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

Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra Light Cushion

rated 5 of 5 stars A lifetime replacement guarantee says it all. A very soft, warm Merino wool sock with extra cushion underfoot. Darn Tough socks all come with a no questions asked lifetime guarantee, and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of their socks. In my never ending quest for the ultimate hiking sock, I like to test socks that are designed for other sports, such as running and biking. Being a fan of trail runners and low rise hiking boots I did all my testing of these Darn Tough Merino… Full review

prAna Men's Mojo Short

rated 5 of 5 stars comfortable, versatile, light, dries fast, well made. The short is very simple, which I find to be a good thing.  One of the best buys I have made.  I use these every day in the summer. I climb with them as the elastic band is non constrictive.  Sometimes I run with them.  They have two front pockets and a back one.  They are also comfortable to wear over tights if climbing in winter.  They dry fast, but are non adjustable.  I have had them for years and they show no signs of wear.  Full review

Pearl Izumi Pursuit Shorts

rated 4 of 5 stars Stretchable, breathable, transfer dry shorts are great for running, hiking or the gym. Supportive inner liner for comfort. Whether you are running, hiking or just working out in the gym you can't beat the comfort of Pearl Izumi Pursuit shorts. Available in 3, 5, and 7-inch inseam lengths, Pursuit shorts offer a lot of comfort in a lightweight package. Constructed from polyester and elastane they have just the right amount of stretch while providing excellent breathability and the ability to transfer… Full review

Icebug Insoles FAT Medium

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Really supports the arch well. Works well with large volume footwear. An effective replacement for inadequate footbeds. The Swedish company Icebug not only makes a wide range of outdoor footwear but they also make some really good insoles. The heart of the Icebug insole is their Arch Flex System which provides dynamic support for the metatarsal area of the forefoot, the midfoot arch, and the heel cup. Construction starts with a low friction top cover for comfort over a breathable open-cell foam… Full review

Hoka Bondi 4

rated 4 of 5 stars If you want to run on pavement but feel like you're running on turf, these shoes do the trick. Like many people, the ubiquitous Hoka One One shoes piqued my interest. No one wants to look like they just stepped out of a circus wagon but these amusing shoes promised too much to pass them up.  My initial thought is that I would somehow stumble over the tall soles as if they were high heels. Never happened; albeit, I don't wear these on the trail. They are strictly my flat ground running shoes. They… Full review

Chamois Butt’r Chamois Butt'r Original

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great skin lubricant for use just about anywhere on your body. It seems the older I get the more things I have to deal with to continue to enjoy the hiking and backpacking that I do. One item that I don't recall ever having to deal with when I was younger is chaffing in various areas that after a day or two of longer hikes, would be uncomfortable enough that I would need several days to recover before hiking again. To address the issue I went out and started looking for something to help… Full review

Petzl Tikkina

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For the price it is high quality. A very cheap and good quality headlamp.  The brightness is pretty good (80 lumens), has two modes which are easy to operate. Battery case seems OK.  Full review