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

Larabar Apple Pie

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I wouldn't even consider buying this, for moral reasons. It has a 'Non-GMO Verified" symbol on it. Anti-GMO paranoia has prevented life-saving Golden Rice from reaching millions of vitamin A deficient Asians, mostly children, who go blind and die by the hundreds of thousands. For more information on this, search on the Web for "Golden Rice Now" I do not buy food items with the "Non-GMO Verified" symbol, for moral reasons. Full review

Larabar Apple Pie

rated 5 of 5 stars Larabar makes an outstanding trail bar that comes in a variety of flavors that all taste great, and have a very high calorie per ounce. Sometimes it seems like I live under a rock, but the other day my daughter shared a trail bar with me that I had never really heard of before from a brand called Larabar.  I thought the trail bar tasted outstanding as it had a consistency like a dense Fig Newton (another food I really enjoy), which I also really liked. Now that I have had a Larabar I notice them… Full review

Run Gum Energy Gum

rated 4 of 5 stars A quick and easy way to get an energy boost. Lightweight and easy to consume. I don't usually consume caffeine other than a morning cup of green tea as I am pretty caffeine sensitive. So I was a little hesitant to test Run Gum Energy chews. Providing 50 mg of caffeine, 20 mg of Taurine, and vitamins B6 and B12, one Run Gum chew is fairly equal to a can of Red Bull. This made me a little wary of how my body might react but I figured I would give it a try during my three-days-a-week mountain bike… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 2 of 5 stars Over-rated, over-sold, and bad customer service. These socks were a present and the gifter is extremely disappointed by the result. The toes sleeves are the exact same length which means none of the toes fit properly. The big toe sleeve is very narrow so it barely fits on the actual toe. The material is much weaker than advertised and visible damage ocurred after a single trail run. The grip dots fell off from just walking in a living room with floorboards. The company is trying to ride the minimal… Full review

Coast FL75R

rated 4 of 5 stars I used the Coast FL75R on my thru hike of the Continental Divide Trail last year. It's an extremely bright headlamp and its wide to narrow beam focusing sets it apart. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty damn good... Modes The FL75R has two buttons, the left button as seen in this picture actuates the main lamp and the right button turns on the red light. One click of the left button activates High Beam (530 lumens), another click switches to Medium (Unlisted) and one more for Low (65 lumens) then… Full review

Mountainsmith Tour

rated 4 of 5 stars This pack is very well made, with just the right size for both short hikes, weekend, and in town use. There is enough room to carry two small water bottles, a light jacket or sweater, a book, a packed lunch, wallet etc... I esp. like the Smart Phone storage area in back and brighter interior. The only downside is I wish they made a women's version of this pack, for those with smaller waists, because I've got excess strappage whenever I click the strap, and I'd like to find something to keep it out… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Women be free! No more being scared to get out of your tent at midnight to pee. Women, we need to talk honestly. There are a lot of female urinary devices out there, and I found a favorite, the Pstyle. With the carrying case which has a carabiner to attach to my pack, the cost is about $23. I have been looking for a solution to crawling out of my tent at night, in the rain, to urinate. I tried just a plastic bag with disastrous results. With this sleek design, you just have to kneel on one knee,… Full review