Running Gear

Whether you're running your local trails, racing in an ultra marathon or adventure race, or fastpacking mountain ranges, you'll find the best running gear, footwear, apparel, and essentials right here. We’ve got reviews, ratings, and price comparisons on trail runners, running snowshoes, technical tops and bottoms, packs, and more to outfit you for your next trail run.

See our top gear picks in any outdoor product category below. Or browse independent equipment reviews and ratings by real trail runners, endurance athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts to select appropriate, dependable, real world-tested gear for your next running and trail adventure.

Recent Running Product Reviews

Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased these as a bit of an impulse. I wanted something to protect my feet at a slippery boat launch, and as I live in a small town these ended up being the only option in the sport-sandal category.  I probably wouldn't have considered these otherwise, as I always thought they were a bit of a gimmick. I was wrong.  The first thing about these is they're a bit hard to get on initially. Trying to get each toe to go into the right part of the shoe was trying (nearly impossible for my wife). Full review

LED Lenser H7.2

rated 5 of 5 stars These are great headlamps. The new LED Lenser H7.2 and the upscale H7R.2 bring even brighter adjustable top range illumination. The new LED Lenser H7.2 replaces the H7 with a 250 peak lumen rating (300 for the H7R.2). At maximum setting it is rated at 175 yards, which I have found to be accurate with fresh batteries. The newer model takes four AAA batteries, one more than the older H7. With any battery powered device you have to accept that most of the time it operates somewhere less than full power… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for ice or any hard pack surface. Wear with any boot—hiking, pac boot, and even big, bulky Muck boots. From flat trail walking with your dogs to light mountaineering to ice fishing with your pals, the MICROspikes will NOT disappoint. Outperform other traction devices in the class not considered 10 point crampons. I've used on a variety of surfaces from packed snowmobile trails walking my dogs to Maine/New Hampshire mountains where there is often ice on the trails at different times throughout… Full review

Black Diamond ReVolt

rated 5 of 5 stars A solid, well-built performer that eliminates adding batteries to your shopping list. I've had my ReVolt for about three years and after relatively heavy use it still operates perfectly in a wide range of conditions. Having had a fair number of headlamps the ReVolt is the one I'll go back to again. The ability to recharge with a USB cable before a trip via my computer, a wall socket (no included adapter), or in the car on the way to the trailhead is a feature I won't ever give up. I still carry… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A great shoe for fastpacking with lots of toe space. I wore these shoes as thru hiking shoes. They were the most comfortable thing I'd put on my foot during the whole trail, especially after wearing the Merrell barefoot shoes for several hundred miles. I experienced zero blisters or foot issues in these shoes over about 500+ miles which was quickly reaching the life of the shoes. The uppers wear quickly and Altra is incredibly hard to get in contact with to warranty anything. They are NOT water… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Light and tough, this shoe is made for the trail. The roomy toe-box and wide footbed create a non-confining space without any sacrifices in security. This product is best for runners and long distance hikers who are looking for an ultralight shoe to support them on trails. 4 stars because tread could be improved. Light and tough, this shoe is made for the trail. The roomy toe-box and wide footbed create a non-confining space without any sacrifices in security. You will have no foot claustrophobia… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 4 of 5 stars Best all around traction device for icy and winter hikes. I bought myself a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes after moving to New Hampshire for school. There are many days where I find myself on hikes that require more than bare boots, but less than a full-on crampon. Most summits here are coated with rime ice/snow for a good portion of the year, even while the trails are free of snow. For these situations, I find having the Microspikes is not only helpful, but an essential safety tool in the mountains. Full review