Trail Running – What Kit Do I Need?

Trail running for some Is the ultimate form of the sport. Just you and the natural environment. A chance to get away from the crowds, the only sound being your breathing and the crunch, squelch, crackle or rustle of your footsteps. But whilst it’s a liberating way to get your running fix, when you get out into the wilds you’ve got to get your kit choice right!

Luckily for you Des Rhule – Outdoor Department Manager @ Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports Covent Garden Store – is here to help you make the right choices!

A keen and committed trail runner for years, Des has his sights set on taking part in his second UTMB next year. A season of training ahead of him will include the Swiss Iron Race and the West Highland Way.   He’ll also be taking part in the Wimbledon Trail series as an ‘hors d’oeuvres’ to longer races.

His current stand out pieces of kit are:

1.Inov-8 Roclite 295 –  Inov-8 running shoes are focused purely around natural running, harnessing our natural biomechanics for a raw, stripped-back experience on the trail or tarmac. This shoe is good for both.

2.Camelbak Dart.  This pack is designed to fit most women and men well and from my experience, it does. You can fit a lightweight waterproof in its pocket and it comes equipped with a 1.5 litre Antidote reservoir. It also features a stretch mesh pocket on the harness that’s ideal for gels, to make hydrating and refuelling easier.

3.Womens and Mens Race Elite.  Outside of Ultra’s and trail races I use my jacket for fast and light backpacking. The cut and pocket positions are gender specific. A two way zip means you can ventilate it easily and It’s great in the wind. The face fabric and well designed hood ensure this.

4.Smartwool running socks. I use Smartwool socks for running which have the sweat and friction problem areas covered. I also use them for fast and light trekking.

5.Salomon Trail 20 running pack.  Great for running with or without a bladder for racing, training runs or fast and light day treks. Bladder not provided but most 1-2litre bladders will fit.

So now you can gear up knowing you’re set for whatever the trails can throw at you….so what are you waiting for!

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