Running is one sports activity that you initially really need very little. Running shoes, athletic pants or tights, and a shirt – and off you go. For trail running though the demands on the gear are a bit tougher. Aside from special trail running shoes, you should also consider appropriate technical apparel. With the proper trail running apparel, you don’t automatically run faster, but you will in any case by significantly more comfortable and relaxed – and safer too. Ultimately, you are indeed in the mountains when running, exposed to wind and weather, and at altitude it can quickly get cold.
For running apparel for trail runners, performance and function are the focus in first order. Sports apparel must perform in the mountains and on trail runs – particularly if you are covering longer distances. Uphill, you quickly get sweaty, thus breathability and good moisture moisture management are a must. At the same time, you can’t let yourself get chilled and you should always be equipped for turns in the weather. Essential of course is also comfort. Trail running apparel must be comfortable, cannot chafe, and should feel nice next to your skin.
To be fast on the trail weight is also key: With lightweight gear, running is just easier and you can keep going longer, too. In addition, apparel for trail runners should take into consideration poor visibility conditions. Most jackets and pants or tights offer reflectivity so runners can still be seen at twilight or in fog.
Of course, there are many pieces of apparel that are practical for trail running. In any case what is necessary is:
// Weather protective jacket
// Running pants or tights
// Performance shirt
We’ll take a look at which fabric and which features you need to consider in these products for trail running.