Holiday Travel Gift Guide 2008

by Cathay Che
Photography by Chris Astley

For Gym Bunnies (and Rats)

What? Your gym doesn't have a branch in Tibet? Get thee outside, no matter the location—or season. Clockwise from top left: The women's Merrell CP Paragon, in purple, is a performance shoe for runners looking to add some flavor to their off-road training; it stays stable in unstable terrain. Asics is a favorite among marathon runners, but these men's Gel-Trail Attack 4 WR sneaks are great for off-road running in the winter, with plenty of extra cushioning. It's back to business with the men's Adidas Kanadia TR, an aggressive, dust-kicking shoe with a spiky, mud-shedding outsole that gives maximum grip. The lug on the men's GoLite Versa Force is pretty meaty, too, and this multi-terrain model has a stabilizing chassis underfoot. The women's Finn, from Patagonia, is a sturdy, supportive hiking shoe with a mesh upper for extra breathability—and it's 100 percent vegan, with part of the outsole made of recycled rubber. Lastly, the men's Mizuno Wave Ascend 3 has a double fan-shaped wave inside the shoe to provide superior support and cushioning (though you still have to do the real work).

Merrill CP Paragon for women, in purple, $90
Adidas Kanadia TR for men, in black/red, $52
Mizuno Wave Ascend 3 for men, in lime/green, $72
All available at Paragon Sports
Tel: 800 961 3030

Asics Gel-Trail Attack 4 WR for men, in picante/pebble/lemon, $72
GoLite Versa Force for men, $134
Both available at
Tel: 800 927 7671

Patagonia Finn for women, $100
Tel: 800 638 6464

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