The Importance of the Right Gear
You’re ready to begin your running endeavor. That’s great! You might not realize this, but the equipment you use on your runs are vital to the success of your training. You can’t hit the pavement with a pair of old tennis shoes. That’s an injury waiting to happen. Don’t worry--we’ve got your back.
Everyone at Syncroknit loves to run, and we want to make sure you start on the right foot. We’re going to tell you about some of our favorite products that will make starting your running experience easy. We won’t just tell you about a great pair of shoes-- we’ll let you know about some brands you might not have heard of. Naturally, we want you to support indie businesses like us!
Get The Right Shoes
The first thing you think of when it comes to running is footwear. People swear by certain brands, and we’re no different. We swear by New Balance, one of the world’s major sportswear manufacturers. This brand is made in the USA, and runners all over the country have been wearing them for years. Why wouldn’t they? New Balance’s shoes are made with premium materials.
We’re also huge fans of Brooks. Their shoes are innovative and use a technology called BioMoGo which provides adaptive cushioning and support through the whole sole of the shoe. Each shoe adapts to your personal running style, and BioMoGo is more biodegradable than any other shoe out there.
Have you ever heard of Hoka One One? They’re our new favorite running shoe. Hoka was founded in 2009 and this French company has certainly set themselves apart in the shoe world. These soft cushioned shoes are designed to protect your soles as they hit the ground. Their soles are also shaped like a rocker which helps push you forward while you're running.
Cloths to Sweat in
Clothing is another essential product for a successful run. You can’t just throw on any cotton t-shirt and sweatpants and run out the door. You’re asking for a sweaty mess. When going for a run, you need to make sure you have wicking cloths. There are a few brands we absolutely adore, and we’re excited to share our enthusiasm with you.
Just like their shoes, Brooks produces high quality running apparel that will make your running experience more comfortable. They can dress you in gear from head to toe for your next race, and their clothing lasts longer than cheaper apparel brands. We swear by their shirts. You’re going to love them.
Of course, we need to mention The North Face. We’re sure you’ve seen their commercials on television, and they’re one of the most trusted outdoor apparel brands out there. Founded in 1966, The North Face remains one of the top brands for athletes and modern-day explorers. The North Face also sponsors a number of environmental preservation charities and it’s part of their core mission.
Outdoor Research is a fantastic outdoor apparel brand that makes clothing for all kinds of outdoor activities. Founded after a scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg who faced a skiing failure in Denali after his partner suffered from frostbite and was helicoptered to safety. Alone with his thoughts, Gregg stubbornly descended from the mountain determined to create equipment for the everyday adventurer. Outdoor Research was based on Ron Gregg’s love of adventure, and running is certainly an adventure. That’s why this brand is one of our go-to spots for running gear.
We don’t need to tell you that you should hydrate while you run. That’s obvious. There are so many great products out there that will hydrate you perfectly. We love Nalgene bottles because they’re durable and they carry enough water to last your entire workout and then some. If you don’t want your water in the way of your workout--give hydration belts a try. Rei has some great hydration belts to get you started. If you’re not into wearing something around your waist you might want to try a hydration backpack. Camelback is a great hydration pack brand and their packs are designed with the adventurer in mind. We’re also a huge fan of Osprey’s running packs, because of their mission and story.
Misc.Running gear doesn’t just stop at shoes and hydration packs. You’re going to need sunglasses to keep you from squinting in the summer sun.
We’re into Goodrs, because they’re #1 mission is to create fun, fashionable, and functional sunglasses that everyone can afford. If you’re looking to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses, look no further than Maui Jim. All of Maui Jim’s lenses are polarized, and their customer service can’t be beat. If you break your sunglasses--they have a lifetime guarantee! Just call Maui Jim and they’ll send you a new pair. (If they still make it--if not, they give you credit towards a new pair.) These glasses are expensive, but they’re definitely worth the investment.
You’re also going to want to invest in a mobile GPS if you’re interested in offroad/adventure running.
Garmin’s Forerunner 235 is a product many of us use when we’re out on our runs. This product has it all, pacing, heart rate, and social media connectivity. You’ll never get lost, and you’ll always be tracking your health.
These are just a few things that will get you started on your running routine. You don’t have to go all out on running gear, but consider investing in a good pair of shoes to start. It’s important to take care of those knees and ankles while you learn the art of distance running. We can’t wait to share with you more product discoveries for your running needs. We’re always finding companies that mesh with our philosophy--and we want to share them with you.