5 Christmas Gift Ideas from Front Runner

15th December 2017

5 Christmas Gift Ideas from Front Runner

Are you stuck for ideas of what to get your other half, dad, mum or sibling for Christmas? 

Hopefully this list of alternative gifts might help!

First up is a gift for Him. SAXX are an American brand taking male underwear market to new levels of comfort and support. Not only are their products well made. With unique aspects such as the Flat Out Seams, reversing the side the stitching is on to place the softer side next to the skin perhaps the stand out feature of their underwear is the BallPark Pouch. Maybe not quite giving their stated 'contact free support' the BallPark Pouch without doubt holds everything in place without squishing your veg! The 3D hammock type pouch really does work wonders.

These aren't just great boxers for running in but are amazing to wear around day-to-day, to do the dishes in, walk the dog, do the ironing, watch TV - You can do pretty much anything in these! They're boxers for everything.... everything in pure comfort!

SAXX Kinetic OrangeSAXX Ball Park pouch

The Kinetic is the sport specific boxer from SAXX. The BallPark Pouch in all its glory.

Find them in store at this link > SAXX Boxers

Number Two!

Everyone knows that person who always has numb fingers. Whether you're out running or just going for a stroll they always seem to come back with fingers as white as snow and an inability to un-do their shoelaces! 

At the start of this winer season we brought the Salomon Water Proof Bonatti Mitt into the store. This has been one of the most popular single items over the last few weeks and the feedback has been great! Regular Front Runner shopper John B, a long time sufferer of numb hands, hellish hot aches and general cold hand fumblings took a pair last week and put them to the test over Kinder last weekend in some pretty cold conditions. Admittedly John mentioned he did have his normal 2 pairs of liner gloves on but his hands got so warm he had to pull the mitt back and stow it away on the back of the hand. On thinking it wasn't actually that cold and the gloves weren't doing much he looked down to see the front of his jacket frozen solid!

Needless to say the Bonatti Mitt is a great addition to any runners armoury of cold weather gear but especially so for those who suffer with chilly fingers.

The glove is available in store or online at this link > Bonatti Mitts

Salomon WP Mitten backSalomon WP Mitten front

Numero Tres.

Wednesday Wintervals!

Front Runner and Fell Running Guide have been holding Wintervals since November 2016. The sessions are designed for runners of all abilities; each session consists of 2 parts. Part 1 will focus on techniques, drills and good practice. Part 2 will be a more physically demanding and will be a unique session aimed at targeting a specific area such as Speed, Endurance or StrengthStart 2018 on the right foot and sign up or sign a friend up or sign both of you up to Wintervals in January or February.

It's a great way to get some routine into your training, run alongside others and get some top advice on all things running.

You can find more information and sign up here > Wednesday Wintervals

The fourth gift idea is a little more conventional. The Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2 is a waterproof and windproof jacket great for keeping you warm and dry in the most grim winter conditions.

The jackets has a number of neat features. Increased waterproof-ness and breathability combined with underarm and hood vents keep the jacket really well ventilated helping to stop the build up of moisture. Inbuilt mitts are a great addition, these can be stowed up the sleeve ready for use when the weather takes a turn. 

It's really really lightweight, weighing in at 174 grams for a Mens Small. It stows away neatly into the interior chest pocket down to the size of a half pint glass.

The jacket doesn't skimp on the fine features either, 3 cords on the hood mean you can get a perfect fit and the waist cord helps stop the jacket from riding up.

The Ultra Jacket V2 exceeds all the regulation requirement for fell racing too!

UD Ultra V2 M1UD Ultra V2 W1

UD Ultra V2 W2UD Ultra V2 M3

The Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2 can be found in store on or line at these links > Mens & Womens

The final idea might seem a little dull  - Socks

Not just any socks, oh no... Stance Socks! Branded as the Uncommon Thread, Stance have brought style and function together to create some stunning looking performance socks.

The socks have great moisture wicking properties, integrated arch support a breathable mesh as well as being anatomical, with more space around the big toe all of this with a seamless construction.

The styles vary hugely from subtle colours and patterns to some totally outrageous designs and a number of special edition models. The Star Wars socks have recently seen excellent sales.... I wonder why!

STANCE  - wind crew greenSTANCE  - CIELE ORANGE

Like everything our Stance socks are available in store or online. We have more styles in stores than online. Stance Socks.


We hope you all have an excellent Christmas and New Year, manage to get some miles in, enjoy your days off have a generally great time.

Steve, Ali and Skip the Running Dog



  • Blog
  • News