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2016 Running Gear Guide: Trail Accessories

Trail gear is durable and specifically suited to dirt-centric adventures.

$135, Ultimatedirection.com

Part of the Jenny Collection, this vest is designed by women, for women, to ergonomically carry the essentials for a day trip into the wilderness. You choose whether you carry water flasks in the front pockets or drop a hydration sleeve in the pack, with additional pockets for extra layers, food, your phone and more.

$199, Usa.leki.com

Sometimes you need running poles, sometimes you don’t, making collapsibility one of our top requirements. These carbon poles break down quickly to latch onto your pack. Leki uses its Nordic pole grips for less stress on hands and arms and more efficient poling. Although these are not adjustable, they’re sold in fixed lengths from 105 to 130cm.

$10, Hydrapak.com

Given their stunning and remote locations, many trail races are becoming low- or zero-waste events. Made of thin thermoplastic polyurethane, this collapsible cup holds 5 ounces of water and can easily stash in a pocket between aid stations. Use it over and over, and even pop it in the dishwasher if you wish—just don’t ditch it at an aid station!


$70, Salomon.com

With a 9-inch inseam and comfortable fit, these durable shorts are geared for performance and on-the-go style. What really makes them shine out on the trails are the grip print pads, perfect for resting your hands on your thighs during long, lung-busting ascents—even if you’re dripping with sweat.

$40, Underarmour.com

Built with UPF 50 cooling fabric and durable, flatlock seams, this T-shirt is constructed with full mesh side panels for maximum cooling and evaporation in hot conditions. If you’re running with a hydration pack, UA has thought of that too. Offset shoulder seams help to prevent chafing for long-running comfort no matter where the trail takes you.

$60, Goreapparel.com

Getting stones in your shoes and collecting ankle scrapes while going through a scree field is no fun. Burly Windstopper fabric keeps the grit out while inner and outer padding at the ankle minimizes scrapes. A strap, front hook and silicone grip holds them tight. You’ll still get a dirt ring, it will just be a little higher!

$30, Thenorthface.com

Trucker hats keep the sun off your face while keeping your head cool, especially when they are made of quick-drying mesh, like this one. The wicking inner band keeps sweat off your face. As for the flat brim, all the cool kids are doing it! No beard required.