New gear to help you start trail running

Like to run? Ditch the sidewalk (or, worse, the treadmill) for a dirt path and enjoy plenty of perks offered by trail running.

RUNNERS TIRED OF POUNDING pavement have hit the trails by the millions over the past few years. For Scouts and Scouters who are used to hiking, trail running can quickly speed your pace; you’ll cover more ground and be more comfortable while backpacking if trail running is part of your training. Here’s a look at the gear you need to lace up and head out for a run. All prices are MSRP.


RydersStrider

SUNGLASSES: Ryders Strider
Protect your eyes from UV rays as well as errant branches on the trail. Many runners prefer lightweight, wraparound sunglasses. This model, made of a thermoplastic frame with anti-slip pads on the nose, is available in multiple lens options. Starting at $50, ryderseyewear.com

SalomonStartTee

APPAREL: Salomon Start Tee
When you get serious about trail running, look to clothing made for running. I prefer a simple top like the Start Tee. It uses a breathable synthetic fabric and has mesh panels on the sides. $35, salomon.com

SalomonShorts

APPAREL: Salomon Start Short
When you get serious about trail running, look to clothing made for running. The Start Short has an inner brief and a single small pocket on back. $38, salomon.com

WigwamTrailSock

SOCKS: Wigwam Trail Trax Pro
Go thin and light (and usually ankle-high) with your socks. This Wigwam model is made of a synthetic fabric blended with merino wool. A good sock like this will hug the foot, move moisture away from the skin and prevent blisters as you run. $15, wigwam.com

NorthFaceGTDTrailShoe

SHOES: The North Face GTD Trail
Footwear preferences range widely. For all but the roughest trails, I skew more minimal. (Running on dirt is softer than pavement; you can often skimp on cushioning in the sole.) A shoe like the GTD Trail is light, precise, fast and equipped with the right amount of tread to keep you upright from gravel to mud. $90, thenorthface.com

CamelbakDart

HYDRATION: Camelbak Dart
Shorter trail runs in moderate temps don’t require hydration packs. But if it’s hot or you’re going long distances, wear a pack or carry a bottle. The Dart is the kind of light, unencumbering pack popular with many runners. It holds a 1.5-liter water bladder with a drink tube, and it’s made of light materials that won’t weigh you down. $65, camelbak.com

HoneyStingerGodl

ENERGY FOOD: Honey Stinger Gold Classic
Easy-to-eat calories are necessary to keep the pace up. For years, I have relied on gel packets — rip off the top and squeeze the sticky, energy-rich goo into your mouth while striding on the trail. Made with honey, the Gold Classic gel packs offer a quick boost and a great, natural taste. $1.40 per pack (when purchased in 24-pack box); honeystinger.com


FIND MORE GREAT GEAR at scoutingmagazine.org/greatgear


STEPHEN REGENOLD is an avid trail runner and founder of GearJunkie.com

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