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

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Tough trail runners, heavy but protective The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a very solid, sturdy trail runner with Goretex water proofing.  On the heaviest end of the spectrum for a product sold as a running shoe, the thick sole and solid toe cap will protect your feet from any rocks or roots you might ramble over.  Traction is good on all surfaces.  For the hiker that is considering the switch from a hiking shoe or boot the NF Ultras would be a good shoe to test a transition.  Once on they do… Full review

Columbia Titan Ice Short Sleeve

rated 4 of 5 stars Summary: A light, cool shirt for running in warm weather (not recommended for hiking) Here’s Columbia’s description of this wondrous shirt: “Keep cool in this short-sleeved performance shirt featuring sweat-activated super cooling technology. A crew neck and bonded seams create a [sic] active silhouette whilst elastane fibers ensure a perfect fit for all activities.” If we can dismiss the hyperbole, Columbia is offering a shirt that will help users stay cool when active in warm conditions… Full review

Perfect Fitness Cooling Towel

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I, too, ended up with a nasty poison-like rash on my neck, face, forehead, and arms — every single place that I had used the towel. I ended up going to an Urgent Care facility and they gave me a regimen of prednisone. This is a horrible product. My husband used my towel just a couple times that same day on his arms and got a small rash that went away with Benadryl. I WIIL NOT BE BUYING THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND HAVE ALREADY DISCARDED THE ONE I HAVE.  TOTALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY! Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 1 of 5 stars Good idea, but only work under certain conditions. I bought a pair for simple winter trail walking. No pack..nothing crazy and these do not function well. The bottoms are grippy as expected and if you are walking on ice or frozen compacted ice like snow, they will function. Anything even sort of soft or add 1 inch of snow and the movement of the snow under foot builds up and acts like a bulldozer and pushes the rubber webbing off to the side, up over your toe or moves the whole thing out of its… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight running shoe fit for backpacking. The Lone Peak 2.5 came highly recommended to me by a fellow hiker as a lightweight, fast drying, comfortable trail shoe. After doing some additional research, Altra seemed to have some durability issues, but I took a chance.  After about 150 miles over three months, about half running on city trails and streets, and the other half backpacking in the Rockies and Ozarks, the toe cap on both shoes is peeling off.  The tread still looks almost new. I… Full review

Avalanche Wear Striker Crew

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, breathable crew neck for runners, hikers, and bikers. Interesting styling touches for a simple tee. At first glance, the Avalanche Wear Striker crew looks like a million other tee shirts on the market. The subtle styling flourishes beg for a second glance. The front and sides of this shirt feature a horizontal striped polyester mesh, while in the center of the back a more breathable closed-hole mesh is featured. Double stitched seams in a contrasting grey are used throughout this… Full review

EnergyBits and RecoveryBits

rated 2.5 of 5 stars EnergyBits and RecoveryBits use algae as their main ingredient, an energy dense food source. A good substitute for the standard protein bar. I often am offered the chance to try new and unusual products, EnergyBits and RecoveryBits definitely fit into this category. Both products are made from 100% algae. The Energy Bits one ingredient is spirulina algae and the Recovery Bits are comprised of chlorella algae. While this may seem an odd choice for consumption, algae is one of the most energy dense… Full review