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

Exotac FireRod

rated 4 of 5 stars A high quality fire starter tool. FIRE -- Oh Oh!! No matter how light I try to get in my pack weight, there are two things that I always keep three of: water treatment and fire starting. Call me paranoid. Anyway, along with a mini-Bic in my pack hip belt and waterproof matches in my first aid kit, I keep this little nifty tool from Exotac. It's called the fireRod — a ferrocerium fire starter (which is similar to flint/steel, but a bit easier to use and is the "flint" found in butane lighters). Full review

Petzl Tikka R+

rated 4 of 5 stars Great headlamp that excels in technical use. The reactive lighting is extremely helpful at conserving maximum battery for navigation even after 11 hours of use, and it also works great for down climbing through technical terrain. I have had this headlamp for six months and used it for climbing, running, and camping. The controls are confusing at first so make sure a staff member shows you how they work. It's the second of Peztl's Reactive series of lights. Reactive lighting uses a photo sensor that… Full review

Princeton Tec Fuel

rated 4 of 5 stars The Princeton Tec Fuel is an inexpensive headlamp with a reputation of having the battery door break on users. This user has carried the Fuel for nearly two years on numerous backpacking/camping trips and has found it to be a lot of light for a little price. The Con Everyone Complains of: Let's get right to the con, because that seems to be the issue most talked about. Yes, the battery door requires a delicate touch. If you know that when you buy it, you should be all right. However, the Fuel has… Full review

Tick Key The Tick Key

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This product is great way to remove ticks if prevention falls. It is painless and helps reduce disease transmission by reducing the chance a tick will regurgitate. You can even use it on your pets. Gear Review: Liberty Mountain Tick Key For today’s post, I will do our first gear review. The piece of equipment under review is the Tick Key by Liberty Mountain, which has become an important tool for both BeeGee and me. This tool is one our essential pieces and always goes with us in our first aid… Full review

Podsacs Waste Management System L

rated 4 of 5 stars A dry bag with little features that make it ideal for carrying out both synthetic and human waste from the wilderness. Perfect organizational tool for managing waste and practicing the Leave No Trace philosophy. The product is well put together and more than adequate for the task. So what are these? Well basically they are a dry bag that has two enclosures to prevent leaking, and a bright red colour and warning sign not to be mistaken for anything else! They are intended for storing and carrying… Full review

Pelican 2750 LED Headlamp

rated 3 of 5 stars Great light, crap band. This would be my favorite headlamp, but the band started to rip the first day. I have repaired it with a needle and some braided fishing line but would prefer it to be a little more rugged on its own. Full review

Timex Health Touch Heart Rate

rated 2 of 5 stars The Timex Health Touch Heart Rate Monitor Watch fails to provide any serious usefulness to runners. This review will show that, not only does the Heart Rate Monitor function fail to work well, the watch is lacking because of the HRM's glitches. I purchased the Timex Health Touch 11 weeks ago as a training tool to help prepare for my climb of Mt. Rainier next year. This HRM/watch had mixed reviews on Amazon, but the price was right for a guy not looking to spend big bucks to know if he is in his… Full review

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

Top-Rated Running Gear

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Petzl Tikka XP 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Petzl
Tikka XP 2
Headlamp
$44
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
$38 - $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 - $393
Petzl Tikka XP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Petzl
Tikka XP
Headlamp
$44 - $54
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
$22 - $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
$24 - $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
$45 - $59
Princeton Tec Remix Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec
Remix Pro
Headlamp
$45 - $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
$57 - $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
$30 - $39
Petzl TacTikka Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Petzl
TacTikka Plus
Headlamp
$34 - $59
Petzl Zipka Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Petzl
Zipka Plus
Headlamp
$43 - $44
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
$38 - $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
$25 - $33
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
$16 - $18
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL
Sport Utility Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$17 - $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
$68 - $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
Leatherman LED Lenser SEO7 Headlamp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman
LED Lenser SEO7 Headlamp
Headlamp
$90
Outdoor Rx Camp Soap
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Rx
Camp Soap
Soap/Cleanser
$2 - $4
Petzl DuoBelt LED 14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
DuoBelt LED 14
Headlamp
$144
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 - $18
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Army
Fire Starter
$20
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