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
Watches
Headlamps
Sun and Bug Protection
First Aid and Hygiene
Survival Gear

Brands

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

Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bright enough for night hiking. Could use some padding against the forehead. REI recently put this on sale, and I snagged one because my old Black Diamond kept turning on by itself in my pack. This one does not have that problem because the on/off switch is recessed and protects from accidental activation.  I haven't measured, but I recently did some hiking on the AT in the darkness as I left camp at 5:30 a.m. I could see just fine with this headlamp.  I have used it liberally for 6 nights on… Full review

Compeed

rated 4 of 5 stars This blister treatment works like a dream to protect and heal any blister. They are not as effective when walking with wet feet or swimming while they are still on. In those circumstances it is best to add a waterproof covering over the Compeed. For long hikes, more than a day, I always carry a good supply. I have used these on many hikes where extended walking time has resulted in even well worn in boots rubbing a bit. They provide a good cover across the whole blister and have different sizes… Full review

Princeton Tec Byte

rated 1.5 of 5 stars NO value if the batteries continue to die. I found this collection of reviews while searching for battery usage problems I've experience with the Byte. I like its size and the fact it only uses two AAA batteries, but none of these advantages matter if the light is always dead when I go to use it. I often store the light in a drawer for weeks until needing it again. Every time I find the batteries have died. I've also tried removing the batteries when not in use, but this is a hassle, and then I'm… Full review

Compeed

rated 5 of 5 stars A self-adhesive blister prevention/treatment that also works for calluses and corns. More expensive than Moleskin for blister prevention, but about as good as it gets for treatment of open blisters. I'd recommend having a few of these along when breaking in new boots or in the first aid kit on longer hikes and ski tours. Great stuff. For the first half of the backountry ski season this year I had something funny going on with my right little toe — it would start hurting like hell after a few hours… Full review

The Poison Ivy Soap Co Poison Ivy Soap

rated 5 of 5 stars Gets rid of active poison ivy breakouts and prevents them from starting. I purchased Poison Ivy Soap from the Poison Ivy Soap Company off Amazon a few weeks ago. This year has been hard for me. I got my first breakout in early March and have had poison ivy rashes all over my body ever since. After trying to ignore it, I tried OTC creams and astringents to no avail. After some research it came down to using a course of Prednisone that I keep for knee emergencies, or Zanfel, which is very expensive… Full review

Tyr Dry Off Sport Towel

rated 5 of 5 stars This towel was invented and marketed to competitive swimmers, but is perfect for those who like to be clean in the backcountry. It works well as a washcloth, but it works better than a cotton towel, though it must be wet for it to dry! This washcloth/towel from the swimwear company far surpasses any other similar towel product sold for backpacking. The little towel holds an incredible amount of water for washing and then can be wrung out to use for drying before handing to the next person to bathe. … Full review

Princeton Tec Sync

rated 3 of 5 stars An average headlamp that runs well, is easy to operate, and features a good range of motion. A few flaws, but for the price, it's a serviceable option for campsite or tent usage. Conditions:I purchased this headlamp nearly one year ago, based on its low price and a friend’s recommendation. Nearly all of its use has been in cool to warm temperatures (40-85°F), with minimal exposure to freezing temperatures (which tends to exhaust batteries quicker) and it has handled moderately rainy conditions. Full review

Petzl NAO

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bright, reactive lighting maximizes battery life and optimizes brightness for the task at hand. Been using the Nao for a couple years now for any fast paced nighttime activity including trail running, roller skiing, cross country skiing, and night mountain biking and a bit of mountaineering. I used it last January during a 24 hour run in Wisconsin and although 500+ lumens wasn't needed as the long distance necessitated a slower pace, it definitely helped psychologically since the sun is down for… Full review

Yaktrax Hand Warmers

rated 5 of 5 stars Small enough to tuck away in your pack relatively unnoticed, but oh so nice to have when you need them. These rapid oxidation warmers can be used as labeled to warm your hands or just about any other parts you want to warm up. Pack them as survival gear if you want, but I carry them to be used for the happiness a little warmth can bring on winter trips. Yaktrax is well known for their traction devices, so when I came across their hand warmers at my local Renys (A Maine adventure!) last fall I grabbed… Full review

Top-Rated Running Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Petzl NAO Headlamp
$185
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Device
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Princeton Tec Apex Headlamp
$76 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp
$41 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
$76 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
$24 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lightload Towels Towel
$2 - $4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender First Aid Kit
$50 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
$45 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Dry Lite Towel Towel
$12
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)
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$5 - $12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp
$72 - $93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Yukon HL Headlamp
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka Headlamp
$32 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl TacTikka+ Headlamp
$34 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Princeton Tec Corona Headlamp
$56
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Princeton Tec Fred Headlamp
$29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp
$60 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp
$64 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 Traction Device
$49
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
$27 - $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
$17 - $21
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
$45 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl DuoBelt LED 14 Headlamp
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Hygiene Supply/Device
$6 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
QuikClot Sport First Aid Supply
$11 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
32north STABILicers Lite Traction Device
$17 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Atlas Run Running Snowshoe
$164
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Crescent Moon Gold 12 Running Snowshoe
$186
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Discovery Trekking Ultra Fast-Dry Towel Towel
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Climb On Bar First Aid Supply
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch Fire Starter
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
$70 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Comprehensive First Aid Kit
$170 - $200
user rating: 4 of 5 (26)
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
$30 - $39
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