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Pack Hacks: How to Tame Excess Backpack Straps

June 10th, 2017|7 Comments

Run or hike with a pack long enough and you may begin to notice tiny annoyances about your gear [...]

Review: Alpine Dam’s “The Shoreline” Trucker Hat

March 14th, 2017|1 Comment

If a Goldilocks exists in my modest collection of running caps, it is Alpine Dam’s Shoreline model. The sweet [...]

Review: Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20L

December 21st, 2016|8 Comments

Is THIS the best run commuting pack...ever? For some people, perhaps even many people, the answer is yes, the [...]

Review: OMM Adventure Light 20 Backpack

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

The Best Run Commuting Backpack Ever? OMM (standing for Original Mountain Marathon) is a brand well-known to UK and [...]

Review: Hoka One One Huaka

August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

About four years ago, in the midst of my transition from conventional running shoes to more minimalist ones, I [...]

Review: Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 3.0

April 22nd, 2016|9 Comments

While not technically a backpack, the Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 3.0 has all the features you would expect [...]

Review: Deuter Speedlite 10

April 18th, 2016|3 Comments

This small, light backpack is simple yet sturdy and is perfect for a certain type of runcommuter. It is about [...]

Run Commuting Tights Fit to Face a Canadian Winter

January 27th, 2016|0 Comments

If you run commute year-round above the 49th parallel, you most likely have a variety of thermal tights. Up [...]

Perfect Gifts for Run Commuters: Stanley Products

November 27th, 2015|0 Comments

I’ve got to say – these Stanley products have really made me rethink what I use to drink from, [...]

Review: Osprey Rev 24

October 7th, 2015|4 Comments

We’ve had our eyes on the Osprey Rev since we first heard about it in 2013, and I finally [...]

Review: IAMRUNBOX Garment Carrier

September 5th, 2015|3 Comments

How do you carry your clothes to work? Some people roll them. Others fold them and place them carefully [...]

Review: Icebug Mist RB9X Shoes

July 13th, 2015|0 Comments

A pair of shoes from a Swedish company named "Icebug" wouldn’t seem to be appropriate for running in the hot, [...]

Ultimate Direction – Fastpack 20

May 11th, 2015|Comments Off on Ultimate Direction – Fastpack 20

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Review: Hoka One One Clifton

April 19th, 2015|0 Comments

The Hoka One One Cliftons are a lot of shoe. When I first pulled one out of the box and [...]

Review: Altra Torin 1.5, Superior 1.5, and Lone Peak 1.5 Minimal Shoes

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Keen to try minimalist running? Interested in the latest biomechanical theories about how our bodies run? Want to get a [...]

Review: Deuter Futura 22 Backpack

March 3rd, 2015|10 Comments

All of us down here at The Run Commuter’s Atlanta, GA headquarters decided it was time to get some [...]

Review: Salomon Snowcross CS

January 5th, 2015|3 Comments

Salomon Snowcross CS Running on ice can be treacherous, and sometimes even dangerous. For many years, I have [...]

Save the nips: Red11 Sport anti-chafe salve review

August 6th, 2014|4 Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE: As of Feb. 2017, Red11 is no longer available for purchase. A good replacement is Body Glide. [...]

Review: Switch Vision Prescription Glasses

June 24th, 2014|0 Comments

If, like me, you have poor eyesight, you may have to run with prescription glasses. Running with spectacles that are [...]

Review: Purinize water-purifying tincture

June 13th, 2014|1 Comment

I was as a young man waaaay into Dungeons & Dragons, as well as video game RPGs like the Final [...]

Rubbed the Wrong Way: Warm Weather Chafing

June 12th, 2014|8 Comments

As the weather warms, the coverage we look for in running clothes drops off dramatically. It seems so freeing to [...]

Review: Henty Wingman Backpack

June 11th, 2014|1 Comment

Henty takes a simple method of storing and transporting clothing to an entirely different level with their Wingman Backpack. This unique, smart [...]


Review: Skulltec gel-filled beanie

May 30th, 2014|4 Comments

We sometimes are offered opportunity to review products, usually running-related ones. Some are unrelated, or so at first it would [...]

Choosing a Running Backpack: A Few Tips and the Deuter Race X

May 21st, 2014|14 Comments

During my run back home today, I saw a lady running with a fully loaded Osprey Stratos 34 (2,000 cubic [...]

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Running Gear Fit to Face a Canadian Winter

April 30th, 2014|6 Comments

We're excited to introduce a new contributor to the The Run Commuter! Nick Pedneault joins us from Ottawa, Canada and [...]

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Review: Thorlos Socks

April 16th, 2014|1 Comment

One of the most overlooked pieces of running gear has got to be socks. Around here, we talk about socks [...]

Running with a Laptop: Should you do it? Yes and No…(but mostly no.)

March 31st, 2014|9 Comments

All computers eventually fail.  Ones that move a lot, fail a lot faster.  Backup your data. - IT department email [...]

Gear to Destinkify: Towels and Cloths for your Post-Run Commute Cleanup

March 19th, 2014|3 Comments

"I could NEVER run to work. There is no shower in my building! What am I supposed to do to [...]

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Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

December 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Have you ever wanted to run somewhere with a chair strapped to your back? How about two? With the Granite Rocx [...]

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Review: SKORA Form Running Shoes

November 30th, 2013|1 Comment

While the post-Born to Run minimal running shoe fad began to slow a couple of years after it took the running [...]

The Great Unboxing – SKORA Shoes for the Run Commuters

October 18th, 2013|3 Comments

Heads up runners and run commuters!  The three of us here at TRC headquarters were given three different pairs of [...]

Review: Osprey Manta 20

June 18th, 2013|12 Comments

We here at TRC keep our eyes out for good run commuting packs, and have so far found the [...]

Review: RIBZ Front Pack

May 13th, 2013|0 Comments

We were recently asked if we wanted a free RIBZ Front Pack (coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations) in consideration for review publication. While [...]

Pack Comfort Evaluation: Extended Ultramarathon Edition

April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Though we use them nearly daily on roads, our run commute packs are all designed for trails, for hikers, through-hikers, [...]

Review: Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder 15

April 25th, 2013|3 Comments

We each have our own little tricks for getting our clothes to the office in the best condition possible.  Considering [...]

Noisy Backpacks

March 4th, 2013|4 Comments

Do you mind the sound of keys jingling?  No?  I bet you would after you heard them make that noise [...]

Review: LatLock E70 Running Backpack

December 12th, 2012|7 Comments

Specs Make: LatLock Model: E70 Available Colors: Black/Yellow, Black/Blue, Black/Pink, Black/Green Sizes: One size fits all Volume: 1428 cu. [...]

Review: REI Stoke 19 Backpack

November 30th, 2012|2 Comments

The transition from runner to run commuter mandates a method of transport, and so, a bag of some kind becomes [...]

Review: New Balance 730 Shoes

November 30th, 2012|0 Comments

I have been using New Balance MR10's over the last year and love them.  However, there is one thing I [...]

Cleaning Your Running Clothes and Gear

February 17th, 2012|7 Comments

Start run commuting on a regular basis and you’ll quickly learn two things about your clothing: 1) You don’t [...]

Night Safety (that includes dusk and dawn, people)

January 3rd, 2012|3 Comments

Hi all,  I’m Stephanie and I’m new to The Run Commuter community, but I’m already hooked! I wanted to share [...]

Review: Osprey Stratos 24

October 21st, 2011|21 Comments

I finally picked up a new pack and retired my Osprey Revo after 2 1/2 years.  The Revo worked just [...]

Top 5 Run Commuting Essentials

September 4th, 2011|5 Comments

Here are five things we think every run commuter should have if you run to and from work on [...]

Review: REI Stoke 9 Pack

August 3rd, 2011|4 Comments

Even though I have been run commuting for a while now, I had yet to invest in a pack specifically [...]

Technique: Transitioning to Minimal Running Shoes

July 24th, 2011|3 Comments

Everyone is crazy about minimal shoes these days and running companies have responded by coming out with many new shoes [...]

Review: Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs

July 19th, 2011|0 Comments

As you can see from some of our previous posts, it’s hot down here.  And while beer occasionally does the [...]

Review: Sport-Tek Competitor Tee

July 6th, 2011|0 Comments

I have a LOT of running shirts –  either store-bought tech shirts or race shirts, the composition of which ranges [...]

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