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Vanda's Last Minute Gift Guide

If you've ever shopped in our store, chances are you've encountered Vanda. She's the captain of this ship and perfectly embodies the Rackets & Runners spirit. If something is Vanda-endorsed, it's bound to be good.
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For nearly 10 years, Vanda Borean has been guiding our store, always there when you need her expertise.

Now, she's stepping up for you!

Feeling the last-minute gift pressure? Look no further. If it's Vanda-approved, it's a win. As the holidays rush in, she's handpicked the ultimate gifts for every enthusiast.


NiteVest Rechargeble LED Safety Vest

By far, the most effective and versatile reflective vest on the market.  If you are a walker, runner or cyclist, this is the must-have vest. Passive and active reflectivity.  Waist light for visibility. This vest delivers on safety and comfort and is a huge hit with our run clinics and run club. During the dark winter months, this vest will keep you visible and safe.


Brooks Ghost Max Running

Podiatrists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists LOVE this new shoe from Brooks. Brooks finally enters into the maximialist category which HOKA has dominated. This model does not disappoint. Beautiful fit, beautiful feel--great for runners as well as as medical purposes. Multiple widths. Demand has already exceeded supply. Likely to be the running shoe model of 2024. Well done Brooks!


KINeSYS Spray Sunscreen

It is still the best athletic sunscreen on the market. Available in 30 and 50 SPF.  Unscented or Mango scent. If you are headed to any beaches with fragile coral reefs, try the Clear Zinc option.  


Hydro Flask Lightweight Trail Series

Our staff love these hydro flasks. Double-walled insulated, sustainable and durable, and keeps liquids hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours! And it looks awesome. The perfect gift. 


New Balance Fresh Foam X Trail More V3

Version 3 is the best version yet. Wonderful support and comfort and perfect for non-technical trail running and walking. This trail running shoe has a synthetic/mesh construction for breathability, and a two-part Fresh Foam X midsole for exceptional comfort. New Balance delivered on a superb trail runner which also has cool aesthetics.


Ronbus Nova R3 Pickleball Paddle

We are big fans of their paddles, specifically, the Nova R3, third generation thermal forming with T700 graphite with more traditional head shape.  For all you pickleballers--you gotta try their product!    


Bread & Butter Loco Pickleball Paddle 

We love being the exclusive retailer for Bread & Butter paddles in Canada. We also love their outstanding unibody paddles from the USA and their cheeky ads.

Along with the popular Filth paddle, they just released the new Loco paddle which features superior hand speed backed up by power and touch. With this paddle, players can be even more aggressive on the courts, thanks to its injected foam that runs around the edges and down through the handle. If you like spin; this is your paddle!

Catch our Loco paddle review on our YouTube channel soon.   


HEAD Radical Pro Tennis Racket

HEAD continues to design and product exceptional product. Radical Pro is a traditional player style frame which means that it has a softer feel and it is spin-friendly.   



Babolat Pure Aero 100 Standard Tennis Racket 

One of the top selling tennis rackets of all time! The Babolat Pure Aero new version has softer feel with more control than past versions. French and fabulous! 


Wilson Laver Cup Rackets and Bags

If you did not have the opportunity to attend the Laver Cup in Vancouver this past summer, you can still purchase Laver Cup product. Rackets & Runners now has exclusivity on this merchandise. The Laver Cup Wilson backpack and rackets are all available. This a very special gift for the tennis enthusiast in your life.   


Happy Gift Giving!

If you need a little extra help this season, we’ve got a fantastic team at your service in-store. You can also check our Holiday Gift Guide for great gifts for runners, tennis players and pickleballers!

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