Winter Running Prep

With winter on the way, brush up on iRunFar’s winter running resources. While you’re at it, you could win one of five winter survival packages, which each include a pair of YakTrax Pro!

By on November 30, 2009 | 76 comments

While we are still eagerly anticipating the arrival of winter here at iRunFar headquarters in the Sierra foothills, old man winter already has a firm grip on many places. With that in mind, we’re going to take this opportunity to highlight some of the winter running resources that can be found here on

[We previously held a contest in which gave away five Winter Survival packages each of which will include a pair of YakTrax Pro, our favorite winter running traction device.]

Winter Running Resources
If you stop by iRF looking for our latest winter-related articles, click on the Winter Running tab at the top of every page or use our winter running tag URL. If you’re looking for something more specific winter running advice, below are some examples.

Gear Resources
Last winter, we pulled together a series of winter running traction device reviews. The series, which focuses on over-the-shoe devices, includes separate reviews of the Kahtoola MICROspikes, the Kako Ice Trekkers Ultra (discontinued), STABILicers SPORT, and the YakTrax Pro – our top pick in the lot. Stay tuned for an overview of other winter running traction methods later this winter.

We’ve also reviewed some shoes that are particularly suited for winter, such as the Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX, the Asics Gel-Arctic WR 2, the Inov-8 Mudclaw 330, and the La Sportiva Crosslite. We’ll also publish a quick review of Saucony’s ProGrid Razor in the coming weeks.

If you’re looking for ways to stay warm, take a look at our reviews of Moeben Arm Sleeves, the Original Buff, the Merino Wool Buff, and the Lululemon Sergeant Jacket.

Articles and Entertainment
We’ve also got a couple winter articles that you might enjoy. First off, there’s one discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of snowshoe running. Then there’s Kevin Sullivan’s highly entertaining Why I Hate/Love Winter Running. If you enjoy Kevin’s winter running article, check out his poignant Will Running on the Treadmill Make You Insane?

Winter Survival Box Giveaway!
YakTrax ProWe’re sure that you haven’t forgotten about about the YakTrax Pro giveaway and neither have we! [This is the contest for 2009… it is now closed! The 2010 YakTrax Pro giveaway can be found here.]

Five lucky winners received a full Winter Survival package from courtesy of Implus Footcare containing:

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!

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.