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

Native Apex

rated 2 of 5 stars I bought Native Apex sunglasses at a large discount online (around Xmas time 2014). Upon their arrival, my gf said if I ever wore them around her in public she would pretend she didn't know me. After a day or two spent trying to defend the glasses, I have to agree - they are hideous looking; the cut is... just... silly looking. I bought Native Apex sunglasses at a large discount online (around Xmas time 2014). Upon their arrival, my gf said if I ever wore them around her in public she would pretend… Full review

CamelBak Fourteener

rated 4 of 5 stars Great pack for day trips. I bought this pack in 2014 so mine is most likely a newer model, than what is pictured. I can add pictures of mine, if anyone is curious. This pack fits me great, I am 6'2" and about 195 lbs. and have no issues with the straps being long enough, in fact there is plenty for it to fit some one taller and larger than myself. As for comfort I have used a few other day packs (osprey, which I enjoy) and this one is my favorite. The padding on the back and the belt is comfortable… Full review

Bear Naked Peanut Butter Energy Bar

rated 4 of 5 stars Basically a moist peanut butter no-bake cookie in energy bar form. At a lower cost than most, it is a fine alternative to other energy bars, but nothing screams excellent. Use: My wife and I have gone through one box so far, with me consuming the lion's share of them (12 to a box). Most of those were eaten during all-day fall and winter hunting excursions, with the exception of a few going on a short day-hike with us. For some perspective, a typical hunting day has me awake by 4am, in the woods… Full review

Panther Vision LED Lighted Cap

rated 5 of 5 stars PowerCaps or Visors merge the cap and head lamp, eliminating weight from your pack. Great battery life. I always wear a cap or visor when I hit the trail and, of course, always need a headlamp. Power caps combine the two and allows you to eliminate a head lamp from your pack its base weight. Battery life is long and you wouldn't know the light is part of the cap.  It does use two CR2032 batteries which are easily found at home but maybe not a "trail town." Spares are much lighter than AA's or AAA's. … Full review

Zippo Windproof Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars Old reliable — it's been in pockets all over the world in all situations for nearly a century. Zippo's wick lighters, the 'windproof' lighters, have been used around the world since the 1930s. The design has hardly changed, aside from updating materials, in all that time. Parts from a 1940s zippo will fit into a modern day Zippo. I carried WWII era Zippo for over a decade and the only time it let me down was when I forgot to fill it. I currently have a modern production Zippo and it's just as… Full review

Omnibar Energy Bar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Omnibar has created a high quality, great tasting food bar with grass-fed beef to take into the outdoors. A variety of unique flavors keep your taste buds happy. I absolutely enjoyed three of the four Omnibar flavors (mango curry, chipotle barbecue, and cranberry rosemary; roasted peanut was my least favorite). I like that Omnibar's savory flavors are not commonly found among other companies' energy bars. They all have a depth of multiple flavors to them, which make them unique, and taste very… Full review

InstaFire

rated 1 of 5 stars Insta-Fire Fire Starter is product that did not live up to its claims. This user was provided a package of Insta-Fire that was suppose to light up to four fires. However, I was unable to light even one in wet conditions. Let me start by saying my fire building skills are probably less than PillowThread's. That is why my rating is so different from his. Let me go back to the beginning... I wouldn't call my neighbor Carrie a “groupie,” but she sure loves to bring me stuff to try in the outdoors. Full review