When you leave the comfort of the streets, sidewalks, or treadmill for dirt, there’s an undeniable element of uncertainty.
Everything feels more primitive in the woods — more raw and exposed.
And in many ways it is:
- Weather conditions can be extreme
- You’re often more secluded on a trail
- There are additional obstacles (rocks, roots, rivers, mountains)
- Wildlife …
So it’s no surprise that many road runners get hung up on the idea that they need new — or different — gear to run on trails.
Meet Stan, The Road Runner
A few weeks ago I met a guy who said he was a runner. Let’s call him Stan.
Stan shared stories from a recent half marathon, and I mentioned that I enjoy trail running.
Stan – “Oh cool! I keep meaning to try that, but I don’t have the right gear.”
Me – “Sure you do!”
Stan – “Nah, I need new shoes and one of those packs before I head out into the woods.”
Stan got so hung up on this idea that he needed trail specific gear that he wasn’t willing to give trail running a try.
VIDEO: The Trail Running Gear You Actually Need
So I did what all good bloggers do after a conversation like that, and recorded a video about it.
It’s my response to Stan, and my way of squashing any fears (excuses?) you may have about trail running gear.
In it, I discuss the gear you actually need as a trail runner, the two pieces of gear I recommend picking up first, and the nice-to-haves that I swear by.
Watch it here:
Gear from the Video
The following REI links are affiliate links, which means I’ll earn a small percentage of any sales at no cost to you.
Trail Shoes: Altra Lone Peaks 3.0
Handhelds: Amphipod Hydraform Ergo-Lite Handheld
GPS Watch: Suunto Ambit 3 Peak
Headlamp: Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp