There's just nothing quite like a great trail run: scenic views, a clear mind, and a great workout, too. We've tested our favorite running shoes, apparel, and gear over hundreds of miles of trail running adventures, and review only our all-time favorites.
The rising sun, the chill in the air, the dewy grass, and the blur of the world passing, mile after mile. To our crew, a great trail run is so much more than just a workout: it’s the absolute perfect way to start or end the day.
And we’re united in the belief that great running gear, wicking apparel, and the perfect running shoe can go miles to enhance a run, prevent injury, and help us increase our performance and fitness. Our trail-tested reviews feature only our favorite gear, from top trail running shoes to the perfect layering essentials and our favorite GPS running watches. For a short list of our all-time favorites, check out our trail running gear list, and if you’re looking for a great gift for the runner on your list (or some great new gear for yourself), don’t miss our list of gifts for runners.
Cotopaxi Quito Active Shirt
The Cotopaxi Quito’s soft, stretchy fabric and fantastic wicking make it an excellent choice for just about any active adventure.READ MORE
HOKA One One Challenger ATR 3 trail running shoe
The Challenger ATR 3 combines superior cushioning, breathability, and all-terrain traction making this HOKA One One a top shoe for trail running in the South.READ MORE
Merrell Trail Glove 4 trail running shoe
Lightweight, comfortable, and breathable: the Merrell Trail Glove 4 barefoot trail running shoe lets us set the pace and keep it up on the trail or pavement.READ MORE
Coolcore cooling running shorts & shirts
The Coolcore ‘Crush It’ Short Sleeve Tee and ‘Strider’ Shorts are lightweight, moisture-wicking and offer chemical-free cooling that works wonders in the heat – and they’ve quickly become our favorite pieces for running and hiking.READ MORE
Patagonia Women’s Barely Baggies Shorts
The durable, lightweight, and water repellant Patagonia Barely Baggies Shorts are perfect for a day of adventures either on-trail or around town.READ MORE
Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker review
Ultralight and easy to pack, the Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker is the perfect companion on early morning trail runs, hikes to breezy mountain summits, or treks around town.READ MORE
Merrell Agility Peak Flex trail running shoe
Superior traction, cushy comfort, and a stable ride make the Merrell Agility Peak Flex a top choice for rugged, high mileage trail runs.READ MORE
adidas Outdoor Flyloft Vest
The lightweight, packable, and ultra-warm adidas Outdoor Flyloft Vest is the perfect layering piece for cold weather adventures or chilly treks around town. Our trail-tested review.READ MORE
adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic trail running shoe
The adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic combines rugged traction, a comfortable ride, and stable control in a lightweight trail running shoe that breathes easily.READ MORE
ASICS GEL-FujiRado trail running shoe review
The ASICS GEL-FujiRado is an outstanding trail running shoe featuring a comfortable ride, thanks to a mono-sock construction, great on-trail traction and stability, and a Boa closure system for the perfect fit.READ MORE