In the perfect world we’d all train on the best days and during the light of day. This isn’t a perfect world, but fortunately we have gear that helps keep us training even when the sun goes down…headlamps! To keep you running through the shorter days of winter we have reviewed the following headlamps. Keep ... Read moreLight it Up… a Headlamp Review
When you’re out exploring the wintery trails [or even the chilly spring and fall trails] you’ll want to keep your hands warm and dry. Tucking your fingers up into your jacket sleeves does not cut it, so let’s take a look at the cold weather running gloves that are currently on the market.
Viper 2 Vibration Roller Features: Three Vibration frequency levels: 45, 68, 92 HZ Materials: Poly-propylene outer shell Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries / 2 hours of use per charge Extras: 1 … Continue reading "First Look: Vyper 2 Vibration Roller, by Hyperice"
KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Massage Ball Materials: Massage ball is steel, housing is plastic, gel inserts Price: $40 Best Features: Effective at releasing knots in large muscle groups with the hot … Continue reading "First Look: KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Massage Ball"
Anti Chafe Balm by Territory Run Co. Weight: 2 ounces Price: $13 Best Features: All natural, moisturizing, good price Room for Improvement: Would be better in stick-form Territory Run Co. … Continue reading "First Look: Anti Chafe Balm by Territory Run Co."
Utility Running Belt by Ultimate Direction Materials: Rugged Mesh Weight: 2.25oz/ 64 grams Price: $40 Best Features: Trekking pole holsters, very little bounce, impressive amount of storage capacity, no adjustability. … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Utility Belt by Ultimate Direction"
Spot Lite 160 Headlamp Weight: 1.9 ounces Price: $25 Lumens: 160 Best Features: Lightweight, inexpensive, dimming ability, red night vision, waterproof, battery powered (2 AAA), adjustable angle position Room for … Continue reading "First Look: Black Diamond Spot Lite 160 Headlamp"
Jaybird X4 wireless headphones Weight: 0.5 ounces Charging: 10 minutes of charge = 1 hour playtime. 1.5 hours of charge = 6 hours playtime. Price: $130 Best Features: Great sound quality, lightweight, … Continue reading "First Look: Jaybird X4 Wireless Headphones"
Halo V Sweatband Headband Material: 100% Dryline fabric with Velcro closure Price: $17 Best Features: Compact, doesn’t move, absorbs sweat from your brow so it doesn’t get in your eyes, comfortable. Room … Continue reading "First Look: Halo Sweatband Headband"
myCharge UNPLUGGED 10K Fast Wireless Powerbank Weight: 0.4 lbs. Battery: 10,000mAh Lithium Ion Dimensions: 2.8 in x 0.8 in x 5.8 in Wireless Output: 10 Watts USB Port: 2.4A output … Continue reading "UNPLUGGED 10K Fast Wireless Powerbank by myCharge"
RM Extreme Contoured Roller Massager Price: $35 From Pro-Tec Athletics, the makers of the Orb massage ball, comes the Extreme Contoured Roller. Looking somewhat like a weapon from the middle … Continue reading "RM Extreme Contoured Roller Massager by Pro-Tec"
Ultimate Direction Comfort Belt Weight: 1.13oz Materials: Shell: 81% polyester, 19% spandex, Lining: 85% nylon, 15% spandex Price: $35 Fit: True to size If you’re looking for a stretchy, barely-there-feeling fuel belt, … Continue reading "Ultimate Direction Comfort Belt"
Suunto 9 Baro Price: $600 ($650 with Heart Rate Belt) Weight: 81 grams/2.85 Ounces The following is an in-depth review of the Suunto 9 Baro. See below for the quick-and-dirty … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Suunto 9 Baro"
Descent Small Camera Pack by Mountainsmith Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.2 kgs Dimensions: 15” x 12” x 6.25” (H x W x D) Price: $100 Being an adventure and … Continue reading "Descent Camera/Running Pack by Mountainsmith"
Trail Runner was impressed with the initial performance of these socks/compression sleeves, and Lily Trotters has offered our audience a discount. Our exclusive TR code is TrailRunner25. Lily Trotters Compression Socks … Continue reading "Lily Trotters Compression Socks and Sleeves"
Lily Trotters Compression Socks and Sleeves Price: $35-40 Material: 93% nylon, 7% spandex While the success of compression during exercise may still be up for debate, it can be highly … Continue reading "Lily Trotters Compression Socks and Sleeves"
Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade Product Brand: Zpacks Price $725 Weight: 30 oz The Zpacks Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade may well be the ideal shelter for fastpacking. It’s ultralight (30 oz … Continue reading "Zpacks Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade"
RaidLight Carbon Ultra Compact Poles Price: $150 Overall, I really like the Carbon Ultra Compact poles. They are super lightweight and surprisingly confidence inspiring. I took them all over the … Continue reading "RaidLight Carbon Ultra Compact Poles"
Petzl’s Bindi Headlamp Price: $60 Weight: 35g The BINDI headlamp fits in the palm of your hand, about the size and weight of an unambitious strawberry. Its thin springy cord … Continue reading "First Look: Petzl’s Bindi Headlamp"
Triggerpoint the Grid X Foam Roller Price: $50 Since rigidity and longevity are the hallmarks of a good recovery tool, the firmness of the Grid X roller is its main … Continue reading "First Look: Grid X Foam Roller"
Aquamira Water Treatment Price: $15 Weight: 1 OZ Aquamira Chlorine Dioxide water treatment is a tried and true system: it is light, small, packable, tasteless and effective. The system consists of two dropper bottles: Part … Continue reading "First Look: Aquamira Water Treatment"
Naked Running Band Price: $46 The Naked Running Band has such a specific and tight fit, it comes in 12 sizes. The lack of buckles, clasps, snaps, straps or cinches on this puppy mean that … Continue reading "First Look: Naked Running Band"
BUFF Pack Run R Hat Price: $34 Weight: 1.05 ounces Why review a running hat? Hats are hats, right? I threw on the BUFF Pack Run R on a particularly blustery day for a Rocky … Continue reading "First Look: BUFF Pack Run R Hat"
Coros Pace Multisport Watch Price: $300 The Coros Pace watch is a multi-sport watch from the company that first became well-known for its smart cycling helmet with GPS capabilities. The watch closely resembles the Garmin Forerunner … Continue reading "First Look: Coros Pace Multisport Watch"
JBL Endurance RUN Headphones $20 Headphones are a divisive topic on the trails. We all know how it feels to have to creep up on someone so engrossed in a podcast or song or that … Continue reading "First Look: JBL Endurance RUN Headphones"
Rylo 360-Degree Camera Price: $500 The compact/action/selfie/360/VR camera market has a lot of newcomers as of late. Many are first generation and though they have interesting features, rarely do they do everything well. The Rylo camera has pretty much nailed it. In addition to offering 360-degree filming, Rylo seems to be rolling out new features … Continue reading "First Look: Rylo 360-Degree Camera"
Run Mindful App by Timothy Olson and Adventure Mindful Retreats Price: $3.99/month, $3.65 for 6 months or $3.16 for 12 months If you haven’t yet gotten to one of Timothy Olson’s Adventure Mindful retreats, you can now bring the retreat to you. The Run Mindful app features a series of guided meditations, to use on … Continue reading "First Look: Run Mindful App by Timothy Olson"
adidas Zonyk Aero Midcut Pro Sunglasses Price: $148 Weight: 2.29 ounces Featuring a removable, one-piece, polycarbonate lens, the Zonyk Aero Midcut Pro (that’s an eyeful) comes in a variety of lens options from mirrored to polarized to photochromic (VARiO lens changes according to lighting conditions), the latter of which we tried out. The photochromic feature works … Continue reading "First Look: adidas Zonyk Aero Midcut Pro Sunglasses"
Solos Smart Glasses Price: $499 Weight: 2.29 ounces Last week, runners, we went to the future. Solos released their Smart Glasses. A sort of Google glass for athletes, the Solos has a tiny fiber optic display projected from an arm that extends into your peripheral vision so the wearer can see their stats in real … Continue reading "First Look: Solos Smart Glasses"
Julbo Resist Sunglasses Price: $109-190 The Julbo Resist is a slight departure from Julbo’s aerodynamic, technical-sport sunglasses. The Resist leans more toward an urban style—a kind of hybrid between a sport sunglass and a fashion statement. As a middle-distance runner, and someone who loves multitasking apparel, the Resist has become one of my favorite pairs of … Continue reading "First Look: Julbo Resist Sunglasses"
Body Glide Sun Price: $10 Weight: 1.5 ounces Body Glide is known for its anti-chafing sticks—many runners swear by it. The other Body Glide products are worth a try as well because of their light weight and easy application that keeps your hands grease-free. I checked out the SPF 30 Sunscreen balm recently and was … Continue reading "First Look: Body Glide Sunscreen Balm"
Fitbit Ionic adidas Edition Price: $330 Last month, Fitbit released their latest and most feature-packed smartwatch, the Fitbit Ionic adidas Edition. Retailing for $329.99, this sleek, low-profile smartwatch comes as direct competition to Apple’s Nike+ smartwatch. Built from their flagship Ionic model, Fitbit partnered with adidas in an effort to enhance the Ionic’s functionality, specifically … Continue reading "Trail Tested: Fitbit Ionic adidas Edition"
goodr Running Sunglasses Weight: 0.77 oz Price: $25 At $25 and 3/4 of an ounce, the goodr running sunglasses aren’t glasses you have to protect with your life and can toss in your bag or on the counter. And… they’re comfortable and don’t bounce! When running, you may actually forget you’re wearing them. If … Continue reading "First Look: goodr Sunglasses"
AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Headphones Weight: 1.04 oz Price: $150 For those wanting to run with tunes but not sacrifice situational awareness, the new open-ear Trekz Air headphones from Aftershokz are where it’s at. Using the futuristic concept of bone conduction, the headphones don’t sit inside the ears at all; the primary advantage of this … Continue reading "First Look: AfterShokz Wireless Headphones"
The CTM Band Price: $40 Real recovery can be an elusive and time-consuming process. Sometimes the true discomfort of the foam roller is not the actual myofascial release, but the time it takes to elicit it. Life tends toward a hectic schedule: running, climbing, training and work bite into recovery time. That is where the … Continue reading "First Look: 3 Go-To Therapy Products You’ve Never Heard Of"
Epson ProSense 307 GPS Watch Weight: 1.8 oz Price: $250 The Epson 307 is part of Epson’s ProSense line-up. Falling in the middle of the pack, between simple and advanced, it may be the Goldilocks of the five ProSense options: it’s a minimal-profile watch with full functionality including: GPS tracking, sport-specific workout functions (including running, … Continue reading "First Look: Epson ProSense 307"
Ledlenser SEO 7R Weight: 3.2 oz MSRP: $90 Lumens: 20-220 The first thing I noticed when I took the Ledlenser SEO 7R out of the box was how light it was. And while running, the beam did not bob up and down, nor the fit was secure, required no mid-run adjustment. With it maxed at … Continue reading "First Look: Running Headlamps from Ledlenser"
Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 Smart Outdoor Watch MSRP: $500 First Glance At first look, the PRO TREK is a good “all-arounder,” providing a variety of functions and the unique ability to download apps from Google Play and Android OS. It is immediately clear that this product is intended as a smartwatch/GPS watch hybrid. The size … Continue reading "First Look: Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 Smart Outdoor Watch"
Winter is still upon us and here at Trail Runner, we’re eyeing the new Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra to get on the snowy trails this weekend. This is our First Look at this burly winter-running accessory. Trail Crampon Ultra Made of ultra high-strength stainless steel for durability and weight reduction, the new Trail Crampon Ultra brings the Trail … Continue reading "FIRST LOOK: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra"
Even in a sport as simple as running, it’s easy to get carried away with gear. Yet one of the most vital pieces of running gear is, likely, the cheapest: socks. Socks may be one of the least-visible pieces of your running kit, and as a result they are often overlooked. But anyone who has … Continue reading "The Lowdown on Running Socks"
On a late July afternoon in 2016, I scrambled down the summit ridge of Pyramid Peak (14,026 feet) in Colorado’s Maroon Bells Wilderness, listening to the tink tink of a mountain goat picking its way through the talus above. Suddenly, the sound of rockfall stopped me in my tracks. I pressed my back against a … Continue reading "3 Backcountry Satellite Safety Devices"
Earlier this spring, Suunto launched its first wrist-based, heart-rate-tracking device, the Spartan Sport Wrist HR. The device packs a dizzying array of sport-specific features into a (relatively) sleek package. In addition to cycling, swimming, obstacle-course racing, ski touring, yoga, kayaking and climbing, the Spartan Sport tracks three different categories of running: trail running, treadmill running … Continue reading "Gear Review: Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR"
Runners who tend to disdain handheld water bottles may appreciate this new lightweight flexible option from Osprey. Unlike traditional hard-bottle handhelds, which position the hand in a gripping position, the Duro handheld straps around the wrist, making for a truly hands-free fit (so much so that we were able to type out this sentence while wearing … Continue reading "Gear Review: Osprey Duro Handheld"