Cyber Monday Outdoor Gear Deals in Canada

The Black Friday shopping weekend has almost come to an end but first there is my favourite sale – Cyber Monday! I hardly shop at brick and mortar stores anymore so I’m not about to fight through crowds and lineups to save a few bucks. Instead I spent Black Friday on the trails with friends.

I do, however, have a list of a few things I need to buy. This morning I am sitting down at my computer in my pyjamas with a cup of hot coffee to see what the internet has to offer. As a Vancouver trail runner with rugged mountains practically in my backyard and a rainy climate, I have forked out some serious dough on equipment. These sales present a great opportunity to splurge on outdoor gear.

I’ve put together a short list of my essentials for getting outside – no matter what the weather!

Arc’teryx Norvan Jacket

20% off at Altitude-Sports.com

The Arc’teryx Norvan Jacket is a lightweight, Gortex jacket perfect for rainy winter running the trails. I wear the regular model but there is also an SL version that is incredibly light and small, but unfortunately not as durable.

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Altra Running Lone Peak Neoshells

Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody

20% off at Altitude-Sports.com and select colours 45% off (final sale) at TheLastHunt.com

The Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody is my absolute favourite jacket. I wear it to and from my runs to stay warm and will sometimes carry it with me. It is super light and packs up small enough to fit in my 12 L hydration pack. Although definitely not waterproof, it is water resistant and will withstand a drizzle.

Altra Running Shoes

30% off at Altitude-Sports.com and up to 60% off at AltraRunning.ca

I run exclusively in Altra Running shoes. They are a zero drop runner and have a foot-shape toe box, which means there’s extra width in the toe box for your toes to naturally splay. The Lone Peaks are an excellent trail runner with medium cushioning and great traction. They even come in a water resistant Neoshell version.

I'm in the front wearing my TransAlpine Buff. Kyle is behind me rocking his orange and yellow Buff hat.

Buff Original

30% off at Altitude-Sports.com

Buffs are multifunction headwear that can be worn many different ways. I have about a dozen of these in a variety of patterns and colours and never leave home without one. I typically wear them as a headband or a wristband to soak up sweat on my runs. Use them in the winter to keep your face and neck warm or in the summer to dunk in a stream and cool off.

What gear can you not live without?

Running for Two

Wow, it’s been 4 months since I blogged. My last post was right around the time I found out I was pregnant so needless to say I’ve been a little distracted since! You may have already heard the news on Instagram but if not, we are expecting our first child in October.

Here is a brief recap of my pregnancy so far …

I’m in my 24th week now (over halfway) and time is flying by. The first trimester was exhausting, but luckily I didn’t experience much morning sickness. The second trimester has been a lot better and I even managed to move into our new home and take a 12-day trip to France.

I’ve done a little running throughout as well, although less than I had hoped due to both being pregnant and really busy. In the first trimester, I completed a few half marathons (really slowly) and more recently I ran an 8.5 km 5 Peaks trail race, all with my pregnant friend Courtney, from Run Like A Girl, who is about 4 weeks further along than me.

And now for the question everyone is dying to know the answer to … is it a boy or girl? Well sorry to disappoint, we have elected to wait until the birth to find out which seems to drive a lot of “type A” people crazy!

More pregnancy/baby posts to come 🙂

Stunt Puppy Running Leash

Disclaimer: I received a Stunt Puppy running leash to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The Stunt Puppy “Stunt Runner” leash is the second hands-free leash I’ve owned, and is far superior to the first one I tried. The major difference between it and many others is that the main leash part is stretchy (stretches from 35 to 51 inches) to absorb pulling from your dog. This is great for controlling my sweet but unruly 70 lb. chocolate lab. Other features include:

  • Black metal D-Ring on waist belt slides to preferred running position
  • Waist belt adjusts 28”-49”, custom sizing available
  • Simple, light weight design will not slow you down

It is made in the USA and is available in five colors – black, blue, red, silver, and orange. I opted for the orange one.

While my dog, Hadley, is super sweet and well-tempered, she isn’t that well trained and can be a bit mischievous. She is typically fine running and walking on a leash as long as it’s just the two of us. However, the more people or dogs you add into the equation, the more chaos ensues. I’ve signed us up for the RunGo Dash for Dogs this Saturday, February 18 and the Stunt Puppy leash arrived just in time to get in a couple practice runs with it.

The first run we did just the two of us. I took her up to the park and we ran around through deep snow and had a blast. Hadley did well on the leash and didn’t pull too much. The second run we met a couple friends and another dog at the park to run trails. As usual, it was chaos at first but eventually she calmed down and was more or less manageable.

Pros

  • The Stunt Puppy running leash feels well constructed and sturdy.
  • I love that it is stretchy.
  • The waist loop size is very adjustable.
  • There is an extra loop you can grab for a closer hold on your dog near where the leash attaches to the collar.

Cons

The leash is a generous length if/when your dog heals beside you. However, I found that the leash was just a touch too short when Hadley ran in front of me on narrow trails. I had to run right on her heels which doesn’t leave much reaction time if she stops suddenly (which she always does). I check the Stunt Puppy website hoping that they sold some sort of extender piece, but unfortunately they don’t. They do, however, offer custom sizing for an additional $15.

Try the Stunt Puppy “Stunt Runner” leash for yourself! Use code “BIBRAVE217” for 20% off through t0 March 15, 2017.

Check out review by my fellow BibRave Pros!

Allison (& Gracie) – Mer (& Gemma) – Jen Skiba (& Georgie) – Jeremy (& Janie) – Casey – Laura (& Arthur) – Lindsey – Lisa (& Mr. Cooper)