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By Eric Eagan
I started blogging about running in 2009 on Runnersworld.com as RocTheRun and found I wanted a place of my own to put all my own thoughts and adventures in writing. Over the years my topics of writing drifted away from simply Rochester and more ...
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Roc the Run
I started blogging about running in 2009 on Runnersworld.com as RocTheRun and found I wanted a place of my own to put all my own thoughts and adventures in writing. Over the years my topics of writing drifted away from simply Rochester and more diverse topics.

I am an avid and passionate runner living in Greece, NY. I tell my stories about the Rochester and Western NY running scene in a unique way while sprinkling in goals of motivating others to start running, keep running, and love running. When I am not running or writing about running, I am hiking the Adirondak Mountains, the Finger Lakes Trail, snowshoeing the trails and hills of Western NY, or canoeing the waterways of New York State.

Running is a lifestyle for me, it always has been it always will be. This blog will closely follow my running, but also my life here in Rochester. The way I run and the reasons I run are often a direct result of what is happening in my day to day life.
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Every year I see these “Best Of” and “Gift Guides For Runners” lists on-line. Every year I am more shocked at the prices. I have never been able to justify spending $55.00 on a t-shirt or $75.00 on a pair of tights – For those of us on a budget, price structures like that mean choosing between gear and actual races – Between gear and other outdoor adventures.

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With that said – I wanted to make a list of the items I have used over the years that I have tested like crazy that I know without a shadow of a doubt are quality material and will last you just as long, if not longer than some of the expensive pieces of gear.




1. Starter Compression Shirt - I have both the sleeveless and the long sleeved version – I have had 2 shirts for over 2 years. I wear the sleeveless on on EVERY single run that does not require the long sleeve. I rinse and hang to dry after each run. 2  years in – no stink – and finally some wear showing. For 12 bucks, I got daily use. If someone wanted to give me this, or an Under Armour brand for free -I would choose the Starter in a heartbeat.

2. C9 Compression Shorts -  I like to wear compression shorts under my running shorts – Helps with chafing and feels nice on my quads – Champion makes a great product that has held up well over time for me.






3. Frank Shorter Running Tights - I have been running in Frank Shorter Gear from National Running Center for years- Right now you can get the tights for 10 bucks – I have slipped and fallen on ice and they didn’t rip – If they do – they were 10 bucks – not 75. The quality of the material has held up well and they look great on!




3. Champion Silk Weight Long Sleeve Tee - I have many affordable options in my closest for this – Again the C9 gear has been amazing. The Silk Weight wicks sweat wonderfully and manages to keep me warm on those chilly morning trail runs. Not a better base layer on the market in my opinion. You want something that fits a little looser? Try this - It’s soft, and wicking – You may not want to change out of it.




4. Fleece –  I have often read that “fleece is fleece” and I tend to agree. What I want in a fleece is soft, warm, wicking, and a zipper that doesn’t cut my chin – Both the Starter and the Champion Fleece with a 1/4 zip feel great. The Starter has a bit more boxed shape, and lacks pockets – but for less than 20 dollars – there is not a fleece on the market that will compete.




5. Columbia Trail Drier Jacket -  This is the one area where I think the low cost options could really be improved (other than footwear) I swear by my Columbia Trail Drier jacket which you can always score for under 90 dollars. It wicks, it sheds water, it packs into it’s own pocket, and it looks good.




6. Head Gear – Check out the entire C9 line from Target - It literally covers everything you could need. The same goes for gloves – I wear the Manzella Wind Stoppers – but my wife has c9 gloves, mittens, and convertable mitten/gloves




7. For you relay runners – campers – Night time/early morning trail runners, a headlamp is a must. I rock the Ozark Trail 150 Lumen Headlamp - I put it up next to 90% of the runners on the trail with me and it is better. I run on trails at night 2 times/ week – I know my headlamps. This one is powerful.




I encourage you to at least give a look to these items – If you pick just one per season and give them a try I promise you will be shocked at the quality and performance. I support local specialty stores that carry a lot of the “pricier” options when I can because I do like local. Think about how many local races you could run though if you saved considerable money on each of the items above?




Gear does not have to put you into debt. I have been adventuring and running on a budget for years and I encourage you to join me.




What do you do to save money on running and outdoors gear?

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