Spring Trail Gear Guide
Get ready to hit the trails with this Spring Trail Gear Guide. Featuring new releases, footwear, clothing and accessories, find everything you need here.
Trail shoes are an essential item to have when running off road. They usually have larger lugs on the bottom of the shoe which give enhanced grip when running in slippery conditions such as mud or snow. Different shoes have varying lengths of lugs depending on what terrain you are running on. Typically, trail shoes also have a more durable sole in order to protect the foot from sharp rocks and uneven ground. Finally, the shoes generally have a tighter heel cup to stop the foot from slipping when descending or ascending steep ground. Some trail shoes also come in waterproof versions, which is useful when running through particularly wet or muddy terrain, but on the other hand can mean that your feet get sweaty quicker.
Clothing is an important consideration whilst out on the trails due to the varying nature of the weather, length of run and terrain. Weather conditions can be changeable, and it is better to be prepared than to get stuck without adequate clothing on an isolated trail. Warm layers are a must in winter, and sun protective clothing is essential in the summer months. A lightweight waterproof layer can also be useful in case of rain. It is usually best to choose lightweight layers, and wear more of them so that it is possible to add and take away items whilst out.
There are a wide range of accessories that can be used for trail running, from backpacks to GPS watches, to caps and sunglasses. It is important whilst trail running to wear some technical socks. These will reduce rubbing and blister risk, whilst also providing some support to the foot and grip on the sole. A backpack or hydration vest is also a useful piece of equipment to use on the trails. A backpack can be used to store extra layers and also snacks in case you are out for longer than expected. A hydration vest is useful if you don't like to carry bottles, as they sit in pockets and are easily accessible whilst running. A GPS watch can not only track your pace and heart rate, but some of the more advanced models can be used to plot out a route and check your location whilst running. Hats can also be useful whilst trail running, either in hot or cold conditions. A Buff can be used to shield from the cold, UV rays and even insects!