Trails are a great place to expand your running horizons, but their unique challenged do throw up certain specialized requirements that can brave the elements on your behalf and let you focus on your run. Apart from shoes, we’re talking about gear that allows you to be self-sufficient in terms of safety, hydration, protection and comfort. Most of these accessories can be used when you go camping or during your long runs on the road as well. In case you’re thinking of new gear or looking to update your old, here are some ideas that are popular with trail runners.
Salomon S-Lab Trail Gaiters Low
These high-performance gaiters are designed to protect your running footwear from trail debris and keep it from entering you foot. Durable stretch fabric holds snug to your shoe and ankle, without impeding your stride. The gaiters are highly breathable, with a unique, non-abrasive connection system that keeps them in place.
UltrAspire Zygos Hydration Vest
Zygos is one of the most ergonomic and thoughtfully designed hydration packs, perfect for hiking, biking, and long-distance running. It sits on your back comfortably, thanks to the breathable and highly elastic Max 02 sternum strap, compression straps, and wrap-around hip belt. Zygos has both a hanging 2L reservoir and dual front bottle holsters, along with a multitude of stash pockets on the front, sides, and back to keep your snacks, gels, and other key gear handy.
Patagonia Men’s Outpacer Shirt
Like any good running shirt, this one wicks moisture and dries quickly to keep you comfy while you run. It also has a good amount of recycled nylon to keep it durable enough for mountainous activities like trail running. The slim-fit shirt comes with Polygiene’s permanent odor control to keep it fresh-smelling after a few sweaty workouts and effective UPF 15 protection.
Head Sweats Elite Icefil Fast Hat Reflective
The Fast Hat is a lightweight performance hat used by endurance athletes, runners, triathletes, rowers and hikers. It comes with an exceptional fit and reflective elements, while the Eventure™ terry, Icefil wrapped sweatband keeps perspiration out of your eyes and creates maximum air flow and moisture transfer.
Brooks Running Bolt Jacket
Made with DriLayer® Bolt fabric, this jacket provides wind- and water-resistance on the run and about town. It features 360° retro-reflectivity that’s virtually invisible in daylight, but really shines when you need it most—so you can wear it all day. The chin guard, draft flap, and brushed neck lining add comfort and the smart design of the notched zipper pull helps keep your headphone cord in place as you move.