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December 8, 2010

Salomon Trail III Running Tights Review and Giveaway; Wilderness Running Company Gift Card Giveaway

I know this is getting to be a habit … but let’s start this post by keeping everyone in the loop with ongoing contests:

* You’ve got until 5PM PST Thursday to enter the Manzella and Saucony glove contest.

* The VIVOBAREFOOT (remember - all caps!) work shoes giveaway closes on Friday at 5PM PST.

* Keep sending me winter running photos to enter the LaSportiva Crossover GTX and Wildcat GTX giveaways on December 22.

Also, if you didn’t win the Drymax socks contest and missed the follow-up announcement of the awesome Drymax sale at Wilderness Running Company, you can still purchase their socks at a sweet discount: less than 9 bucks per pair, with an additional 10% off by using coupon code R&R10. You can pick up some lite trail socks or regular trail socks for this winter, and also earn my gratitude for supporting WRC, because they’re good people - so good, in fact, that they’re sponsoring the following giveaway.

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I don’t often find myself hoping that the weather would turn colder, but that’s exactly how I felt back in early November, after visiting Wilderness Running Company’s global headquarters in St George, Utah.

More specifically, Stacy (WRC’s owner) set me up with a pair of Salomon Trail III tights to try, and I knew as soon as I put them on that they’d end up in the heavy rotation of my cold-weather apparel. But since our morning temperatures back home in California hadn’t yet dipped to my “too cold for shorts” threshold (typically 40 degrees or lower - insert laughter here), I had to keep the tights in the drawer for a little while.

Salomon Trail III tight

Thankfully – and I can’t believe I’m writing this sentence – a cold spell came our way during Thanksgiving week, and the tights saw extensive duty. Now that I’ve logged an honest amount of mileage in them, I can confirm what I initially suspected about the Trail IIIs when I first tried them on: they’re super comfortable, and an ideal piece of gear for cold-weather trail running.

The main panels of the Trail IIIs are made from actiLite, Salomon’s soft stretch moisture-wicking fabric that rides very comfortably against the skin, with flatlock seam construction to minimize chafing in key areas. Behind each knee is a panel of actiLite mesh that provides some ventilation without sacrificing warmth. Overall weight is 260g (9.17oz), making the Trail III ideal for moderate winter chill; the coldest run I’ve used them in was 30 degrees, and I’d estimate that they’d be comfortable for another 5 degrees or so lower.

There are a few nice accents such as a drawstring adjustment, reflective brand accents, a securely zippered rear pocket, and calf zips on the ankles. The ankle area is my only minor critique of the pants, as they are noticeably looser than most other tights – in fact, I’m easily able to put my feet through the openings without unzipping. One other caution worth mentioning is the sizing of these tights, which tend to run big. I’m 6’2” with a 32” waist, and sized down to a medium Trail III after the large proved too long.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the Trail III; they’re not awesome enough to make me love winter weather, but they sure help me deal with it a lot better. They normally retail for $85, but they're currently on sale for $64 at Wilderness Running Company, and one reader (male or female - there's a women's version) will get a chance to try them for free by winning today’s contest. And to sweeten the prize even further, we’re throwing in a $25 WRC gift card to use on anything else from the website.

The ground rules for this one are similar to others lately: you get one entry for a comment below this post, one more for a link to this contest page from Facebook or Twitter, and a third for a blog link to this contest page. Let me know how many entries you deserve (remember, I’m doing random checks) by Monday, December 13 at 5PM PST, and I’ll announce the winner shortly thereafter. Good luck to everybody, and thanks very much to Wilderness Running Company for sponsoring this giveaway.



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110 comments:

Lisa 12/8/10, 8:01 PM  

Luckily, they do have a women's version of these tights, since I sure as heck couldn't fit into the men's version! ;) These look great -- looking forward to trying them out!

Josh 12/8/10, 8:07 PM  

I would love to try a pair of these! They sound great for running in CT this time of year.

Carl,  12/8/10, 8:08 PM  

I'm almost ashamed to say that I don't own any tights. But I can only wear shorts for so long...
Also posted on FB.

adam 12/8/10, 8:16 PM  

Just one entry for me. Currently I'm running in some Craft tights and occassionally some REI pants. Both are great but I really need something else in the rotation when I have to wear them every day I run from late November to March!

Eddie 12/8/10, 8:30 PM  

I need a new pair of tights!

Posted on FB too.

Turi 12/8/10, 8:38 PM  

Those do look like some sweet tights, and it would be great to have a pair that's long enough! (I'm 6'4".) Just one entry for me -

Audrey 12/8/10, 8:48 PM  

Hi! I live in New England and need new tights are losing my college weight :)

One entry for me. Thx!

Jeff_C,  12/8/10, 8:54 PM  

Cant wait to try out a pair...

One entry for me.

Thanks
Jeff_C

TK 12/8/10, 9:05 PM  

Count me in x3...comment, blog, twitter.

JimDog 12/8/10, 9:28 PM  

Count me in as well.

Two entries. Here and Twitter (@JimDog)

FYI: The current Twitter link on this article is too long for Twitter, I had to change "Running and Rambling" to "Running & Rambling" to get Twitter to accept it.

Travis Ringger 12/8/10, 9:38 PM  

Put me down for one. Thanks!

nrmrvrk 12/8/10, 10:25 PM  

I need some long tights for the winter. Count one for me

ZeFreds 12/8/10, 10:36 PM  

Have no tights...yet!

samur 12/8/10, 11:24 PM  

Cool! Count me in! I have two entries: comment, facebook post.

John 12/9/10, 1:56 AM  

need some tights. . .thanks

Brent 12/9/10, 2:21 AM  

As it's been unseasonably cold here in NC, I could really use some tights.

One entry for me. Thanks.

jonnyb 12/9/10, 2:27 AM  

It "feels like" 14 F in Virginia this week due to wind chill. I could use more running tights. Please mark me down for 1 entry ;-)

ryan wv,  12/9/10, 3:54 AM  

one entry for me. they sound great

Tony 12/9/10, 4:46 AM  

Nice tights. One entry for me.

Jesse - Run To The Border 12/9/10, 5:06 AM  

Sign me up for two entries - comment here and you're contest is posted on my blog sidebar.

Jeff 12/9/10, 5:24 AM  

The Large was too long? That's never a problem for me! My wife calls me "Huck" because my running pants are always too short. If I don't win this contest, I may have to buy a pair.

vcsnover 12/9/10, 5:31 AM  

big fan of salomon running gear, what a generous giveaway... put me in for 3 entries please: this comment; fb; and my blog!

The Dude 12/9/10, 5:37 AM  

Sign me up, one entry. Thanks again Donald!

mangolds 12/9/10, 5:40 AM  

I love tights!!! Is that unmanly?

3 entries... twitter, facebook and here!

Chris 12/9/10, 5:41 AM  

Count me in for one entry. Thanks!

Woodrow 12/9/10, 6:05 AM  

I will enter for one entry. Thanks again.

characterzero 12/9/10, 6:08 AM  

2 entries for me! Here and Twitter

Jen H.,  12/9/10, 6:10 AM  

would love a pair of these to go with my new Salomon midweight from WRC! Also,loving Icebreaker merino undies, thanks Donald for turning us on to WRC. One entry for me.

Tammy 12/9/10, 6:13 AM  

These look like great tights! Always looking for new and improved winter wear! (I have to agree with Jen H- Ice Breaker undies are the best!!!) Looking forward to trying these!

One Entry for me!

Malinda 12/9/10, 6:21 AM  

I could definitely use another pair of tights. Running in Wisconsin is cold.

stazza 12/9/10, 6:46 AM  

This comment + Twitter + Blog = 3 entries!

GRChi 12/9/10, 6:55 AM  

Can never have too many tights. In for 2 entries.

Richard 12/9/10, 7:08 AM  

I'm starting to think that you should rename your website with something with "contest" in it! ;) Not complaining though...

Give me some!

Paige 12/9/10, 7:11 AM  

Two things I love: Wilderness Running Company, and winter running gear!! These would go great with my running habit here in friiiiiiigid Chicago! :)

Mike E 12/9/10, 7:19 AM  

The weather here in Iowa just dipped to single digits and my normal winter running tights aren't doing the job, these would be a welcome addition! I have only one entry. Thanks for the review and opportunity to score some great gear.

Lesser is More 12/9/10, 7:22 AM  

Put me in for 1. All this cold weather we've been having on the east coast has me realizing I don't have enough pairs of running tights!

Kris Burton 12/9/10, 7:25 AM  

I have been running with some make shift gear and it has been consistently in the teens. I want to upgrade my cold weather gear but a lot of it is pricey and I don't want to rely on experimentation since many of it is pricey.

also posted on facebook so 2 entries.

http://www.facebook.com/kris.burton

wch 12/9/10, 7:25 AM  

One can always use more tights when running for 4 months in the dark and cold of a midwest winter. One entry for me!

Matt 12/9/10, 7:34 AM  

Been needing some cold weather gear... fingers crossed!

Luke 12/9/10, 7:46 AM  

Wish I already had a pair of these. It looks like the weather will be cold and nasty for the Rocket City Marathon on Saturday.

51feetunder 12/9/10, 7:49 AM  

I haven't yet drank the running tights kool-aid...but a free set might do it ;)

Jen 12/9/10, 7:52 AM  

I would love a pair of these, they sound so comfy and warm. I'm needing something like these lately!

Trail Clown,  12/9/10, 7:56 AM  

Cookie monster need tights

rbrown10 12/9/10, 8:03 AM  

Those would come in handy in NY right about now.

Angie Bee 12/9/10, 8:10 AM  

Count me in for 3 entries!
I need some new tights! I have one pair but I freeze when they are in the wash.

Shoeless Joe 12/9/10, 8:12 AM  

would love to try a pair

Tezcatzontecatl 12/9/10, 8:15 AM  
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Tezcatzontecatl 12/9/10, 8:16 AM  

One entry for me, please.

Meg T 12/9/10, 8:16 AM  

Sweet tights! Sign me up for one entry!

haystack 12/9/10, 8:34 AM  

Hey, Thanks for sharing! One entry for me.

Kevin 12/9/10, 9:03 AM  

I can always use another pair of tights. Put me down for 1 entry.

Josh 12/9/10, 9:09 AM  

my wife LOVES it when I wear my tights. A new pair would make her very happy

N 12/9/10, 9:20 AM  

Tights go on below 40 eh? You'll have to come out to the midwest sometime where we're battle hardened by harsh winters and are willing to rock shorty shorts down to 30. :) That being said, it's 18 out now so put me in for a pair!

Kate 12/9/10, 9:41 AM  

Well, considering that in January, it hits 40 below around here, I think I could use some tights.

Kovas Palubinskas 12/9/10, 9:46 AM  

Salomon's shoes are great, would love to try these. Tweeted @kovasp.

2 entries

jbgodfrey,  12/9/10, 9:47 AM  

perfect timing. I need new tights. winning one of these giveaways someday would be nice.

Doug Alcorn 12/9/10, 9:49 AM  

count me in for 3 entries: here, twitter, facebook

Chad 12/9/10, 10:25 AM  

They look warm!

mattcraig100 12/9/10, 10:31 AM  

Please enter me. I'm feeling lucky today.

Timothy 12/9/10, 11:01 AM  

Post! And facebook some too come

robb 12/9/10, 11:14 AM  

Count me in! I live in Southern Cal... and whenever I go up north for the holidays I'm always scrambling to find some cold weather running apparel.

Rob 12/9/10, 11:19 AM  

I love your reviews, keep it up!

Rob

Andy 12/9/10, 11:37 AM  

I could really dig on some running tights. Two entries here! Here and facebook.

Erpara 12/9/10, 12:06 PM  

una entrada por favor :)

Travis 12/9/10, 12:09 PM  

Would love a new pair of tights.

C-Dog 12/9/10, 12:28 PM  

I could use some tights for those cold California nights...

I also tweeted this, though your title was too long to fit in the character limit.

Gretchen 12/9/10, 12:35 PM  

Count me as one entry. Thanks for organizing all the great give-a-ways.

Nate 12/9/10, 12:53 PM  

My butt is freezin'! 1 entry

dug deep,  12/9/10, 1:01 PM  

Jumping on the bandwagon
-Dug Deep

Hall 12/9/10, 1:09 PM  

I'm dying for some new tights since it's gotten cold here lately. Those look great.

Put me down for three entries.

Blog post: http://defaultmilk.com/?p=2283

Twitter: @halltp

and this amazingly insightful and thoroughly entertaining comment.

Jenna Z 12/9/10, 1:19 PM  

Wow, it has been SO COLD here, I need some warm gear like crazy! Usually we aren't down in the single digits yet!

Toshi Moshi 12/9/10, 1:20 PM  

Count me in! I've been using my bike tights.

Running With The Devil 12/9/10, 1:55 PM  

Temperatures in the teens are not conducive to running in shorts. PLEASE sign me up!

mariko 12/9/10, 3:48 PM  

Just one entry for me, please!

JimG,  12/9/10, 3:51 PM  

My tights are so old they have neon green zippers; new ones would be great!

Steve 12/9/10, 5:45 PM  

These would be great for Minnesota! Count me in for one entry!

jraridon 12/9/10, 6:36 PM  

sounds great, count me in

Erik 12/9/10, 8:02 PM  

One entry here. Thanks a bunch!

Giuseppe 12/9/10, 10:26 PM  

It doesn't get too cold here in Florida, but these would definitely get some use.

DoubleA 12/10/10, 5:55 AM  

Definitely could use some more cold gear right about now.

Pinkcorker (Renee) 12/10/10, 6:15 AM  

Donald, please put me in for this one!

RunningLaur 12/10/10, 8:43 AM  

I'm traveling from AZ to PA soon and could REALLY use some cold weather gear! Throw me in the hat, please!!

wirehairedrunner 12/10/10, 8:55 AM  

Those look like awesome tights. Please put my name in the draw. I've also linked to FB. Happy Trails!

-Kim Neill
Boise, ID

Justin Nunez 12/10/10, 10:02 AM  

Love me some warm clothing

sean 12/10/10, 2:34 PM  

Need some cold weather tights here in NYC. As much as it try to look tough running through the winter in shorts I need some nice cold weather tights

Amanda 12/10/10, 6:25 PM  

Soo cold outside. Must have!

In for one!

NerdRunner 12/10/10, 6:27 PM  

Love the review! In for one!

cheryl 12/11/10, 9:28 AM  

Love your review, Donald. Count me in for two entries with a FB link! Love to have a pair of the women's version!

Nathan C,  12/11/10, 10:11 AM  

I would love to put these up against my Patagonia coolweather tights. One entry for me. thank you.

Chris 12/11/10, 11:41 AM  

I've never run in tights. this would be a great item to win and try. one entry for me.
-Chris

lori borealis,  12/11/10, 9:59 PM  

It has only been cold enough here in Colorado Springs for tights a few mornings, but rolling out of bed at 4:30am, it always feels like they are necessary. I think I accidentally bought men's tights this fall, because they sure fit funny! Only one entry, I hope this is enough.

Leo 12/11/10, 11:24 PM  

Great review as usual! one entry for me too!

Jacob 12/12/10, 3:37 AM  

mmm, snow running

runputt 12/12/10, 6:47 AM  

2 entries for me. Can always use a god pair of tights for the upcoming cold.

Doug 12/12/10, 11:42 AM  

One entry for me please. Thank you.

CWH 12/12/10, 12:26 PM  

it is 20 below wind chill here this morning I need something

Joey Cohen 12/12/10, 1:49 PM  

A new pair of tights would be awesome. Two entries for me - tweet @TheRealJoco

purrx3,  12/12/10, 2:15 PM  

Tights rule! one foe me please!

wizardewu 12/12/10, 5:35 PM  

Would love to try out the women's tights. Linked to this giveaway on Facebook. 2 entries for me please.
eugeniewu at gmail dot com

raul 12/12/10, 7:34 PM  

In for one entry. I would love tights and almost bought the older version last week.

Davin 12/12/10, 8:17 PM  

Wearing tights three times in a row is no good. New tights, please.

-Davin in Lafayette, CO

papafoster 12/12/10, 8:30 PM  

Please put me down for one entry! December is turning out to be a great month!

Corey Singletary 12/13/10, 6:26 AM  

1 for comment, 1 for Facebook and Twitter
2 total please

JoannaM,  12/13/10, 7:35 AM  

These tights look fabulous. 1 entry please!

Matt Dubs,  12/13/10, 12:34 PM  

These tights might actually convince me to get out in the cold and wet snow... maybe. 1 entry please!

js,  12/13/10, 1:42 PM  

Count me in twice--here and Facebook

Anders Slaga Larsen 12/13/10, 1:59 PM  

I've had my Reebok tights for 18 years now. Maybe it's time to try something new

stardust 12/13/10, 2:00 PM  

I'd love to try them! Count me in...

Caleb 12/14/10, 4:04 PM  

Give me a chance! me me

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