best trail running gear

KIT TO GO THE DISTANCE...1000 MILES, SPECIFICALLY

#Run1000Miles is your chance to become fitter than ever and bag an incredible achievement at the same time, along with meeting fantastic new people in our community of runners. To make the best of it, though, you should turn your attention to the kit you're running in. Following any one of our training plans will have you running multiple times a week, so you need shoes and clothes that can endure as long as you can. We've picked out the best options from our array of amazing sponsors to see you through. You can buy many of these products and more through our fantastic sponsor Up & Running, in stores nationwide!

MONTANE SPINE JACKET, £300

Aptly named after Britain’s ‘most brutal ultra race’, Montane’s Spine Jacket has all the boxes ticked: well-vented, water-resistant, lightweight and highly breathable. The run-specific tailoring and minimal design helps to keep the weight down when it counts most, without compromising the safety of the wearer. A stable, yet supple fit with substantial protection when raindrops feel like lancing ice, the Spine jacket can certainly withstand the tougher, more challenging trails. A no-nonsense jacket for no-nonsense runners.

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INOV-8 ROCLITE 305, £115

Slightly heavier than the Roclite 290, the 305 is designed to provide substantive protection just where you need it most – underfoot. Built more for long-distance, the outsole’s claw cleat design sports an aggressive set of traction lugs, perfect for shedding debris on the more versatile trails. The X-LOCK system is very effective, tightening around the heel to keep it in place, with an integrated tongue gusset and 8mm drop, which delivers increased support and push-through protection. Super-cushioned, lightweight and breathable, the Roclite 305 has everything you need to make 2017 your fittest year ever!

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1000 MILE FUSION SPORT SOCK, £12

Ideal for chilly winter runs, these fusion sport socks hold the ‘1000 mile hallmark’ for a reason. Its unique double layer construction offers everything from reduced friction to a blister free guarantee! Whilst the soft Tactel inner layer wicks sweat well, the outer layer offers great protection from the elements, with the padded Achilles tendon providing additional support. These socks will definitely keep you going throughout 2017.

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SILVA TRAIL RUNNER 2, £60

A night on the fells is something anyone can experience, but to embrace the primal joy of night running takes a special kind of preparation. The Silva Trail Runner 2 is a popular choice for a night on the trails, with a light output of 160 Lumen and an impressive 30hr battery life you are unlikely to be caught out in the dark! Clever features include the Silva Intelligent Light, a combination of close-range floodlight and long distance spotlight, as well as a lightweight, adjustable headband with a small battery pack located at the back of the head. If you are struggling to get those precious miles in, night running might just be the answer.

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Montane VIA Trail Gloves, £22

In winter, gloves are a must for any serious fell, trail or coastal runner. Featuring Chameleon Lite softshell fabric, the VIA Trail Gloves are both wind and rain resistant, providing warmth and comfort whilst you lose yourself on forest trails and stormy coastal paths. But don’t worry, with touch screen compatible fingertips, you will never be too far away from the digital world.

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Montane Sonic Ultra Zip T-Shirt, £40

Designed to support you over longer distances, this lightweight, tailored cut baselayer takes some beating. If you’re the kind to shed the layers, a quarter length front zip offers fast ventilation, whilst the DRYACTIV synthetic is fast wicking, keeping your core at the optimum temperature, essential in the summer months. Lined with anti-microbial treatment and flat-lock seaming for increased comfort and versatility, the Sonic ultra is a top performer and a superb choice for anyone taking on a challenge this year.

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Montane Spine Cap, £35

An incredibly breathable piece of headwear, the Montane Spine Cap is ideal for both speed and endurance runs. Light, durable and comfy, the internal headband wicks sweat, whilst the GoreTex fabrics provide water and windproof protection. Perfect for all year round use, it can be worn to fend off blustering winds, rain showers and even snow!

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MONTANE TRAIL 25K SHORTS, £65

Montane’s ‘twin skin’ technical trail and running shorts is a clever way to add compression. Combining Quartz skin hyper stretch undershorts with an AEROFLYTE QD short covering, they are both airy and protective with minimal chaffing, making them a great choice for long distance running, particularly on a blistering summer day. The Polygiene antibacterial finish also wicks and prevents odour, so you can keep wearing them trail after trail. The Trail 25K is built to last and will certainly see you through the year.

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MONTANE SONIC T-SHIRT, £30

Fast wicking DRYACTIV Express fabric teams with the odour resistant Polygiene treatment in this stylish technical T-shirt fit to take on any challenge in 2017! The soft feel fabric is stretchy and the fit tight but not restrictive, perfect to use as a lightweight baselayer in winter or on its own in the warmer months. The athletic cut and flat-lock seaming creates a style that is equally at home on the trails or in the beer garden.

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MONTANE VIA SNAP 4, £100

If you’re after a super lightweight ultra distance running pack, the VIA Snap 4 might just be the one for you. Designed specifically for women, this pack works harmoniously with the female form. Its unique stretch body fit and chest straps provide excellent weight balance when running on rough terrain and rocky mountain paths, but also suitable for road running. The stretchy mesh storage compartments and bladder attachment means that you are unlikely to get caught out unprepared when taking on the #Run1000Mile Challenge. It’s nice to have a vibrant colour and this will certainly brighten up those autumn and winter runs.

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