As we all know, few things are a more sure-fire kick in the pants than, well, a new pair of pants…or running shoes, cute top, energy gel, or playlist. I realize I’m a lucky gal because it’s part of my job to test gear for various magazine articles. I’d love to be able to literally share gear with y’all, but since that’s about as feasible as my kindergarten son’s burning desire to visit Jupiter, I’ll tell you about a few new-for-spring things I’m loving these days.
Nike Swift U-Back Women’s Running Bra (like there are men's version?!?!)
Despite being barely a B-cup, I’m a big fan sports bras with rear closures—for me, wrestling a sweat-drenched bra over my head is on par with having one of my kids barf on me. This well-constructed bra has three rows of 3 hook-and-eyes on a really well-padded closure—no digging into midback, even on Saturday’s 10-mile run. The padded, adjustable shoulder straps sit comfortably. Made of a variety of fabrics, this bra wicks sweat better than any I’ve ever tested (and that’s saying a lot). Yes, it has a hefty $50 price tag, but all the gals who tested it (from a 32C up to a 36D), plus me, feel it’s well worth the money.
Coconut water is all the rage these days as a natural sports drink—it’s higher in potassium, but lower in sodium, and naturally tasty. But shipping it from the land where palm trees sway leaves way too big of a carbon footprint and makes it spendy. So two Oregonians (gotta give props to my statesmen!) came up with brilliant idea to turn coconut H2O into a powder and package it in a 25-serving package. Just add water—and you control the strength of it. All three flavors are tasty and easy on the stomach.
Icebreaker Rush ¾ Tight
I’ve proclaimed my love of wool workout wear on here before, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise how much I’m digging these wool capris. Yes, wool capris—and I don’t look like a mountain man in them. The soft merino moves with me without overheating. These flattering bottoms have carried me through rainy runs and cold ones, and I’m thinking they’ll also work wonders in warm temps. I especially love the wide waistband that holds without constricting. Note: These run big (size down).
Nike LunarElite+ 2
No, I’m not on the take from the Swoosh company, I just think Nike is really hitting its stride this season with running product. The lightweight LunarElite+ 2 is now my speedwork and race-day shoe. I love how low to the ground I feel, yet with enough cushioning underfoot to dampen the pounding of my less-than-dainty footfalls. Mild stability keeps my overpronation in check without being rigid. I just wish it wasn’t in get-dirty-instantly white.
Now it's your turn to share: What gear have you discovered lately that you can't run without?