Conditions outside are pretty horrible these days, especially in the Lower Mainland. With snow, slush and ice threatening to topple you every step of the way on your walk, hike or run, you may want to consider getting yourself a pair of Kahoola MicroSpikes this winter. This innovative product is great for the mountains; flexible, [...]
Gift #8 – Icebreaker long-sleeved sports top
All the way from New Zealand, Merino Wool is perfect for outdoor sports; running, snowshoeing, cycling. Merino is the perfect combination of traditional wool, synthetics and cotton which makes for a soft, non-itchy sports top which keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the heat, wicks away moisture [...]
This is our favourite gift #7 for athletes this Christmas. Essentially these are exactly the types of items we would want to find under our tree.
Stay tuned for more gift ideas
Gift Idea #7– MEC Coloured Turtle LED Lights
If there’s one gift that everyone should have, this is it. MEC’s Turtle LED Lights are perfect for walkers, bikers, runners, [...]
“Click-clack, click-clack…” The sounds of snowshoeing always give me the sense that I am about to confront an Englishman standing atop a guard tower and enter into a fruitless conversation about migrating coconuts and African swallows. References to classic films aside, there are good reasons to listen to your snowshoes as you run, it can [...]
Gift Idea #5 – Foam Roller
Foam rollers are the ultimate athlete’s friend. They help relieve tight muscles and soothe aches and pains. They have also been known to help athletes overcome a number of nagging injuries such as IT Band Syndrome and Achilles Tendonitis. Best of all they’re affordable and can be found in almost [...]
Gift Idea #2 – Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin GPS watches rule .. and now you can take this one to the pool or the lake and track your swim. Great news for triathletes out there! The simple and easy to use device can track your speed, distance, calories, elevation and heart rate during both runs, bikes and now [...]
What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Here are a few of our favourite things:
Love the Salomon Lab hydration pack for the longer trail runs:
Great fit - fully adjustable so that it really hugs the body
No waistband – twin link fastening system across the chest – feels like a vest, not a pack
Low profile – [...]
Last fall the B.C. rep for UltrAspire, Gary Robbins, was kind enough to offer Trainharder.com a Surge pack to test and review. Over hundreds of kilometers of running in the wet, muddy BC coastal trails, Mr. and Mrs. Trainharder have had plenty of time to refine their thoughts on this pack.
When I first received [...]
The annual Vancouver Bike Show and Outdoor Adventure Show takes place this weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Saturday and Sunday March 3 and 4, 2012.
Both events are sure to attract large crowds on a weekend that is expected to be very wet.
The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show will include over 250 exhibitors featuring everything for [...]
Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for the athlete on your Christmas list? Below are a 6 ideas, and if you have any other ideas please share them with us in the comment section below.
1. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, by Wade Davis ($20)
Wade Davis’s newest [...]
Gift Idea #3 – Matt Fitzgerald’s latest book Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel
As a runner have you ever tried sticking with a detailed training plan only to have something happen that causes it all to fall apart? Do you want to learn how to run more by feel? Matt Fitzgerald explores this concept [...]
Gift Idea #5 – Rocky Stretch GORE-TEX Oversocks
During our wet winters in BC it can be challenging to keep your feet warm and dry while exercising outdoors, especially if you don’t have the ability to own specialized winter foot gear. Here’s where Gore-Tex Oversocks come in – slip them over your regular socks and you have [...]
Gift Idea #6 – Vega Sport Nutritional Supplement
We love Vega Sport! Here’s why:
Created by Brendan Brazier, natural endurance athlete extraordinar,
It’s a good electrolyte replacement,
A nutritional, good for you sports drink,
A (clean) pre-and during workout hydrator,
Great for not just endurance athletes but also for bodybuilders as well,
Great boost of energy and stamina throughout entire workouts,
No artificial flavors or colors and [...]
Gift Idea #9 – Montrail Mountain Masochist Shoes
Montrail Mountain Masochist are simply the best trail running shoe we’ve ever worn. And no, we aren’t exaggerating. They manage to be comfortable, sticky and durable in all types of running environments - even the gnarliest North Shore trails. These are great shoes. Period.
From Montrail’s website:
“Designed for the off-road runner who [...]
This is the second of twelve installments of Trainharder’s wish list for the outdoor athlete and are exactly the types of items we would want to find under our tree.
We will continue to post the remaining installments every 1-2 days.
Gift Idea #12 – Larabars
Quick. What food is incredibly healthy, made of all-natural ingredients and ready to eat [...]
This is the first of twelve installments of Trainharder’s wish list for the outdoor athlete. Essentially these are exactly the types of items we would want to find under our tree.
Gift Idea #12 – Princeton Tex Apex Headlamp
It’s winter and its dark and cold and yet the person on your list still wants to get out [...]
A new iPhone/iPod Touch application developed by the Canadian Avalanche Centre in partnership with Mountain Equipment Coop allows users to view weather updates and recent avalanche incidents for most areas of British Columbia.
Key features of the app include avalanche hazard ratings, weather forecast synopsis, incident report synopsis and real-time weather reports. In addition the information is cached [...]
Trainharder.com was recently made aware of a new athletic clothing line called "today i win" from a Canadian-based company. The company, Team Canada Sportswear Inc, is a small Canadian company trying to break into the specialty running market. The company currently offers shirts in two styles, cotton t-shirts and moisture wicking performance t-shirts. [...]
Running for beginners
By Erik Gable
GateHouse News Service
It’s summer, and just about anywhere you go, you can see runners and joggers hitting the sidewalks and trails. Thinking about joining them? If you’ve never run before, here are some tips from the pros.
Decide why you’re doing it
“First and foremost, you’ve got to have a goal,” says Eric [...]
Are you still drinking from plastic water bottles? Even after retailers last fall, led by Mountain Equipment Coop, pulled them from their shelfs? If so perhaps a pending decision by the Canadian government to label the a plastic commonly found within plastic water bottles as toxic, will change your mind.
According to the Globe and Mail [...]