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.
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
When 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
The 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.