The Pearl Izumi N1 Trail Shoes have landed!

The best trail shoes I’ve ever run in? Hands Down.

Introducing the Pearl iZumi EMotion N1 Trail Runners. It’s all about the transition.

The Pearl iZumi N1s dynamic offset is unlike any shoes on the market and is a whole new way of looking at running technology. Smooth from touch down (whether your a heel or fore front striker) to toe off. So Simple, Light (the entire EMotion line is under 10oz), High Responsive, Cushioned, Protective, and Easy on the body. Perfect for any distance from 5ks to Ultras.

Trail Tested? Timothy Olson set the Western States 100 mile Course Record in a pair this past summer (Photo courtesy of I Run Far). Highly recommended.

Stop by any one of our 8 Alabama Outdoors locations for an expert fit today in a pair of new Men’s and Woman’s N1s today or online 24hrs a day.
Run Far, Buy Local.

Dirty Spokes Xterra Huntsville Recap

Xterra Huntsville is in the bag which means the 2012/2013 Dirty Spokes Xterra Alabama Trail Season comes to a close! Thanks to the nearly 2500 runners who ran with us over the last few months and a HUGE shout out to Dirty Spokes Race Director Tim Schroer for putting on such stellar events. We’re thrilled to be presenting the 2013/2014 Alabama Series so get signed up asap as each race will sell out fast!

Bravo to all the runners who came out and braved the rainy and foggy conditions in Huntsville this weekend for what turned out to be a beautiful day on some fun muddy trails at Monte Sano State Park ! It was awesome to see the Huntsville race reach sell out capacity so fast! Our Alabama Outdoors Trail Team racked it up with several age group awards! Thanks to The North Face and Merrell for showing the love on race day once again. Congratulations to our Race Day Entry and Patagonia Gore Jacket give away winners as well! Thanks to Team Member Brett Norager for the great Huntsville race day photo below. Sums the morning up very well I think.

Show us your Xterra Alabama photos!

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We’d love to hear your race day stories so post them here on our blog or on our Face Book page. We love the feed back!

What was your favorite of the 5 Xterra Races?

What worked out on the trails and what didn’t and how will you make the change?

Prefer the longer or shorter of the distances? Blisters? Cuts? Bruises? Blood?

What new gear worked best for you out on the trails?

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Stop by any 8 of our Alabama Outdoors locations for all your outdoor and trail running gear, styles, and expert advice.

Experience Matters. We are Alabama Outdoors.


The New Salomon Sense Mantra Trail Shoe!

The much hyped Salomon Shoes Sense Mantra women’s and men’s trail shoes have arrived at our Homewood location! This is one of 3 shoes coming out this year that I believe will change the way we think about how technology (and the lack there of) will benefit the way we move over ground in our running.

These very light, responsive, well-cushioned kicks are supportive and protective enough for anything from 5k’s to 100milers. Your next shoe is in our store now. Stop by our Homewood AL store today for an expert fit in the new Salomon Sense Mantra. Run Far and Shop Local.

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Dirty Spokes Xterra Huntsville!

The Dirty Spokes Xterra Alabama Trail Series final is this Saturday up in beautiful Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville AL and race spots are officially filled up! That means SOLD OUT folks. Hopefully you were lucky enough to grab one of the spots as this is going to be a great race! Team Alabama Outdoors is geared up this one! Make sure and tell Race Director Tim thanks for putting together such a great series!

There’s still time to stop by Alabama Outdoors Huntsville today or drop by our tents at the Xterra Monte Sano Race on Saturday to sign up for a chance to win a Patagonia SuperCell Jacket, featuring GORE-TEX Paclite. The name of that winner will be drawn at the race. And if that isn’t enough dirt news, off in the very near distance (February 23 to be exact) is a run we’re super stoked to be presenting for 2013! The 8th Annual Mount Cheaha 50k. A point to point race running along the beautiful Pinhoti Trail all the way to the top of Alabama at the Bald Rock Lodge. This race also SOLD OUT well in advance (really digging the ever growing enthusiasm of the south east trail scene!). RD Todd Henderson sure knows how to put on a good race (we also present the best 100 in the southeast, the Pinhoti 100 with Todd (register now as the 2013 100miler will sell out fast!).

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Xterra Huntsville/Patagonia Gore-Tex Give Away!

Hey Huntsville Xterra Monte Sano Runners! An in store giveaway just for you!

Try on any GORE-TEX item at Alabama Outdoors Huntsville and be entered to win one of four free entries to the Dirty Spokes Xterra Huntsville Trail Race January 12th at Monte Sano State Park. You’ll also be registered to win a free Patagonia SuperCell Jacket, featuring GORE-TEX Paclite. The name of that winner will be drawn at the race.

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All contest entries need to be registered in person only at our Huntsville store. Xterra Race winners will be contact by email Wednesday January 9th if they have won. Patagonia / Gore-Tex winners do not have to be present to win but the mens or womens jacket will need to be picked up at our Huntsville store only.

Stop by any 8 of our Alabama Outdoors locations for all your outdoor and trail running gear, styles, and expert advice. Experience Matters. We are Alabama Outdoors.

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Hospital Boulders Grand Opening!

Join Alabama Outdoors and our friends at First Ave Rocks in supporting The Southeastern Climbers Coalition’s Grand Opening of Hospital Boulders! January 12th SCC is hosting a cleanup day with lunch and refreshments provided. Event Signup Here. Come out and support the SCC’s newest public bouldering acquisition in Alabama!

Check this excellent video about Hospital Boulders and two of it’s sickest problems: Hustle and Flow V10 and Mystified V5

hospital boulders trail day

2013 Huntsville Xterra Trail Race!

Happy 2013 Outdoor Friends!

We’ve got the 2013 Dirty Spokes Xterra Trail Run at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville Alabama in just two weeks on January 12th! We’ve been talking this race up a ton and for good reason: This is the final event in the Xterra Alabama Trail Series, it’s at beautiful Monte Sano Park, and race slots are selling fast! Last month’s Xterra sold out  and this race is filling up even faster so grab your spot in advance! Two Distances: 5k and 15k. We’ve got awesome race and raffle prizes from our friends at Inov8, Features, Saucony, The North Face, Merrell, Thorlo, Injinji, plus Alabama Outdoors tees and cozies!

Want a win a free race entry?!! Keep an eye on our FaceBook page and Blog over the next 2 weeks for a chance to win free entrant slots in this year’s 2013 race!!

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