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.

Categories

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

Brands

Petzl
Light My Fire
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Princeton Tec
Kahtoola
Black Diamond
Repel
Adventure Medical Kits
NRS
Coghlan's

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'

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

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

Princeton Tec Vizz

rated 1 of 5 stars Why do the batteries routinely go dead after just a few hours? The first Vizz I owned seemed to have an electrical short -- why else would the battery go dead so quickly? So I called Princeton Tec to report the problem and they graciously agreed to have me send it back to them. They soon sent me another -- and the life of the batteries is equally poor: maybe 2 hours of use, and now the red light indicating low battery life is flashing. The problem with the burn time negates any redeeming qualities… Full review

Princeton Tec Apex

rated 5 of 5 stars A great headlamp. Waterproof battery pack a key feature. A really good product. Got it for under $50 on Sierra Trading. Store without batteries to prevent leakage. Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Superior grip and stability This product really saved me on my recent trip to the Long Trail, Vt., in January. Slipped right on, in the dark, -5 degrees with cold numb hands. Just make sure you practice putting them on and off a few times at home so you get the drill. Once they were on, I didn't slip once on snow, ice, or rock... and this was up Mt. Mansfield for the first 6 miles. Apply some Maxiglide or other wax to the spikes so as not to gather ice and debris. Also, there is a left and right… 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

Top-Rated Running Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Petzl Tikka XP 2 Headlamp
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini Fire Starter
$7 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl NAO Headlamp
$175 - $185
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout Fire Starter
$10 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$20 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
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 (21)
Kahtoola Microspikes Traction Device
$60 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
$24 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
$50 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
$40 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone Insect Repellent
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender First Aid Kit
$50 - $60
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)
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight / Watertight .7 First Aid Kit
$25 - $27
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
32north STABILicers Original Traction Device
$33 - $41
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool Fire Starter
$8 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl TacTikka Headlamp
$45 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Remix Pro Headlamp
$24 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Fred Headlamp
$18 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp
$70 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka Headlamp
$32 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl Zipka Plus Headlamp
$43 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka Plus Headlamp
$36 - $59
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 - $33
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl MYO RXP Headlamp
$80 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp
$55 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Device
$32 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$20 - $24
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
$29 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light & Motion Solite 250 Headlamp / Flashlight
$150 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space All-Weather Blanket Emergency Shelter
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit First Aid Supply
$16 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket Emergency Shelter
$15 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser Soap/Cleanser
$7 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Icon Polar Headlamp
$64 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Fire Starter
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman LED Lenser SEO7 Headlamp Headlamp
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Rx Camp Soap Soap/Cleanser
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl DuoBelt LED 14 Headlamp
$144
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Underwater Kinetics 3AAA Vizion Headlamp
$31
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Permethrin Repellent for Clothing Insect Repellent
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
2Toms SportShield Hygiene Supply/Device
$13
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army Fire Starter
$20
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