ON THE RIGHT TRAIL

IF YOU’RE THINK­ING ABOUT TRY­ING OUT TRAIL RUN­NING, good news! Not only is it a great way to test your­self in new and beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, it’s also an opportunity to buy lots of lovely new clob­ber. Run­ning on tech­ni­cal trails re­quires spe­cial­ist kit th

Runner's World (UK) - - Trail Special -

CLOTH­ING

Make sure you’re wear­ing ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing on the trail. Jack­ets should be light­weight but durable and weather-re­sis­tant ( prefer­ably wa­ter­proof); leg­wear should be tough to cope with snags on bushes, and try and find a top that’s slim-fit­ting and tem­per­a­ture-reg­u­lat­ing. All kit is uni­sex un­less spec­i­fied. 1/ £45, Columbia columbi­as­portswear.co.ukTrail Flashshorts ( men) Four-way stretch for com­fort. 2/ 2XU Xtreme Com­pres­sion Top ( men) £79, 2xu.com/uk Rub­ber sec­tions on shoul­ders to grip a back­pack. 3/ Arc­teryx Solita Pant ( women) £70, arc­teryx.com Full-length side zips to help re­move over run­ning shoes. 4/ Arc­teryx Taema Zip­neck Long- Sleeved Top ( women) £70, arc­teryx.com Longer sleeves and thumb holes to pro­tect hands. 5/ Patag­o­nia Nano Hy­brid Air Jacket ( men) £150, eu.patag­o­nia.com In­su­lated, stretchy, breath­able. 6/ Ha­glofs Gram Comp Jacket ( women) £249.99, sportshoes.com Gore-tex coat­ing for wind­proof­ing and wa­ter­proof­ing.

NU­TRI­TION

Tasty snacks that give you what you need to keep go­ing when you’re on the trail. 7/ Trek Power Bar ( peanut) £15.95 for 16 x 55g bars, nat­u­ral­bal­ance­foods.co.uk 8/ Tribe Hadrian Trail Mix ( mango and cashew) £8.65/month sub­scrip­tion pack, weare­tribe.co 9/ Pro­togo Trail Mix £3 for 85g, UBEREATS app 10/ Nec­tar Hy­dro Hy­dra­tion Tabs ( sum­mer fruits) £5.00 for 20, wig­gle.co.uk 11/ Tribe In­fin­ity Bar ( choc salt) £8.65/month sub­scrip­tion pack, weare­tribe.co 12/ Stealth Real Fruit Gel ( ba­nana) £24.50 for 14 x 60ml, se­cret-train­ing.com 13/ Yumpa Cricket Pow­der Bar ( co­coa, orange and car­damom) £19.99 for 9 x 45g, yumpabar.co.uk 14/ Billy Franks Beef Jerky ( Texan BBQ) £3.10 for 40g, bil­lyfranks.co.uk 15/ Clif Bar ( cho­co­late al­mond fudge) £13.95 for 12 x 68g, dol­phin­fit­ness.co.uk 16/ Phizz Hy­dra­tion Tabs ( orange) £4.99 for 10, phizz.co

CREAMS

Pro­tect your skin from the sun and chaf­ing. 17/ £32, Ul­tra­sun john­lewis.comFace 50+ Sweat-re­sis­tant and preser­va­tive-free. 18/ Ul­tra­sun Lip Pro­tec­tion 30 £6, john­lewis.com Oil-free once-a-day ap­pli­ca­tion. 19/ 2Toms Sportshield £14.95 for 45ml, ul­tra­ma­rathon­run­ning store.com A wa­ter­proof and non-greasy lu­bri­cant for sen­si­tive ar­eas.

PACKS

The longer the run, the more stuff you need. 20/ Ul­ti­mate Di­rec­tion Groove Mono £25.95, run­ner­inn.com Wide, ad­justable straps for com­fort and mesh pan­elling for breatha­bil­ity. 21/ Salomon En­ergy Belt £35, salomon.com/uk Pad­ding around the kid­ney ar­eas for ex­tra com­fort, two com­part­ments and 2 x 200ml drinks bot­tles. 22/ Salomon Ad­vanced Skin 12 Set £140, salomon.com/uk Er­gonomic de­sign to cling to your back. Takes three-litre hy­dra­tion blad­der. 23/ Camel­bak Ul­tra Hand­held Chill £40, snowan­drock.com Per­fect for shorter runs, the bot­tle has an easy-fill open­ing and keeps drinks cool.

CLOTH­ING AC­CES­SORIES

Don’t get caught out by your en­vi­ron­ment. Spend­ing a lit­tle more on ex­tras can turn a good off-road ex­pe­ri­ence into a great one. 24/ Arc­teryx Phase AR Bal­a­clava £20, arc­teryx.com Gives full face and head cov­er­age. 25/ Inov- 8 Race Ul­tra Skull £18, inov-8.com Wind-re­sis­tant beanie with mesh to pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion. 26/ Craft Bril­liant 2.0 Ther­mal Gloves £10, start­fit­ness.co.uk Re­flec­tive pat­tern, smart­phonecom­pat­i­ble and tow­elling thumb to wipe sweat away. 27/ Buff Pa­clite Cap £21.95, alpine­trek.co.uk Stretchy, fold­able, UPF50 and anti-odour. 28/ Ash­mei Neck Gaiter £33, ash­mei.com Merino-car­bon blend is tem­per­a­ture-reg­u­lat­ing. 29/ CEP Com­pres­sion Arm Sleeves £34.99, cep­sports.co.uk Wrin­kle-free fit, and good both for ex­tra warmth and bat­tling mus­cle fa­tigue. 30/ Inov- 8 De­bris Gaiters 32

£15, inov-8.com Th­ese at­tach to trail shoes to pre­vent small stones from get­ting in.

HANDY BITS

Ac­ces­sories that help make life on the trail a lit­tle eas­ier. 31/ Nathan Wrist Run­ner 2 £7.20, out­doorgb.com Soft wrist­band that stores keys, cards and cash. 32/ Life Ven­ture Trek Towel ( Large) £20, goout­doors.co.uk Com­pact, ab­sorbs up to nine times its own weight. 33/ Petzl Tikka XP2 Head Torch £29, joe-brown.com Five light­ing set­tings and a reach of 40m. 34/ Kom­perdell Car­bon Ul­tralite Com­pact V4 £147.49, alpine­trek.co.uk Su­per-tough trekking poles.

EYEWEAR

Look for in­ter­change­able or pho­tochromic lenses to see your way clear. 35/ Cebe S'track Mono £81.99, eye­kit.co Anti-slip nose piece and tem­ple grips, durable poly­car­bon­ate in­ter­change­able lenses. 36/ Oak­ley Evzero Stride Prizm Trail £140, uk.oak­ley.com Su­per-light, rim­less frame and full wrap­around cov­er­age.

SLEEP­ING BAG

For overnight stays or multi-day events. 37/ Spray­way. com Chal­lenger 250 £34.99, camp­ing­world.co.uk This will keep you snug down to tem­per­a­tures of -5C, has zips on both sides and comes in a rip-re­sis­tant stuff sack.

WATCH

38/ Su­unto Spar­tan Ul­tra Ti­ta­nium £599.99, wig­gle.co.uk Wrist-based heart-rate mon­i­tor, route down­loads, baro­met­ric al­ti­tude read­ing and up to 26 hours in GPS train­ing mode.

SOCKS

Make sure your socks are anti-blis­ter and as quickdry­ing as pos­si­ble. 39/ Puma Cell Per­for­mance Mid­weight Crew Sock £10 for 2-pack, bar­ring­ton­sports.com Un­der­foot pad­ding for ex­tra cush­ion­ing. 40/ Seal­skinz Trail Mid £15, seal­skinz.com Elas­ti­cated an­kles and in­soles to hold socks in place. 41/ In­jinji Trail 2.0 £17.25, fee­tus.co.uk Toe-sock de­sign and ex­trastrong elas­ti­ca­tion on cuffs. 42/ 1000 Mile Breeze Sock Lite £11.99, 1000mile.co.uk Double-layer con­struc­tion to re­duce rub­bing.

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