01 Jul, 2013

Cool, Cooler, Coolest Winter Gear!

Cool, Cooler, Coolest Winter Gear!

Salomon XR Mission Trail Shoes

Whether you are a serial trail runner or just want to look the part, this shoe is for you. Despite its somewhat chunky look, the XR Mission is lightweight. Initially it felt like quite a hard, rigid shoe, and I was worried it might be uncomfortable, but after lacing up for an hour-long run on sandy bushveld terrain, I found that the shoe was extremely comfortable, and especially supportive. It helped to keep my feet stable, and I believe you will rarely twist your ankle with this shoe, as it keeps your foot firmly in the right position. Also, the hard sole ensures that you don’t feel any sharp stones or other objects while running.


Very importantly for me, I am prone to sore toenails after longer runs, but I found the roomy toe space this shoe offers left my toes in perfect condition. I also liked the shoe’s quick-lace feature, which ensure that you don't have laces coming undone mid-run, and it also means you can now pop the shoes on and off much quicker. In short, I loved running in these shoes. The rougher the trail, the better!

Recommended Price: R1299.00 – Available at Cape Union Mart, Due South, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Salomon Concept Stores and selected independent retailers.



Falke Approach Trail Sock (Moh-Rino Adventure socks)

These Falke socks coupled with the Salomon XR Mission Trail Shoes are a match made in ‘foot heaven!’ Made from merino mohair, which makes them extra snug, they are tailor-made to fit the foot perfectly. In fact, I have never seen socks with so much design detail, and they are slightly thicker than your normal summer socks, but only in certain sections where more support is needed. The sock is woven tighter at the arch of your foot to create more support, and the heel is also a little thicker and deeper to ensure that your sock won’t slip into your shoe. The top has a thinner texture, which makes the sock more breathable overall, despite the thicker sections. Best of all, I found that the socks never got sweaty on longer runs.

Recommended Price: R65.00 – Available exclusively at selected Cape Union Mart stores.



Falke Ladies’ Paisley Hiking Sock ((Moh-Rino Adventure socks)

If you are more into hiking than running this is the sock for you! It covers more of the ankle to work well in tandem with a hiking boot, and is woven thick to keep your feet warm and protected on those cold winter hikes.

Recommended Price: R85.00 – Available exclusively at selected Cape Union Mart stores.



Asics Fuji Long Running Tights

These tights fit all the way down to the ankle and I found they fit perfectly over each section of the leg. A different fabric is used behind the knee, which helps your leg bend freely. Millions of glass beads have been used to make up the fabric of the tights, which give it a reflective component, and makes the tights perfect for dark morning or evening runs. I found the material very light and breathable; yet it kept me warm enough in chilly weather. Rest assured you can take on any terrain with these tights. They are a comfortable fit for any shape and size.

Recommended Price: R599.00 Available at Due South & Totalsports.


adidas Supernova Long Sleeve Tee

When running in winter, you need to pick clothing that will protect you from the freeze while doubling up by keeping you dry and cool. This adidas tee not only kept the sweat out on a run, keeping me dry and cool, it also kept me warm at the same time. It’s important for me to feel ‘free’ on a run, and this tee doesn’t restrict your natural movement. The fabric is silky and light, the design is well-fitted and comfy, and the tee doesn’t feel like it ‘sticks’ to the skin. Also it’s funky – adidas always seems to impress with attractive, bright colours! This is your easy go-to training top.

Recommended price: R449.00 – Available at Sportsmans Warehouse stores.


adidas Trail Hybrid Long Sleeve Top

The mornings in the great outdoors usually feel even chillier than in the city, so when taking on the trails, you want something warm to wear, but as trails are more challenging than the flat road, you tend to warm up a lot quicker. The adidas Trail Hybrid top is ideal for these conditions, as it has a soft fuzz inside the inner of the top which comforts you in cold conditions, but the lightness of the top prevents it from making you too hot when your body has warmed up. There are little holes at the ends of the sleeves for your thumbs to fit through, which also protects your hands in cold weather. Another great thing is that the material used has a ‘wind-breaker’ element to it, which is exactly what you want for harsher winter conditions. It also has a flattering fit with funky striking colours.

Recommended price: R799.00 – Available at Sportsmans Warehouse stores.