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Handy Little Things for Trail Runners

Off-road running is hard. These five smartly designed gear items make it easier.

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Sometimes it’s the little things than can make a big difference in your enjoyment level on the trail. These five items pack a big punch when it comes to providing comfort and convenience, from keeping skin-irritating sticks and pebbles out of your shoes, to carrying your phone comfortably and securely (and sometimes, secretly! See the Rabbit Utilibra-Vo below.)

Silver Phoozy Apollo II Thermal phone case

Phoozy Apollo II Upgraded Thermal Phone Case | $34.99

It’s a fact: Nature is pretty, and trail runners like to take photos when they run. Winter running means drained phone batteries due to cold, and drained batteries lead to dead phones. Aside from not being able to take pictures, not having a working phone can be a safety hazard. The Phoozy Apollo Thermal Phone case keeps phones insulated to extend battery life up to three times. The case also protects from summer heat, and pads your phone from hard falls… like on granite slabs during mountain runs.

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Grey Outdoor Research Ferrosi Thru Gaiters

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Thru Gaiters | $39

If you run in terrain where debris gets in between your shoes and socks, or worse, into your socks, then arming yourself with a pair of lightweight gaiters can be a game-changer. The Ferrosi Thru Gaiters are simple and lightweight, slipping easily over shoes. They stay put via a durable underfoot strap and hook that attaches to your laces, and a cinch cord at the top opening ensures a secure fit. The water-resistant, quick-drying and breathable material makes them extra-adventure-ready.

Blue Rabbit Utilibra-vo sports bra

Rabbit Utilibra-Vo | $50

This sports bra has a secret: A pocket at the center mid-back that holds a cell phone comfortably and securely, allowing you to leave the waistpack or handheld at home. The Lycra/spandex-blend bra has a higher cut in the front and wider-than-normal shoulder straps, providing ample coverage.

Assorted first aid kit items

Adventure Medical Kit .3 | $8.99

Tossing this super-lightweight (2.3 ounces), pre-packed medical kit into a running pack makes being prepared a no-brainer, especially for longer runs in remote locations. The waterproof bag reseals after use, and the kit includes supplies for things like blister-treatment, tick removal, allergic reactions, wound-treatment and more.

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Red Nathan ExoShot handheld water bottle

Nathan ExoShot 2.0 14oz. Handheld | $34.99

When you don’t want to carry a pack but need fluids, a simple handheld like the ExoShot 2.0 does the trick. The benefit of a soft flask is that once it’s empty, it feels like nothing in your hand or can be easily shoved into a pocket (unlike a plastic bottle). Bonus: It has a small pocket that stashes a key or other small items.

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