Written by 2019 DBR Ambassador Mackenzie Johnston
When it comes to running gear, a person can just about get swallowed up by all the options out there. So, who better to call on to get some input on the best running gear than a bunch of dirtbag runners!
2019 Gear Must-Haves: Hydration Vests
The Nathan VaporHowe 12L. This race vest has numerous attributes that make it attractive. For starters, its material is so light and breathable that a person almost forgets they’re wearing it! The women-specific fit caters to those with a smaller frame and fits like a glove. The vest holds a bladder in the back and has front storage for soft flasks. Additional front storage holds nutrition, smartphones sized up to iPhone 7 Plus, and other trail essentials.
The Salomon S/Lab. This hydration pack is a favorite by many, and is often described as indestructible. It is a minimalistic pack that offers a stable fit and quick access so you can stuff, stow, grab, and keep moving. The vest is extremely light (192 g), made with anti-odor stretchy mesh that breathes and wicks moisture. You won’t have to worry about chafing with this vest as all potential hazard zones have been targeted and made smooth.
2019 Gear Must-Haves: Clothing
The Patagonia Houdini. This jacket is a must for just about every runner. It weighs 3 ounces… 3 frickin’ ounces! It can pack down into a pocket, even shorts’ pockets. Its durable water repellent coating keeps you dry, and it even comes with a hood to keep those ears protected. Overall, the Houdini is a great lightweight option!
Lululemon Anything. Lululemon, enough said ? From their Speed Shorts to their Swiftly Tech tops, a person can’t go wrong with a little Lulu in their life!
2019 Gear Must-Haves: Accessories
Knockaraound Sunglasses. What does every trail runner need to complete their look? Knockaround sunglasses! For starters, they are super inexpensive, customizable, and come with a polarized option. They have a universally accommodating fit and come in a wide array of colors to satisfy anyone’s taste.
Drymax Socks. There is a plethora of socks to choose from when it comes to running, but one brand that often stands out above the rest is the Drymax Sock. The Drymax dual layer sweat removal system along with a sturdy construction for tough trail conditions will make for some happy feet. Knitting advancements along with a seamless toe provide a smoother inside that will help to make the miles fly by.
Luna Sandals. With its aggressive tread and simple, but stylish design, Luna sandals are popular amongst trail runners. Whether you’re hiking, traveling, camping, or just about anything else, Luna sandals are the way to go. They form to your foot and are also made to move with your foot, what more could a dirtbagger ask for?!
The #1 2019 Gear Must-Have
Beer. A common favorite accessory among 97.3% of trail runners. Throw in some good friends, and you have found the accessory of choice.