I’ve shared some favourites before, but I wanted to write a post specially to share my favourite trail running gear – as you might have guessed from the title! I’ve hit the trails almost every week since April, so I’ve had a bit of time to determine what I like and dislike when it comes to running up and down mountains. I thought my (very limited) experience could perhaps help fellow beginners make wiser purchase decisions.
My first ever trail running shoes and I love them with all my heart. They are narrow so this pair needed a bit of stretching and some breaking in, but otherwise they are perfect. The logs kept me upright during many muddy runs!
I like how snug this hydration pack is. No bouncing, no chaffing! It’s also spacious and can fit a two-litre bladder as well as all the essentials. The pockets on the front can be used for bottles, but also fit a large phone.
I took an agonisingly long time to choose between this watch and the Garmin Fenix 5S, but I am so happy with my final decision! Comfortable, fashionable enough, and comes with a user-friendly software. The navigation feature is a favourite.
A present from Edward after I stretched my old one by wearing it under my motorcycle helmet. Warm enough for winter, but perfectly usable during the summer months if needed. I like the narrow fit of this buff, and the colour is simply gorgeous.
This shirt quickly became a favourite over the summer. It’s light and highly breathable, thanks to a mesh back. The sleeves are also the perfect length: no annoying underarm chaffing due to weirdly placed fabric!
The jacket that kept me perfectly warm and dry during a long run through a massive rainstorm! Definitely my best running gear investment so far. The slim-fit is ideal on windy days and takes very little space in a backpack.
A well-fitted, breathable and supportive sports bra, perfect if your bust is on the heavier side. No more painful bouncing! It chafed a little at first, but it got better after a few washes. It also offers great coverage if you want to wear it on its own.
Montane Medusa Hoodie
Probably not a top I would choose to wear whilst running, but it seems like the perfect hoodie to have waiting in the car after a long winter run!
Salomon XA Elevate Trail Running Shoes
I own two pairs of road running shoes so it would only fair to have two pairs of trail running shoes! I also wanted shoes that would be more comfortable than the Speedcross on runs with road sections.
Petzl Bindi Headlamp
The perfect ‘just in case’ head torch to carry in my bag on the trails, but also a much-needed essential for winter running on the roads around the poorly lit village I live in.
Columbia Titan Ultra Half Zip Shirt
I probably already have too much running clothes, but this top seems like an ‘in between seasons’ essential. I also really love the colour!
Rab Merino 160 Gloves
Gloves are essential during the colder months, especially since I suffer with Raynaud’s disease. My hands get cold quickly, take ages to warm back up and the whole experience can be rather painful.
Happy shopping… and running!