Twelve tested products to keep you safe, happy, and fast on the dirt.
Salomon Lightning Race Waterproof Jacket ($150)
This pocketless layer skips bells and whistles without skimping on breathability or durability. It’s light and stuffs easily into a pack, and the hood and taped seams make it wet-weather capable.
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Watch ($549)
Want to track more than distance, pace, and heart rate? This Suunto gives you barometric pressure, altitude, elevation gain, and recovery time, too. You can also follow popular routes on the face.
Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0 Hydration Vest ($135)
A classic design—snack pouches, flask holsters, roomy pockets—gets an upgrade. Stretch mesh and a cinch lumbar system provide an adjustable body-hugging fit.
Brooks Notch Thermal Longsleeve ($75)
Soft and wicking, the Notch is thick enough for evening runs and sleek enough to wear to dinner.
Coast FL60 Headlamp ($40)
With an ultrawide beam that shines up to 104 feet on high, the FL60 can light up the whole trail. And with a battery life of 19 hours on low, it’ll get you home safe when you’re out late.
The North Face Flight Better Than Naked Shorts ($65)
These breathable bottoms are tailor-made for long days. A thick, midrise waistband with zippered pockets holds necessities, while stitch-free seams make chafing a thing of the past.
Buff America Trucker Hat ($28)
Look no further for the perfect blend of form and function. This cap prevents sunburns and a sweaty scalp, and adds some patriotic steeze to your running kit.
Tracksmith Twilight T-shirt ($48)
Finally, a technical tee that moves with your body instead of confining it. Its antimicrobial fabric wards off stink and dries quickly, and its long sleeves provide just enough coverage for shoulder season.
Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 Shoes ($140)
Hundred-mile weeks are no match for this beast with 30 millimeters of cushion in the heel. A close-fitting mesh upper and rockered midsole mean it doesn’t sacrifice speed when you’re going long.
Patagonia Peak Mission Tights ($119)
Say hello to the most versatile training tights out there. They’re wicking, warm enough for dawn and dusk, and so comfy you’ll forget they’re on.
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Socks ($18)
With a plush, supportive bottom and feathery weight, these socks are just high enough at the ankle to protect against branches and debris.
Leki Micro Trail Vario Trekking Poles ($215)
These poles help you cover ground without losing pace. Quickly adjust the height or fold them up to 15 inches long when you don’t need ’em, and unclip the strap without slipping your hand out.