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The Top 6 Trail Running Essentials of 2012

Arc'teryx Motus Crew

Arc’teryx’s featherweight and silky-smooth synthetic Motus Crew shirt has understated reflective accents on the chest and sleeves. Odor-fighting silver-ion treatment ups the price, but your spouse will appreciate the results.

SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Minis

SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Minis
PhD Running Ultra Light Minis (Photo: Courtesy of SmartWool)

After six months of steady field testing, SmartWool’s ankle-height PhD Running Ultra Light Minis have yet to stretch out or pill. If there’s a better pair of three-season running socks, we haven’t found them.

Pearl Izumi Fly Barrier WXB

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Thanks to a mix of soft-shell fabrics and subtle venting on the chest and back, Pearl Izumi’s form-fitting, waterproof Fly Barrier WXB jacket is one of the most breathable foul-weather running shells we’ve ever tested.

Saucony Speed Run

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Saucony’s Speed Run cap is essentially all mesh, making it one of the lightest and most breathable running hats we’ve worn. The easy-to-adjust-on-the-fly elastic cinch cord in the back is a nice touch.

Suunto Ambit

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It’s not small or cheap, but Suunto’s Ambit, its first integrated heart-rate-monitor-and-GPS-enabled watch, is a seriously cool tool. Testers especially loved the altimeter and thermometer functions and extra-long battery life (up to 100 hours).

Patagonia Strider

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Patagonia’s wispy Strider shorts are supportive without being restrictive, while the five-inch inseam offers plenty of coverage without getting in the way of your gait.

Salomon XT Skin Pro 3 Set

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Salomon’s impressively light (just 11.6 ounces) three-liter XT Skin Pro 3 Set hydration pack has a low-profile design that keeps its 1.5-liter reservoir close to your body, preventing excessive sloshing.

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