Ginger Runner Holiday Gift Guide

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You know those days where running is the last thing you want to do? Ethan Newberry, aka the Ginger Runner, is looking to change that. His blog,, is brimming with reasons why you  should get out, get active and most importantly, have fun doing it. His humorous running gear reviews break down the tech specs so you know what you’re working with when you lace up and head out the door. Check out his top 10 picks for the holiday season.

Hoka Clifton
Need to Know
  • Weight: 7.7/6.6 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 29/24 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 5 mm

Ginger Runner: “This is the lightest max-cushioned shoe that I have tried. It surprised me with its  versatility, and I’ve successfully used it for multiple marathons.”

Salomon Fellcross 3
Need to Know
  • Weight: 7.4 oz. (Unisex)
  • Stack heights: 13/9 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 4 mm

GR: “I had to include a trail shoe that could really handle the slop. This is it. Basically bomb-proof, the Fellcross 3 rips up nasty terrain and grips even the slimiest of surfaces. For the real adventurers!”

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Altra One2
Need to Know
  • Weight: 7.5/6.6 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 23/23 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 0 mm

GR: “I love the slipper-like fit of the One2. This mixed with the wide toe box and supple midsole makes for an excellent long-run racer.”

Pearl Izumi EM Trail N2
Need to Know
  • Weight: 9.7/8.5 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 27/17 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 10 mm

GR: “Pearl Izumi has really brought some incredible shoes — both road and trail — to the market. This is the perfectly balanced trail shoe for going long on tough, technical terrain.”

Nathan QuickDraw Plus
Need to Know
  • Weight: 4.3 oz.
  • Bottle volume: 22 oz.
  • BPA-free

GR: “This is the first handheld I purchased when I started running years ago. While the materials and colors may have changed, the durability and comfort have not. Solid piece of kit for longer runs when water is necessary.”


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Saucony Kinvara 5
Need to Know
  • Weight: 7.7/6.7 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 22/18 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 4 mm

GR: “The Kinvara has had its ups and downs through the versions, but finally in its fifth iteration, Saucony delivers. I’m happy the shoe I once loved is back to help me fly.”

Mizuno Wave Hitogami
Need to Know
  • Weight: 7.4/6.2 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 18/9 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 9 mm

GR: “While I haven’t always been a huge Mizuno fan, the Hitogami really surprised me. It’s a low, responsive ride that instills speed, and I like it.”

Hoka Huaka
Need to Know
  • Weight: 8.9/7.5 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 27/25 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 2 mm

GR: “Hidden beneath this road-shoe disguise is a wonderful singletrack destroyer just waiting to let loose. Having run multiple ultras in this shoe, it stands the test of the dryer trails.”


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Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew Socks
Need to Know
  • Toe socks help nix blister potential
  • Mesh top for breathability

GR: “The only socks I wear. Period.”

Altra Lone Peak 2.0
Need to Know
  • Weight: 9.9/8.9 oz. (Men’s/Women’s)
  • Stack heights: 22/22 mm (Heel/Toe)
  • Drop: 0 mm

GR: “I had my issues with earlier Altras, but the newest Lone Peak impressed me. Managed to trek my way through 31 miles of sloppy Oregon coast waterfront without a problem in these beasts.”

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4 Comments on “Ginger Runner Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Salomon Fellcross3 is a really good trail shoe, I wore them this spring and they are very much like the speedcross3 but cooler for running in warmer tempertures. I was unable to find Fellcross3’s to buy in the late summer (I’m in Ontario) so I hope they are still going to be an Option in the future.
    Thanks for the gift guide and cool pictures.
    Happy Holidays happy Trails

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