Black Friday 500th Post Blowout Giveway Extravaganza?!?!

A few months ago we realized that was quickly approaching its 500th post. We briefly toyed with approaching companies to provide product to giveaway in honor of this milestone, but noticed that we already have a huge stash of gear here at iRunFar world headquarters. As luck would have it, our 500th post coincides with Black Friday… a day on which we had a huge giveaway last year. We guess we’ll have to call this a tradition. Whatever we call it, there’s a ton of gear to giveaway and some of it could be yours. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with your name and the items in which you’re interested in winning. Below are the Rules and the Prizes!

The Rules
Really, there are no rules to speak of. To enter, just leave a comment as described above. If you’re comfortable leaving your full name, go for it. Otherwise, a first name along with a final initial and town should be fine. We’re not trying to collect your confidential info, we simply need a way to identify the winners. We are afraid that we’ll have to limit this contest to American and Canadian shipping locations only.

We ask that you please note in the comment only the gear pieces in which you are most interested. The specific requests add to our work, but mean the gear goes to the folks for whom it would be most useful. There’s no limit to the number of items you can enter to win, we just ask that you are thoughtful in entering the contest.

The drawing for each item will be random … for the most part. One caveat of this giveaway is that you’ll only walk away with one item with the exception of small smaller prizes. (A good reason to only enter for the items you want most.) With that in mind, there may be instances where we will deliberately divvy up prizes so that more people walk away happy.

To be eligible, you need to enter by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, December 4. We’ll post results on Monday, December 7.

The Prizes
You’ll notice that some of the products listed below note light use. All that means we briefly tested the product. We wouldn’t be giving you anything that’s heavily worn or that we wouldn’t accept if we needed that type of gear.


  • Rab Quantum Top Bag AR (very light use) – Folks, this is a top of the line, ultra lightweight sleeping bag. It weighs all of 19.4 ounces (550 g) and would be a great addition to a stage racing or fastpacking kit for use in places with moderate nighttime temps.


  • Black Diamond BBEE (orange) – If this 12-liter pack were any more minimalist it would cease to exist and yet is still has internal pockets, hydration capability, and an adjustable sternum strap.
  • Body Bottle – A 10-ounce water flask that Velcros to an arm band. Yeah, you heard us right.
  • HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle (light use) – This water bottle isn’t the sort of bottle you’d run with, but it does monitor your fluid intake.
  • Leadville 100 Totebag/Backpack – This jack-of-all-trades bag has a cell phone holster and water bottle holder, too. This is NOT for running!
  • Nathan QuickDraw Plus (black) – You can’t go wrong with Nathan’s excellent handheld bottle carrier.
  • Polarpak Flowjo (light use) – The waist belt hydration bladder uses Polarpak’s Moflow technology to shoot water into your mouth once the system is pressurized.
  • Salomon Ultra Twin Belt (used once) – Not available in the US, give this Salomon double bottle belt (with Salomon’s triangular bottles) a go. As a bonus, we’ve already trimmed down the lengthy waist belt strap. ;-)
  • Water bottles – If you need water bottles, just let us know… they don’t hurt your chances of winning other prizes.


  • Rab Drillium (medium size – light use) – eVent fabric makes this shell a game saver on cold, wet runs.
  • Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket (men’s medium – light use) – A highly technical soft shell with W.L. Gore’s Windstopper fabric. It’s black, but has excellent reflective features for your night runs this winter.
  • Saucony Polartec Thermal Pro Hoody (men’s medium – gray) – Looking for a “technical sweatshirt” to keep you warm this winter? Look no further than this full-zip sweatshirt made from Polartec’s Thermal Pro fabric. (Blue version of sweatshirt here.)
  • Original Buff (2 in green) – Other websites might list a Buff under hats, we know better. We’ve previously reviewed the Original Buff and the Merino Wool Buff.


  • Merrell CT Converge II (men’s 9.5 – light use) – A high mileage, neutral road shoe.
  • Montrail Hardrock 09 (men’s 9 – light to mild use, more scuffs than anything) – The final model in Montrail’s legendary Hardrock series (look for the forthcoming Sabino Trail).
  • Teva CT-140 (men’s 9 – light use) – A trail/road hybrid that’s never going to see the light of day now that Teva has stepped out of the running shoe business.

[Note: Winning a prize in the “Shirts,” “Hat,” or “Other” categories does not preclude one from winning other prizes.]

  • Mountain Hardwear Duration s/s shirt (men’s medium – light use – khaki) – A solid (performance and color) tech shirt with chitosan for odor control.
  • Annecime (men’s medium – worn once – white) – cotton short-sleeve hand-imported from France.
  • Blue Ribbon Run (men’s medium – white) – Old school graphics on a cotton short-sleeve T from Silverton, Colorado’s Fourth of July Run this year.
  • Leadville Trail 100 (men’s medium – black) – A technical, long-sleeve T from this year’s Leadville Trail 100 mile run.
  • Pocatello 50 (men’s medium – blue) – cotton/poly blend short-sleeve.
  • Rudy Project (men’s medium – gray) – cotton short-sleeve.
  • Shoe-Odometer (men’s medium – yellow) – technical short-sleeve.
  • Vasque “Run in sync with nature.” (men’s medium – gray) – cotton short-sleeve T made by American Apparel.

[Note: Winning a prize in the “Shirts,” “Hat,” or “Other” categories does not preclude one from winning other prizes.]

[Note: Winning a prize in the “Shirts,” “Hats,” or “Other” categories does not preclude one from winning other prizes.]

  • Darn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – Cushion (Large) – Well-cushioned merino wool socks.
  • Jimi Wallet (orange) – A minimalist, splash-proof wallet.
  • Nike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock (unisex, but sized men’s 9-11 – black) – Winner get’s 3 pairs of these simple 1/4 cut Dri-Max socks.
  • Salus Muscle Relief Gel – We’re a skeptical lot… but call use convinced. This stuff takes our pain away.
  • Vasque Bandana – A badass, black bandana.

A Favor
We don’t make you “do” anything to enter this giveaway. No need to fill out a form, sign up for this, or subscribe to that. However, if you appreciate iRunFar and what it does, we just ask that you spread the word. You could share news of this giveaway with others or tell them about the website on your next run.

While you’re at it, consider further embracing the iRunFar community through one of the following options. Not only will they keep you better informed (we share different news on the website, the Facebook fan page, and Twitter), but you’ll help us out, too!

Also, anyone looking for an iRunFar bumper sticker, please use our contact page to request one. We’ll need your full address for that!

There are 147 comments

  1. Bryon Powell

    We'll do a favor for the mother of a longer time iRF reader and post her entry for her:I'm a snowshoer, not a runner, but a runner's mother, who would like to try one of the Original Buffs.-Rosie

  2. Casseday

    Bryon:I'll toss my name in the hat for the Rab bag and Hardrocks. If I'm lucky enough to win one, send me a bumper sticker as well to publicize my favorite website.Take care and hope to see you soon,Adam

  3. Anonymous

    Krista M., Bedford, VA:Black Diamond BBEESalomon Ultra Twin BeltRab DrilliumGore Mythos JacketSaucony HoodyBuffGu SupervisorVasque bandanna

  4. lawmonkey13

    Joel Vallejo, Nashville, TN:Nathan QuickDraw PlusGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketOriginal BuffVasque BandanaThanks for the giveaway and the great blog!

  5. mr_thirion

    Rab Quantum Top Bag ARNathan QuickDraw PlusSalomon Ultra Twin BeltRab DrilliumGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketWater BottlesNico ThirionEPI-USE2002 Summit Blvd, #825AtlantaGeorgia30319

  6. B.Gill

    Whoa now, talk about a crazy Goat Giveaway! Thanks for thinking of us in your apparent move towards asceticism ;-) I'd gladly take:1. Rab Drillium (I've been looking for a lightweight eVent jacket for a bit and this matches my requirements, thanks for pointing it out!)2. Gore Running Mythos Jacket3. Rab Quantum Top Bag ARBobby GillBeltsville, MDWUS represent!

  7. runningfortheraramur

    Nathan QuickDraw PlusSalomon Ultra Twin BeltRab DrilliumGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketDarn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 sock – cushionWater bottlesAnd any of the shirts!!!I have already spread the word!

  8. Benoit

    Benoit C, Montreal, Qc, CanadaSaucony Polartec Thermal Pro HoodyGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketMountain Hardwear Duration s/s shirtHydraCoach Intelligent Water BottleRab DrilliumPolarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin BeltNathan QuickDraw PlusThanks

  9. Bryon Powell

    A favor for an email subscriber:Curt Chambers:Rab Quantum Top Bag AR, Saucony Polartec Thermal Pro Hoody, and a Smith Optics Endurance Hat.

  10. kt

    Kevin T, Portland, OR:Nathan Quickdraw PlusMythos JacketOriginal BuffMontrail Hardrock 09Merrell CT ConvergeMountain Hardware ShirtSmith Optics HatGU Supervisorwater bottlesNike Socks

  11. JC

    JC in Eagle Point, OR wants Santa to know that he would love:Nathan QuickDraw PlusWater bottlesLeadville 100 Totebag/Backpack Saucony Polartec Thermal Pro Hoodie

  12. Darrin

    Rab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEENathan QuickDraw PlusPolarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin BeltOriginal BuffHeadsweats Race HatSmith Optics Endurance HatsDarn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – CushionNike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock

  13. Cheri Hall

    Any of the great trail running items would be awesome but here is my list:Vasque Bandana,Smith Optics Hats,Vasque "Run in Sync with nature",Rab Drillium,or any water bottle. Thanks for all the great coverage.RUN4EVR,Cheri Hall(

  14. ajones

    Alex Jones Pocatello, ID:Black Diamond BBEENathan QuickDraw PlusPolarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin BeltOriginal BuffMontrail Hardrock 09GU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisorSmith Optics Endurance HatsJimi Wallet

  15. Rebecca

    Hey – Word is getting around as my friend told me about your site. I will link it to my blog as well.Would love:Black Diamond BBEE – my bag does not hold enough for longer days.Buff – the multi use necessity!Salus Muscle Relief Gel – because I am always searching. Have you tried castor oil topically? You rock!Rebecca ShawHelena, MT

  16. Bryon Powell

    Thanks, Rebecca! I've not tried castor oil for any purposes. I picked up some Salus Muscle Relief Gel at the Leadville 100 and really liked it when I tried it a couple months later on a whim.

  17. dave

    Hey Bryon, thanks for your generosity. You need to make some iRunFar T-shirts. Black Diamond BbeeVasque Bandana Thanks, Dave Bales, Neptune, NJ

  18. James

    James Wang, Tustin, CARab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEESalomon Ultra Twin BeltWater BottleRab DrilliumGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketGU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisorSmith Optics Endurance Hat

  19. Will4Jesus

    Thanks Byron. This is great!My list:Rab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEEBody BottleLeadville 100 Totebag/BackpackNathan QuickDraw PlusPolarpak FlowjoSalomon Ultra Twin BeltRab DrilliumGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketSaucony Polartec Thermal Pro HoodyOriginal BuffMountain Hardwear Duration shirtLeadville Trail 100 shirtPocatello 50 shirtRudy Project shirt (I love their glasses!)Shoe-Odometer shirtVasque shirtHeadsweats Race HatMountain Hardwear hatSmith Optics Endurance Hats (1.Black 2. White)Darn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – CushionSalus Muscle Relief GelVasque BandanaAnd I'd love a bumper sticker.All the best!Will JorgensenMaryville, TN

  20. Slyman

    Stu Lyman:Rab Quantum BagSalomon Ultra Twin BeltWater bottlesGU Energy Gel-branded Headsweats SuperVisor Smith Optics Endurance HatsSalus Muscle Relief Gel Vasque Bandana

  21. TooeleTwins

    Kaye Beeny, Tooele UTRab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEE Salomon Ultra Twin BeltWater bottlesBody BottleRab DrilliumGore Running Wear Mythos SO JacketSaucony Polartec Thermal Pro HoodyOriginal BuffMountain Hardwear DurationLeadville Trail 100Smith Optics Endurance HatsDarn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – CushionSalus Muscle Relief GelNew to this blog, but what a great introduction. Can't wait to go back and read some of the race reports – Just became a fan on FB!

  22. Anonymous

    Carol B:West Jordan, UtahRab Quantum Top Bag ArHydra Coach Intelligent Water BottleRab DrilliumSaucony Polartec Thermal Pro Hoody

  23. lonerunman

    Bruce Grant, Delta BC(multi-day convert ;-)Rab Quantum Top Bag AR – yah baby!Black Diamond BBEE Rab Drillium Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket Nike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion Sock Teva CT-140Jimi Wallet Thanks Bryon, and congrats on the 500th post! I don't think I have hit 5% of that yet :-)bg

  24. The Dude

    Frazer Gieselmann, Memphis TNBlack Diamond BBESalomon Ultra Twin BeltWater BottlesRab DrilliumGore Running wear Mythos SO JacketMountain Hardwear Duration ShirtShoe Odometer shirtDarn Tough Run-Bike 1/4 Sock – Cushion Jimi WalletNike Running/Cycling Non-Cushion SockJust stumbled onto site and I am hooked, thank you!

  25. Jake

    Hey Bryon, thanks for the great site and giveaway blowout.Jake McKeegan, Dayton, OH:- Black Diamond BBEE- Nathan QuickDraw Plus- Polarpak Flowjo- Polarpak's Moflow

  26. Sank

    Hey ByronGreat of you to do this!Leadville 100Smith Optic Endurance HatPolarpace FlowjoGU Headsweat Supervisor.Todd S – Mansfield, Massachusetts

  27. Becca

    Congrats on 500 posts!Becca RRab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEE (orangeBody BottleGore Running Wear Mythos SO Jacket Merrell CT Converge II (men's 9.5 – light use)Salus Muscle Relief Gelhowellbec at hotmail dot com

  28. XYankeeInMS

    Monica M. Black Diamond BBEE Salomon Ultra Twin BeltWater bottlesOriginal Buff Rab Drillium Teva CT-140Vasque"Run in sync" shirtSmith Optics Endurance Hats This is so cool!

  29. jon

    Jonathan KishTitusville, NJRab Quantum Top Bag ARBlack Diamond BBEE PackRab DilliumSaucony Polertec HoodyBuffNike SockDarn Tough Sock

  30. knix05

    I received Saucony Polartec® Thermal Pro® jacket.I wear it yesterday afertoon for a snowshoes run under snow !Very good product !Thanks again Bryan ! David from France (knix05)

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