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

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

Zippo Windproof Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars Old reliable — it's been in pockets all over the world in all situations for nearly a century. Zippo's wick lighters, the 'windproof' lighters, have been used around the world since the 1930s. The design has hardly changed, aside from updating materials, in all that time. Parts from a 1940s zippo will fit into a modern day Zippo. I carried WWII era Zippo for over a decade and the only time it let me down was when I forgot to fill it. I currently have a modern production Zippo and it's just as… Full review

InstaFire

rated 1 of 5 stars Insta-Fire Fire Starter is product that did not live up to its claims. This user was provided a package of Insta-Fire that was suppose to light up to four fires. However, I was unable to light even one in wet conditions. Let me start by saying my fire building skills are probably less than PillowThread's. That is why my rating is so different from his. Let me go back to the beginning... I wouldn't call my neighbor Carrie a “groupie,” but she sure loves to bring me stuff to try in the outdoors. Full review

Petzl Strix IR

rated 5 of 5 stars Good light output. Small, lightweight, reliable, hands-free operation. Full review

Titanium Innovations Illuminati

rated 5 of 5 stars The best ultralight single AAA 132 lumen light for 2015. At 12 grams (0.4 oz), with the clip attached, there is no lighter headlamp on the market. And with a runtime on high of 1.5 hours, it has 3 times the runtime of the closest competitor in its class. This is one of the smallest, lightest and brightest lights in the world. High 132 Lumens (1.5+ hrs), Med 35 Lumens (4+ hrs), Low 3 Lumens (30+ hrs) 2.5 inches long x 0.5 inch diameter 12 grams, (0.4 ounces) with clip Uses 1 AAA battery The Illuminati is… Full review

Snowline Chainsen Pro

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The best ice traction pull-ons I have found so far, much tougher than the others. A notch or two shy of crampons in a packable size and weight. The roads, sidewalks, and trails can get seriously icy here in Trondheim, with at least two consequences: an upsurge in emergency room visits (our neighbor actually broke her femur taking her son across the street to the school bus), and brisk sales in all kinds of traction devices (brodder in Norwegian). The cheapest and most common type have studs set… Full review

Top-Rated Running Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Petzl Tikka XP 2 Headlamp
$41 - $54
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
$55
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
$50
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 - $49
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 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Princeton Tec Fred Headlamp
$18 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp
$62 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Petzl Zipka Headlamp
$28 - $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
$44 - $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
$90 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp
$45 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hillsound Cypress 6 Traction Device
$49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Device
$38 - $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
$34 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light & Motion Solite 250 Headlamp / Flashlight
$180
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 - $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
$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 - $4
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)
Sawyer Permethrin Repellent for Clothing Insect Repellent
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
2Toms SportShield Hygiene Supply/Device
$13
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