Holiday Gear Guide for Runners

It’s that time of year again when we are all out looking for the best deals, killer sales, quality items and perhaps a little gift buying for others as well. Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for that perfect gift for the runner in your life, look no further! Here is a compilation of a just a few of the product reviews that Run Oregon bloggers have tried and tested and found true to their word in 2022.

SCARPA Golden Gate ATR

From our Review: I see the Golden Gate ATR’s as a great option for when you don’t really know what the day is gonna hold. Honestly, they function more as a true-trail shoes, but I feel this is a great pair to have on hand for situations like this (that I have personally found myself in):

  1. Perhaps your day starts off near Hayward Field near downtown Eugene. You take in the sights as you traverse some neighborhood sidewalks before connecting up with the hard-packed Amazon Trails – a soft and steady barked experience. You aren’t quite ready to head back, so you decide to continue upwards in into rugged Ridgeline Trail System before hitting your turnaround. (Map to Run!)
  2. Or maybe you park near Reser Stadium in Corvallis and take the paved Midge Cramer Path westward. Bald Hill looms ahead and you are feeling good enough to summit. Lucky you have some ATR shoes to tackle the change of terrain along the way. (Map to Run!)

Description: From town to trail, the Golden Gate ATR is the ideal choice for those looking for a versatile transitional shoe that is not only comfortable on paved surfaces, but also performs on park paths, gravel roads and groomed single track trails. Our most cushioned shoe to date, the ATR has superior impact absorption capabilities due to its iRespond Midsole System, designed to absorb and return energy efficiently. The Presa outsole with Super Gum rubber endures great traction both on and off road, inspiring confidence as you expand your running horizons.

MSRP: $120

Kitsbow Superflow Cooling Tee

From our Review: I really love the way that the Superflow Cooling Tee fits. It seems to have a more relaxed fit than many running shirts out there – though it is not baggy by any means. I found it long enough to cover my extended torso – something that doesn’t always happen. This is also due to the scooped cut, where the back of the shirt curves lower than the front instead of both being a straight cut. I am beginning to love shirts with longer and tighter sleeves – as they seem (at least to me) to cause less rubbing underneath the arms if the sleeves aren’t cut quite right.  It also feels really soft and the almost see through vented material is a joy to wear on the body. I can definitely see why they call it “Superflow” tee, as I felt very happy to have airflow during these warm runs.

Description: Beat the heat with super-cooling Superflow Tee. On hot days, the fabric wicks moisture away and the slightest airflow produces a refreshing cooling effect. When we say they’re air-conditioned, we aren’t joking. As the Polartec Delta fabric wicks moisture away from you, the slightest airflow produces a refreshing cooling effect, even on the hottest of days. Even cools in extreme humidity, the moment you descend or gain speed on the flats.

MSRP: $69

Gregory Rhune Series

From our Review: This backpack really offers the functionality of a small carry-on, the organization of a briefcase, and the specs of a high-quality daypack. This multifunctional bag has now become my running bag, luggage, and briefcase – all in the matter of weeks. There’s no going back now – the Rhune is here to stay!

Description: The Rhune collection carries forward Gregory’s mission to deliver comfort, performance and sustainability in all of its packs. A collaboration with Gregory’s Japanese design team, the Rhune Collection is defined by its style, performance and everyday functionality. By utilizing recycled fabrics, Gregory was able to reduce the carbon footprint of each new pack by 51% – 57% (depending on the liter size). In addition to its sustainability story and sleek, modern style, the AirCushion mesh backpanel provides unmatched ventilation and comfort through the innovative 3D structure that is comprised of 90% air.


  • Rhune 20 – $109.95
  • Rhune 22 – $129.95
  • Rhune 25 – $119.95
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PackTowl Personal Towel

From our Review: One of my favorite race memories is crossing the finish line, being ushered into a tent where my post-race clothes were, getting undressed, and then being told the showers were across the picnic area. I had a beach towel with me, but walking through the food area wearing only a towel was…an experience. I recently got a PackTowel and think back on that finish line moment with a “well this would have been handy”.

Description: The Personal towel is the best-selling quick-drying microfiber towel on the market, and with good reason. Its ultra-versatile, absorbent, and superfast-drying performance make it great for any activity, including camping, travel, fitness, swimming and more. The Personal towel also stays fresh longer thanks to Polygiene odor control. With three fresh new prints, it’s easy to make a personal statement with the Personal towel.

MSRP: $12-42

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.