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(Inga Hendrickson)

The Trail Running Essentials of 2016

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(The North Face)

The North Face Runners Hat 

Trucker hats block sun and look rad. The North Face took it a step further, adding a mesh sweatband around the rim to keep sunscreen out of your eyes.

Price $30 

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(Nathan)

Nathan ExoShot Bottle

 By pairing a soft flask with an internal spine, Nathan made a 12-ounce bottle that doesn’t feel like a jellyfish. The insulated sleeve adds grip and has a pocket big enough to hold a Patagonia Provisions bar (below). 

Price $35 

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(Hilly)

Hilly Twin Skin Anklet Socks

The wrong socks can destroy a run. These anklets have two layers of fabric—an outer cotton-poly blend and an inner liner—that rub against each other instead of your skin. 

Price $13 

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(The North Face)

The North Face Better Than Naked Tank 

Constructed from a quick-drying poly knit with few seams, this top is, to quote Ned Flanders, like wearing nothing at all. 

Price $45 

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(Altra)

Altra Performance Shirt

Mesh panels along the shoulders and upper back allow the shirt to breathe nearly as well as a tank, though more modestly. 

Price $60 

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(Patagonia)

Patagonia Provisions Fruit and Almond Bars 

Made from organic ingredients, Patagonia’s bars are moist yet crunchy, and they’re the perfect size for a pit stop. 

Price $24 for 12 

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(Smartwool)

Smartwool PhD Shorts

The liner inside the five-inch PhDs is made from a silky, odor-resistant merino blend, which goes a long way toward preventing swamp crotch and ­chafing. (But you should still wash them.) 

Price $60 

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(Petzl)

Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp

This is the smartest piece of running gear we own: it adjusts the beam’s brightness depending on light conditions (though it’s fooled by oncoming headlights). The body is a hair bulky, but the dual straps in back keep everything stable and secure. 

Price $100 

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From Summer Buyer’s Guide 2016 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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