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
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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

U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy folding trowel for doing trowel-related business. Not exactly UL, but it won't break or bend even when prying rocks or chipping at compacted soil. Needless to say, this was a very popular item on our 8-person, 24-day hike on the JMT. The U-Dig-It Pro handled all that traffic with aplomb, allowing for safe and adequately deep deposits of bodily fruits in the Sierra's tough, rocky soils. My daughter kept it on one of the compression straps on the outside of her pack so it was always available… Full review

Kahtoola Microspikes

rated 5 of 5 stars The Microspikes are incredibly handy, easy to put on and take off. When they are on the snow, ice, scree are no problem nor do they slow down your hike. I never had a pair of track shoes or spikes, so I didn't know what to expect. I knew I had to get something because with only my hiking shoes on hard snow and ice I was sliding and falling. I had no traction nor was I having a good time on winter hikes. Even hiking in scree I had traction problems. Several hikers I was with suggested getting traction… Full review

Black Diamond Gizmo

rated 2 of 5 stars Hands down the poorest quality headlamp I have ever used. A flimsy, nearly paper-thin plastic housing makes this unit one battery change away from unusable. Before White Nose Syndrome precipitated the closure of state and Federally owned caves in Illinois, I provided an outdoor education course on caves to public and private schools. The culmination of this course was a 4-hour trip to Illinois Caverns. Although I limit trip sizes to only one classroom, I must still provide helmets and headlamps… Full review

Leatherman LED Lenser SEO7 Headlamp

rated 5 of 5 stars 160 lumens of rechargeable power, multiple light functions, water resistant and light enough for most applications, best light out there in my opinion. Variable beam, adjustable focus, 5-hour burn time on 200 lumens, 20 hours on 20 lumens, water resistant, 3-1/2 hours to recharge battery, will take triple AAA batteries as well. Full review

SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good fire kit for anyone who may need to light a fire—camper, backpacker, hunter, or stranded traveler—especially under adverse conditions. Just familiarize yourself with the limits of the hacksaw striker, which gouges the ferro rod badly and struggles to cast sparks in the rain. SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit Note: The following review is a bit involved; please use the following outline to expedite locating information of interest to you. I. Product Specifications II. Testing III. Faststrike… Full review

Princeton Tec Vizz

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Frustrating product. Would not recommend. This headlamp has the listed FEATURES as are advertised, but are useless when the lamp fails to light. The batteries DO NOT last anywhere near what they claim. There is NO WAY I get HOURS out of each set of batteries, and I use alkaline, exactly what they recommend. And I do not mix old with new. I use my lamp when I go to my barn after dark. Total time of usage would be 10 to 20 minutes each trip. I am lucky to get three trips before batteries die. PTEC… Full review

Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 3 of 5 stars Good lighting configuration. Switches on in your pack easily. Difficult to load batteries in low light (starlight or moonlight) and difficult to reattach battery cover in low lighting conditions. I was impressed with the lighting configurations. Typically when you are tramping (trekking) you do not need powerful lighting and battery life is the dominant consideration. The headlamp is well set up for providing for a good range of uses — bright focussed lighted for finding distant objects (trail… Full review

Petzl e+LITE

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A functional headlamp for weight-conscious backpackers, who don't do a lot of night hiking. This lamp has been my go-to backpacking light for a few years. It isn't without its flaws, but it has functioned well for me in the field. At 0.9oz (27g), you'd be very hard pressed to find a lighter full-featured headlamp. The e+Lite has five lighting modes (high white, low white, white strobe, red, and red strobe), which are controlled by a simple selector dial with a lock position. The controls are very… Full review

Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is an inexpensive, yet reliable headlamp, that suits most needs for hiking, camping, and evening walks. It has a few quirks, but the basic function operations are pretty simple. I would recommend this product to others, and if it needs to be replaced at some point, I would not hesitate to go with another Black Diamond headlamp. I purchased this headlamp, after having less than satisfactory experience with an LL Bean similar headlamp. I wanted a simple headlamp, bright enough for night-time… Full review

Top-Rated Running Gear

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Petzl Tikka XP 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Petzl
Tikka XP 2
Headlamp
$38
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Mini
Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Petzl Zipka Plus 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl
Zipka Plus 2
Headlamp
$31 - $44
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Scout
Fire Starter
$10 - $12
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
StrikeForce
Fire Starter
$20 - $24
Petzl NAO Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl
NAO Headlamp
Headlamp
$140 - $185
Petzl Tikka XP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Petzl
Tikka XP
Headlamp
$44 - $59
Princeton Tec Apex
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Princeton Tec
Apex
Headlamp
$60 - $91
Kahtoola Microspikes
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Kahtoola
Microspikes
Traction Device
$60 - $64
Petzl e+LITE
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Petzl
e+LITE
Headlamp
$24 - $29
Black Diamond Icon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Black Diamond
Icon
Headlamp
$72 - $79
Black Diamond Storm
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond
Storm
Headlamp
$35 - $49
Repel Permanone
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel
Permanone
Insect Repellent
$8
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits
Weekender
First Aid Kit
$45 - $60
NRS Storm Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS
Storm Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$9
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's
Backpackers Trowel
Camp Shovel/Trowel
$2
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight / Watertight .7
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits
Ultralight / Watertight .7
First Aid Kit
$20 - $26
32north STABILicers Original
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
32north
STABILicers Original
Traction Device
$33 - $49
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan
Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
Fire Starter
$8 - $12
Petzl TacTikka
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl
TacTikka
Headlamp
$37 - $59
Princeton Tec Remix Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec
Remix Pro
Headlamp
$41 - $59
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dr. Bronner
Tea Tree Liquid Soap
Soap/Cleanser
$5 - $10
Princeton Tec Fred
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec
Fred
Headlamp
$24 - $29
Princeton Tec Apex Pro
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec
Apex Pro
Headlamp
$65 - $94
Princeton Tec Yukon HL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec
Yukon HL
Headlamp
$30 - $65
Petzl Zipka
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl
Zipka
Headlamp
$32 - $39
Petzl TacTikka Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl
TacTikka Plus
Headlamp
$36 - $59
Petzl Zipka Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Petzl
Zipka Plus
Headlamp
$43 - $44
SureFire Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
SureFire
Minimus
Headlamp
$96
Princeton Tec Corona
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Princeton Tec
Corona
Headlamp
$35 - $59
SOL Thermal Bivvy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL
Thermal Bivvy
Emergency Shelter
$24 - $33
Petzl MYO RXP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Petzl
MYO RXP
Headlamp
$90 - $94
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Kako
IceTrekkers Diamond Grip
Traction Device
$27 - $41
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz
Fire Ribbon
Fire Starter
$5
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
BlastMatch
Fire Starter
$20 - $24
Coghlan's Tweezer / Magnifier
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Tweezer / Magnifier
First Aid Supply
$6
Petzl Spiky Plus Antislip Sole
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Spiky Plus Antislip Sole
Traction Device
$34
Light & Motion Solite 250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light & Motion
Solite 250
Headlamp / Flashlight
$150 - $179
Space All-Weather Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space
All-Weather Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$16
Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer
Extractor Pump Kit
First Aid Supply
$15 - $17
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL
Sport Utility Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$18 - $22
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnu
Outdoor Skin Cleanser
Soap/Cleanser
$6 - $8
Black Diamond Icon Polar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Icon Polar
Headlamp
$76 - $89
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Emergency Tinder Kit
Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
WetFire Tinder
Fire Starter
$8
Black Diamond Moxie
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Moxie
Headlamp
$400
Outdoor Rx Camp Soap
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Rx
Camp Soap
Soap/Cleanser
$2 - $4
Underwater Kinetics 3AAA Vizion
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Underwater Kinetics
3AAA Vizion
Headlamp
$43
Sawyer Permethrin Repellent for Clothing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer
Permethrin Repellent for Clothing
Insect Repellent
$13 - $15
2Toms SportShield
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
2Toms
SportShield
Hygiene Supply/Device
$13
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