The Women’s Running Essentials of 2015

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

The result of years of chaos—go minimalist! go fat! don't change a thing!—in the running market? Everybody wins.

The best thing going in this year's crop of shoes? Diversity.

Put some bounce in your step with the season's best road running shoes.

Six of our favorite items to keep you comfortable and visible on the road

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A visit to the New Balance Sports Research Lab reveals how the company turns science into shoes. …

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Start with Olympic athletes, analyze the foot strikes of dozens of volunteers, and then feed all the data into an architectural software program named after a bug.

Spring's best off-road shoes strike a balance between speed and comfort

Workout apparel that looks good enough for the runway

The springs inside this sole could make you a faster runner

Heavily cushioned running shoes, the 'New York Times' reports, are on the rise. But a closer look at the trend reveals a different story.

Some picks are unexpected—or downright geeky—but we'd run with any of them.

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How Hoka One One invented a revolutionary type of shoe, turned an entire industry on its head, and ushered in a new era of running

Music to your ears, training for your heart

Running to work is hard, especially when you have to contend with cold weather, poor visibility, and icy roads. On those days, your gear matters.

The only gear you need for long hauls, tested over who-knows-how-many miles.

Like any wilderness mission, trail running requires savvy prep and the right equipment. Pack your bag wisely.

5 must-have tools to rebound from marathon season

Gone are the days of "shrink it and pink it." This equipment—much of it designed by women, for women—rocks.

Elite mud running champion Max King gives the lowdown on race-day attire.

Celebrate National Running Safety Month with this high-visibility gear.

Tips from pro triathlete Timothy O’Donnell

Nathan’s Zeal race vest packs a lot of hydration into one small, efficient must-have.

Grab your bell-bottoms and get ready for a party in the backcountry.

Six words: The Pearl Izumi EM Trail N2.

The best shoe for speed work, and efficient runners with minimalist leanings.

Top shoe brands are racing to enter the super-cushioned fray. We review 2014’s corpulent shoe crop.

You’re likely to face some hot races, or at least some hot training days, this summer. So I asked five elite ultramarathoners what gear they recommend to keep cool during the hottest months of the year. Below, I’ve listed five gear hacks, tips, and products these men use to battle…

Like the sport’s competitors, good OCR shoes must be tough, versatile, and able to withstand everything sadistic race organizers throw at them. They also better feel good on your feet. That mix isn’t always easy to find in a sneaker, so I called on Outside‘s obstacle-course racing expert Erin Beresini…

From superfat to ultrathin, these are the best new sun-season road runners.

Kitting up for your next marathon? Don't forget to bring these basics.

Pro runner Maggie Vessey turned a lot of heads last week at the Prefontaine Classic, and not because of her second-place finish. No, the media was more interested in what she was wearing.

After 16,000 miles of wear testing by runners around the country—including Farah—Nike's Air Pegasus 31 debuts this weekend.

This is the Kickstarter campaign all runners should be backing.

Super-cushioned shoes are taking over. Take your pick of the latest designs.

Designed for trail runners and endurance racers, the mid-size Rev 12 is almost perfect.

The $3.75-million settlement means the number of minimalist options on the market will continue to shrink—leaving runners in worse shape.

The short answer is no. You’ve heard the adage “cotton kills,” right? While that saying is overused (the fabric is quite comfortable in certain situations), the fact is cotton retains moisture and doesn’t dry quickly—making it dangerous in cold situations. And any garment that contains cotton has that problem.  “The…

While its athletic footwear may not be what revolutionizes the performance-shoe industry, Skechers’ contracts could certainly change the way the game is played.

To answer this question, I turned to our Summer Buyer’s Guide jacket tester Ryan Stuart. He lives and recreates on Vancouver Island (where they measure rainfall in feet every spring), and he spends about 70 days a year in the wet testing the newest rain jackets for Outside. Before buying…

Function and fashion for the outdoors

Run with 36,000 strangers, and someone else will probably have on the same outfit—or at least the same shoes.

While you don’t need fancy running shorts, a pair that doesn’t work can ruin your run. (Chafing is hard to ignore.) The best shorts should make you feel like you’re running in the buff—without having to worry about picking up a public-indecency charge. We’ve been testing running shorts since October,…

The world’s lightest minimalist sport sandal

Get your rear in gear with Oiselle's Rundies and Randies

Running is so simple, but it gets expensive quickly. Ultrarunning especially can send gear geeks like myself into a buying frenzy. (I bought enough gear last year for the 50-mile North Face Endurance Challenge that I could have picked up a new pair of skis.) While all you really need…

A lightweight, durable crampon for winter running and hiking

Lighter and sleeker than any other racing snowshoe on the market.

I ran my first ultra, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile on December 7. Save two missing toenails and a pinky toe that looks like it belongs on a cadaver, I think I am far enough away from the pain to write about the gear that helped…

How a cushy clown shoe is upending the minimalist-running revolution by Gordy Megroz

An endorsement—and a eulogy—for the Saucony Xodus 4.0.

 Gear Guy Bob Parks shows you how to winterize your old kicks with dirt-cheap househod materials.

The art of running shoes maintenance

It’s been years since we picked a thickly padded road runner as our top shoe. But the 1260v3 demanded the recognition. Yes, it goes overboard on the comfort, with a pillowy tongue and heel collar and spongy mesh in the upper. Yet it’s still efficient, so it was a welcome partner on long hauls.

Maximalist shoes are all the rage in my running circle. Should I try to get over how they look and give them a shot?

The best way to keep your water supply squeaky clean

There are plenty of concessions to minimalism in Keen’s new CNX series

The Xodus 4 is great for Midfooters on steep terrain

Don’t lose your grip this Winter…

An extremely fast, secure, nimble, and stable shoe.

You can't get a better shoe at this price.

Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2013 Buyer’s Guide, including the Avia Avi-Mantis

I’m training for a trail race, and I’m looking for a way to bring water for a couple of hours’ run. I don’t want to haul a huge waterbag on my back. What’s my best bet?

When I’m in a road race, sometimes I hear a guy running nearby who’s louder than a Budweiser draught horse. How do I learn better form so I won’t end up like that?

Outside reviews the best gear of June 2013, including the Saucony Kinvara 4

I run in minimalist shoes, and I like to wear some type of sock with them. What’s a thin pair that provides good ground feel and will keep me blister free?

I’m looking for a minimalist shoe for running on trails with a lot of rocks and brush. What do you recommend?

There’s a clever new LED safety light for night running/biking. Is it any good? And who invents this stuff?

From minimalist speedsters to winter-ready mountain scramblers, we’ve got you covered.

Rather sort your sock drawer than run on a treadmill? Us too. Here’s the gear you’ll need to keep running outdoors all winter long.

For years, runners have been told that technology—bags of air, gel, shock absorbing and overbuilt arch and heel support—is supposed to make running better. Still, there is no proof that overbuilt support systems reduce injury or make running better for you. In fact, there are many studies now that show…

What’s the best way to haul water when running long distances?

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