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5 Gifts Trail Runners Will Love

The right gear means more miles on the trail.

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

One thing we love about running is the gear is simple and once you've got it, it costs nothing to tie up your shoes and hit the trail. Invest in one of these pieces of gear for your favorite trail runner for the holidays and they'll be thanking you for miles to come.

1. Petzl BINDI Headlamp

This ultra-light headlamp from Petzl is perfect for dawn patrol or sunset runs on the trail or in town. The thin headband and low profile of the lamp itself prevent bouncing while running and makes it super comfortable.


2. Suunto 9 Watch

This watch does it all. GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, distinct training modes, and 100m water resistance make it perfect for trail running and just about any other training you may want to do. 


3. Craft Essential 2-in-1 Run Shorts

We're all about gear that pulls double duty. These shorts from Craft eliminate the need to wear compression shorts underneath. We also love the cut - they're not as loose and "puffy" as some other brand's men's running shorts. Check out the women's here


4. Scarpa Women's Spin RS Shoe

The Spin RS' dual-density EVA midsole provides amazing stability and helps provide power back to your stride, and the Vibram Megagrip rubber provides traction on any surface. Check out the men's here and read Nate Luebbe's review here


5. Icebreaker Run+ Mini Light Cushion Sock - Women's

Socks are one of the most important pieces of gear for trail runners. A good shoe can be forgotten if the socks you're wearing aren't right. We've trusted Icebreaker for our trail running socks for years with their lightweight and temperature-regulating merino wool. Check out the men's here


Cover photo: Emily Hlaváč Green

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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