’s Running Shop locations. Women who want to make a fashion statement should try the quilted look of the jacket with motion for $98. The stunning colors of turquoise, violet or black will be an eye catcher. Brooks Wanganui soft shell jacket at $150 is one of my favorites. It employs a unique island/channel system built into the jacket’s cozy fleece lining, uses the X-static silver fiber and is MP-3 ready.
Brooks also makes high end mittens called Paradox at $38. Don’t leave without a Trailhead’s ponytail hat at $26. Portions of the sales go to National Sports Center for the Disabled.
The Running Factory in Windsor might be worth the trip with the great exchange rate. In their stock are the Timex i-Control watches that can control your iPod or the Injinji toe socks engineered to separate your toes with a coolmax moisture wicking liner to prevent blisters.
At Bauman’s Running shop in Flint, winter running gets some help from one product that is making its mark. YakTrax for $28 just slip on your running shoes and improve traction in the snow.
Playmakers, in Okemos, promote the 180’s line of ear warmers and gloves starting at $20. Hot items include the Smartwool base layers, running socks and jackets.
Books on the store recommended lists include the 30 Years of the Free Press/Flagstar International Marathon, Haile Gebrselassie’s The Greatest or his movie Endurance, Again to Carthage by John L. Parker Jr. and The Complete Runner log.
All the stores carry different stocking stuffers. A few to mention are the 26.2 and I Gotta Run magnets, Christmas tree ornaments and license plates. Nike’s arm wallet and phone case with adjustable arm band $10. There’s also The Stick used as a training tool by athletes at the US Olympic Training Centers for $30. Forget the cookies; Santa needs energy for his all nighter. Send him on his way with the new mint chocolate GU for Christmas.