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Gifts For Trail Runners in 2019: Shoes, GPS, Accessories, Nutrition & More

Here’s our ever-evolving list of best gifts for trail runners. Keep checking back as we regularly update this page.

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Trail Running Shoes

Nike Air Zoom Peghasus 36 Trail

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My current favorite all-round trail shoe, the Nike Pegasus 36 Trail is a high-performance trail running shoe that’s so comfortable it feels like a road runnincg shoe. The Pegasus 36 Trail could actually be labeled as a road/trail hybrid, or a door-to-trail running shoe because quite honestly it performs very well on both surfaces. Contributing to the comfort is the Nike Air Zoom cushioned midsole that provides plenty of protection from sharp rocks too. The Pegasus 36 Trail is also very lightweight at 9.17oz (260g) for size US (M) 9, breathable, responsive, and grippy.

There are two other trail running shoes in the Nike Trail collection, both of which I have compared to the Pegasus 36 Trail in this post here: Nike Trail Running Shoes Compared in 2019: Which Are Best?

Drop: 10mm / Weight: 9.17oz (260g) / Support Type: Neutral.

FULL REVIEW: Nike Pegasus 36 Trail Review 2019

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La Sportiva Bushido 2

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My current favorite trail running shoe, the La Sportiva Bushido 2 is for those looking for a high performing trail shoe with the combination of responsiveness, stability and comfort with excellent protection and impressive traction.

They provide enhanced cushioning while also providing the user with a stable, lightweight, sticky and aggressive outsole. The performance and protection on technical terrain, is impressive, to say the least, I’m going to be running in these a lot!

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La Sportiva Bushido 2 Reviews

La Sportiva Bushido 2 – 2019 Full Review


ON Cloudventure Peak 2019 – (2ND EDITION)

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The On Cloudventure Peak is a trail running shoe, designed for moving fast in the Mountains whether you’re racing or just love running up hills. The Cloudventure Peak is also our favorite On trail running shoe. On has added some significant new design features to their 2nd Generation Cloudventure Peak! The new Missiongrip outsole has been improved in terms of ‘trail-feel’, cushioning, grip and durability, all the while maintaining the same lightweight of 260g. The breathable ripstop upper mesh is still there, albeit redesigned but still weighing next to nothing.

Men’s    Women’s

On Cloudventure Peak Reviews

On Cloudventure Peak 2019 Review (2nd Edition)

RELATED POST:  On Running Shoes Ranked in 2019: Which Are Best For You?

Interested in learning more about the ON Running brand? We have the largest collection of in-depth and professional On running shoe reviews on the web.


Brooks Cascadia 13

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For all types of trail: The Brooks Cascadia 13 are especially comfortable on hard packed rocky trails but will perform across many trail types. I find myself pushing harder on the downhill sections due to the extra cushioning, which makes such a difference. Finishing a run with feet feeling fresh is such an important motivational factor in getting yourself back out there regularly and actually wanting to put more miles in. I find the Cascadia 13’s also perform well on road sections, very handy when it’s hard to completely avoid roads during a run, especially when you have to run to the trailhead.

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Brooks Cascadia 13 Reviews

Brooks Cascadia 13 Men’s Review / Brooks Cascadia 13 Women’s Review


ON Cloudventure Waterproof (New Edition)

On Cloudventure Waterproof best on running shoes web wideThe new On Cloudventure Waterproof trail shoes look so badass and offer excellent cushioning while thrashing the trails. When wearing these I was able to storm down the hills much faster than usual on harder terrain. Don’t let winter stop you running.

Men’s    Women’s

On Cloudventure Waterproof Review

RELATED POST:  On Running Shoes Ranked in 2019: Which Are Best For You?


Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit

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For barefoot running: The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit is a very innovative shoe. It’s lightweight, minimal, zero-drop and with the upper being made from a knitted material means it literally fits and feels like a glove. It also has a very impressive Vibram outsole which provides excellent grip!

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Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit Reviews

Merrell Trail Glove 4 Knit Review / The Freedom of Barefoot Running: How-To Guide


For a detailed list of our most highly rated trail running shoes what every situation, check out this post: Best Trail Running Shoes of 2019 – It is regularly updated!


 

GPS Running Watches

COROS APEX Premium GPS Multisport Watch

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Coros is a lesser-known brand that is beginning to make some serious waves in the Ultrarunning scene with the Coros Apex GPS Watch in particular. The Coros pro athletes list is impressive, to say the least, including runners such as Dom Grossman, Sally McRae, Timothy Olson, Cody Reed, Hayden Hawks, Camille Herron, Tim Tollefson, Adam Campbell, Paula Findlay, Magda Boulet, Jordi Gamito and Hillary Allen.

COROS APEX Premium GPS Multisport Watch front 2 healthy fathers day gifts Trail and KaleThe Coros APEX is designed for athletes who want to train harder, safer and more efficiently. We don’t want you getting injured by training too much, so a watch like this will keep an eye on you to make sure you’re training smart! A comprehensive algorithm accurately measures your heart rate along with other fitness data points. The software can then precisely predict your stamina level, aerobic/anaerobic training effects and recovery time. You can structure a complete workout specifically geared towards your fitness level and training needs.

Once you’ve finished your workout, the Coros app gives you a complete graphical analysis of your training that includes: VO2 max, recovery advisor, threshold pace, last-7 days training load, personal fitness index and much more. Additionally, you can connect to your favorite third-party applications such as STRAVA or TrainingPeaks and automatically upload your workouts.

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Garmin Forerunner® 945

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The Garmin Forerunner® 945 features an incredible battery life of up to 60 hours in UltraTrac™ mode which any ultrarunner will find impressive. Garmin also includes new incident detection (during select activities) and assistance which sends your real-time location to emergency contacts if necessary, this safety feature will be a huge selling point for many runners who worry about safety while out running.

The Forerunner 945 has an on-wrist heart rate monitor and more performance monitoring features including VO2 max and training status with adjustments for heat, altitude acclimation status, training load focus, recovery time, and aerobic and anaerobic training effects.

The navigation features are excellent, featuring high resolution, color TOPO maps featuring trend line popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths. Garmin clearly dominates when it comes to navigation features. It’s so easy to set up a course/route and then send it to the watch, ready for following during your run. Then when the route is displayed back to you on the watch, the detail is incredible. I love to explore new routes/trails, so being able to see the trails lines on the watch map that you shouldn’t take, makes it so much easier to see the ones you should, hence reducing the chances of getting lost.

Other features include:

  • Barometric Altimeter for accurate altitude/elevation tracking and weather tracking.
  • Water resistant to 50m (5 ATM)
  • Swim, Bike, Triathlon Features
  • Music
  • Garmin Connect software is very informative when displaying back your data, and it’s easy to use.

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Suunto 9 Baro

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With up to 120 hours of continuous tracking, the Suunto 9 Baro GPS watch is built to last, so if you’re an ultra runner who is constantly looking the the next BIG adventure, this is the watch for you. It’s been tested to withstand extreme conditions, so you can boldly pursue your goals.

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Clothing

On Weather Jacket

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The On Weather Jacket is waterproof and resists the wind well and has smart vent slits to keep the jacket breathable and prevent you from over heating.

I love that the Weather Jacket packs down into its own pocket because I can then store it in my race vest while out on a run should the weather quickly change for the better.

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On Weather Jacket Reviews

On Weather Jacket Men’s Review / On Weather Jacket Women’s Review


Janji

Janji bolivia mens 5 Middle ShortIf you’re after running apparel that’s a little different to the ‘big brands’, you have to check out Janji! Their latest range is called the Bolivia Collection and the designs are awesome!

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Janji Bolivia Men’s Apparel Review / Janji Uganda Men’s Apparel ReviewJanji Uganda Women’s Apparel Review

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Accessories

Trail & Kale Trucker Hat

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Trucker hats are all the rage on the trails nowadays.

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This is why we designed our subtle yet distinctive “Stealth Edition” Trucker hat. You can buy it in any colour, as long as it’s black (and very stealthy). It features the Trail & Kale Mountain logo embroidered in a grey/silver colour on the front. Trucker hats are great for keeping rain, sun and sweat out of your eyes and face and also look damn cool. If you’re after a more technical running hat instead, see our technical running cap gear guide.

Our Classic Trucker is also available and comes in 4 colour combinations and all products in our Online Store ship worldwide!

Price: $26.99

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Trail & Kale Classic Trail Running Trucker Hat Review


RELATED: Best Running Hats 2019: Top 5 Technical Caps for Trail & Ultrarunners


Buff headwear

buff headwearThese are so versatile and don’t break the bank. I’ve worn mine as a hat, wristband, headband, neck-gaiter and hair-bobble so far, and often use Buffs as flannels for my head/neck on a hot run. Plus I always have one with me when I go skiing. If I’m not wearing one on a run, I carry it in my running pack in case I need it for any other reason, including as a tourniquet (in that case – hopefully never!).
They’re available in hundreds of designs, from plain colours (including black) to some very jazzy numbers!

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Buff With UV Protection Review


Jaybird VISTA True Wireless Headphones

jaybird vista product image best true wireless headphones trail and kaleThere’s a reason you won’t see many true wireless headphones on this list because up until now most would come with drawbacks including connectivity issues, excessive weight, and short battery life. This has all changed with the release of the Jaybird VISTA true wireless headphones, which I have had the pleasure of early release testing. Jaybird VISTA wireless headphones have an extended battery life of 32 hours, are IPX7 waterproof, sweat-proof, crush-proof, and are the lightest, most comfortable true wireless headphones we have ever tested.

Jaybird VISTA has other unique design features that improve their usability far beyond the RUN XT, (their last true wireless earbuds) which I talk in detail about in my full Jaybird VISTA review.

The Jaybird VISTA now sits in the number 1 spot of our best wireless headphones for running, and ultrarunning list. I have also given them an Editor’s Choice Award.

FULL REVIEW: Jaybird VISTA Review 2019: Editor’s Choice Award Winner


 

Salomon Soft Flask 500ml

Salomon Soft Flask 500ml

Running with a soft flask is so great because as you drink the fluid, the flask collapses unlike a solid bottle that stays the same size. This is good for two reasons, 1.) the flask gets more portable and stashable the more you drink, and 2.) you wont get that annoying water sloshing sound that you get with solid bottles when they not 100% full. They fit in most race vests but can also just be taken on their own as a hydration solution during a run.

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Rokform Crystal Case – Phone Protector

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We are absolutely loving the Rokform Crystal Case, and I think you will too. First off, if you’re an active person, you probably already know it’s important to have a protective case on your phone. I for one am always on the move and pulling out my phone to take pictures or make/receive calls, it only takes one accidental drop and you’ve got a hefty expense for repair or replacement on your hands.

While this case is super protective, it also has a very slim and lightweight design, which means it fits easily into most pockets. If you like to run then you’ll want a slim case so it fits in most pockets and won’t weigh you down.

Rokform Super Grip Vent Mount healthy fathers day gifts Trail and KaleIn addition to effortlessly slipping into and out of your pocket, the Crystal Case will grip any magnetic surface! Until I got this case I didn’t realize how many uses a magnetic phone case could have. For example, use your phone as a non-obtrusive GPS navigation device in your car with the Super grip phone vent mount, or stick your device to the fridge and use it as a recipe book in the kitchen.

As the only company to provide high-quality, functional and very affordable protective phone cases, we have chosen Rokform as our phone-protector partners!

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LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

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When it comes to water purification and the odor-neutralization process, the LARQ bottle does everything it claims to be able to do. The bottle’s build quality is exceptional and has been designed beautifully. The LARQ Bottle is a purifying water bottle for those who want something a little different from all the other insulated water bottles on the market.

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Yes, it’s more expensive than standard water bottles, but those bottles don’t offer the convenience and benefit of being able to fill up from almost anywhere and know your water will be pure and 99.9999% bacteria free once you’ve run a quick purifying cycle.

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LARQ Bottle 2019 – Full Review


Hydro Flask Coffee Mug

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The Hydro Flask Coffee Mug is an excellent gift for when you or a friend is not actually out running. At least drinking your morning coffee out of this outdoorsy mug will take your mind to the trails.

We both really enjoy drinking our morning coffee out of the Hydro Flask Coffee Mug. Our coffee stays hotter for much longer, we can pop the insulated lid on if we need to take it on the move and the colors are fun! We also like the smooth plastic feel and the fact that the outside of the mug never gets too hot to hold. Did I mention it’s pretty much unbreakable too, unlike a standard ceramic mug? We recommend this one as the perfect gift to any outdoors lover!

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Running Socks

On Running Socks

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Each of the 3 different length On Running socks serves a purpose and I think your final decision should be down to personal choice. My favorite out of all of them was the Mid Sock for its versatility, color options and heel padding that sat in just the right place to protect my achilles from blisters while running.

It’s fair to say that based on my experience, On have nailed the art of producing an excellent running sock. Price starts at $17.99.

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Stance

If you want to give a traditional gift, but with a twist – we suggest a pair of trail running socks! Good running socks are never cheap, so it’s nice to receive a fresh new pair that you’ll get to wear and love over miles and miles. Socks are one of the best gifts for trail runners because we ‘run’ through them so quickly, what with all the dirt and grit we endure.

We love Stance running socks because they have SO many fun designs to choose from and they are super comfy for wearing on trail or road runs. We particularly like the tab style which just show a nice little reflective tab at the back.

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Darn Tough

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We have also just recently discovered a brand called Darn Tough. They sent us some of their Vertex Ultra-Light socks to test and review, I personally loved them!

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Rockay Accelerate

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Compression, cushioning, temperature regulation and anti-chaffing are the key selling points to the Rockay Accelerate running socks. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced sock that has all this and also good support from compression, look no further and give these a go.

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Running Poles

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z

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If you or someone you know is about to run a mountain marathon then you need to seriously consider getting some lightweight trail running poles to take with you. The poles we love are Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles Being built with Carbon, they are very lightweight and they are also designed to fold up nice and small, important if you need to place them back in your race vest while not in use. I won’t bother listing any other poles in this gift list as these come out top every time.


RELATED: 5 Best Trail Running Poles in 2019 (So Far): For Ultrarunning & Hiking too!


Need a little advice on using poles while trail running, including advantages and disadvantages, have a read of this informative article:Trail Running With Poles: Benefits, Disadvantages And Advice.

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Race Vests

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0

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For Women: Helen loves running in her Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4 and for good reason, this race vest packs in so much! There are many storage compartments located in easy to grab areas, it fits the female form very well, is super lightweight and looks beautiful!

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Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set Pack

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For men: We highly rate the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set PackI choose to wear this pack for racing with! The fit and function is absolutely brilliant!

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Headlamps

Petzl Reactik + Headlamp

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The Petzl Reactik + automatically adapts light intensity to the needs of the user. and with 300 lumens of power, the REACTIK + offers outdoor enthusiasts a compact, intelligent, connected, rechargeable solution.


RELATED: 5 Best Headlamps for Trail Running & Ultrarunning in 2019 (So Far)


I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this head torch to anyone (trail runner or otherwise) who wants a reliable, comfortable and high-quality torch for their nocturnal adventures.

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Petzl Reactik + Headtorch Review

 

Sunglasses for Running

ROKA Phantom Ti Aviators

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The ROKA Phantom Ti sunglasses are a true work of art, built to the highest standard of quality. Then there’s ROKA’s GEKO fit and retention system, which holds the glasses in place, even during the most intense workouts. This is an excellent feature-set that helps these ultra-lightweight Aviators stand out from their competition. I really haven’t encountered any sunglasses that are this light before, and that’s another differentiator for ROKA. The Phantom Ti are unrivalled in quality, design and function and so it’s not surprising that they’re also quite pricey.

If money is no object and you want the best sports sunglasses for running, cycling or triathlon, then the Phantom Ti is a solid choice that you won’t regret. While they may seem expensive to have just as running sunglasses, they are also great as lifestyle sunglasses, meaning you won’t need to buy two pairs, one for sports and one for everyday use.

Price: $275 at roka.com

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Sunski Sunglasses

Sunski Sunglasses for Running Review manresaAll Sunski lenses are polarised, the frames are made from recycled plastic, they’re lightweight, look great and have a price tag that definitely won’t break the bank!

Sunski also donates 1% of all sales to environmental non-profits, so their company ethos is very well aligned with our own. We love that!

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Recovery Tools

Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller

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Who wouldn’t want an instrument of pain as a gift?! But in all seriousness, foam rollers are an excellent way to speed up recovery times after a run. The GRID foam roller is for anybody who wants to move better. Use the GRID for a self-massage and roll through the tight muscles, knots and kinks that prevent feeling good and moving well. The three dimensional surface has a variety of widths to replicate the feeling of a massage therapist’s hands.

Then there are massage balls The great thing about the massage ball is its tiny size, which means you can take it with you on those longer hiking and running adventures. Massage Balls can target all sorts of isolated muscle areas due to their small size.

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Trigger Point Grid VIBE Plus Foam Roller

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If you’re looking to take your foam rolling to the next level, the Grid Vibe Plus vibrating foam roller helps provide pain relief, increased relaxation, and faster recovery. Its cordless, rechargeable design features high-density EVA foam specifically in a compact, portable size for targeted relief.

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Wiivv Custom Fit Sandals

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Wiivv sandals are very much a premium sandal with the added benefit of providing a perfect fit as they’re tailored to your feet. The Wiivv app takes the hassle out of going to a store to get yourself fitted because you can do it from the comfort of your own house, as long as you have a piece of standard printing paper to hand. Why are they in this list? Well, because they make excellent recovery sandals after a long training run or ultra marathon!

The in-app measuring process has been well thought out and the app designed in a way that leaves no room for ambiguity so that anyone can do it in a few minutes without having to scratch their head.

The build quality is excellent and so I imagine durability will be too. High-quality construction and custom fit comfort, are just two reasons why these sandals are worth the $129 price tag.

Price: $129 at wiivv.com

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Running Nutrition

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel

tailwind nutrition endurance fuelWhy not try out a new fuel for those long runs. We love using the unflavored Tailwind Nutrition, but there are so many other flavors available, we haven’t tried them all yet! We buy the stick bundles as they store easily in your race vest. Each pack offers two servings which makes 12 sticks for $30 a very good deal!

Price: $30 / 12 Stick Bundle – free shipping available from tailwindnutrition.com

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Tailwind Nutrition Recovery Drinks

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Repairing muscles after an intense workout is something that many runners overlook. If you can recover faster then you’ll be able to get back out there putting in smart miles that actually count, rather than running on tired ‘always recovering’ legs. We don’t use this after every run, just the really intense ones like ‘speedwork’, ‘hill repeats’ or ‘long runs’. Rebuild recovery powder comes in ‘single serve’ stick packs or in 32 oz packs for $38.99 which provide 15 servings, a great way to reduce packaging waste. The ‘single serve’ sticks are a convenient way of taking your recovery drink to work or the gym, and at $3 a stick isn’t too expensive.

We especially like the taste of the Vanilla flavor but I wouldn’t say no to chocolate! 🙂

Price: $38.99 / 32 oz pack

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VITL DNA Test

VITL DNA TEST KIT

VITL offers health adviceblood and DNA tests designed to help you understand how your DNA influences your body’s response to environmental factors like diet or lifestyle. I was excited to take the simple VITL DNA test to learn more about my genetic traits and how I could use this information to improve my nutrition and training approach.

The results of my VITL DNA test have certainly given me some food for thought. I’m considering what changes I can make in my diet to make sure I am getting enough of the right nutrients, as well as rethinking my training approach to tap into that body fat as an endurance energy source.

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Strength Training Equipment

Dumbbells

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These rubber hex dumbbells are great quality, and won’t roll. I like the 3kg and 4kg weights for upper body strength and conditioning workouts, or mixed in with fuller body movements such as squats, lunges etc. They also make great doorstops when not in use 🙂

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Bosu Balance Trainer

bosu nexgen pro balance trainerThe use of a balance trainer is something that I feel is largely overlooked when it comes to cross-training for runners. I’m sure you have heard it before but let me say it again, strength training is so important when it comes to becoming a stronger runner.

So what happens when you make it fun by adding the added challenge of being required to engage your brain to focus on keeping your balance. Well, suddenly you’re motivated to increase your strength to improve your balance and reduce that “wobble”.

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Flowin Pro Friction Trainer

flowin proFriction training is low impact as you’re encouraged to keep your feet, or arms (depending on the exercise) connected to the board via the friction pads and it’s high intensity as you can push yourself as hard as you like. You’re also using your own body weight and muscle power to initiate movements and will notice the added challenge of horizontal friction between the board and the pads.

The friction is where the real fun comes in. This all means that your body-weight to power ratio is of a natural balance. You should notice this when transitioning your friction training over to running on the trails.

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Photography + Video

If you’re familiar with our Instagram Feed then you already know that trail running takes us to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Being a photographer myself and a creative person at heart, I can’t help but stop and takes pictures during a run in the mountains or on the trails. This outstanding natural beauty deserves to be captured with camera gear that will do it justice.

Here’s my list of top photography and video equipment that’s small enough to take running with you; if you want your Instagram photos to go viral, this is a great place to start. #trailandkale

GoPro Hero7 Black

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The GoPro is a fantastic camera for video and also photos. It’s very small which means you can take it everywhere with you and it’s rugged and waterproof so you won’t need to worry about breaking it while out running. It shoots in 4K at 60fps, nice for getting those high-quality slow-motion running videos and I love that you can send video live to your Facebook page too, how cool is that!! There’s also a built-in stabilizer, which does a fantastic job of creating smooth (non-jerky) footage while running. Check out the full list of features at gopro.com.

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Trail & Kale running videos filmed with GoPro Hero Black and Karma Grip


GoPro Karma Grip Stabilizer

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The new GoPro Hero7 Black now has built-in stabilization but I still recommend getting the GoPro Karma Grip too compliment it because it provides an even more professional stabilized feel to the footage. Some examples of our running videos shot with the GoPro Hero Black and GoPro Karma Grip.

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Trail & Kale running videos filmed with GoPro Hero Black and Karma Grip


DJI OSMO Pocket

DJI OSMO POCKETThe DJI OSMO Pocket rolls the GoPro HERO7 and the hardware stabilisation of the GoPro Karma Grip into one, much smaller package if you can believe it. It’s tiny, and easy to take with you on your adventures. Available at the DJI Store, or on Amazon.com below.

Key features include:
  • Lightweight & Portable
  • 4K 60fps Video
  • Mechanical Stabilization
  • Intelligent Shooting
  • Expansive Accessories
  • 140-min Battery Life

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Sony Alpha a7iii

Sony Alpha a7iii camera

For photography that will blow away your followers, the SonyAlpha a7iii is currently the best in class because it’s small in size, lightweight, excellent resolution and full feature-set. It’s easy to see why when you look at the shots coming from the photographers using it: @jsaragossa / @jess.wandering / @sonyalpha / @chrisburkard and many more…

I’m not denying you need a certain level of creative talent too but if you don’t have your camera while out on your adventure, then you won’t get any photo at all. Size and weight are the biggest reasons that people don’t take their professional grade cameras on adventures or runs with them. It’s just not practical to be lugging a bulky camera with you if you want to enjoy the run too. Enter the Sony Alpha a7iii, small and light enough to put in your backpack while running, and high enough quality for professional grade photography.

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DJI Spark

DJI spark drone

Looking to take to the skies for a completely new perspective on capturing your trail moments? I was and so I bought myself the DJI Mavic Pro drone. Unfortunately, the DJI Spark didn’t exist at that time but if it did then I may have bought that one instead. The reason is size, it’s tiny an can literally be put in your pocket. In reality, though, you would place it in your race vest during a run for easy storage and quick access.

Sky’s the limit when it comes to getting creative with the DJI Spark, think ‘follow tracking’ aerial shots of you running in the most epic of places or maybe a photo from above of you on your favourite mountaintop? Please use your drone responsibly and comply with all airspace and UAV drone regulations in your region.

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See below for a short video I made of us getting creative with our drone 🙂

Books

If you love books like we do, you should definitely check out our personal list of what we consider to be The Best Running Books for Adventure Lovers too… OK, so let’s finish this gift list with these running books that are packed full of adventure, inspiration and motivation.

Grand Trail: A Magnificent Journey to the Heart of Ultrarunning and Racing

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Grand Trail shares the stunning beauty and raw emotions of ultrarunning, paying tribute to the passion and splendor of the sport and lifestyle. Filled with powerful photographs and intimate stories, Grand Trail portrays ultramarathon champions and their extraordinary world.

Grand Trail features the icons of ultrarunning―people, places, and races―in spectacular color and black-and-white photography by Alexis Berg. Exploring iconic courses like Western States, Hardrock, Marathon des Sables alongside personal portraits of heroes like Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg, and Scott Jurek, Grand Trail is as inspiring as it is beautiful.

In its pages, Grand Trail shares the indescribable feelings that spring from running free in a wild place, alone in thought or sharing the miles with another of the tribe. The simple beauty of the task. Stunning views of the world’s most beautiful trails. Faces lined with exhaustion in gritty aid stations. The unguarded gaze of a spent runner who half hears the...

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

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In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to "take that next step."

"UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days", a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean’s incredible step-by-step journey across the country.

Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles-the equivalent of ten marathons-without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of "what it feels like to be truly alive," says Sam Fussell, author of Muscle.
Ultramarathon Man answers...

Finding Gobi

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New York Times Bestseller List

“Leonard and Gobi’s story represents the power of people working together and the profound depth of feeling possible between a man and his dog.”--Publishers Weekly

A man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well.  Whereas in the past these races were all about winning and being the best, his goal...

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.
An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
 
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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Hey, I'm Alastair. 5 years ago I started Trail & Kale as a way to share the mental & physical benefits that trail running and nature had given me. Since then Trail & Kale has grown to become a thriving blog and community that inspires people to trail run, hike, adventure more, and live a healthy plant-based lifestyle.

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