Wednesday, December 30, 2009

RunnerDude's Stellar-Stamp Awards for 2009!

Over the past 12 months, I've tried many different running products. Most were good and some were stellar! Listed below are 8 products that have received the RunnerDude-Stellar-Stamp-of-Approval. If you haven't already tried some of these products, think about checking them out in 2010! (Note: This listed is based on RunnerDude's own opinion. No payment or endorsement fee has been provided by the featured products.)


Running Shoe: Saucony Triumph 6—This is a great shoe for the neutral runner. It's cushioned, but not overly so and provides a great flexible and responsive ride. Saucony has a new Triumph 7 for 2010, but you might be able to find the 6 still available and on sale at your local running store.

Hydration System: Amphipod Full Tilt Velocity Waist Pack—In the summer, I'm usually a handheld water bottle kind of guy, but in the winter that water bottle can get mighty cold, even with gloves. I've tried several different hydration belts and most have worked fine, but Amphipod's Full Tilt Velocity Waist Pack is one (for me) that stays in place without bobbing around or feeling tight around my waist.

Energy Bar: Odwalla Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bar—The Odwalla energy bar makes a perfect post workout snack. It packs a good 4:1 ratio of carbs/protein perfect for recovery fuel. While it does contain 8grams of fat, only 1.5 of those grams are saturated. And....it tastes really good!

Socks: Feetures Light No-Show Socks—I'm picky about my socks. I've had blister problems in the past. I stumbled upon Feetures socks and I've been quite pleased. I've only tried the light no-show version, but they work wonderfully. They have a snug fit with extra arch support and I've experienced no irritating seams or problems or blisters!

Compression Socks: CEP Socks—Great for boosting performance and awesome for speeding up recovering of tired, sore muscles, CEP socks work great! I wear mine religiously after long runs.






Sports Drink: Zico 100% Coconut Water—Sounds crazy, but coconut water turns out to be Mother Nature's sports drink, packing five essential electrolytes, more potassium than a banana, low acidity, natural sugars, no fat, and no cholesterol. You don't have to buy the Zico brand, others are available. Zico just happens to be the brand I tried and liked. Just be sure it's 100% coconut water (not milk). Works well for those who have stomach issues while on the run.
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Running Clothes: Champion USA—I wear most any brand of running clothes. I look more for comfort and fit not brand name, but I have to give a shout-out to Champion for consistently providing top quality affordable running clothes. Not only can you purchase them online from their website, you can also find them in your local Target store. Being a family that's on a budget, I love the quality and value that Champion offers.
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Sports Watch: Nike Triax Fury 100—I bought Nike Triax Fury because I liked the oversized numbers. (When I run wearing my contacts for distance vision, I can't read the numbers on my watch!) You can also customize the view to see total time, lap time or both with the push of a button. And you can use Target Time to set goal splits and get notified when you're ahead of pace or behind, for the mile or the entire race. The unique S-curved shape of the watch lets you read it easily without turning your arm.

18 comments:

runrgrl2007 said...

Thanks RunnerDude just what I needed a new list of stuff to buy! LOL! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Will I see you at the Resolution Run?

Maureen said...

FYI we have the some Triumph 6's for men and our Triumph 7's are lower then Running Warehouse! I know because I check all the sites each week and set our prices lower...Happy New Year!

RunnerDude said...

Hey runrgrl200y! I hope to be there Friday, but some running buddies said something about running 10-miles in honor of 2010, so not sure what the plan is yet.

RunnerDude said...

Hey Maureen! Awesome! Tell everyone how to find you!

runningBarefoot said...

Thanks for your recommendations! I definitely want to try the ZICO water.

RunnerDude said...

Hi RunninBareFoot! Let me know how you like the coconut water! I love it! Sounds sweet, but it's really not. Basically like water with a small hint of coconut flavor. Good stuff!

RunnerDude said...

Here's the link to Maureen's site with the lower-priced shoes! http://runningcompanyshoes.com/
Thanks Maureen!

southofthecliff said...

Aw, man; I'm not special anymore.

Do all compression socks have feet? If yes, would they still work if I cut them off?

Josh

RunnerDude said...

Hey Southofthecliff! You make nice with runningBarefoot. Yep, compression socks do come without feet. Compression socks are rather expensive so I'd be careful cuttin on them. They might unravel into a big expensive mess. CEP makes some for soccer players that have no feet. http://www.cepsocks.com/cep-soccer-o2-compression-soccer-sleeves.html And I believe other brands do make a footless version.

Kate said...

I LOVE feetures! socks! I have been using them with body glide on my feet for years and haven't had a serious blister since.

Also, Zensah makes compression sleeves for both your legs and arms. I haven't tried CEP's or the Zensah sleeves, so I can't give a recommendation, but I know some people prefer the sleeves so they can wear their own socks.

RunnerDude said...

Hi Kate! That's great info! Thanks!

Adam said...

What all compression socks have tried? That is what I am going to use my Xmas money on!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Adam! I've tried the CW-X
Compression Support Socks, Recovery Socks, and CEP Socks. They all work great. I like the way CEP socks feel. Probably any brand you choose will work fine for you. You may want to check out their sites and compare.

Kathy said...

Oh. My. Gawds. We LIVE in the land of coconut trees. they are all around us. DO you mean to say I just need to get one of my boys to hack one open with their machete after a run and I'm good to go??? We can also buy coconut water in bags at topes and intersections. Sweeet! (well, it's not sweet, but you know)

Srsly? Jugo de coco?

RunnerDude said...

Hi Kathy! Yep, that's right! Coconut water's good for ya and great as a sports drink! I've not had any calf cramps since using it due to it's high potassium content. Be sure if you "crack your own" that you use the green ones. From what I understand, when they're young (green) you'll get the cholesterol-free water, but if you wait until they're mature (brown), you'll get the coconut milk.

Acey said...

feetures socks are my absolute favorite. i wrote a short blog (with much less information than you've provided) and mentioned it...runninonfull.blogspot.com/2009/08/cant-run-without.html

i wear the light no-shows as a base layer under a pair of under armour socks. my husband bought me a pair of UA base layers for Christmas and they ALREADY have a hole! so I'll be sticking with my feetures!!

Acey said...

ps...running 10 miles in honor of 2010 is a great idea! I might *join* you in VA! :)

RunnerDude said...

Happy New Year Acey! I enjoy your blog! Have fun on that 10!