For such a simple sport, there is no shortage of “equipment” runners can get excited about. Whether you’re trying to drop not-so-subtle hints on your holiday wishlist or looking for the perfect gift for the running friend who has it all, we guarantee you’ll find something tried-and-true that won’t disappoint.
We’ve compiled a, ahem, running list of some of our favorite products that we’ve personally tested or come highly recommended from trustworthy fellow enthusiasts.
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From the hydration company you love and trust, CamelBak recently introduced its innovative bottle/mug/snack cup. The stainless steel bottle comes with a detachable travel mug, so you can have your cold water and hot coffee, too. Hungry? The cap can store trail mix or other on-the-go essentials. Can you say, “Perfect stocking stuffer?”
The newest collection from Tracksmith’s high-performance (and gorgeous) gear is all about fall trail running. Stay warm and comfortable as you head off road with this merino wool-based top. We promise you won’t want to take it off, like ever. (Complete the look with the Off Roads Shorts, $98).
This one-of-a-kind (really!) pack will hold all of your essentials (and lots of snacks!) for your next trail-running adventure. The Cotopaxi Bataan fanny pack is part of the company’s (Re)Purpose Collection, which uses fabric left over from other companies’ items, making it a good-for-the-environment gift, too.
The watch’s newest update includes an oxygen level app. Low levels of oxygen (less than 90 percent) could be a symptom of COVID-19. But in addition to the en vogue oxygen monitor, the Series 6 boasts even more precise fitness metrics, including elevation tracking.
Quickly compile your favorite runner’s race photos into a gorgeous mini-size photo book, for a keepsake that weighs much less than dozens of medals.
It seems like mask-wearing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus is here to stay. So why not gift a high-quality, comfortable mask to your favorite running bud to keep those runs a little more safe?
You don’t need to have a race on your calendar to benefit from a calendar. The Runner’s World calendar features gorgeous imagery of running trails, inspirational quotes from elites and members of the running community, and training tips.
Tired of constantly sticking ill-fitting earbuds back in while on the move? With UE Fits, in just 60 seconds, you’ll have custom-fit earphones. The app will guide you through the fit process: connect the earphones to Bluetooth, place them in your ears, and watch as the light technology warms the buds to the shape of your ears.
Two of our favorite running apparel companies have teamed up to make a performance sock that highlights South African culture and supports clean-water projects in South Africa. The abstract artwork is designed by South African artists, making this high-performing sock pretty, too
The famed Czech runner and five-time Olympic medalist, Emil Zátopek, is best known for saying, “Men, today we die a little.” This new graphic novel tells the incredible story of Zátopek like you’ve never heard, er, seen it before. Preorder in time for the holidays.
This gorgeously illustrated children’s book will inspire people of all ages with the story of the world’s oldest marathoner who overcame incredible odds.
Keep that noggin warm this winter with this trusty beanie, which our test editors called, “the go-to head warmer for the brave soul who runs in all conditions.” The breathable merino wool will keep you toasty while wicking away moisture.
Brave even the coldest temps (plus windchill) with super-warm mittens from running giant Brooks.
Looking to support small businesses? Then try Whitepaws RunMitts ($40): Thumbless mittens to keep all digits toasty with a flap that flips open to let those hands breathe if needed. Bonus: A little pocket to add a hand-warming packet for frigid miles.
Feet down, the best running stroller out there—times two! It’s lightweight, comfortable for runner and kiddos, and can handle rugged sidewalks and gravel trails. Add the infant car seat adapter if your wee-est one isn’t quite big enough to sit up while on the move. (If you’re not ready for the double-trouble version, Thule also makes a single.)
Regardless of whether you or your friend is a vegetarian, this cookbook promises to inspire tired meals with 150 exciting new recipes.
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For that really special, dedicated runner in your life, check out this top-of-the-line non-motorized treadmill, which more closely mimics outdoor running than traditional ’mills. People may be avoiding gyms this winter, but with an at-home treadmill, training doesn’t have to suffer.
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