Spring is almost here, and with it, the call to get out on the trail becomes almost deafening. It doesn’t make it any easier that the new season also brings hot new gear from our favorite brands, either. Read on for some 2017’s top gear picks for trail running and build your stoke for warmer weather.
1. Arc’teryx Norvan VT Trail Running Shoes
The Arc’teryx Norvan VT trail running shoes are a top-notch offering from a brand famed for their obsessive attention to design and build quality. Featuring ultra-sticky Vibram Idrogrip on the forefoot for traction and scrambling as well as a MegaGrip compound for durability, the Norvan VT combines the best in features of a trail runner, approach shoe and light hiker. An innovative lacing system provides both a tight and precise climbing mode and a higher volume running mode.
2. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Hooded Jacket
Almost impossibly light, the 3 ounce Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Hooded Jacket is a trail runner’s best friend for cool early mornings, running through windswept alpine gardens, and during periods of light precipitation. Handily stuffing into a lumbar pack pocket, the Ghost Lite is virtually undetectable until it is needed–at which point it will become your featherweight suit of armor. A snug, comfortably fitting hood completes the weather barrier.
3. Darn Tough No Show Tab Ultra Light Socks
Trail running presents a unique set of demands on your socks. The variable terrain, mud, and moisture will all wear down your socks faster than running on the road alone. We like Darn Tough’s No Show Ultra Light Socks because not only are they–you guessed it–ultra light and breathable, Darn Tough’s guaranteed durability means that you won’t blast through the heels and toes on them no matter how much ultra training you do. A seamless toe keeps chafing to an absolute minimum as you pile on the miles.
4. UV Buff
A perfect accessory for trail running, the humble Buff impresses with its sheer versatility. Whether it’s simply around your neck protecting you from UV rays, wrapped around your head like a headband wicking away sweat, or pulled all the way over your head to provide protection from cold and wind when you reach a summit, you’ll never regret bringing it along.
5. Rab Aerial Tee
A good synthetic tee is worth its weight in gold. Rab’s Aerial Tee is a silkweight champion, providing not only a high level of breathability, but unparalleled moisture-wicking capability as well. Flatlock seam construction minimizes chafing during long days on trail, and Polygiene STAY FRESH odor control treatment keeps your hard-earned stink contained during post-run drinks.