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Monday, December 10, 2007

COO COO FOR COCONUT

There’s something a bit nutty going on with the latest running apparel from New Balance – coconutty that is.

New Balance is the first to bring a fabric process that uses carbon from coconut shells to running gear. Called CoCoNa, the natural technology infuses polyester fabric with activated carbon to enhance evaporative cooling, odor resistance and UV protection.
If it weren’t for a tag on the jacket letting the buyer know about CoCoNa technology, you’d never know the jackets and tops had anything extra. They feel soft and lightweight.
New Balance uses the fabric for two styles that are available for both men and women in several color choices.. The CoCoNa Run Jacket ($70) has two secure side seem pockets and is a great shell to go over base layers.

The CoCoNa Run Zip Top ($65) has the added warmth of Thermal Lite fabric. There are no seems on the jacket – thus eliminating sources of chaffing – and a good fit is helped by a smooth-finish collar and wrist binding.

For men, there’s also the CoCoNa Reversable ($70) that has no natural side seems and is, surprise, reversible.

Of course, the holiday season for a runner would not be complete without New Balance running shoes.

For trail runners, the New Balance 790 ($75) is ultra lightweight and durable. In addition to an outsole that’s perfect for traction on the trails, the 790 features a Rock Stop plate that protects the foot again rocks and other trail hazards.

For traditional running, the New Balance 740 ($80) is comfortable and lightweight. A synthetic and mesh upper keeps the shoe light and breezy while an N-Durance rubber outsole gives runners many miles befor they need to replace the sneakers.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/gift_guide/women/view.bg?articleid=1049872

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