best trail running gear

Today I tell you about how to invest smartly when buying mountaineering gear. Choosing one type or another of equipment can become expensive, which will make you put your hand deep in your pocket or under the mattress.

First of all I must admit that I have a theory: you can run on the mountain with what you already have in the house but that does not mean it will be the most pleasant experience.

When I run I like to feel comfortable and that I cannot be taken by surprise by nature. I take my equipment suitable and appropriate to the weather conditions.

So, not to complain when I get wet and it gets cold. That I am a delicate. Of course you can run through the mud with asphalt equipment but the experience is much more fun with equipment designed for mountain running.

In addition to the clear difference in the construction of the sneakers, mountain running also requires other specific pieces of equipment.

The questions to ask when looking for the right equipment are:

How can I run that distance (21km / 42km) on my own? What options do I have for my food and water? How do I protect myself from the unpredictable?

I made a list of 11 pieces of mountain running equipment to add to your trail-macho wardrobe.

The good news is that most of the equipment has a secondary purpose. You can use it for running on asphalt, hiking and other sports.


Mountain running is the perfect example of eating on the run and running to eat. If you still carry a backpack with you, why not have everything you need to satisfy your cravings? Take with you easily digestible foods and easy to chew.

Avoid sticks that chew hard. They will make your breath harder and you will feel suffocated.

TEST! That’s the key word before you take part in a competition. The food should be tested at training, at the long runs you have in the training plan for the respective contest.

The closer they are to their natural state, the better the food will make you.


– The piece of equipment for mountain running that is missing from many backpacks

It depends a lot on your spirit of adventure and how far you want to venture. The medical kit is necessary in the equipment for the mountain run, you just put in it only the basic things. Some leucoplast, wipes, gauze, sunscreen, lip balm are always useful. Here you can also add the survival foil you can use in extreme conditions to warm yourself up or make a shelter.


Give up the old cotton bandana and choose a technical fabric buff. Can be used as headband, cap, face cover. It protects you from the sun, sweating, wind, cold. It’s a very versatile piece of mountain running gear.

Choose a model that will stand out to you. Be bold in your choice!

Trekking polls.

Mountain running with sticks is highly dependent on your terrain and technique. For contests with low level difference (eg Semimaraton Intersport) are only extra weight. But if you have to deal with a “monster” race where you climb the altitude of an Everest, the sticks can help you keep your balance on the descents and can also propel you up, using the power of your arms. It’s a piece of mountain running gear that I think is quite optional.

Because if you don’t have the right technique, I don’t recommend using them. You will feel more confused. The trekking sticks are slightly different from the ski ones but not very different. There are fixed sticks and folding sticks. With removable socket and normal socket.

Test before taking them on the run and see if they are comfortable with or without them.

Running socks

Running Socks (or without compression) are a part of mountain running equipment that will surely increase your comfort and prevent your bladder. They will protect you when your mud / sand gets into adidas.

And believe me you will have plenty. I recommend dark-colored wool and merino socks.


Did you know that the main reason for abandoning an ultramarathon is bleachers?

Mud, sand, snow are some of the main factors that can cause this and get you out of the race. Therefore, at an ultra I think that gaiters are mandatory as part of mountain running equipment.

Choose a model that suits you best. The little ones are good so you don’t overheat on a hot day.


The human body has 3 priority functions.

Thermogenesis – that is, the regulation of a constant temperature, relative to the external environment; Hydration – keeping a high osmolarity of the blood; Food – the supply of nutrients to the organs for energy supply;

These functions are interconnected. If function no. 1 will not work either functions 2 and 3.

Here is a key decision. Try to have a backpack with many pockets to give you the opportunity to have everything at hand (eg food, cans).

I personally prefer camelback hydration backpacks in my mountain running gear. This type of backpack gives me the opportunity to access the water can very quickly (but not to be placed in front, as it seems to me as a balancer).


I recommend it only when the running distances are shorter, the route is very well known and you will return from where you left in maximum 2 hours. You can only get one can to attach to a treadmill.

But be careful, you can easily be caught on the mountain by surprise.


Even in the hot weather, the mountain can be so bad that you need gloves.

It helps you to get a better grip on cold rocks, and maintain your body heat. 40% of body heat is lost through the extremities. If you have gloves, a hat, good quality socks you can get rid of the cold and even frost.

Rain jacket

Weather conditions can change instantly in the mountains. From here and the saying “You are changing as the weather”.

However, there is still a saying “There is no bad weather but bad equipment”. The wind and rain jacket is a mandatory piece of equipment at almost all mountain running competitions. Choose a waterproof one, in which the skin can breathe and which blocks the wind. The hood should be a kind of bonus.

trail running shoes

Oh, God, how much can we debate on this topic! I tell you from experience that there are no perfect sneakers. But you can adapt the sneakers according to your needs and the nature of the existing terrain. For example, there are very running competitions with 0 technical sections. And contests with almost 0 runs and extraordinarily many technical sections.

For technical contests you need very reactive sneakers. Which allows you to walk very fast, change your center of gravity from one leg to another very quickly. I recommend something with a low sole but still with some cushioning. Salomon S-lab are matched, Mutant and Bushido from La Sportiva.

The sole depends a lot on the nature of the terrain. On the muddy and snowy terrain choose something with greater grip and on the running terrain, choose something that gives you more protection (soft sole).

All pairs. Yes all. Choose them with a larger number. That way you will avoid blackening your nails.