Trail running - The top 10 essentials



• Trail running gear is specific to the different needs of running off road

• Shoes are the most important part of a trail runner’s wardrobe

• They give you the right level of grip, protection and comfort

• Clothing can be tough and hard to rip, but also flexible enough for technical trails

• Food and drink is essential on the trails, so backpacks with an in-built water supply are a great solution

1. Support your feet with trail running shoes

The most crucial thing is specialist trail running shoes. Out in the hills you need the right amount of grip so your foot doesn't slide on uphills and downhills – and if it’s raining, you need that grip even more.

Check out the GEL-FUJITRABUCO:
for men
for women

2. Stay hydrated with a backpack and built-in water supply

Your trail route might not pass by any fresh water source. The solution is to bring a backpack with a built-in water supply.

Store everything in a Lightweight Running Backpack

3. Move freely in trail apparel that doesn’t restrict your upper body

When you run uphill, you swing your arms more to power yourself forward. You might also move quickly to balance yourself over technical trails. It all means that your top needs to give you real freedom of movement.

See the Fuji Light Top:
for men
for women

4. Prepare for bad weather with a packable jacket

Trail running sometimes means heading out into the wilderness so you need to be prepared for changeable weather. A packable jacket is made of water repellent fabric so it keeps you dry.

Stay dry with the Fuji Packable Jacket:
for men
for women

5. Protect your legs with trail running tights

With trail running tights, your lower legs are protected with tougher woven fabric. They’re also made of a comfortable, stretchable material that suits running over technical trails.

Stay protected with the Fuji Tight:
for men
for women

6. Stay on track with maps or GPS devices

Without any roads, you’re reliant on your orientation skills. A good Ordnance Survey map and compass can give you peace of mind. If you have a GPS system, you can log your run and track your progress using MY ASICS.

7. Be ready for different terrain with a spare pair of shoes

You might encounter a range of different terrain on your run, so think about bringing two pairs of shoes with you. You can tackle the uphills with a lighter trail shoe. Then on the descent, you can pull on a supportive shoe with maximum grip.

8. Get nutrition with gels and energy bars

It’s essential to eat on longer trail runs, but you don’t want to be weighed down with a backpack of food. A good way around the problem is to take some small and lightweight energy bars and gels.

9. Keep your feet comfortable with gaiters

Trail running sometimes means going over gravelly and rocky terrain. Gaiters cover your shoes and stop little stones getting into them.

10. Shield your eyes with a lightweight running cap

For extra protection from the sun, a running cap keeps your eyes and face protected so you can stay focused on the terrain.
Check out our running caps



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