Embrace the Rain: All About Rain Shells

Another Tuesday rolls around and, lately, it seems the rain, sleet or snow arrives just for us. Run clubbers have toughed it out through this winter admiringly well. So, for some of us, rain isn’t an issue on a run. Some of us actually love rain runs!

For the rest of us, we have a few suggestions before Spring really dumps rain on us. And, there’s a few things you should know about rain shells before making the investment. Paragon Running Specialist Shameth, aka Shay, Diaz has the details.

There’s a time and place for waterproof jackets. Shay says longer runs and slower runs under a moderate to heavy rain require a waterproof shell. Keeping the rain out for the duration of the run is what matters, though he warns not to over-layer. This leads to sweating a lot, dehydrating and eventually getting cold.

If you’re the speedy type or are just out for a quick jaunt, water resistant shells are the way to go. These are light enough not to weigh you down and more breathable for the higher intensity of your run.

What do you look for in a quality rain shell?

Great question. Shay says to look for breathable materials or vents, sealed or taped seams and zippers, lightweight design, visibility like 3M reflectivity or bright colors, and a cinched hood. Your water resistant shell should last about an hour in light rain, while waterproof jackets can keep you dry on longer runs or a heavy rain.

What’s on the market?

There are so many great brands making quality rain shells, so you have fashionable options, as well as functional. Thank the Athleisure movement happening in the sporting goods industry now. Check out some of Shay’s suggestions for running-specific rain shells below!

TNF_stormytrailSHOP The North Face Stormy Trail Jacket: http://bit.ly/1LZrzE5 

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SHOP Nike Rain Runner Jacket: http://bit.ly/1Cbfy6E GORE_x

SHOP Gore X-Running 2.0 Jacket: http://bit.ly/1N9haTp GORE_air

SHOP Gore Air Gore-tex Jacket: http://bit.ly/19QL7d2 CRAFT_focus

SHOP Craft Focus Jacket: http://bit.ly/1LZsvZc NIKE_trailkiger

SHOP Nike Trail Kiger Jacket: http://bit.ly/1GVL1Lg BROOKS_infinity

SHOP Brooks Infinity Jacket: http://bit.ly/1BMDcD9 

If you’re still scratching your head about which jacket is right for you, stop in and say ‘Hi’ to our women associates in the running and performance department on the first floor and Shay and other associates on the lower level where men’s running clothing lives.

The Best from Paragon’s Running Shop: Top Ten Shoes This Season

It’s officially spring, and we’re all itching to get into the latest and greatest running shoes. Our specialists put together a list of both fashionable and functional new running shoes on the market. Check them out below and let us know what you think!

top10_1Nike Zoom Elite 7

  • Lower offset than most neutral Nike running shoes
  • Lightweight
  • Zoom Air unit in forefoot

What we love…

A lower offset promotes a mid/forefoot gait and the forefoot Zoom Air unit is plush and responsive.


top10_2adidas Supernova Glide Boost 7

  • Continental Rubber Outsole
  • Boost midsole
  • Engineered mesh upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The Continental Rubber outsole is super durable and provides great grip on the roads, even when it gets slick.



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Nike Free Flyknit 4.0

  • Super lightweight
  • Minimal with 6 mm drop
  • Flyknit upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The sock-like fit of the upper lets you run free of distraction and weight.


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Nike Flyknit Air Max

  • Extra comfortable cushioning
  • Flexible Air Unit
  • Flyknit upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The comfort of Flyknit paired with such a large pocket of Zoom Air takes it over the top.



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adidas Ultra Boost

  • Responsive cushioning
  • Grippy rubber outsole
  • Bootie-like fitted upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

Boost is a new take on cushioning by providing more energy return than other foams on the market. It combines soft comfort and responsive energy.

top10_6Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

  • Weight reduction from previous version
  • Forefoot GEL
  • FluidFit upper
  • Stability

What we love…

GEL in the forefoot adds to this shoe’s already loved plush ride, and just in time for the runners switching focus to forefoot-strides.

top10_7Brooks Launch 2 

  • Roomy toebox
  • DNA Gel
  • Road racer
  • Neutral

What we love…

Transitioning from soft to hard upon impact, the DNA Gel provides cushion and a good return for a quick road race.


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New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay

  • 4 mm drop
  • Continual cushion
  • No-Sew application
  • Neutral

What we love…

Let the low offset and continual cushion take you far while you fly through your run.



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Asics GEL-Kayano 21

  • Updated Ortholite sock liner
  • Updated FluidRide
  • Less seams
  • Stability

What we love…

The latest FluidRide guidance system has less seams so there’s nothing in the way of your run.


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Saucony Zealot ISO

  • Lightweight
  • Max cushion
  • Road or track shoe
  • Neutral

What we love…

With this shoe, you can get maximum cushioning without the weight, which isn’t a common pairing, but we love it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG with Devang Petal

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Are you running in the NYC Half Marathon or Boston Marathon? Well, our runners are training for some big races and we decided to link up with them to share some of their pre-race preparations. This week, we met up with our Running Specialist, DEVANG PATEL, for a sneak peek into his bag of RUNNING ESSENTIALS. Currently, Devang is doing a lot of cold weather runs in preparation for the NYC Half on March 16th. GOOD LUCK DEVANG!! Here’s a look at what he is into these days…

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A. The ADAPT GLOVE II by Brooks converts from glove to mitten and has built in LED lights for high visibility on night runs.

B.  The FORTREZ BEANIE by Arc’teryx is a lightweight, low profile, insulated beanie.

C.  The IRONMAN THUNDER PRO by Wigwam is a lightly cushioned sock with a durable design.

D. The ESSENTIAL WINDSTOPPER  by GORE is an ideal softshell for runners with a tight fitting hood, front pockets and elastic cuffs with thumb holes.

E. The AMBIT 2S from SUUNTO is one of the most popular and reliable GPS watches on the market.

F. THE STICK is an essential recovery tool for deep tissue massage, especially after cold weather runs.

G. The JUREK GRIP from ULTIMATE DIRECTION water bottle’s simple design with built-in handle, makes it easy to stay hydrated.

H. GEL BLAST CHEWS by POWERBAR can provide that extra burst of energy you need before or during your run.

I. The ENERGY BOOST by ADIDAS is Devang’s go-to running shoe because of its good support, lightweight design and durability.

J. These REFLECTIVE RUNNING TIGHTS from NIKE take both style and safety into consideration.

What’s your favorite race-day essentials? Share with us what’s in your bag in the comments below for a chance to get spotlighted on our blog.