I spent 2014 on the sidelines and it was pretty… boring. I get excited by “running.” Not just the physical aspect of it, but by the whole scene. As is pretty typical when you’re recovering from an injury that prevents you from running, I found myself jealous having to scroll down my Facebook feed and see my friends posting pictures of their races and/or training. But I also missed the GEAR! I like reading about new shoes, new apparel and new gadgets. It was tough to get excited over anything that was coming out because I had a long term injury and my attitude was basically, “whatever, can’t use it anyways. Rather just pout.” Now that I have one race under my belt and am back to a couple months of training, I’m looking forward to my 2015 season and the chance to get back to the races and see my friends. I’m also excited for NEW GEAR! Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2015:
|Pearl Izumi N3|
Pearl Izumi N3: I already use the N0 for 10k and less or any mountain climb that’s on auto road (Mt Washington for example), the N1 and my up-tempo trainer and I used to use the N2 exclusively as my daily trainer. I’m really interested to see how the new “more cushioned” N3 is.
|Pearl Izumi N1|
Pearl Izumi N1: PI went ahead and updated the upper, and I think, just left the rest alone. The N1 is a really good shoe, responsive yet cushioned and with an improved upper I don’t see it being beat out on my feet this year.
Salomon S-Lab Hybrid Jacket: It’s out already, yes. But I’ve never bought a single piece of Salomon gear when it comes out. Salomon is on par with cell phone companies: High price to start, half a year goes by and they’ve come out with something new and improved and everything in the past gets a huge clearance until it’s gone. I think this is the coolest idea in the last few years, it’s so freaking smart. But I’m not paying $275 for it. I’m really looking forward to buying this when the price comes down to about half off. Check it out here
Pearl Izumi Singlet: I've got this bad boy on the way for being a member of the PI Champions Team. My only criticism of Pearl Izumi is sometimes they lack a.. style. Their gear is top of the line, but sometimes the colors and patterns are just a year or two too late. This is fashionable and modern. Spot on PI.
Simple Hydration Bottle: No need for an update. I’ve tried Salomon packs, squishy bottles, handhelds, etc. I just keep coming back to the Simple bottle. There’s not a better bottle on the market and the company is incredibly generous and caring for the customers. Maybe down the line I’d like to see a new cap to the bottle with a twist cap or bite spout. Check it out here: Simple