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Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks (Courtesy Darn Tough)

Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks ($16)

The thin merino-nylon fabric in these socks does a lot with a little: it dries fast, staves off blisters, and makes foot and shoe feel like one. 

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Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes (Courtesy Altra)

Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes ($120)

With a stiff shank in the midsole that keeps your foot from buckling, this meshy 8.5-ounce shoe helped both road and trail runners avoid ankle sprains. It also made us feel stronger on uneven terrain and into double-digit mileage.

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Outdoor Research Boost Jacket (Courtesy Outdoor Research)

Outdoor Research Boost Jacket ($99)

Wind and rain protection at the shoulders, chest, and arms combined with breathable panels everywhere else meant this shell didn’t steam up during hilly slogs.

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The North Face Better Than Naked Split Shorts (Courtesy The North Face)

The North Face Better Than Naked Split Shorts ($55)

Kudos to TNF for gifting these shorts with tremendous freedom of movement. Airy and loose, they stay perfectly cool on muggy days.

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SQN Sport Pocket Capris (Courtesy SQN)

SQN Sport Pocket Capris ($75)

Thanks to silky, friction-foiling fabric and a snug fit, these tights close the book on chafing. Svelte thigh pockets allow for quick smartphone draws.

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Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer Tank (Courtesy Tasc)

Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer Tank ($44)

Made from ultrathin bamboo-blend fabric, this racerback wicks perspiration like a synthetic—minus the stink.

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Dr. Cool Chillband Studio Women’s Headband (Courtesy Dr. Cool)

Dr. Cool Chillband Studio Women’s Headband ($14)

Add a little moisture and this poly-spandex headband will whisk it away to evaporate in the breeze, amounting to a refreshing mid-run ice pack.

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Brooks Run Happy Sherpa Visor (Courtesy Brooks)

Brooks Run Happy Sherpa Visor ($28)

With a just-right brim providing ample coverage without flopping around, this visor’s smooth liner mopped away sweat as fast as we produced it.

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Nike Flex Motion Sunglasses (Courtesy Nike)

Nike Flex Motion Sunglasses ($210)

These sporty aviators have a sticky nosepiece and lightweight frames that are sleek enough for running.

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Katadyn BeFree Water Bottle (Courtesy Katadyn)

Katadyn BeFree Water Bottle ($40)

A filter in the BeFree’s cap renders suspect water safe to drink. When empty, the flask flattens for streamlined storage. 

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The Best Summer Trail Running Shoes of 2017

Get low, ride high, and stomp everything in between.  New Balance Vazee Summit V2 (Courtesy New Balance) New Balance Vazee Summit V2 ($100) Gear of the Year This year we had our Gear of the Year trail runner from mile one. No other shoe came close to keeping up with the Vazee Summit. It’s everything a fast, technical trainer should be: snug and supremely confident on fast downhills and slope traverses; responsive and tacky on turns; consistent, springy, and smooth on slow, mellow hardpack. Testers loved the way it balanced a close-to-the-ground feel and precise, low-riding

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The Best Summer Road Running Shoes of 2017

In the age of big foam, the ghost of minimalism lingers— making for versatile kicks.  Saucony Freedom ISO (Courtesy Saucony) Saucony Freedom ISO ($160) Gear of the Year Freedom indeed. “By far the most liberating shoe I tried,” one tester said of this lithe new trainer. The Freedom epitomizes this year’s broader trend, blending the energetic style of minimalism with the cushioning and foam of the fattie era. Saucony ditched as many modern-day luxuries as possible without sacrificing comfort or requiring a delicate, tenderfoot gait. The soft, flexy midsole is just thick enough to cushion average

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The Best Running Tech of 2017

Go faster, train smarter.  Strava Premium. (Strava) Strava Premium ($60 per year) In addition to advanced metrics, post-race analysis, and the infamous Suffer Score, Strava Premium now offers an emergency service called Beacon, which lets three designated safety contacts follow your location on a map in real time. Buy Now Balega Silver socks. (Balega) Balega Silver Socks ($15) Balega makes our favorite socks for blister-free running. The polyester-nylon yarn used in this pair is treated with antimicrobial silver to help ward off foot funk. Buy Now

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The Best Running Accessories of 2017

All you need for city streets and wooded trails.  All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen spray. (All Good) All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray ($22) This push-button zinc spray rubs in without the greasy finish of some other sunscreens and offers 80 minutes of water- and sweat-resistant shielding. Buy Now Fits Ultra Light Runner No Show socks. (Fits Sock) Fits Ultra Light Runner No Show Socks ($16) The Runner No Show plays to folks who value ground feel above all else. The thin wool-synthetic blend hugs without being overly constricting. Buy

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The Best Trucker Hats of 2017

Runners wearing trucker hats? Yeah, it’s a thing. You may have noticed Ryan Hall or Jenn Shelton rocking one. Truckers are a hell of an improvement over the alternatives. Previously, our headgear was limited to a stained cotton baseball hat or a low-profile, running-specific cap. The former quickly smelled bad, and the latter just looked dumb. So runners’ adoption of this particular lid—once reserved for crusty blue-collar dudes or Brooklyn hipsters—is a good thing, not least because it injects a bit of swagger into some otherwise dorky kit. Here are our favorites.  Blowfish

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