With the right gear and equipment, you can enjoy trail running across rough and rugged terrain. See what every trail runner needs to stay comfortable, protected and supported – plus, the little essentials that help you navigate your trails.
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.
Your trail route might not pass by any fresh water source. The solution is to bring a backpack with a built-in water supply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trail running sometimes means going over gravelly and rocky terrain. Gaiters cover your shoes and stop little stones getting into them.
For extra protection from the sun, a running cap keeps your eyes and face protected so you can stay focused on the terrain.
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