If you’re a trail runner you know how important it is to have proper running gear. If you’re new to trail running you’ve probably found out pretty quickly that your regular old tennis shoes and T-shirts are not holding up to the special conditions that a trail runner faces. You need specialized running shoes for increased shock absorption as well as running clothes that draw away the sweat from your body to keep you dry and warm. I’ve gathered some choice items to help make your running experience the best that it can be.
Shoes are the most important asset to a trail runner because if you’ve got the wrong shoes your feet will definitely know. While you’re outdoors facing the elements you don’t want lose your focus because of a poor fit distracting you. The North Face has been a trail runner’s choice for a long time. Their M Ultra 104 GTX XCR is designed for a runner facing rugged trails. They are very lightweight, waterproof as well as breathable with a molded heel. They retail for $110.00 and come in three different colors. You can find them at your local Sports Chalet or online at the The North Face.
Nike’s Long-sleeve UV Essential running shirts features technology that blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays and it also draws moisture away from your skin to keep you dry while running. That is a huge benefit to runner. It can be found online at Nike and in select retail locations for $40.00.
Shorts specifically made for running are great to have. Try New Balance’s Tempo Running Shorts, it come varies colors and feature an interior key pocket for your key and has two outside pockets. It costs $40.00 as a runner myself I really appreciate a short that has a key storage pocket so I don’t have to run holding them. It will keep dry because the fabric brings moisture away from your skin too. It comes in two inseam lengths, 5inches and seven inches long.
If you’d rather face the running trails in pants instead of shorts try The North Face M running pant it is an awesome buy at just $65.00. It’s a very versatile pair of pant with four pockets plus an additional pocket in the waistband. It even has reflective logo to increase you visibility at night.
Now that you’ve got the clothes covered don’t forget to get something to keep you motivated while you’re out on the trails. The Nike + ipod sensor works with your ipod. It’s a wireless transmitter that records your running distance which you can later upload to your computer and see your progress. It’s compatible with all Nike + clothing and shoes. You’re able to share your runs online with others and when your reach milestones you’re greeted by world class runners like Lance Armstrong. It is a must have for any runner. You can get online from Nike or at your local sportswear retailer for $29.00.