The complete Trail Runner’s clothing guide

Trail running gear is serious business. If we have taken our first steps in road running thinking “all I need is a pair of shoes”, it is natural that we have changed our minds when we start running in the mountains. The weather conditions there are very variable, both because of the rapid changes in climate typical of the mountains, as well as changes in altitude. Therefore, it is not advisable to be unprepared.

Here is a list of products that should not be missing in your equipment:

1. Trainers

Needless to say, they are the main product. Saving on shoes is not a good idea, but neither is spending your entire pay check. If this is your first trail shoe purchase, you’ll find that there are many more variables to consider than a road shoe. Yes, because in addition to weight, stride, distance, how fast you run, you have to consider the type of terrain, altitude difference and distance (obviously 1000m distance over 10km requires a different approach than 1000m over 30km). Finally, be careful not to get the wrong number, or the big toe could suffer on descents. In short, there are many factors to consider.

Finally: Is it necessary to buy waterproof products? Yes and no. GORE-TEX footwear is often useful in case of drizzle or puddles, but water can still enter through the ankle in heavy rain.

2. Socks

A good pair of socks makes all the difference in 10 km in the city, let alone 30-40 km in the rough terrain of the mountains, when the foot will be rubbing against the shoe everywhere. Ideally, the cuff should be above the ankle, as the probability of tripping over brambles, nettles and branches is high. A sock designed for trail use is usually thicker, to reduce friction with the shoes in high-risk areas.

3. Trousers

There are no particular differences between road and trail. It is best to incorporate a breathable inner brief, to avoid wearing unnecessary garments that could rub against your skin where you would least like it. 

4. T-Shirt

Rule number one is: dress in layers. Below it is warm, but as you get higher it is cold and the wind is unforgiving. The ideal is breathable underwear and a normal T-shirt, such as those used for running in the city. 

5. Windproof and rainproof jacket

A must-have garment. The best are the small ones, which pack up and slip into your pocket or waist bag. This way you will always have it with you, even if the sun is beating down on you, as they say. If you want to have a unique product, I recommend something in Gore-Tex with a hood and Velcro for the wrists.

6. A cap

It is useful whether it is sunny or rainy, but it is above all the true emblem of the trail runner. Some people use the cycling ones, which are fashionable, but as they are made of cotton, they do not dry when wet.

If you want, there are also visors, but they are not very useful when the sun hits hard, and not even when it rains, to be honest. The market offers a lot of products, it will be easy to find the one that suits your needs.

Everything you need for your Trail outings, at Deporvillage.

Stefano Francescutti

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