Cloud (Size) 9 Shoe Giveaway

Lots of shoes[Note: This contest is now closed. Winners were announced here.]

As you might expect, we receive a great many shoes here at iRunFar. Some arrive as sample for possible reviews (we usually only publish our favorites), while we pick up others at various events. We keep some reference pairs, but at some point we need to unload most of them whether we like the shoes or not. That’s why if you are a men’s size 9 (or 9.5) today might be your lucky day. As part of a week long series of contests, we’re giving away 8 pairs of trail shoes!

Details on how to enter follow the list of available shoes. Note that while each pair of shoes has been worn, they’re all in excellent, darn-close-to-new condition.

BTW, here’s an index to all of our contests this week.

Men’s Size 9

  • La Sportiva Raptor – A stable, neutral trail shoe  (iRF La Sportiva Raptor review)
  • Merrell CP ParagonMerrell CP Paragon – One of the coolest looking trail shoes we’ve ever worn. Green camo upper with orange midsole. (right) Light and airy, too.
  • Oboz Ignition II – An improved version of the Ignition that features booty construction.
  • Salomon SpeedCross 2 – A highly-lugged trail shoe that performs well in a variety of conditions. (iRF Salomon SpeedCross 2 review)
  • The North Face Arnuva Boa – A hybrid trail shoe featuring the Boa Lacing System.
  • The North Face Single-Track – An award winning hybrid shoe new for this year. (iRF TNF Single-Track review)
  • Ultra Lightweight Flipflops – Basically lightweight foam cut in the shape of a flipflop. For in-camp use in desert stage races only. These have never been worn.

Men’s Size 9.5

  • GoLite Comp – A trail shoe designed with outsole “pods” to absorb impact. It’s a shoe for the adventurous.
  • Montrail Sabino Trail – The most stable and protective trail shoe in Montrail’s current lineup. Note that these are actually a size 9, but they fit like a 9.5. (iRF Montrail Sabino Trail review)

The Rules
Really, there are no rules to speak of. To enter, just leave a comment (please do this directly on the website, not via email) with your name and location. While not necessary, please include your email in the confidential box above the main comment box to help expedite our getting your brand new gear out to you (if you win). In the name of responsible shipping (and our non-existent budget) we’re limiting 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. Your 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 (see paragraph below) 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. (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, October 15. We’ll post results from all of our One Miiillllionth Pageview contests on October 18th.

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, link to iRunFar on your blog or website, or tell your buddies 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 page, and Twitter), but you’ll help us out, too!

Also, anyone looking for a free iRunFar bumper sticker, please use our contact page to request one. We’ll need your full address for that! Folks, we ship these free anywhere in the world. Really!

There are 266 comments

  1. Bryan Lund

    It would be great to get any of those size 9 trail running shoes.

    I hate getting my road running shoes so dirty.


    Rohnert Park, CA

  2. Tim Hoiness

    I would love either of the following:

    Salomon SpeedCross 2

    La Sportiva Raptor

    …but would be happy with any of the options. Thanks

    Tim Hoiness

    Bend, Oregon

  3. Richard Lee

    Winning any of these would be great. I have been training for a 10-mile trail run and have just about worn out my trail runners.

    *La Sportiva Raptor

    *Merrell CP Paragon

    *Oboz Ignition II

    *Salomon SpeedCross 2

    *The North Face Arnuva Boa

    *The North Face Single-Track

    *GoLite Comp

    *Montrail Sabino Trail

  4. Javier MEndez

    ■La Sportiva Raptor – A

    ■Merrell CP Paragon –

    ■Oboz Ignition II –

    ■Salomon SpeedCross 2 –

    ■The North Face Arnuva Boa –

    ■The North Face Single-Track

    San Angelo, TX

  5. Brian Keller

    I started running for the first time on a regular basis four months ago. I turned 50 this year and I'm consistently running about 8:10 miles. I'm pretty happy but want to do better.

  6. Mike Moore


    What a great insightful site. Greetings from the uk!

    The Golite Comps in 9.5 would be a great replacement for a pair I wore out over the winter runs last year – they're bonkers to look at and work terrifically well

    Best wishes, Mike

  7. Tim

    Would love a pair of the GoLite Comp or Montrail Sabino Trail. Just finished pacing my brother to his first 100-miler and need a new pair of trail shoes as I help him to complete his pursuit of The Beast series.

  8. Jose B

    The size 9 trail shoes:

    La Sportiva Raptor

    Merrell CP ParagonMerrell CP Paragon

    Oboz Ignition II

    Salomon SpeedCross 2 of conditions

    The North Face Arnuva Boa.

    The North Face Single-Track

    Thanks for your contributions to the running community.

  9. Tom Meers

    I would love to win the size 9 Salomon speed crosses, becasue if I bought another pair of trail shoes my wife would probably divorce me, or worse follow through with her threats and start throwing my shoes away. BUT… if I won a pair that would be OK…. So please help save my marriage…I need to hit the trails on those Salomon's…Thanks Tom

  10. heather jossi

    i'd love to try any of the size 9 men's… perfect fit for my foot… fun to explore some new companies (to me) trails hoes! ready and waiting in colorado!

  11. cole baiker

    size of anything would be great, but if i had to choose size 9 of salomon or north

    face would be great

    cole in beautiful bc,canada

  12. David McKay

    I'm a flatlander from Iowa who is looking to make the move from cross country and track to the trails of the mountain west. The La Sportivas or North Face Single Tracks look like a good fit.

    Enjoy your interviews with the leaders of the ultra pack.


    Iowa City, Iowa.

  13. Luiz

    Plzzzz… I am a foreigner PhD student from Brazil that survives on a very small fellowship, I've been considering running bare foot just because buying shoes it is a big deal for me! When I retire my shoes they are unbelievably worn out, one hole is not enough for it. Nonetheless running far is the only thing that keeps me sane.

    I use number 9, and would love to get a Salomon SpeedCross 2. But really, I accept anything! Thanks a lot! L

  14. Jason Roberts

    Jason in Rockmart, Georgia

    Would love to get any of these in size 9

    La Sportiva Raptor

    Merrell CP ParagonMerrell CP Paragon

    Oboz Ignition II

    Salomon SpeedCross 2

  15. Robert Cooper

    I'd love anything for trail running. I'm a guy in the navy and love to take my dog on the trails. Anything in a 9 would be awsome

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