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What I Carry

May 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Here is what I carry on my morning run commute. I am a minimalist. That philosophy requires discipline. Every now and then, I wish I had brought along this or that, but that is rare enough - I’m fine with the risk.

What I Wear

April 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

When you engage in an activity such as run commuting, people wonder about mundane details. Since everybody who is able to do so walks, and increasingly is conscious about it with the advent of fitness trackers, if you take up a more robust version of such a common endeavor you inspire curiosity about technique and tools.

Pack Hacks: How to Tame Excess Backpack Straps

June 10th, 2017|8 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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