Although I am usually eager to spend time on the bike come spring, I do often trail run as a form of cross training. Similar to what I am wearing on the bike this season, it’s currently all about warm weather apparel here in the Bay Area, with the chance for cool mornings and the occasional patch of fog. So here is my current trail running gear line up.
1. Hoka Challenger ATR ($130): I practically live in my Hokas, whether running, walking the dog, or cargo biking to the grocery store. Called the Clifton of the trail, the new Challenger ATR is amazingly light, fast, and very stable for such a well-cushioned trail shoe. The roomy toe box and seamless upper help keep your toenails on and feet running blister free. A 5mm offset (29mm to 24mm) and rockered profile work to efficiently guide you through your stride regardless of where you strike. The outsole features a rugged outsole with 4mm lugs–great for muddy trails and for traction through the infamous kitty litter found around here.
2. Pearl Izumi Flash Sport Tank ($60): The moisture wicking Transfer Dry base features a lacy mesh overlay that provides a hit of style to make the form-fitting tank flattering on pretty much anyone. The built-in padded shelf bra will probably be adequate for most but I found I needed (and wanted) to wear a normal sports bra underneath as well, especially when running.
3. Pearl Izumi Flash 3/4 Tight ($65): I can’t rave enough about these tights–made from the moisture wicking Transfer Dry fabric, the fun print looks great on everyone. Lacy mesh panels at the back of the knee add to the fun and provide ventilation at the same time. The wide waist band ensures you remain muffin top free while you run or workout and a small pocket on the back of the waist is big enough to hold your keys.
4. Pearl Izumi Flash Jacket ($100): As I mentioned, it’s not 80 degrees and sunny every moment of the day here. Wind and water-resistant, this semi-form fitting jacket is great to throw on for dawn patrol runs (reflective hits keep you visible) or more inclement weather. Lacy mesh panels not only add a bit of style, but offer breathability where you need it most.
5. Falke Running RU Stabilizer Socks: A bit of compression at the ankles gives you more confidence when running fast over uneven terrain. If you are a heavy sweater, you will appreciate the two layer sole construction that takes moisture away from your feet quickly and passes it outwards, helping with blisters.