Gear Geek: The Top Trail Running Kit

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Gear Geek: The Top Trail Running Kit

Trail running takes the act of jogging and adds all the joyful glee you felt when you saw a patch of woods when you were a kid and decided to run toward it. Unlike treadmills or road running, the trail provides elements that keep your synapses firing—roots, rocks, dust, dirt, loose gravel, the occasional fallen tree—and the gloriously nonlinear trajectory of a meandering path, never mind the occasional gut-wrenching, unforgiving uphill slog. And, unlike running on pavement or at a track, having the right gear is vital to surviving a day out in the wild. To whit, a handful of go-to items that should appeal to both first-timers as well as ultra-runners. Oh, and get a good pair of socks while you’re at it, like the running line from by Darn Tough

1. Columbia Montrail Series, From $55; 2. Lululemon Surge Shorts, $68; 3. Outdoor Research Gauge T, $59; 4. MSR TrailShot, $50; 5. Leki Micro Trail Vario, $230; 6. Osprey Duro 6, $110; 7. Salomon ME:SH, $TBD.

Main image: William Scott /Flickr CC BY 2.0


Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).