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. David Kennedy

    Bryon, you're blowing me away with all these giveaways!!

    I'm size 9 and would be most interested in:

    1. La Sportiva Raptors

    2. Merrell CP Paragon

    3. The North Face Single-Track

    David Kennedy

    Honesdale, PA

  2. Tristan Scott

    After pounding the pavement at the Twin Cities Marathon last weekend (in a pair of Brooks Cascadia 5s!) I'm eager to get back on some dirt. A new pair of size 9 or 9.5 trail shoes would fit the bill, so to speak. Sign me up!

  3. Jason

    I'd be happy with any of the size 9's. As yet, I don't have any real trail shoes. I've been using the Asics 2140 Trail hybrid.


    Tulsa mailing address (currently in Brazil)

  4. Ryan T.

    Pick me! Pick me! (Compelling, I know.)

    I'm a 9, and I love shoes. I'll take whichever pair fits narrow feet the best!

    Ryan T.

    Topsham, ME

  5. Tracy R. Ellis

    I'm a guy that wears a 9.5 and I'd love any shoe that would get me back to running the trails in the the Smoky Mountains that are in my back yard.

  6. dogpaddle

    Unfortunately I am a size 8, however, I teach at a high school and help out with the cross country team. Any pair of size 9 or 9.5 would be fantastic to pass on to some athletes that do not own trail shoes.

    Love the website!


    B.C. Canada

  7. Brian Thomas

    Both the Raptor and the Speedcross sound like solid shoes. I have some metatarsal bone bruising and have been looking for a solid trail shoe for rocky environments.

    Brian in Saginaw, MI

  8. Richard Sudz

    I currently wear Brooks Adrenaline ASR and haven't ever tried any of these shoes. But considering that I have been laid off for the last year, new shoes haven't been in the budget. I wear a size 9 and would be ecstatic to try any of them.

    Livonia, MI.

  9. Diane

    Sporty trail gal who prefers the Montrail men's fit would love to rock the Sabino Trails. You're my perfect fit!


    Manhattan Beach & Lake Tahoe, CA

  10. Rodger

    Too big for the shoes and shirts, but the insect repellent buff would be great during deer fly and mosquito season. You guys are great. Thanks!

    Rodger Smith

    Scarborough< ME

  11. Mike Bailey

    Greetings Bryan,

    If I'm the lucky person, then I suppose my preference would be the Speedcross, or the Single Track size 9's. I'll pass along the word about iRunFar.

    Harrisonburg, VA

  12. Jason

    THANKS irunfar!

    Montrail Sabino Trail

    GoLite Comp

    Merrell CP Paragon

    Oboz Ignition II

    La Sportiva Raptor

    The North Face Single-Track

    Jason Smith


  13. Mike Bland

    Just replying for the gear that you're trying to give away.

    I found all of the items interesting. Put me in for each one. I'm not picky.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

  14. Chris N.

    Hey Bryon,

    Size 9.5!! Montrail Sabino Trail.

    This would be perfect timing since I'll be ramping up my training in December for my first 50K.



    Schertz, TX

  15. meeyeehere

    Size 8 and a half size 9 is what we would love to have and if you find any 10 and a half that would be terrific cause a friend of mine was just complaining about the terrible blisters he has from his shoes.This is awesome,Hope I get a pair!! Thanks so much,you rock!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [email protected] from Miss.

  16. Brent Boyle

    Thanks Bryon! I'm interested in the Raptor or SpeedCross 2.

    Keep up the good work – a lot of us depend on your gear reviews.


    Brent Boyle

    Atlanta, GA

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