One of the benefits of trail running as a sport is the fact that is really does not require a lot of kit. However, there are a few essential items that will make your time on the trails a lot more comfortable and therefore a lot more enjoyable.
In general, you will tend to be out for a longer period of time and running at a slower pace than you would if you were out running on the roads so it is always worth taking this into account when you set off trail running. 10km on the trail could take you double what it would on the streets of your local neighbourhood due to technical terrain and obstacles that you might have to negotiate.
Always think about the route you are taking, how long you will be out for and what the weather forecast has predicted when drawing up your essential trail running kit list.
Here are a few pointers for selecting the best trail running gear: