Best Gear for Trail Running | The Ultimate Winter Kit Bag
Our pick of the best trail running kit for winter 2016/17, as selected for this year's Outdoor 100 Gear Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shot on location in Chamonix
- Thanks to our accommodation partner Adventure Base