Here’s our ever-evolving list of best year-round and seasonal gifts for trail runners and road runners. Keep checking back as we regularly update this page.
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- Running Nutrition
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Trail Running Lifestyle Spotlight Gifts
Jaybird Vista 2 Wireless Earbuds
If your gift recipient likes to listen to music while running, hiking, or working out, the Jaybird Vista 2 wireless headphones are the only way to go if no cables are important. They have an extended battery life of 24 hours, are IP68 waterproof, sweat-proof, crush-proof, and the lightest, most comfortable true wireless headphones for running that we have tested.
They also have Active Noise Canceling for more immersive sound and the ability to switch to SurroundSense mode which helps keep you safe running in busy environments by amplifying ambient sounds while listening to music. There’s even wireless charging! Jaybird Vista 2 won our Editor’s Choice award, and currently sit at the top of our best wireless headphones for running, and ultrarunning buyer’s guide. Read next: Jaybird Vista 2 Review.
Use our code ‘trailandkale‘ to GET 10% Off the new Jaybird Vista 2 at Jaybird’s online store via the link below.
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REI Gift Card
An REI Gift Card is a great gift because you won’t have to guess what your recipient would like to receive the most. You can either order a Gift Card to be delivered as a physical card, which takes up to 7 days to arrive, OR you can choose to send a digital E-Gift Card, which can be sent directly to them within hours. You can also choose how much to load the card up with, the minimum is $10.
Send an REI Gift Card and let the picky gift recipient in your life purchase that thing they’ve secretly been pining after.
While surprise gifts can be wonderful to receive, if you buy a gift from REI and it turns out to not be quite what the recipient had in mind, encourage them to say so, and switch it out for an alternative, as REI has an excellent returns policy.
Trail Running Accessories
These are our favorite and recommended trail running accessories which would make a great gift for the trail runner(s) in your life.
Mighty Vibe Music Player – Pair it with some VISTA wireless earbuds
If you (or your gift recipient) don’t like taking your phone with you on runs then the Mighty Vibe music player is a very small and lightweight way to take music from Spotify or Amazon Music for a run or workout without needing a phone. Full review: Mighty Vibe Music Player Review.
Rokform Crystal Case – Phone Protector
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. In addition to effortlessly slipping into and out of your pocket, the Crystal Case will grip any magnetic surface!
Satellite Messenger / Personal Locator Beacon
If your outdoor-loving friend or family member tends to spend time on trails and out in the backcountry, consider spoiling them with a satellite GPS device to help them plan routes, track their location, and stay in touch with you even when there’s no phone signal in their location.
As an example, read our review of the Somewear GPS messenger and locator beacon (available directly from Somewear), or visit a store such as REI which stocks a range of other GPS communicators and trackers to choose from, such as the popular Garmin InReach Explorer+. Either of these will be a big gift for those that love big adventures!
The Somewear global hotspot device costs $280 at the time of writing – hit the button below to check for any recent changes. By using our exclusive discount code TRAILKALE10 you can get 10% OFF your Somewear Satellite Communicator order.
A Headlamp for running at night – BioLite Headlamp 330 – [EDITOR’S CHOICE]
The BioLite Headlamp 330 has a really slim fit construction with 9mm front profile and is hyper-lightweight at 2.43 oz., providing a bounce-free fit and experience while running or hiking. This is the most comfortable headlamp I have ever used.
The Headlamp 330 really is excellent value for money with a 4-hour battery life on the highest setting which uses two beams, wide and focused, firing out 330 lumens of light.
The BioLite Headlamp 330 has multiple light modes too including dimmable spot, flood, spot+flood, red night vision, and strobe. Because each beam can be dimmed, you can actually run the headlamp for much longer than 4 hours but not at its brightest level. It also uses a rechargeable battery that can be charged via micro USB for convenience. Full review: Biolite HeadLamp 330 Review: The Best Value Headlamp.
FEATURED IN: Best Headlamps for Trail Running & Ultrarunning
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Recommended UK online stores for the BioLite Headlamp 330 Headlamp:
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Sunglasses for running – Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL sunglasses have made it to the top of our best running sunglasses list for good reason.
These multi-sport sunglasses offer a standard-size frame with enhanced lens coverage which increases your peripheral view while trail running, hiking, or cycling. The Flak 2.0 XL uses Oakley’s high definition optics and the overall design has been tuned to be extremely lightweight. Also, the lenses are replaceable which is nice to know just in case you do accidentally damage them.
Weight: 28g (1oz) / Polarized lenses available?: YES / Replaceable lenses: YES
1 new from $184.00
Recommended UK online stores for the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL:
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Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Running Poles
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.
If you 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.
2 new from $169.95
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Trail & Kale Trucker Hat
Trucker hats are all the rage on the trails nowadays which is why we have 2 designs available at our online store. Our Classic Trucker is available in 4 colour combinations but if you’re after a more stealthy trucker hat then check out our Stealth Edition Trucker.
We designed our subtle yet distinctive “Stealth Edition” Trucker hat for those who like to fly a bit more under the radar. 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, see our technical running cap gear guide.
All products in our Online Store ship worldwide! Full review: Trail & Kale Classic Trail Running Trucker Hat Review.
A Technical Running Hat: Janji AFO Hyperlight Cap
The AFO Hyperlight Cap running hat is super lightweight (29g), breathable, packable, and has a flip brim to improve visibility when running uphill.
This running cap is made from a stretch woven fabric for a super minimal feeling hat with a fast dry time, high breathability + impressive sweat wicking capabilities for cool comfort while running.
I really like the crushable foam brim which allows you to scrunch up the running hat for quick storage in your hydration running vest with no-fuss, as the brim retains it’s shape when you un-scrunch it.
The brim can also be securely flipped up when not needing to shield from the sun, and you want visibility while climbing steep hills. And finally, there’s an adjustable reflective bungee cord with a rubber toggle at the rear for a lightweight, adaptable fit.
Running Socks – Feetures Elite ‘Light Cushion No Show Tab’
The Elite Light Cushion No Show socks from Feetures are my current favorite running socks, and deservedly win our Editor’s Choice Award for Best No Show Running Socks. These no show socks have been designed with an anatomical fit and targeted compression, which provides a fit that almost custom, and a reduced risk of blisters because of it.
I particularly like that Feetures’ light cushioning doesn’t take up any unnecessary room inside your running shoes, which can sometimes lead to shoes feeling too tight. There’s just enough cushioning under the heel, forefoot and toe regions with more around the Achilles heel area. In the remaining areas is structured, directional compression which supports regions like the arches and the top of your feet. There are also no seams around the toes which makes them very comfortable as your toes splay and flex while running.
The socks are made with 95% Nylon and 5% Spandex which is able to wick moisture away from your feet and toes to keep them cool, dry, and hopefully blister-free.
FEATURED IN: Best No-Show Running Socks
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Lululemon Duffel Bags for Men and Women
Lululemon makes great-sized sports duffel bags for men and women – we say they’re great-sized as they are ideal as trail race drop-bags, general workout, and gym bags. Both can store a change of clothes, shoes, toiletries, and other running accessories.
These bags are water-repellant and have separate shoe compartments, which can also be used to stash sweaty and/or dirty post-run gear if you need to keep it separate from the rest of your bag’s contents. They also feature dedicated laptop storage compartments, in case you want to use them for work or travel.
GPS Running Watches
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro GPS Running Watch
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro series of GPS watches are our top choice for trail running and hiking with, hence it sitting at the top of our Best GPS Watches for Trail Running Buyer’s Guide. Some features that set the Fenix 6 Pro apart from the competition are:
- Navigation – I love being able to quickly create a course on Garmin Connect, based on heat maps of where other Garmin users love to run the most. I can then transfer that route to my Fenix GPS watch and follow the route with a detailed navigation screen whilst I run. The key difference here is that the navigation screen is so detailed (with proper maps) that it’s nearly impossible to get lost because you can even see the trails/routes you shouldn’t take, rather than just the route your following. I use this feature ALL the time to find and run new trails.
- Pulse OX Sensor – For altitude acclimation or sleep monitoring, a Pulse Ox2 sensor uses light beams at your wrist to gauge how well your body is absorbing oxygen. Super useful when running at altitude or when used as an extra indicator for current fitness levels. ALL Fenix 6 Pro GPS watches now include this as standard, awesome!
- Battery Life – Although all the Fenix 6 Pro watches have more than enough battery life for most people, the Fenix 6X Pro (the larger of the 3 Fenix 6 Pro watches) has the most impressive with up to 60 hours in normal GPS mode and 120 hours in max battery GPS mode which logs GPS location less frequently.
- HR Monitor – The on-wrist heart rate monitor is accurate and more comfortable than a chest strap. This even works underwater, so you can track your heart rate while swimming, now that’s impressive.
- Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and Actionable Features – For accurate altitude/elevation tracking and weather tracking. When following a programmed course, you can set a real-time ‘ghost’ competitor which shows a marker on the watch to motivate you to keep up with it, this can even be your fastest time running that route, very cool. When navigating a course you can also see the route profile with elevation gained and elevation remaining. I love this for being able to quickly visualize how much climbing I have left to crank out.
Those great features are just some of the reasons why I rate the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro to be the best GPS watch for trail running. While it is costly it is truly an excellent GPS running watch (for a less-expensive alternative, check out the Coros Watch described below).
TIP: If your gift receipient has small wrists or prefers to run minimally with a smaller watch and less weight on their wrist then the Fenix 6S Pro is a better choice. If on the other hand, you want a slightly larger watch face for a medium-sized wrist then go for the Fenix 6 Pro, and if you want the extended battery life then look at the Fenix 6X Pro.
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Recommended UK online stores for the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro:
24 new from £409.99
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COROS APEX Premium GPS Multisport Watch
Coros is a lesser-known brand that is making serious waves in the trail running and Ultrarunning scene with the Coros Apex GPS Watch in particular [FULL REVIEW HERE]. The list of Coros pro athletes 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.
|Weight: 50.8g/55.3g||Full GPS: 25/35hours||Price: $300/$350|
The APEX is the only Coros watch to offer two different watch sizes, 42mm and 46mm. This is great news for those who want plenty of features but don’t want to wear a bulky watch due to small wrists.
The APEX tracks course, speed, time, pace – all the usuals, as well as elevation gain / loss, weather (via the built-in barometer) cadence, calories and heart rate. From this data the watch also calculates estimated fitness levels including VO2Max and lactate threshold, and the efficiency of your aerobic and anaerobic training activity.
|Watch Size: 42mm/46mm||Waterproof: 100m|
In UltraMax mode, the battery will last up to 100 hours using GPS. While using normal mode will yield up to 35 hours. This is easily enough for most ultramarathons.
Having an extremely competitive price-point, the choice of two lightweight watch sizes, a very impressive battery life, on-wrist HR, and many other features made the Coros APEX one of our top picks for trail and ultrarunning.
- Coros Apex Review: The Ultimate GPS Watch For Trail Runners?
- Coros GPS Watches Compared: Which one should you buy?
6 new from $349.00
Recommended UK online stores for the COROS APEX:
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Trail Running Shoes (Best All-rounders)
Salomon Ultra Glide
The Salomon Ultra Glide did a brilliant job of tackling pretty much any type of terrain I chucked at it. On steep technical downhills I had total control of my footing and felt very confident in my ability to run hard knowing that the grip on these trail running shoes would keep me upright.
They’re comfortable out the box, and fit true to size with Salomon, and other running shoe brands that we review here on Trail & Kale. I love the Quicklace system for fast adjustments when you need to make them, and as mentioned earlier, the outsole provides formidable grip when you need it.
Drop: 6mm / Weight: 9.2oz (260g) / Support Type: Neutral
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The On Cloudultra is On Running‘s latest trail running shoe and a seriously worthy contribution to the trail running and ultrarunning arena.
I’m a big fan of On running due to their consistent ability to innovate when it comes to running shoes, and even apparel.
The On Cloudultra has answered my calls for an On trail running shoe that can handle technical terrain extremely well and remain comfortable for many miles on trails or hard surfaces like concrete and tarmac. When you wear them, regardless of whether on roads or trails, you get a firm yet responsive ride which is confidence-boosting and enjoyable. These are great trail running shoes for distances up to and over the marathon and my current favorite On trail running shoe all-rounder. To learn more about these trail running shoes, read my full On Cloudultra review.
Drop: 8mm / Weight: 10.41oz (295g) / Support Type: Neutral.
Trail Running Clothing
On Waterproof Anorak
The On Waterproof Anorak has many practical features that will keep bad weather out while still allowing for airflow and breathability. The hidden vents on the front and rear will help increase airflow through the jacket while still making sure the rain stays out.
The On Waterproof Anorak is a great mixed-weather running jacket too because it packs down into its own inner pocket ready to be stashed into your hydration pack at a moments notice, with ease. We like that the materials have been responsibly chosen. The advanced waterproof membrane is not only breathable, stretchable and durable, but it’s also entirely PTFE-free. The fit is a bit looser than the slim fit styles, which is good if you prefer a looser fit, or if ‘slim-fit’ apparel doesn’t suit your body shape.
Janji Running Clothing
Janji manages to maintain reasonable prices while delivering very high-quality threadwork in their apparel. I love that Janji running and active lifestyle clothing makes you stand out from the crowd just by virtue of fun and unusual design work. I’m usually wearing at least one item from Janji, whether it’s a running cap or hoodie.
It’s nice knowing that you’ll also be buying from a boutique brand that donates a portion of their sales towards funding clean water projects in countries around the World.
Hydration Packs / Race Vests for Trail and Ultrarunning
Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 5.0
For Women: The Ultra Vesta 5.0 is the latest women’s hydration pack from Ultimate Direction, specifically designed for long-distance trail runs.
There are many storage compartments located in easy to grab areas, it fits the female form very well, is lightweight and looks great, too.
6 new from $118.96
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Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set Pack
For men: We highly rate the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set hydration pack – I choose to wear this pack for racing with! The fit and function is absolutely brilliant!
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Running and Workout Recovery Tools
Compex Fixx 1.0 Massager & Mini Wireless
Compex is the company behind a range of excellent recovery and muscle building tools.
The Mini Wireless Muscle Stimulator with TENS is Compex’s latest device, it’s so small that it can very easily be taken with you on the go. Very handy if you want to give yourself a recovery massage straight after a race (more on that in the Recovery section below). The Compex Mini has 6 programs to help athletes improve their running performance. The programs are ‘Prewarm Up’, ‘Endurance’, ‘Resistance’, ‘Training Recovery/Active Recovery’, ‘Muscle Relaxation’, and ‘Pain Management’.
Using a Compex muscle stimulator is a highly effective way for me to build strength into my muscles, especially when I don’t have easy access to big mountains, where climbing would do a similar job for my quads.
I also use the TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) function of my Compex on my Achilles heel when I feel like it may be flaring up, usually after a high-intensity road run. TENS calms it down, reduces the pain and helps it heal faster.
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The Compex Fixx 1.0 Massager, on the other hand, is a portable battery-operated massage device that has been fantastic at working out deep muscle knots.
Using this device makes massaging out localized tense muscles so much faster, and easier. The noise output is very low on the slowest setting but gets a bit louder the faster you make it go.
It has three speeds that you can use to help relieve different levels of soreness and you can also change the tips and rotate the gun head to reach areas that may be awkward otherwise.
Chirp Wheel Bundle – Back Roller
The Chirp Wheel is designed to fit perfectly between your shoulder blades, targeting the muscles that go up and down your spine. As your back is strained from the countless activities you do, those muscles lock up, and cause even more pain. The Chirp Wheel massages those muscles, relaxing your back and relieving all of the pain.
This is my favorite recovery tool right now, I get a lot of relief and satisfaction out of rolling on my Chirp Wheel to relieve clicks, knots and tension in my back! Chirp’s latest deal includes A Chirp Wheel 3 Pack, carry case, posture corrector, and tutorial videos—for only $99! Now with FREE shipping!
Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller
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.
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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Venga CBD Recovery Balm applied to sore muscles
I have been having so much success with Venga CBD’s Recovery Balm product. I first noticed its power when I was in Europe for Matterhorn Ultraks 30k and the UTMB OCC 56km 5 days later. I wouldn’t normally stack races so close to one another, but when I was offered the opportunity to run both, I couldn’t refuse. I used the Recovery Balm on my leg muscles after Matterhorn Ultraks and felt repaired and ready to run UTMB OCC 5 days later.
That impressed me but what really blew me away was just how good my legs felt the day after UTMB OCC which saw me running 57km, with 3200 meters of positive gain for 10.5 hours. That’s a long time for me to be running on such steep mountain terrain. I can only attribute it to the Venga CBD Recovery Balm I smothered over my legs the night of the race. Kudos to Venga CBD with this Recovery Balm, it’s a pretty amazing product. Full review: Venga CBD Review: THC-Free CBD Products For Endurance Athletes.
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Plantworks Protein Powder with Super Herbs.
I’d say this plant-based protein powder is my favorite in terms of taste and purity. We first discovered it at the Hood to Coast Pacific City relay event in Oregon when we were given a sample pack at the finish line. By the way, if you haven’t done a Hood to Coast event before, DO IT! ?
Each serving of Plantworks protein has 20 grams of plant-based protein from Pea, Mushroom, Pumpkin, and Rice proteins. It contains 0g of sugar and 7g of fiber, and there’s No Dairy, Soy, or Gluten. It is also mixed with Adaptogens and Super Herbs to help you speed-up/improve recovery times, Plant Power baby!
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Tailwind Nutrition Recovery Drinks
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! 🙂
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Recommended UK online stores for 12 Packs of Tailwind’s Recovery Drink:
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Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel
I recently had a lot of success using Tailwind Nutrition as an all-in-one food solution while running. Tailwind is a powder that you mix with water, and it will keep you going without the need for solid foods. To anyone having stomach issues, this is the product I recommend trying first, if this doesn’t work then Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem should be your next port of call.
The most cost-effective way to buy Tailwind is in a 50-serving bag – the links below will take you to stores selling them.
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Recommended UK online stores for a 50 Serving Bag:
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Read more Trail & Kale articles about food for running.
Organifi Green Juice
Organifi Green Juice is a gently dried 11-superfood green powder dietary supplement that is certified USDA organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and Vegan. With ingredients like spirulina, moringa, chlorella, ashwagandha, mint, lemon (and more), this product has been designed to help people feel energized and detoxify their cells. Green Juice is a great first step to helping people re-train their taste buds and start replacing the sugary processed foods in their diet with real, revitalizing nutrients. This is the gift of a new journey to a super healthy lifestyle and diet. We mix a scoop of it in a glass of water every morning. Full review: Organifi Green Juice Review: The Organic Vegan Superfood Supplement.
Venga CBD Ultra Gels for daily life and intense training blocks.
For my daily routine during a training cycle, I have been taking 1 Venga CBD Ultra Gel capsule each morning. This has been a really convenient way to get the general benefits from CBD when I need it most, during heavy training blocks. Ultra Gels are formulated to:
- help alleviate any pain during long training sessions & competition.
- speed up recovery to help me get back out there more regularly.
- enhance sleep; the most important time for your body to heal and recharge.
- fight inflammation to allow me to train more consistently.
- reduce stress and anxiety which helps me stay focused, calm and moving forward.
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Strength Training Equipment
Bosu Balance Trainer
The 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”. Full review: The Bosu NexGen Pro Balance Trainer: Become A Stronger Runner.
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Trail Dog Gift Ideas
Kepler is such a huge part of our lives and is with us on most of our adventures which is why, this year, we are including our favorite trail dog gear of the year in this holiday gift guide.
Fi GPS Dog Collar
The Fi Collar is the smartest smart GPS Tracking collar for dogs. Chew-proof, water-proof (even the ocean), can take 300lbs of pulling force (if your dog is a puller) and generally extremely dog-proof. It’s Bluetooth enabled to track doggo’s walkies and activity, and to keep your dog in good shape.
With Fi, you can instantly track your dog’s location no matter where they are in the USA, which means you can keep an eye on dog walkers and caretakers, just in case. This smart dog collar has a ton of clever features and an exceptionally long battery life (you can get an average of three months between charges). For more about the Fi dog collar, read our full review: Fi GPS Dog Collar Review.
The Fi Smart Dog Collar costs $149 at the time of writing – that includes either a grey or yellow collar and the main matchbox-sized GPS device mounted on it, together with the base station that you plug in at home. If you use our code 4C83FW via this link you’ll receive an extra band free of charge which is nice if you like to mix-up your look to keep your instagram followers entertained. Use our exclusive coupon code TK25 via the link below to get $25 OFF your Fi Collar order.
Kurgo Adventure Dog Gear
For more adventure dog gift ideas definitely check out our dedicated Adventure Dog Gift List HERE.
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.
GoPro Hero8 Black
The GoPro HERO8 Black is easily my favorite running camera of 2020 (so far). Soon after testing the built-in camera stabilization I sold my GoPro Karma stabilizer grip because the footage coming out of the new GoPro was just as good. It’s also a lightweight, fully waterproof solution for epic stabilized footage whereas before my Karma grip was heavy and not waterproof. I’m now using it all the time for Instagram stories and our running films hosted on YouTube.
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 that built-in stabilizer with Hypersmooth 2.0 that I mentioned earlier, 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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Sony Alpha a7iii
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.
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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Active Lifestyle Gear
LARQ Bottle + Bottle Movement
The LARQ bottle, and LARQ Bottle Movement (as featured on our backpacking water filter buyer’s guide), will purify water and neutralize any stinky bottle-odors, completely autonomously. LARQ Bottles are for those who want something a little different from the other lifestyle water bottles on the market.
Although not designed for running with, it’s an awesome water bottle to keep with you at work, the gym, hiking or while traveling. The LARQ self-cleaning bottle can fill up from almost anywhere, even on the trails, and will purify your water at the tap of a button. The high-quality bottles themselves have all been designed beautifully and make for fantastic gifts.
If you want to take this bottle on a hiking trip with you, I recommend getting the new LARQ Bottle Movement as it’s a much lighter option. Please note that the LARQ Bottle Movement doesn’t have insulated walls like the Original LARQ Bottle, but it is lightweight and more robust due to the colorful, and removable silicone sleeve. Full reviews: LARQ Bottle Review / LARQ Bottle Movement Review.
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...
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“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.