Running Gear

Sometimes you need more than just a pair of trail runners. Here you'll find top-rated running gear like traction devices and snowshoes for winter running, headlamps for night runs, sun and bug protection, plus safety and first aid gear.

If that's not enough, you can find top-ratings and reviews for all of your outdoor gear essentials, thanks to our thousands of independent, user reviews.

Category

Traction Devices
Running Snowshoes
Headlamps
Sun and Bug Protection
First Aid and Hygiene
Survival Gear

Brands

Petzl
Black Diamond
Light My Fire
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Kahtoola
Princeton Tec
Repel
Lightload Towels
Adventure Medical Kits
Sea to Summit

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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Running Gear Reviews

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Heat lasts 10 minutes, then the item turns into a brick. You then need to boil the item until it liquefies again, which takes about 30 minutes. Useless Item... VERY disappointing. I bought mine at a trade show and was surprised by the effort needed to get the item back to its original state after use. I was also disappointed in the fact that it only remains hot for 15-20 minutes instead of the 3 hours I was told it is supposed to remain hot. Finally, and most disappointing, is that the website offers… Full review

UCO Sweetfire Strikeable Fire Starter

rated 4 of 5 stars An interesting eco-friendly product that is excellent for lazy lighting of campfires and wood stoves in good conditions. It is extremely easy to use and burns longer than most fire starters, but does not perform as well as alternative fire starters in adverse weather. It would not be my go-to fire starter if I anticipated adverse conditions such as wind and rain, but will likely be in my pack for those weekend trips where the weather is more predictable and I want to get a fire going with the minimum… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars No better traction device made, short of full crampons. This is my fourth winter season with the same Microspikes and they are now approaching 2,000 miles of trail running. I get some great stares from folks slipping and sliding along the trails as I run by at full tilt :) I've never had them come off. They easily pull on and off. The only maintenance I do is touch them up with a file about twice each winter. In addition to trail running they go in the pack for early season hiking when there is… Full review

Kahtoola MICROspikes

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good device in between a Yaktrak and mountaineering crampon. I used a pair of the very inexpensive YakTrax exactly one time and decided to find something more substantial after the YakTrax kept getting dislodged from my boots while hiking relatively tame trails. In my search for a better traction device, but not a full-on crampon, I found the Kahtoola Microspikes. I've used a set of Microspikes now for around three years. Lots of rough, steep, rocky, icy, and snowy off-trail stuff here in the foothills… Full review

Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter

rated 4 of 5 stars The Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter is a good idea and handy gadget that functions as a spark lighter with ferrocerium (ferro) rod and bellows. I would recommend it to folks who like wood stoves and building fires, but there are better options if all you need is a spark lighter to light a stove, as the dual function and convenience result in a couple of areas that could improve. Vargo subtitles this device with “Just add fuel”, and that is fitting.  The Ultimate Fire Starter (hereafter called UFS… Full review

Petzl Tikka R+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Expensive but powerful and versatile compact headlamp — a huge leap forward from classic 3xAAA lamps. Not as powerful as various Chinese lights. This lamp was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2016. Its direct replacement is Petzl Reactik, which is slightly more powerful, but lacks the power level customization feature. I’d not recommend it. Consider Reactik Plus which may be customized via phone app.  I’ve been an owner of Tikka R+ headlamp for more than a year. Recently I’ve purchased… Full review

Princeton Tec Fred

rated 3 of 5 stars A decent, lightweight headlamp with red mode. The Princeton Tec Fred is a basic headlamp. It's relatively inexpensive and offers two white light settings and two red light settings. It's waterproof, light, and easy to use.  On the pro side, the waterproofing of the headlamp is effective. I have put it to the test on many different trips, but I have yet to have it fully submerged. I've also used it in subzero temperatures (Celsius) and it putters on. However, I do not think the range is as good… Full review

Princeton Tec Byte

rated 4 of 5 stars Ptec has a fix for the battery drain, that also acts as a lockout for the switch they will send you for free. Makes it a very good lamp. My go-to pocket lamp. Good red light. Acceptable main white beam for size. Convenient, small, nice to have the lockout feature. Full review

Black Diamond Iota

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Perfect for trail running. You'll still need a longer-range one for route finding. As fall approaches and nights get longer many say goodbye to trail running and relegate their morning runs to either asphalt (yawn) or a treadmill (sacrilege). 1st world problems at their best. Many runners either quit running in the mornings during the winter or stick to lighted streets.  The struggle is real. You can use a headlamp but: Most headlamps eat WAY too many batteries for daily use. Full power headlamps… Full review

Top-Rated Running Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl NAO Headlamp
$166 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
$50 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout Fire Starter
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl TacTikka Headlamp
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
$65 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Princeton Tec Apex Headlamp
$73 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp
$44 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
$24 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
$69 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone Insect Repellent
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lightload Towels Towel
$2 - $4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender First Aid Kit
$37 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Dry Lite Towel Towel
$10 - $16
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS Storm Whistle Whistle/Horn
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Camp Shovel/Trowel
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool Fire Starter
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Remix Pro Headlamp
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exotac NanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$5 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen SPF 30 Sunscreen
$7 - $12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp
$71 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Yukon HL Headlamp
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka Headlamp
$30 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka+ Headlamp
$36 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
$14 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Princeton Tec Corona Headlamp
$45 - $56
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .7 First Aid Kit
$25 - $28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon Fire Starter
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tweezer / Magnifier First Aid Supply
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole Traction Device
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space All-Weather Blanket Emergency Shelter
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Whiz Freedom Feminine Funnel Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket Emergency Shelter
$18 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser Soap/Cleanser
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl DuoBelt LED 14 Headlamp
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Underwater Kinetics 3AAA Vizion Headlamp
$31
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Hygiene Supply/Device
$10 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army Fire Starter
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
QuikClot Sport First Aid Supply
$11 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$5 - $7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
STABIL icers Lite Traction Device
$15 - $29
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