Half the battle in finding the next best-and-brightest piece of running gear is knowing it even exists.
Such is life, and you can’t lay in wait just refreshing Runner’s World for the latest industry news…that time is much better spent actually running.
✅ To make it easier to find all the information you need to embark on your next running gear haul, brands from all over the outdoor industry gathered together at the Big Gear Show in Park City, Utah, last week.
👉Check out our top 13 picks of new releases and unexpected tools to help your hard work as a runner take you further.
This classic brand is on a mission to rebrand and remodel itself, while aligning with more sustainable production processes using recycled ocean plastics and a greater quantity of plant-based material without compromising quality to keep you gunning ahead on the trails.
The new Agravic Flow 2 puts that plan into action by:
TIP: Go with the original for a reliable three-season trainer, or upgrade to the GTX model for protection through the wettest and wildest terrain.
Vests are the perfect layer for running as soon as the temperature drops.
Why? They keep your core protected while freeing up your arms to move freely in any direction for momentum and stability (plus, no sweaty armpits).
The Trek Stripe Vest takes those same benefits and puts them into a:
But maybe the coolest thing about this warm performance vest is the shoulder gaiter design.
TIP: This vest will change your cold-weather running game, so snag it in time for the leaves to change and the snow to fall.
This update to the beloved Distance Vest series from Black Diamond makes these hydration vests all the more comfortable for, well, going the distance — just as the name implies.
TIP: The best running pack is the pack that you want to take with you, no matter how far, so Black Diamond aims to prioritize the comfort piece in these editions.
There’s seriously never a bad time to add a massage into your day.
Pre-run activation, post-run relaxation, evening decompression… they all give your muscles the TLC they need to keep coming back at their best day after day, run after run.
While we all dream of having our own masseuse on call, most of us will have to settle for personal percussion massagers as a close second.
The Roll Recovery R1 Percussion Massager is small and silent enough to bring along:
Plenty of runners have good reason to run through the dark:
But night running means adding a few extra pieces of gear to the quiver, including a reliable headlamp to light your way.
Petzl offers two new options that fit snug on the forehead for minimal bounce.
The superlight and low-profile Iko Core goes for the barely-there design, using a flexible headband for a light but snug fit.
The Swift RL model shines brighter, at 900 lumens compared to the Iko’s 500, at the cost of a slightly higher weight and a lamp that protrudes further out from the head.
Men and women experience temperature differently.
That’s a big reason why things like sleeping bags and down jackets are differentiated according to gender. They feature different temperature ratings for the best chance at comfort.
CamelBak sure does, and they designed their men’s and women’s versions of the Zephyr Vest to best reflect those distinctions.
Besides that, the newest version of the 10L vest includes:
With the Planet line, Scarpa joins the host of outdoor brands shouldering more responsibility for eco-conscious designs.
This new edition of the Spin features...
And it’s just the beginning for Scarpa. The brand aims to expand the Planet line so that it covers an increasingly wider range of their products, until these methods become more the norm than the exception.
Price: $159. Available Spring 2023
This flask from HydraPak solves one of the most frustrating issues from my last race: Refillability.
If you didn’t know that Scott even makes running shoes, you’re not alone.
This brand, best known throughout the skiing and biking industries, made the leap into running just last year.
They’re on the verge of releasing a pretty groundbreaking new shoe in the trail racing sphere… but you’ll have to hold tight for more information there as they gear up for the official release in the Spring of 2023 and keep tight lips until the drop gets closer.
For now, the Supertrac 3 offers:
TIP: Snag the GTX model to run strong through inclement weather, or the Ultra model for an extra dose of durability on the longest endeavors.
Most hydration reservoirs and flasks never quite lose their plastic aftertaste… you just get used to it over time.
Mazama uses a different film for theirs so that you never have to deal with it at all.
I’d bet that everyone has heard about the performance benefits of wool, even for lighter-weight clothing. They...
Most wool running socks, though, don’t actually contain that much wool.
Minus 33 doesn’t want to make a sock that lasts forever. This brand wants to make a sock that performs to its highest potential during its natural lifespan.
The Minus 33 Microweight Crew Sock with Light Cushion is the perfect trail sock:
TIP: For a lower alternative on cleaner terrain, the No-Show Tab version stays put under your shoe without riding down your heel or up your leg and includes the same cushion in all the places you want it, none where you don’t. ($14.99 for no-show, available now)
I’ve used the original Katadyn BeFree bottle on long runs far away from any opportunity for a pit-stop.
The filter has kept me safe and hydrated on all-day runs through the mountains, and even on my own home trails when I failed to bring enough water.
It’s a constant in my pack for emergencies just like that, and it’s saved me heartache and headache more than once.
The new Black Edition not only looks sleek and sexy, it also features:
This soft but sturdy tank feels like putting on a pillowcase to run, in the best way possible.
TIP: The light green color combined with the breezy material actually feels cool to the touch. It’s just the right choice for a blistering summer run when you wish you could be wearing nothing at all. With the wicking properties and UPF 40 sun protection, it might even feel better than stripping it all off.
There was a lot of running gear, tech and shoes to see at the Big Gear Show. But these 13 items were among some of the best products for runners we saw at the show.
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