1—Ultimate Direction Adventure Vesta
Not only is the style of this women-specific hydration pack a better fit for the female frame and the different pressure points we have up top, but the company’s move to collapsible water bottles is ingenious. As you drink, they slim down and all but disappear. The other upgrade is a larger pocket up front that fits an iPhone 6—easily accessible to capture the beauty of trail running.
2—Toad & Co Aerium Pullover
This ultimate post-run cover-up doubles as the perfect piece for sitting around a campfire as temperatures dip. Soft stretchy fabric combines wit a downy insulating layer to create a jacket that feels like a sleeping bag for your torso. Central to Toad & Co’s mission is creating services and support for adults with disabilities. They have donated a portion of the profits from every item sold to this cause since 1997; in 2016, the company doubled down by providing 1,000 disabled adults canoe trips to lovely spots including San Francisco Bay, Chicago’s Lake George and Detroit’s River Raisin in celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.
3—Oakley EVZero Path With Prizm Trail
Protecting your peepers is key when it comes to having a grand running adventure. You need shatter-resistant lenses and frames that stay put without causing a headache. Oakley delivers on those fronts and has upped the game with its new Prizm Trail technology. This pair’s lenses maintain contrast in a wide range of light conditions (think sun to shade to dappled light) for improved depth perception and detail recognition. For runners and adventurers on the go, this means seamless and crystal-clear visual feedback wherever the trail takes you.
4—Smartwool PhD Seamless Strappy and Boy Short
A set of woolen underwear may seem appropriate only for masochists or Vikings—but in fact, it’s a secret weapon of the outdoor-savvy. Merino wool wicks sweat and regulates temperature better than just about any synthetic fabric. This kit works just as well on the run as it does on a multi-day backpacking trip. Bonus: Natural antibacterial properties ward off odor.
$60 and $40, smartwool.com
5—On Running Cloudventure
One of the fastest-growing brands in the athletic shoe world, On Running recently expanded into off-road styles. The company’s signature sole design features little “clouds” (pockets that contract and snap back upon ground contact). Our editors were skeptical of the holes’ ability to survive rocky terrain without collecting rocks, but the addition of trail lugs prevented any little guys from sneaking in there.