Four New Items in the iRunFar Store

We wanted to update you on a handful of great new items we’ve just added to the iRunFar Store, including our first-ever apparel items from Mountain Hardwear. The additions are the Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power Jacket and Effusion Hooded Jacket (men’s and women’s for both models), the brand new Montrail Rogue Fly (men’s and women’s), and the just introduced Salomon Exo S-Lab Twinskin Short.

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power Jacket and Effusion Hooded Jacket

New for the 2011-12 winter season, the Effusion jackets are a pair of killer mostly- to fully-waterproof, Dry.Q three-layer jackets designed for winter running.

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket womens skyboax

The women's Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket in skybox.

My first outing in the Effusion Hooded Jacket ($200) was a snowshoe straight up a Brighton Resort ski slope. Normally, such an effort would have left me drenched in sweat. Despite this being a fully-waterproof jacket, that wasn’t the case. I was entirely dry and comfortable, which was great. Simply put, the Dry.Q material is a masterpiece of breathable, waterproof technology. Once we hit a ridgeline, strong winds combined with an already cold day made it blustery, but I wasn’t the slightest bit cold. I wear the Effusion Hooded Jacket on really nasty days or on long outings where I need to be prepared for the worst conditions possible during that trip. This is my bomb-proof, I-can’t-believe-I’m-out here jacket. (men’s and women’s)

The Effusion Power Jacket ($150) is a hood-less, more nimble version of the Hooded Jacket. It is not fully waterproof. Instead, it’s waterproof in critical areas with wicking stretch panels sewn in for increased flexibility and breathability. I find this hybrid approach extends the useful temperature range of the jacket into warmer temps. The only downside to the jacket not being fully waterproof is that it’s not quite as effective on those 35F and rainy long runs. The Power Jacket has two features not found in the Hooded Jacket – a small zippered chest pocket and a fold-over “hobo gloves” for when you need a bit more warmth. (men’s and women’s)

Both jackets weigh in at about 10 ounces.

Montrail Rogue Fly

Montrail Rogue Fly mensWhen I first received a sample of the Montrail Rogue Fly, I did what any good trail running shoe geek would do and ran in it. Oh, except I only wore one. On the other foot I wore the popular Montrail Rogue Racer. Much to my surprise, I liked the fit, feel, and performance of the Rogue Fly even more than its heavier predecessor. I was immediately sold on the Rogue Fly and knew I had to have it in the iRunFar Store.

The Rogue Fly shares the Rogue Racer’s midsole and outsole package. That means it has a 10mm drop, a rockplate, and light-to-moderate cushioning as well as lugging. I’ve weighed the Rogue Fly in at 7.8 ounces (221 grams) in a US men’s 9. All the weight savings of the Rogue Fly comes from a stripped down upper, which, surprisingly, hugs the foot even better than Rogue Racer, at least in my opinion.

If you liked the Rogue Racer and you’re looking for a lighter racing shoe or if you’re simply looking for a light trail running trainer and race shoe, check out the Montrail Rogue Fly.

Salomon Exo S-Lab Twinskin Short M

Salomon Exo S-Lab Twinskin Short M - aluminumThe Salomon Exo S-Lab Twinskin Short M is Salomon S-Lab II Short with an outer short thrown on for modesty. Unlike past Salomon 2-in-1 shorts, the Twinskin overshort includes inner leg, side panel, and rear open-mesh ventilation, which should help the shorts stay cool.

Like the S-Lab II Shorts, the Twinskin Shorts have a huge front waistband mesh pocket and three smaller pockets of the same sort on the rear waistband.  The pockets are open-top mesh pockets with tighter elastic at the top to help keep items contained. In my own testing, the pockets can hold 10 GU energy gels in total.

Call for Comments

  • Have you tried any of these items? If so, what did you think?
  • As always, if you have questions about any of the above items, ask away.

There are 17 comments

  1. Sniffer

    Which Mountain Hardware jacket is Dakota Jones wearing during Hardrock this year. It was yellow, looked super thin in a good way?

  2. Frenchy

    Bryon, what is the difference between the Salomon Exo II Wings and the Salomon Exo S-Lab Twinskin, other than the price?

    1. Bryon Powell

      Frenchy,
      The Twinshorts have the more compressive plastic overlay on the outside of the shorts, just as found on the S-Lab II Shorts, S-Lab Tights, and Exo IV Calves. The Exo II Wings shorts have compression woven into the fabric of the inner layer.

  3. Tim

    Just to add, the Mountain Hardwear Effusion Jacket is an amazing jacket, I have had mine for several months, below 20 degrees this jacket is ideal and you can get away with wearing a SS shirt underneath. It repells water well and does breath but using it above treeline in winter conditions, is not ideal. This jacket is excellent for New Hampshire winter running in the White Mountains, above treeline if weather is good, just keep moving to stay warm.

    I also have the Ghost Whisperer and it is another solid product from Mountain Hardwear. I ordered it from them they day it was put on their website I have over 150 miles of running in it and in temperatures around 20 degrees plus it is an excellent jacket, it does run very form fitting and breathes well. I am 5'7 145lbs and the medium fits excellent, think athletic fit. I can get away with wearing a SS shirt underneath in 20 degree plus temperatures or a LS shirt but preference is SS if you are going to be running/moving constantly. The zipper is 3/4, rip the tag off and it fits much better in its own pocket.

    1. worm

      I'm convinced Salomon just randomly assigns a price to some things knowing people will pay. Like why is the fellcross $170 and the speedcross only $125?

  4. worm

    I purchased the effusion jacket this winter for some AK running. it was so cold in January and I was overheating too often from layering. This jacket did the trick. Windproof in the front, breathable in the back allows me to dress minimally but still remain warm. I have used it in temps from -8˚ to 28˚ and it has performed marvelously.

    the only nit to pick is that the sleeves are super long. if you are wearing the hobo glove it is fine, but if not you have to double the sleeves back on themselves or have an excess of sleeve. definitely minor issue though as everything else about the jacket rocks.

  5. Fernando N. Baeza

    Im only speaking for myself here, I dont speak for everyone Im certain. But in defence of Salomon, they make great ultra apparel. Im speaking because Im a Salomon afficionado. I believe you get what you pay for. Yes, I would gladly pay 140 for shorts, heck I even payed close to 200 dollars for my Salomon hydration pack; oh no! did I mention the S-Lab shoes?! I paid close to 200 on those too! I didnt even blink twice. No, Im not economically advantaged either, as a matter of fact, it was quite sacrificial (seeing there are much "cheaper" options out there), but I will say this, for those of us that run several hours out on the trails, youll be glad you did! Great additions to your irunfar store Bryan, keep those products coming!

  6. Mike K

    How's the traction of fly/bajada on wet, slick, rocks (I think they have the same outsole)? I'm tempted to try a pair, but my Mountain Masochists really struggle on the rocky and frequently wet trails that I run.

    1. swampy

      I am a die-hard Masochist fan but I am finding the same problem. I feel like the material is too hard. Great for durability, not so much for traction.

      1. Tim

        I have the Bajada and Masochist and I don't think either do well on wet slick rocks, I live in New England where there are alot of rocks and roots and I am not 100% confident in them. Having said that the Montrail Rockridge I trust clearily more than Bajada or Masochist. I think there is a specific out west shoe and east coast shoe in my opinion, having one that suits both is sometimes difficult to find.

        1. Mike K

          Tim, I also run in New England, and I'm curious, what shoe(s) do you prefer? I found the Inov-8 Roclite 295 worked great, but the fit was poor for me, and left me with black toe nails, so I have to find something new. The MT110 has pretty good traction, but not enough cushion to push downhills hard for me.

          Supposedly the new Masochist II has better traction according to Geoff Roes in a blog post comment, but I haven't tried them.

          "The traction on the masochist has really been the only thing i could say negative about this shoe. montrail has injected a little more butyl into the outsole which should make it grip better. i believe they did this on some of the 2011 shoes and it should be this way on all of the 2012 shoes."

  7. KenZ

    Just got the Rouge Racer actually for my long shoe and really like it so far, so now I know what to replace it with in 500 miles…

  8. Tim

    Mike K, because I have to run in a shoe that has a minimal drop of 10mm, I have not run in the Inov-8 Roclite 295, but I do have friends that run in them and have been advocates for the grip they have including their other trail running models.

    What has worked best for me over the years has always been the Brooks Cascadia but as everyone knows the Cascadia 6 did not live up to expectations for various reasons mentioned on irunfar, which is why I seeked out the Montrail. Besides the Montrail Rockridge which have worked really well for me, my guess is since the Cascadia 7's have reverted back to their similiar cousin the Cascadia 5's those will be replacing my Rockridge shortly. Looking at my Masochist's last night the bottom are really starting to look beat down with less than 400 miles on them. I would be curious to see feedback on Masochist II that have the extra butyl injected.

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