The Trail Running Essentials of 2016
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The North Face Runners Hat
Trucker hats block sun and look rad. The North Face took it a step further, adding a mesh sweatband around the rim to keep sunscreen out of your eyes.
Nathan ExoShot Bottle
By pairing a soft flask with an internal spine, Nathan made a 12-ounce bottle that doesn’t feel like a jellyfish. The insulated sleeve adds grip and has a pocket big enough to hold a Patagonia Provisions bar (below).
Hilly Twin Skin Anklet Socks
The wrong socks can destroy a run. These anklets have two layers of fabric—an outer cotton-poly blend and an inner liner—that rub against each other instead of your skin.
The North Face Better Than Naked Tank
Constructed from a quick-drying poly knit with few seams, this top is, to quote Ned Flanders, like wearing nothing at all.
Altra Performance Shirt
Mesh panels along the shoulders and upper back allow the shirt to breathe nearly as well as a tank, though more modestly.
Patagonia Provisions Fruit and Almond Bars
Made from organic ingredients, Patagonia’s bars are moist yet crunchy, and they’re the perfect size for a pit stop.
Price $24 for 12
Smartwool PhD Shorts
The liner inside the five-inch PhDs is made from a silky, odor-resistant merino blend, which goes a long way toward preventing swamp crotch and chafing. (But you should still wash them.)
Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp
This is the smartest piece of running gear we own: it adjusts the beam’s brightness depending on light conditions (though it’s fooled by oncoming headlights). The body is a hair bulky, but the dual straps in back keep everything stable and secure.