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2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Cold-weather specialists

Running gear from UA, Brooks, Asics, Saucony, On and Nike that are sure to be welcome gifts this season

There’s no reason you can’t run through the winter these days, especially with all the great technology that will keep you warm and moving through even the heart of winter. Here are a few suggestions that might make your triathlete a happy runner this winter:

Asics Gel Kayano 28 AWL

$230

With all the features that we love in the Gel Kayano 28 including a stable ride that helps reduce pronation and a low-profile  external heel counter that helps cradle your foot for lots of support, the AWL (All Winter Long_ version of the shoe is also waterproof and has added reflectivity for the shorter winter days. Despite all the support and stability features, the Kayano 28 AWL still feels comfortable thanks to the FF Blast cushioning in the midsole that provides a soft landing for each stride. That’s enhanced by the rear- and forefoot GEL technology, too. We especially liked the toggle speed lacing system that makes the shoe easy to get on and off – you can dial in a precise fit in seconds.

On Cloudstratus
$219.99

The On Cloudstratus got its name for a very simple reason: it’s super comfortable. The shoe has tremendous cushioning, making for a smooth and ride every time you go for a run. When people hear that a shoe has great cushioning, they sometimes assume that means it’s not very fast, but that’s not the case at all with the Cloudstratus. This shoe provides runners with amazing comfort and speed, not one or the other. Plus, outside of its fit or performance, 20 per cent of the On Cloudstratus comes from recycled materials, which means you’ll be making an eco-friendly and sustainable decision when you buy this fast and comfy shoe. 

UA Rush Coldgear Novelty Legging

$90

Under Armour’s UA Rush tights are some of the most comfortable leggings on the market, but that’s far from the only reason you should get a pair for your next run or workout. They’re built for athletes (obviously), with infrared technology that will reflect your body’s energy, helping you work harder and recover quicker than you would in other tights or shorts, all while delivering measurably more warmth without feeling too hot. The streamlined cut and four-way stretch means you have full range of motion. When you buy these tights, be ready to never go back to your previous pair, because the UA Rush will win you over as soon as you step into them. 

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

$249.95

The Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 is sure to be one of the fastest shoes you’ve run in to date. After all, with its extremely light PWRRUN PB cushioning and built-in carbon plate, this shoe was designed for speed. Whether you’re running a 5K or a marathon, you’ll fly along the course, and your feet will be extremely comfortable in even the longest of races. Saucony’s PWRRUN PB cushioning technology provides maximum comfort while still managing to give you good bounce with every step. Contributing to this snug and pleasant fit is the shoe’s mesh makeup (which allows your foot to breathe) and anti-slip laces that lock your foot in place. You can run for hours in the Endorphin Pro 2, and while you may tire eventually, you can bet that your shoes and feet will not be the reasons you call it a day.

Nike Zoom Alphafly Next Nature 

$390

The latest shoe from Nike is another addition to the company’s collection of Alphafly shoes. This version of the Alphafly, though, is made up of 50 per cent recycled materials, meaning you’re making a responsible choice (but without sacrificing performance or comfort). The shoe is still extremely light, and while it features materials you haven’t worn in previous shoes, it will still help you speed through any race or workout. 

This breathable and lightweight shoe includes Nike’s ZoomX foam, along with a pair of Zoom Air Units. On top of that, there’s a carbon plate built into the midsole. All of this put together means that you’ll be running as fast as the shoes look and feel. 

Brooks Carbonite Jacket

$180

Brooks has a new lightweight running jacket out just in time for cold-weather workouts. The Carbonite Jacket is a breathable shell that will keep you warm during windy and rainy runs. Another bonus is the jacket’s colouring, which is white, black and bright yellow. This design was intentional, chosen so anyone wearing it will be visible at night. This is great for fall and winter running, because — unfortunately — most runs on weekdays will be spent in the dark, either before work when the sun has yet to rise or after work when it’s already set. Stay safe, visible and warm with yet another great product from Brooks.