Gear we love: 10 must-haves for runners
The weather is finally cooler -- and fresh running gear can serve as added incentive to get you out the door pounding the pavement. We've rounded up some of our favorites to add to your arsenal:
The North Face Flight RKT Jacket
Designed with the input of professional ultrarunners, this is as lightweight and breathable as running jackets get. It's both water-resistant and windproof, and it packs down to pocket-sized, making it the perfect jacket to take with you in the season of unpredictable weather.
Forget those cumbersome arm bands and waist belts to carry your phone with you on the run. This ingenious phone holder offers a sweat-resistant zipper pouch that easily slips inside the back of your sports bra, keeping your valuables secure with a magnetic clip.
SOUL Run Free Pro Bio Headphones
Take your training to the next level with the world's first AI ear phones with gait analysis technology. Thanks to real-time voice coaching, these ear phones keep track of things such as cadence, step width and symmetry to allow you to monitor your running form in real time.
CURREX RunPro Insoles
Designed with the latest biomechanics research in mind, these insoles are light and supportive, and they move with you as you run. They are the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to reducing fatigue in the lower legs and feet, built to work for just about any runner in just about any type of running shoe.
Hoka One One Mach FN Shoes
Running in the fall means fewer daylight hours to get in your workouts. Enter the Mach Fly at Night. Featuring black reflective logos, a reflective heel tab and a reflective midsole, these shoes give you an added level of visibility and safety when you're training in the early morning or after dark. That's not to mention the maximal cushioning in a light and fast package.
Icebreaker Cool-Lite Rush Vest
You'll love the weather-resistant qualities of this vest. When you don't quite need a jacket, this moisture-wicking piece with holes for ventilation offers ideal thermal regulation.
Topo W-Rekovr Shoes
Following in the footsteps of Topo's other natural running footwear, these recovery shoes are lightweight and feature a wide toebox with minimal heel-to-toe drop. Built to help runners bounce back from the wear and tear of training, the OrthoLite footbed affords gentle neural stimulation via a raised 3D-wave pattern. The soft inner lining makes them especially comfortable when worn barefoot.
Maurten Gel 100
A novel approach to endurance fuel, Maurten recently introduced a gel sports fuel to accompany its drink mix, which was used in the Sub-2:00 marathon attempt last year. An alternative to traditional gels that are often mixed with syrups and added flavors and preservatives, Maurten's gel contains six natural ingredients instead.
($43.20 for 12 servings; maurten.com)
Patagonia Peak Mission Jacket
If you're running in a colder weather region, this is the perfect jacket to add to your kit. Offering great versatility, it will provide comfort and protection from fall all the way into winter training. In addition to being ultralight and breathable, the microfleece lining offers a bit of warmth when temperatures dip. With a moisture-shedding DWR finish, it'll protect you through rain, sleet and snow.
'Sky Runner' Book
Need some inspiration? Look no further than professional ultrarunner Emelie Forsberg's new book about "finding strength, happiness and balance in your running." Full of stunning, full-color photos of her running exploits around the world, it includes wisdom on everything from training to fueling to recovery.