My Functional Gear Criteria
My Fashion Criteria
My Current Go-To Gear (mostly functional, but i try to spice it up)
Some Awesome Products on My Radar (Function, Fashion, and Flash)
SportKilt is the original barefoot runner accessory (See Jason’s review at Barefoot Running University). They make a great line of kilts in all types of tartans. Their Hiking Kilt is the gold standard for runners who enjoy a more “free” experience while out on the trails. The Hiking Kilt is made from lightweight but durable microfiber so it is cool and quick-drying. The primary closure on the Hiking Kilt is velcro which is more than adequate but they offer the option of buckles as well. They will even add a hidden pocket too if you order it that way. My keys will be safe. Fashion, Function, and Freedom, made in the USA!
INKnBURN makes, without a doubt, the coolest running clothes out there. Their page says “Don’t disappear into the crowd… Distance yourself with INKnBURN and the Art of Running.” They are absolutely right. Their designs are bold and powerful and would definitely get you noticed on race day. My friend Trisha (the creator of this blog) wore their Peacock skirt to the Boston Marathon Expo and got tons of comments. Crazy ultrarunning celebrities, Shacky and Vanessa, can almost always be seen wearing INKnBURN. All of their designs are made in house in the good old USA. For men, they have 41 different designs of just tech shirts. All the designs are “printed” using their proprietary process that allows one to see but not feel the art on the clothing. I’m assuming that this is similar to the way bicycle jerseys are printed but I’m not sure. I’m particularly fond of the “Run or Die” shirts but I would really love to see them come out with a radical patriotic design. A stylized eagle over the stars and stripes would be awesome. A guy can dream, right? INKnBURN also has a line of running shorts for men that feature elements of their artistic designs. The shorts are made of super light moisture wicking fabric with an integral liner and pockets. How cool would it be to have “Run or Die” on your butt! Now that I’ve finished my 50K at Pineland, I’m seriously thinking about a pair of these badboys.
- Review: INKnBURN Running Skirts (barefoot-monologues.com)
- How to Learn a Big Lesson in 9 Minutes (barefoot-monologues.com)