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

Atsko Sport-Wash

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After using my tent and storing my tent in my bag and forgetting all about it—leaving it in my Forerunner for a week, while it was still wet—when I pulled it it out and saw how wet it still was, I could smell the mold. So I hand washed it with vinegar, which worked well and then I found some Sport Wash at the local True Value. After a good hand wash and some rinse, hanged it to dry on the clothesline. It came out just like new! Now I just did my 80 liter pack and it came out really well too. Full review

Patagonia Nine Trails Skirt

rated 4 of 5 stars A quality garment suitable for multiple uses, particularly watersports. The undershorts have a permanent anti-microbial treatment that really does keep odors at bay. If already accustomed to wearing skimpy garments for workouts, the Nine Trails skirt will be a cute and welcome addition to your wardrobe. The short skirt does turn heads (since it's not always obvious that the black undershorts accompany it), so it's not for those lacking a healthy dose of self-confidence. On the other hand, it also… Full review

Pat's Backcountry Beverages Brew Concentrate

rated 4 of 5 stars Perfect companions to their highly acclaimed Carbonator Bottle, these flavors give the user the ability to "brew" fresh adult beverages. I'm not a huge proponent of imbibing on the trail, but on a hot summer night after a day long hike, there's nothing quite as satisfying as a cool, frothy ale by the fire pit to set the night off right.  I'll review the two "adult beverages" here, with hopes that someone more experienced with the soda flavors might chime in! The mixing and carbonation process takes… Full review

Clif Organic Energy Food

rated 4 of 5 stars I was provided with four flavors of CLIF organic energy food: pizza margherita, banana mango with coconut, banana beet with ginger, and sweet potato with sea salt. All four were reasonably tasty, with some specific preferences outlined below. I felt the fruit-based ones were better for on-the-go energy, whereas the others were more filling and felt more like a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack than high-carb energy. The packaging makes these easy to carry, eat, and re-seal. BASIC DETAILS Each packet… Full review

Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Vargo Pocket Cleats are a front foot traction option for light hiking and running. I found that they are best for trail running on level terrain or for those interested in a lightweight backup traction device. I had the opportunity to test the Vargo Pocket cleats on the back roads and trails of the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. I found them to be well made and an innovative use of titanium. However, they were not well suited for all applications I tested them in. Ease of Use: The design… Full review

Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Clif bars in general are great for people on the go, who can't always plan ahead for every meal. They are great for kids' snacks between meals as well. I recommend this product. I'm not a typical reviewer, but I purchase large quantities of bars. I like Pomegranate Chia and the Carrot Cake bars as well. Blueberry Crisp is good. Chocolate Chip is good. Yes, there is a similarity to the bars' flavors, but that is the case with all "lines" of food products.  I work in an office. Sometimes lunch plans… Full review

Inov-8 Men's Terroc 330

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Comfortable, light trail runner. Fits my wide feet without a problem. Fit: I have a wide foot and can wear some 8 1/2 shoes, this being one of them. Lacing is fine. I wear thin merino wool socks with these, my heel doesn't slip. Comfort: Didn't need any breaking in, I first wore them on a 10 mile hike.  Dirt easily gets through them and a tick got through the shoe and my socks once. I would like to get gaiters at some point. Support: My everyday shoe has no support (Soft Star Rambler) so these… Full review