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Trail Running Equipment Essentials

Having the right equipment for your trail run can make the whole experience run much easier. This guide takes you through our top recommendations.

Trail running is a fun and exhilarating activity that provides an opportunity to explore the outdoors while challenging your body and mind. Having the right gear and essentials is important to enjoy the experience and stay safe on the trails. In this blog, we'll go over some of the essential items you'll need for a successful trail running adventure.

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The Best Trail Running Gear

Since you’ll be running, working up a sweat and getting active-  it’s important to remember that you should always try to keep things light, both in your clothing, equipment and any other gear or accessories you may want to carry; with that in mind; let's get into all the essentials you’ll need to have a comfortable, enjoyable and safe trail running experience. 

Trail Running Kit List

One of the most important things when it comes to almost any sport is making sure you’re kitted out with the right clothes and equipment. So make sure you check the weather and understand the nature of your chosen trail and what those conditions may require from you; whether you’re planning a warm and sunny trail or a crisp and refreshing one, you always need to stay prepared for the unexpected, so whether that means you need to pack a light raincoat for your sunny run or a hat and running sunglasses for your cold runs, it’s always best to be prepared.

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Trail Running Shoes

The first and most important piece of equipment you’ll need for trail running is a good pair of shoes.
If you’ve ever tried to go on a long trail run with normal everyday shoes, you’ll know the importance of a good pair of trail shoes, and if you’re yet to make that mistake, count yourself lucky and take this a pre-warning.

Trail running shoes have better traction and durability than regular running shoes, and they are designed to handle the uneven terrain of trails. Look for shoes with good grip, support, and cushioning to protect your feet and prevent injuries.

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Sun Protection

Trail running can take you through exposed areas and unexpected weather conditions- whether that’s the UV rays from the sun on a hot day or a bright winter's day, you'll need sun protection. 

Depending on what the weather calls for, you may need to wear a hat, a pair of sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's harmful rays.

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Clothes You Can Layer

Although you can plan the perfect trail running route with your ideal temperature, weather conditions can quickly change on the trails, so it's important to dress in layers that you can easily add or remove as and when needed.

In our collection, you’ll find breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics that will keep you comfortable and dry.

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Essential Trail Running Equipment

Once you’ve sorted out your kit, it’s time to think about what you need to take with you whilst you’re out on your trail, things to keep you from getting lost, dehydrated or low energy. How much you pack will depend on how long you plan on being outside, but again, it’s important to take into account unexpected circumstances like packing enough water for your trail and, in the unfortunate event that you find yourself lost, same with navigation tools, you can take a GPS but it’s probably wise to pack a good-old map just in case you run out of battery. 

Trail Running Equipment Essentials
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Hydration Pack or Water Bottle

It’s very important to keep your fluids up and stay hydrated during trail running, especially on longer runs. A hydration pack or water bottle will allow you to carry water with you and stay hydrated throughout your run. 

If you don’t like carrying things in your hand or a conventional backpack, then go for one of our hydration packs that fit comfortably and have enough capacity to hold your water, snacks, and other essentials.

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Navigation Tools

Trails can be confusing especially if you’re trying out a new route or not yet fully familiar with your trail, so it's important to have some form of navigation tool with you to help you stay on route, on track and avoid getting lost. This could be a GPS watch, a paper map, or a smartphone app that tracks your location. 

Whatever tool you choose, make sure you are familiar with how to use it before heading out on the trail.
If you’re carrying an electronic navigation tool or relying on your phone, you may need a power bank or spare batteries. 

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Trail running requires quite a lot of energy, especially if you’re planning to be out for long; whether you’re running, walking or jogging, you'll need to refuel with snacks and nutrition during your trail. So if you were asking yourself what you need to pack for a 50k trail run, then a nutritional snack or two should definitely be on your list.

We’ve got energy bars, gels and other lightweight nutritional snacks that are easy to carry and can provide the boost you need to keep going.

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A First Aid Kit

And finally, we understand that you don't plan on going out and injuring yourself, but It's always a good idea to carry a small first aid kit with you on the trails. For accidental trips, cuts, and falls make sure you include essentials like bandages, plasters, antiseptic gel, wipes, and pain relievers in case of injuries or accidents.

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Stay Prepared And Enjoy!

Trail running is an incredible way to get active, explore the great outdoors and improve your mental wellbeing but it's important to be prepared. With the right gear and essentials, you'll be able to enjoy your trail runs safely and comfortably.