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

Nathan Mirage Pak

rated 4 of 5 stars This pack is perfect for the minimalist at heart, but beware of bounce with a smartphone. I'd buy it again even with its shortcomings. This pack is all you need when you don't need much. I like to run with a car key, cell phone and some cash/card. For anything long enough to need more stuff, I carry a different pack. The Mirage is wonderfully expandable and will hold odd shaped items and much larger things than you might imagine. It weighs nearly nothing and dries out very quickly. It has a built-in… Full review

ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief

rated 5 of 5 stars Best underwear ever. Period. I kept reading reviews about these and finally pulled the trigger on a pair from REI. Great move on my part, now I have replaced ALL of my boxer briefs with these. I wear them every day, at work, on the trail, at the gym they are my all purpose go to "draws".  These wick like crazy and stay dry even during strenuous workouts or long hikes. My only gripe and its a relatively minor one, they could offer a little more support than what they do (mostly important for running… Full review

Yaktrax XTR Extreme

rated 2.5 of 5 stars I have to agree with several of the poorer reviews regarding this product. Not having a chain joining the two traction plates allowed them to move around causing the traction spikes to line up incorrectly on the foot. This constant movement of the plates also causes excess strain on the link that joins the chains to the rubber/grommet causing some of those links to start opening up. I bought these a few weeks ago to take along while snowshoeing so when trail conditions warranted, I could use these… Full review

Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars A great lightweight and dependable fire starting tool that takes up hardly any space and works in any weather. The flint is readily replaceable, making this a good long term investment. From Vargo Outdoors: A trusty Titanium tool which gives a dependable spark even in the worst conditions. This spark lighter even works after being doused with water, this is a great choice if you want a reliable way of lighting a stove whilst still being super lightweight. A built-in clip lets you easily store this… Full review

Mammut X-Shot Headlamp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Hard use headlamp that stands the test of time in all manner of conditions. Good for canoeing in dark conditions, close up work, and hiking. Recommended for those who are serious about night movement. I purchased this over six years ago in Alaska for use while duck hunting. Since then, it's been used lots of times in all types of weather (wet, cold, wet and cold, hot, you name it!). It has decent battery life and throws a great spot -— so good in fact that you can use it for night / early morning… Full review

Atlas Race

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Toe crampon breaks easily!!! I like these snowshoes except the titanium toe cramping breaks easily. Then Atlas makes you contact the retailer to set up repair through Atlas, and then you have to pay shipping. How do they consider this a warranty? So far they have broken twice in same location, seems to be a design flaw that they don't wish to change. Very poor customer service! Full review

Petzl TacTikka XP

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought it for its tiny size, partial power settings, wide and narrow beams. I've had it for several years now. Every summer I spend three or more months in tents, and use it at least half an hour every single day. Batteries last so long that I forget whether I have changed them that season or the previous one. In 2015, this Tikka XP is now "the old model", but still delivering as the first day. A great flashlight that I can also use as headlamp 50% of the time. I walk around mostly during the day,… Full review