Talking "trail running" conjures up images of far off places, empty spaces, and a heap of effort and resources just to get to the trailhead. Not a regular reality for most, but a super soul recharger when one can manage a trip into the outer wilds.
Luckily, trail running can be closer to home, if we step outside our normal out-and-back road running routes. Like rumbling down a well-worn footpath in a local park or preservation area. Or just running the dirt or gravel-covered path alongside the paved ones in your neighborhood. (It ain't Broken Arrow, but you'll have a happy heart and be home for dinner.)
And when it comes to picking the best gear for all those unpaved adventures, we turn to our resident trail expert and cloud collector, Collier Lawrence.
Collier's trail kit top of choice for this #bibszn has been the Benjamina Button Short Sleeve. Lightweight Breeze Woven fabric keeps you cool while keeping the sun from beating down on your shoulders. It's a look that says business, without restricting movement like a true business suit would. "I didn't regret wearing it once during my 100K," says Collier.
Soft and comfortable compression meets Batman's toolbelt. That's O-mazing. Available in 2.5" inseam shorts all the way down to 7/8 length tights, our O-mazing styles are beloved for their supportive fit and a continuous 360° waistband great for carrying all the small things.
Trail running (and, heck, running in general) can cause some made-it-work moments when you're far from home and there's a gear issue. So gear that works with you is key. Enter the Scorset Bra. Elegant and supportive, but also rocking adjustable straps in both length and style (cross back or parallel).
Pockets, hood, wind and water resistance, stowability...if you're not a fan of waistband pockets or running with a backpack, the vest life might be for you. Plus, our Seattle Showers Vest also packs away into its own pocket for easy stowage and carrying when you don't need it. (Also, pro top: vests are great as a purse substitutes when attending sporting events.)
A good hat can do so many things on a run: shade from the sun, protection from rain, a clean seat for the ground, a place to put wild huckleberries for snacking on as you move, a tool to shoo bugs away...we could go on and on. Collier's chapeau préféré is the Blackbird Cap: comfortable, foldable, full head coverage but still lightweight.