Do you have a trail runner on your gift list this year? These are my top 10 gear items for trail runners or anyone who likes to get outside and enjoy the trails! All of these recommendations are my favorite pieces of gear that I use.
Run Fast. Eat Slow. Nourishing Recipes for Athletes Cookbook
This is my top gift pick for anyone who enjoys eating well and the benefits a whole foods diet will give you. The recipes in the cookbook are easy to prepare, pack a lot of nutrition, and are delicious!
For any run that I need to carry my own hydration, I always wear my CamelBak Dart pack. This is a very lightweight and streamlined pack, so it is comfortable to wear on the trails. There are also two larger zipper pockets, plus a small mesh pocket, to hold my keys, gels, phone, or anything else I need to bring on my run! Read my full gear review here.
The flip belt slips around your waist and stays flat no matter how much gets crammed in there! This is my go to pick for short runs where I want to bring along my phone, keys, and maybe a few gels. It does not bounce or slip out of place.
Garmin Forerunner 25
I like to keep my runs minimalist, and this includes tracking data. I don’t need more than distance and pace, and this is the perfect Garmin for the job. It does boast a lot more features than JUST distance and pace (it even tracks heart rate if you wear the HR strap), but the slim design and small watch are what I like best about it.
I have been a Hammer product fan for several years (I was even a Hammer distributor when I owned my own gym), and I still rely on their gels to power me through my longer runs and races. The ingredients are high quality, they digest easily, and the flavors are the best out there. Peanut butter, anyone?
While a Nutribullet is not something you will be taking out on the trails with you, it is a great addition to eating a healthy diet to stay in great shape for running. I love using my Nutribullet for smoothies, including lots of raw fruits and vegetables in them. I definitely notice a difference in my running performance when my diet is at it’s best!
Kijaro Travel Hammock
Who doesn’t want to stretch out after a day on the trails? There is nothing better than relaxing under a tree nestled in a hammock. These are so much fun, that I usually have to take turns with the kids! The Kijaro travel hammock is easy to set up, and it stores neatly in its own attached pouch (that doubles as a side pocket while you are chilling in the hammock).
Aeropress Coffee Maker
The Aeropress is not just the best portable coffee maker, it the the best coffee, period. I use the Aeropress coffee press every morning to press a perfect cup of brew. I’ve had my Aeropress for two years, and it’s still pressing delicious coffee! Imagine brewing a fresh cup right after a tough run on the trails!
Travelon Waterproof Phone Case
I love being able to take my phone on all of my adventures (Instagram and Snapchat anyone?), and the Travelon Waterproof Phone Case makes is safe and easy for me to do. You can still use the phone while it is in case, and there is even a flotation device should you (gasp!) drop it in the water. It also has a lanyard to keep it around your neck for safekeeping. This is a great gift idea for anyone who wants to keep their phone safe from the elements!
Ruffwear Roamer Leash
If you run with your dog, then this is a must-have item. The Ruffwear Roamer leash can be worn around the waist for a hands free leash. It has a slight bungee effect to it, so there is no jarring if NiKYO decides to change directions quickly. The material is very sturdy and holds up to washing (essential for trail running), and the clip is strong and secure. We have had our Ruffwear leash for 3 years and it is still in great condition.
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