Yes, snow and ice are for running. Sure, most times we would prefer an open trail, but sometimes winter sticks around too long, or that snowcapped peak is just calling. If your adventures may involve a wintery mix you can combat the elements with Black Diamond's Distance Spike traction devices. Built for fast and light approaches, these handy helpers are compact and low weight so i..
The classic "clutch" has always been to carry just the essentials. This concept applies to Ultimate Direction's Clutch as well. Bring only what you need, leave behind everything that can weigh you down. With a 500ml capacity you can stay hydrated while on that shorter outing. Since going hard is more inevitable than possible you can stash some nutrition in the zippered pocket to ke..
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The largest lensed offering in Julbo's impressive lineup is the Aerospeed glasses - a stylish yet extremely functional optic for those who refuse to compromise on vision in the field. The humongous single lens offers a massive, unobstructed field of view while protecting you from wind and sun at any angle. Julbo's proprietary REACTIV Photochromic lenses self-adjust to the amount of..
Julbo doesn't play games when it comes to their glasses. The Julbo Aero Sunglasses are the product of years of innovation and testing that resulted in unparalleled quality. The groundbreaking REACTIV lenses adjust their tint based on ambient lighting, so you can wear the same glasses for your dawn run and your lunch break sprint. If weather or cloud cover changes, the lenses will s..
Training for the Uphill Athlete should be a staple in every trail runner's literary diet. You know it's good because it's written by Scott Johnston, Steve House, and trail running's golden boy, Kilian Jornet. Every page you turn, you're either bombarded (in a good way) with new physiological training information & tactics or beautiful landscape images from iconic destinations. ..
Rumor has it that Petzl challenged their designers to reinvent the headlamp with running comfort in mind. Whether or not that’s actually true, the designers did in fact come up with a funky-looking yet great-feeling headlamp. Most notably, the weight is now distributed all around with the ultrathin lamp upfront and the power source in the back. And like that, the dreaded, front-hea..
Nothing ruins your day out on the trails like a scalding sunburn. Easy to carry and even easier to apply, the Dermatone "No Touch" Sunscreen Stick is a go-to solution for keeping your skin protected and happy. Simply remove the cap, wipe on like a glue-stick, and you're good to go! No more greasy fingers or worrying about sunscreen opening in your pack. Small and compact, you could..
Reservoirs are a pretty simple piece of engineering. Hard to improve right? The folks at Ultimate Direction have defied the odds and done just that. The Ultimate Direction Reservoir II is packed with thoughtful features to keep you hydrated on the trail. The wide mouth opening and detachable straw allows for easy filling in low CFS mountain streams, or easy cleaning in the sink. Th..
If you have ever had a sticky gel leak in your pocket, then you have probably wondered if there is a better way. Well, I am here to tell you, there is! The Ultimate Direction Body Bottle 150 G is the perfect way to transport liquid calories without all of the wrappers and glucose-laden pockets. Just mix water with your gel and carry it in this tiny bottle! Made from BPA free Thermo..
Standard fare with any running vest, soft flasks are the best way to onboard water while minimizing sloshing. The Ultimate Direction Body Bottle II 500 is compatible with any UD vest, vesta, or waist belt. Whether you lost a bottle from your vest, want to up your H2O for those longer missions, or dedicate one to mixed drinks - this is your go-to bottle. Made of a new FDA approved B..
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Are you a fan of soft flasks, but just can’t seem to figure out the darn nozzle? Well here is your slosh free, sip and shrink, taste free solution! The S stands for straw, to give you the extra clearance from that pesky vest bottle pocket.Made from PEEVA, the Ultimate Direction Body Bottle II 500 S is purpose-built to be compatible with your Ultimate Direction gear. It fits seamles..
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While many hang their running shoes up when the fluffy stuff starts to fall from the sky, many others do not, and persevere through the sleet, snow, and ice that is representational of winter. It is for these diehard runners that La Sportiva created the Hobnails. Being compatible with any rubber-soled shoe, the Hobnails allow you to customize your shoe for ultimate wintertime tract..
Once the staple of seedy bars and farmer's fields, the trucker hat got pushed into the mainstream in the early 2000s and is here to stay. The good news is that the stylish hat also works well for keeping the sun off your face while not overheating. So, proudly adorn your skull with a logoed SkyRun hat and continue to set trends. Sure to fit all but the largest or smallest noggins, ..
Trail Running Utah’s National Parks combines the joy of trail running with some of Utah’s most scenic landscapes. Reid Marshall and Marina Santiago cherry pick a handful of exciting running routes that take you up, down, and around this wild desert terrain. All five of Utah’s national parks are included - Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce, Arches, and Canyonlands. With critical beta, beaut..
It just happens: footwear gets nasty. You may smell like roses, but your feet tend to stray from that path. You can revive your footwear and save the room from smelling like a locker room with SIDAS's Cedar Wood Dryer Bags. They absorb moisture while leaving behind a very pleasant cedar smell. Now you can smell like a freshly chopped tree as you run around, or simply use them in yo..
SIDAS doesn't want anything to get in your way when you're out on the trail, including your insoles! With their 3Feet Run Sense insoles they have created a low profile insert that is tailored to your arch height and natural stride. No overcorrecting, SIDAS just wants to support your natural gait to avoid pain and fatigue whenever you adventure. Each model has specific patterns of E..
Peter Piper packed a pocket full of...nutrition bars? With Ultimate Direction's Adventure Pocket you can pick and choose what you want to bring along if you need a little extra space. Perfectly paired with UD's Race Belt 5 you can expand your carrying capacity to personalize your setup for short, medium, or longer runs. The Flex Mono Mesh backing will help move sweat away from your..
The act of trail running might be simple - one foot in front of the other - but it can often involve a surprising amount of items. Thankfully, the Ultimate Direction Crew Roll is an innovative way to keep things organized so your car doesn’t end up looking like a used gear shop! No more rummaging through a vast, bottomless duffle bag at the trailhead either. The roll unfurls to rev..
Unless your local trails are equipped with water fountains every mile you’re going to need to bring water on your run to stave off dehydration. The Dynafit Flask shrinks as you sip, so not only does it get more portable as you go, it also minimizes the sloshing you get with regular water bottles. BPA/PVC free and integrates perfectly with Dynafit running packs and belts. It’s the s..
The Dermatone Spot Protection Stick protects you not only from the sun but from cold and windburn as well - not uncommon conditions on peaks and ridgelines. Designed to be easy to apply without stopping, the sunscreen is a solid that rubs on like lip balm. That way you don't have to worry about classic liquid sunscreen bursting everywhere when you open it at 12,000 feet. The large ..
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According to the International Journal for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (Hosseinlou et al., 2013), 16 degree Celsius (~ 60 F) water is the most efficient temperature for rehydration - hotter and you lose water through sweat, colder and your body loses energy to warm up the water. Thanks to Dynafit's Race Thermo Bottle, you can keep your water at this perfect temperature for o..
For those who are counting every gram but don't want to run in snowy conditions without an arrest tool, you may recognize the CAMP Corsa Race Ice Axe from your lucid dreams. Designed specifically for skimo racing, CAMP pulled out all the stops to shave weight without compromising the functionality of the tool. At a minuscule 188g, you will barely notice the Corsa Race on your pack ..
Sometimes your skyrun will take you places the average runner (or hiker) seldom accesses. Snowfields, ice sheets, and glaciers are all alpine obstacles that may lie in the path of your run, and there is hardly a better tool for runners to handle adverse frozen terrain than the CAMP Corsa Alpine Ice Axe. Compared to similar axes, the CAMP Corsa and Corsa Race axes, the Corsa Alpine ..
You’re welcome to wear a car headlight on your head, but if you want something much lighter and seemingly just as bright, the Petzl Swift RL headlamp is your best bet. Pumping out an impressive 900 lumens on its highest setting, it’ll light up the trail ahead of you... and the whole mountain for that matter. In fact, the Swift is the brightest headlamp in Petzl's lineup (aside from..
The Dermatone Medicated Lip Balm is the premier product for keeping your kissers chap-free and happy. With five active ingredients between your lips and the cruel alpine climate, Dermatone is the definitive defender from sun, wind, and cold. A thick, 30 SPF formula keeps you protected longer so you're less likely to forget to reapply and get chapped or burnt. Toss one in your pack,..
Would your mother be ashamed of the current state of your trail running kit? Fear not, simply throw them in the wash with some Nikwax Garment Care and they'll be good as new. Those smells, stains, and stenches will be gone forever (or at least until next time). Nikkwax is also extremely useful if you’ve been feeling as if your “water-resistant” clothing is no longer resistant to wa..
A well-fitting pair of glasses is not one size fits all, as not all heads are the same shape and size. Thankfully, Julbo recognizes this and produced the Aerolite glasses so that those of us with smaller heads aren't excluded from the benefits of Julbo's performance optics. Boasting much of the same technology as Aero Sunglasses, the Aerolites have a narrower frame to better fit wo..
The Dynafit Alpine Bottle Holder is an elegant solution to the challenges of keeping your liquids liquid and easily accessing said liquids without breaking stride. When running on frigid mountain trails, the insulation in this bottle holder will help keep your water above its freezing point in cold conditions. A vertical velcro strap and horizontal clip make this bottle holder easy..
Maxed out the filter in your Katadyn Be Free Filtration Bottle? The Katadyn Be Free Filter will save the day. Once you’ve used your previous filter for roughly 1000 liters, simply switch it out with a new one. This will enable you to keep making all of your friends jealous as you drink from horrendous streams and they’re hallucinating from dehydration. As always, the filter removes..
Do you commonly find yourself on the verge of collapse from dehydration because you don't want to bother with bringing heavy, sloshing water? With the Katadyn Be Free Filtration Bottle (BPA Free) you can literally drink those problems away. Just find a source of water, running or still, and fill the bottle. The filtration system will clear the water of 99.9% of bacteria and 99.9% o..
Do you ever think to yourself midrun, “Gosh, I could really go for a massive milkshake right now!" Well, enter the Ultimate Direction Reservoir. While we don't necessarily recommend topping it off with frozen desserts, you can if you want because the bladder is just that versatile. It's easy to clean and fits well into most packs, though it will work best in a bag that is in the 10..
The Superfeet Green Insole is for feet with high arches and volume that need underfoot support. Without support underneath, the arch may "collapse." This results in straining your underfoot and splaying out the toes and metatarsals which ultimately changes the shape of your foot inside the shoe. Aside from being uncomfortable and maybe even painful, an arch that is not well support..
The Superfeet Blue Insole is their middle-of-the-road footbed that offers support for medium height arches and greater heel stability. By supporting your arch, the insole holds your foot in a more natural position, which alleviates soreness and shifting within the shoe. This is especially appreciated on longer runs. The Blue Insole takes up a bit more volume than the thinner Carbon..
The Superfeet Carbon Insole is the thinnest and lightest of Superfeet's footbed lineup. Thin enough to not jeopardize the performance fit of snug-fitting race shoes, yet still provides support for your arch and stability for your heel. Of course, a sprinkling of cushioning is thrown in for good measure. Moisture-wicking and antimicrobial materials help keep the insoles fresh and dr..
Behold the CAMP Action Bottle! From the very first single-celled organisms drifting through the primordial soup, life has never been able to exist on this planet without water. This is especially true for large, bipedal mammals scampering along ridgelines for the sake of fun. Thankfully, 1.4 million years of human evolution has created the CAMP Action Bottle so that we silly sapien..
Running with an unprotected ice axe may sound like a bad idea... because it is! The CAMP Ice Axe Spike Protector is a little rubber cap that slides over the spike of your axe so it can't scratch you or your gear when it's not in use. You'll only have to ruin one vest to realize you should have covered your spike - so learn this lesson the easy way and grab a Spike Protector today...
The CAMP Ice Axe Head Protector is a rubber cap for your axe that covers both the tip of the pick and the adze thus protecting you and your gear from the pointy bits during travel and storage. But when it's time to bust out the tool, simply stash the protector in a pocket. Designed to fit the Corsa line of axes, the Head Protector will keep your axe sharp while keeping everything e..
You've got a bottle to hold your water, but what's going to hold the bottle? The CAMP Action Bottle Holder is a versatile solution to all of your bottle-holding hangups. A combo of an upper vertical velcro strap and a center lateral strap make it easy to attach to a vest, pack, or even your dog's collar! A small elastic pouch on either the right or left side (your choice!) is perfe..
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When running in high alpine environments, it pays to expect the unexpected. With the CAMP Corsa Ice Axe on your pack, snow-covered paths won't force you to turn back early or, worse, risk it all during a sketchy traverse. The full aluminum construction is lightweight for easy, burden-free carry while remaining resilient to trail abuse. Similarly, its pick is great for running since..