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Best Gear for Trail Running | The Ultimate Winter Kit Bag

Trail running is one of those sports that hooks you in easily. Once you’ve spent time running uphill and down dale, tackling challenging climbs and taking in incredible views, the idea of returning to the roads can seem a little… well, mundane in comparison.

Of course, being out in the wild and running on rough terrain means you need a certain amount of specialist gear. And if you want to keep trail running all year round, you’ll need kit that can handle the kind of inclement weather winter will throw at you too.

“If you want to keep trail running all year round, you’ll need kit that can handle the kind of inclement weather winter will throw at you.”

Our team looked at a lot of winter trail running kit when we were compiling the Outdoor 100. But as with all the gear in this guide, it was only the truly standout products which made the cut. Each of these items individually is brilliant, and together they make what we believe is the ultimate winter kit bag for trail running. Here’s why.

Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0

This jacket is the lightest waterproof we’ve ever seen – at 85g, it’s lighter than an iPhone! This makes it perfect for trail running, when you don’t want either showers or extra weight to slow you down.

Read the full review of the Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0 and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

The North Face Face Flight Series Fuse Jacket

This excellent trail running jacket from The North Face is made of a material which cleverly does away with the need for many of the seams, making the garment lighter and stronger.

Read the full review of The North Face Flight Series Fuse Jacket

Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine Trail Running Shoes

An excellent piece of innovation from Salomon’s S-Lab, these trail running shoes are designed to handle really snowy conditions.

Read the full review of the Salomon XA Alpine Trail Running Shoes

The North Face Ultra Trail Running Shoes

Our tester describes these awesome trail running shoes as: “Unshowy, yes. Brilliant? Also a yes.”

Read the full review of The North Face Ultra Trail Running Shoes

Falke Long Tights Trail Running Leggings

Leggings are the best thing to wear on the trail in the winter. These ones (shown in men’s and women’s colourways in the top photo) are made but Falke, who specialise in them.

Read the full review of the Falke Long Tights.

Rab Power Stretch Pro Gloves

The perfect pair of gloves to stop your fingers freezing off as you run, these are thin and wick sweat away from your hands nicely.

Read the full review of the Rab Power Stretch Pro Gloves.

Montane Primino Baselayer

Mixing Primaloft and Merino, this is one of the best baselayers on the market, with exceptional wicking properties.

Read the full review of the Montane Primino Baselayer.

Salomon S-Lab Peak 20 Trail Running Backpack

Half backpack, half jacket, this is the ultimate answer to the problem of rucksacks which rub when you run.

Read the full review of the Salomon S-Lab Peak 20 Trail Running Backpack

FitBit Blaze Fitness Smart Watch

Stay on top of your fitness and make each step count with this lightweight, intuitive fitness watch.

Read the full review of the FitBit Blaze.

Suunto Traverse Amber GPS Watch

Want the ultimate wearable GPS unit? This piece of kit, tested down to minus 30 degrees in Finland is the one to go for.

Read the full review of the Suunto Traverse Amber GPS Watch.  

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