Top Trail Running Gear for Fall/Winter 2014
Whether you're running up a rocky mountain trail, navigating muddy and rutted paths, or hopping over logs and puddles, you, and your gear, have to be ready for anything. The right apparel and accessories can make all the difference on a day out on the trails, so we've rounded up some of the latest and greatest for you this season.
SmartWool PhD Run Divide Vest$160 1 of 16
For those days when you don't quite need a jacket and a plain old long-sleeved shirt isn't enough to keep you warm, the PhD Run Divide Vest is the ideal option.
The vest offers a semi-form fit and a windproof front panel that can be worn as a top layer to keep your core warm, while allowing your arms to breathe and move freely. With 360-degree reflectivity, the PhD Run Divide Vest is perfect for early morning or nighttime running when you need to be seen.
Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0$124 2 of 16
Built for the long haul, the SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 is named after the great ultra-runner, Scott Jurek. With twin chest-mounted pockets that fit 20-ounce bottles, along with a 7-liter compartment that can fit a 100-ounce hydration reservoir or other essentials, this vest offers great versatility. What's more, durable, stretch mesh and enhanced adjustability allow the vest to fit any body type without bouncing even over the roughest terrain.
FITS Pro Trail Performance Socks$17.99 3 of 16
The right socks are important for all runners; they play a particularly vital role for trail buffs. Trail runners are often out for longer periods of time, during which all kinds of debris can sneak into your shoe and cause blisters and discomfort. This is where the Pro Trail socks come in. Made with super-fine merino wool, nylon, polyester and Lycra, they wick moisture and control temperature, all while providing full ankle coverage against rocks, mud, snow and slush.
VOORMI Access Pullover$199 4 of 16
VOORMI, a new brand that launched this fall, is debuting fresh mid-layer options for a wide range of aerobic activities. The Access Pullover is designed for trail runners in need of a light and fast top when the temperatures begin to drop. Using a thin, breathable and DWR (Durable Water Repellent) thermal wool, it is designed with highly permeable side panels to wick sweat away from your body in key areas. While the price is higher than many other mid-layers, the mileage you'll get out of this top is well worth the investment.
Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Arm Warmer$35 5 of 16
Great for both workouts and races, Pearl Izumi's arm warmers protect your arms from the elements, but can be easily removed when you begin to overheat. With gender-specific designs and various sizing options, you can choose the model that fits just right. The warmers have elastic binding with silicone grippers that keeps them in place on even the longest runs. Reflective detailing lets you be seen in low-light conditions.
Bia Multi-Sport Watch$279 6 of 16
Offering something unique in a crowded market of GPS watches and fitness trackers, the Bia Multi-Sport Watch was designed by female athletes to provide a slim, lightweight option. Its single button and touchscreen design makes it simple and intuitive, which is great for both men and women looking for a less bulky watch. In addition to features such as automatic uploads to training logs, interval lap options, and heart rate compatibility, it has a special feature that sends out a text with your exact location to anyone of your choosing in case of emergency. Since injuries and wrong turns can happen out on the trails, this provides a runner with an added measure of security.
Mountain Hardwear Integral Pro Long Sleeve Hoody and Pro Long Sleeve Zip T$98 (women's); $88 (men's) 7 of 16
These pieces are built for high performance. The line for men and women uses Mountain Hardwear's exclusive Wick.Q Wool, as well as a blend of polypropylene and sustainably-sourced Merino wool to provide the best wicking attributes available. These tops hold in warmth when you need it most and will survive countless long runs in tough conditions.
Spy Allure$89.95-$129.95 8 of 16
Spy Optic's indestructible frames make them a great eyewear choice for trail runners. Both new styles, the Allure for women and Frazier for men (see next slide), are built with Grilamid a tough and durable material. The frames, available with Spy Optic Happy Lens Technology, are designed to maximize the transmission of the sun's "good" rays and simultaneously block the "bad" ones. This technology is also said to enhance color and sharpness, making the rocks and ruts of the trail easier to see on the path ahead.
Spy Frazier$134.95-$154.95 9 of 16
Spy Optic's indestructible frames make them a great eyewear choice for trail runners. Like the women's Allure, the Frazier for men is built with Grilamid a tough and durable material. The frames, available with Spy Optic Happy Lens Technology, are designed to maximize the transmission of the sun's "good" rays and simultaneously block the "bad" ones. This technology is also said to enhance color and sharpness, making the rocks and ruts of the trail easier to see on the path ahead.
Sugoi RSX Knickers$90 10 of 16
For those fall days when you need something in between shorts and long tights, Sugoi's knickers are the perfect option. The RSX Knickers for women employ Ultra Aero fabric constructed with a dimpled surface for better aerodynamics and a firm stretch to enhance recovery.
Sugoi Titan Viz Knickers$70 11 of 16
For those fall days when you need something in between shorts and long tights, Sugoi's knickers are the perfect option. The Titan Viz Knickers use Helix fabric, which improves performance through strategic mesh paneling and moisture wicking yarns.
Patagonia Hybrid Jacket$139 12 of 16
Built for cold weather running, Patagonia's Hybrid series has you covered. The Wind Shield Hybrid Soft Shell jacket features a combination of protection and breathability. Thanks to Capilene 4 panels, excess heat and moisture can escape to keep you dry and warm on the run. Using lightweight materials and a DWR finish, this will be your go-to top layer all winter long.
Patagonia Hybrid Pants$99 13 of 16
Built for cold weather running, Patagonia's Hybrid series has you covered. Like the Wind Shield Hybrid Soft Shell jacket (see previous slide), the pants also features a combination of protection and breathability. Thanks to Capilene 4 panels, excess heat and moisture can escape to keep you dry and warm on the run. Using lightweight materials and a DWR finish, this will be your go-to top layer all winter long.
Black Diamond Sprinter$79.95 14 of 16
Specially designed with the trail runner in mind, the new Sprinter headlamp will remain secure even over the roughest of trails. With an ovalized TriplePower LED beam with 130 lumens, you'll have no problem seeing the path in front of you. And the advanced PowerTap technology gives users the power to dim the light to adjust to changing conditions.
The North Face GTD Skapri$70 15 of 16
Inspired by ultrarunner Lizzy Hawker's Himalayan expeditions, the Skapri combines a skirt and capri for increased coverage and comfort. With a wide waistband and moisture-wicking fabric, you won't need to worry about chafing or bunching, even over long distances. Reflective trim and logos make this a great piece to wear from trail to road. The Skapri, which blends fashion and function, is sure to be a favorite of women trail runners heading to the mountains and beyond.