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Conquering the Trails: Top 10 Essentials for Winter Trail Running

Muddy wet trail running shoes on a doormat

For those intrepid souls who find solace and thrill in navigating untamed landscapes (yes, Hampstead Heath still counts), the pursuit of the perfect gear is an art form. Presenting the Onetrack Club-approved list of the top 10 products tailored for runners unafraid to face the elements.

  1. GORE-TEX Running Shoes: Elevate your trail running experience with the cutting-edge technology of GORE-TEX running shoes. These trainers seamlessly blend waterproofing with breathability, ensuring your feet stay dry and comfortable, even when nature throws its worst at you (or a light drizzle in the city) .

  2. Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set Hydration Vest: Quench your thirst for adventure with the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 hydration vest. A staple for extended trail escapades, it offers a snug fit, ample storage, and easy access to hydration—equipping you to conquer the longest and most challenging paths.

  3. Patagonia Houdini Jacket: Enter the realm of lightweight resilience with the Patagonia Houdini Jacket. This packable, water-resistant shell is the ideal armor against wind and rain, providing comfort during your most intense runs and folding away discreetly when the storm clears.

  4. Waterproof Trail Running Socks: Step into a drier future with waterproof trail running socks from the likes of Sealskinz, Bridgedale and Artic Dry. They protect your feet from the elements and conquer the muddiest terrains even if your trail shoes let you down. Just have scrunched up newspaper at the ready on your return.

  5. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp: Illuminate your path with the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp—an essential for dwindling light. With its waterproof design and powerful beam, this headlamp ensures you navigate your way with confidence.

  6. Merino Wool Base Layer: Invest in a pricey merino wool base layer (you can go the extra mile and splach out on a silk mix). It will help you stay warm, but not too warm. You won't regret it.

  7. Salomon Agile 2 Set Hydration Pack: Stay agile on the trails with the Salomon Agile 2 Set Hydration Pack. Compact and lightweight, this pack is designed for shorter runs, providing easy access to hydration flasks and ensuring you stay fueled without unnecessary bulk.

  8. Gilet: Don't let the weather stop your workout. If in doubt, add a gilet. A lightweight layering vest will keep you warm, agile and equipped on cold runs. Opt for one with interior pockets so you can stash your phone and gels for easy access if the jacket comes off.

  9. Waterproof Run Cap: Shield yourself from the elements with a waterproof cap. Some more premiu versions come with a wool lining to keep your head warm too. Lightweight and breathable, the best caps offers protection against rain, wind and cold, folding easily into your pocket when not in use.

  10. Waterproof Running Gloves: Last but not least, waterproof gloves are a wise investment for the extremeties and will save your sleeves from getting too baggy from being scrunched up around your fists.

Conquer the trails, defy the weather, and test your mettle with these curated essentials. We now declare waterproof socks a thing!

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