Trail Running Gear List

Trail running is a glorious thing - peaceful, challenging, and just plain fun! Trails by nature are less traveled than roads, so be sure to carry enough gear to get through your run, and be particularly mindful of what you may need in an emergency if you're running solo or in the backcountry.

On Me

  • Road ID bracelet
  • Technical hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Super awesome trail running shoes

In My Trail Running Backpack

I use a 13L backpack that carries everything I need to get in my training miles - whether on local well-traveled trails or more remote trails in the region. Here's what I keep in my pack on my person:

  • Phone
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Map(s)
  • Compass/whistle/thermometer
  • Hand towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent 
  • First aid kit
  • Sports tape
  • Head lamp
  • Extra batteries
  • Rain poncho

Remote Trail Additions

  • Lifestraw
  • Extra top layer
  • Emergency bivy
  • Bear spray (in bear country)

Cold Weather Additions

  • Extra layers - top and bottom
  • Winter hat
  • Gloves
  • Facemask
  • Goggles

Gear Favorites

  • Trail Running Shoes | I go back and forth between my Brooks and Pearl Izumi trail shoes. They fit great, keep me blister-free, grip the trails nicely, and drain quickly. That last bit - drainage - is key for great trail running.
  • Technical Hat | At my first Land Between the Lakes Trail Race, runners received a technical hat in their swag bags, and I haven't run without one since. These hats are lightweight, wick moisture, and keep you cool when sweating your ass off on the trail.
  • Headlamp | When you don't have time to run in the sun, a headlamp will help you get your miles in. This is a must-have for any runner that can't always get out during daylight hours - particularly in the winter months.