Shorter days mean it's harder to squeeze in a post-work run. The following ten products will help keep you motivated, comfortable, and safe during evening workouts so you don’t have to think about anything other than leaving the office behind. Plus, they’re all on sale at Backcountry.com through September 3.
Salomon Women’s XA Elevate Shoe ($104; 20 percent off)
While the midsole is firm to the point of being harsh on hardpack, this shoe’s responsiveness is off the charts. Plus, with a snug, narrow fit and meaty lugs, it’s one of the fastest, most technical, and most agile shoes we’ve tested.
Suunto Ambit3 Run Vertical Watch ($328; 30 percent off)
The Ambit3 has a sleek display and a stable of cool features. We especially like the midrun access to lap comparisons and the recovery advice based on metrics. Multisport athletes will appreciate its ability to measure cycling speed and cadence. Even better, it can share that data with many popular apps.
Salomon Agile Single Hydration Belt ($19; 45 percent off)
For longer days in the mountains, or if you just need to carry your cell phone and keys during a 5K, this tiny lumbar pack provides a little extra storage space. Reflective elements offer visibility in low-light conditions, an elastic belt helps dial in the fit, and a 3-D mesh outer lets it vent and not turn soggy.
Patagonia Women’s Fleur Tank Top ($34; 30 percent off)
The go-to workout top of one of our editors, the Fleur tank is both incredibly soft and moisture-wicking, thanks to its recycled polyester fabric with spandex for additional stretch. The sleek design sits close to your body—but without inhibiting critical movements—and looks flattering when you’re wearing this casually around town.
Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Shoe ($109; 25 percent off)
Not many mountain- running shoes have both technical chops and loads of comfort—that’s the Speedcross’s secret sauce. With its narrow last, rock-solid fit, and big six-millimeter lugs, it can quickstep through sketchy rock piles and bank tight switchbacks with confidence. A steep ramp angle means the Speedcross is definitely a shoe for heel strikers.
Marmot Women’s Pulse Short ($30; 45 percent off)
Light, breathable, and equipped with an internal drawcord and stretchy fabric, the Pulse shorts are a perfect accomplice for runs or gym workouts.
Arc’teryx Men’s Incendo Hooded Jacket ($118; 15 percent off)
Summer trail runs or quick-paced hikes are usually unencumbered affairs, but when a light shower blows in or the wind picks up, the Incendo jacket is a great piece to have clipped to your hydration belt. Its nylon face is treated with a DWR to keep surprise weather from cutting your run short, while the Dot Air Mesh vents under the arms provide stretchy mobility and keep you from overheating during a warm rain.
Arc’teryx Men’s Soleus Short ($76; 15 percent off)
The Soleus’s super-light fabric has a DWR finish to reduce moisture retention, and Arc’teryx made the side panels and brief liner out of mesh for enhanced ventilated comfort. It also features a unique storage system with a zippered rear pocket, three stash pockets, and a large center back pocket.
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix ($12; 40 percent off)
There’s simply no better hydration mix than Skratch. It’s easy to get down, it doesn’t cause GI distress, and we feel like we can go a bit harder for a bit longer than we can with plain water or other mixes. We haven’t tried the Matcha + Lemon flavor so let us know if you like it.