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    Ultralight Trail Running Essentials

    Barely-there accessories to help you go faster.
    Justin Nyberg


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    Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z poles

    For stream crossings, talus traverses, and other challenging terrain, these ten-ounce collapsible poles ($160) are a godsend. The rest of the time, they’re so incredibly light that you’ll hardly notice that they’re stashed in your pack.

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    Salomon S-Lab Adv Skin3 12Set pack

    This smartly constructed pack ($185) can tote everything on this page securely (including the poles) and comes with two 500-milliliter front flasks and a handy safety blanket.

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    Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp

    While it feels a touch harsh on a bare brow, the 4.1-ounce Tikka ($80) is still our lightweight torch of choice for evening and dawn-patrol missions, thanks to its brilliant 170-lumen flood and the ingenious auto-dim feature when you point it at your feet.

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    Outdoor Research Helium II jacket

    This 6.4-ounce, highly packable waterproof shell ($125) is a minimalist bunker that offers serious squall protection without the weight penalty of everyday shells.

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    The North Face Better Than Naked jacket

    You can’t get a suppler soft shell than the four-ounce Better Than Naked ($130). It’s the perfect light-duty layer on mountain missions when temperatures won’t drop below freezing. 

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    The North Face Better Than Naked short-sleeve shirt

    Soft polyester, welded seams, and rapid-dry panels on the back and under the pits make this our new favorite next-to-skin layer ($50).

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    Patagonia Houdini pants

    These water-resistant pants ($99) are insurance in case of downpours. Nice: snaps on the ankles for easy on and off.

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    Wigwam Rebel Fusion Quarter II socks

    You can’t save much weight on socks, so go for comfort. The Rebel Fusion ($13) offers an inner liner of lofty olefin and an outer layer of nylon and merino. It wicks sweat and pads your feet for long miles.

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    Next Up:The Best Wearable Tech of 2015

    Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic shorts

    For those who choose not to rock microshorts (i.e., most of us) there are the Agravics ($110), which have a 9.5-inch inseam. Just as important, they’re made of Pertex Equilibrium, which means they dry almost instantly and weigh just 2.3 ounces.


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