Spring Gear Essentials


12 Fresh Picks for Race-day Runs

As the snow melts and race season kicks off, start training right by adding some new spring gear to your closet. From apparel to tech, we pick items that should top your must list.

blue Buff Pack Run Cap hat

Buff Pack Run Cap

Delivering UPF 50 sun protection when you need it, this crushable hat can be folded and tucked in a pocket when clouds roll in. Built of moisture-wicking polyester, it regains its shape whenever it’s unfolded while taking up virtually no space. $30

blue and yellow Brooks Women’s Stealth Tee

Brooks Women’s Stealth Tee

Constructed to reduce irritation, this ultralight, quick-dry top is the perfect race-day partner. Its mesh inserts sit close to skin and wick away perspiration to keep you comfortable without weighing you down. $46 tee

blue Smartwool Men’s Merino Sport 150 Tech Tee

Smartwool Men’s Merino Sport 150 Tech Tee

The temperature regulation and odor resistance benefits of Merino wool make it ideal for race day, and Smartwool’s upped the ante with this new tee. Features flatlock seam construction to eliminate chafing, engineered mesh to boost breathability, and a bit of polyester for fast drying. $65

JayBird Run XT earbuds

JayBird Run XT

Cut the cord on your earbuds with this wireless pair. Now fully sweat and waterproof, enhanced sound and Bluetooth capabilities deliver uninterrupted jams for a whole marathon on a single charge. $180

maroon Kari Traa Women’s Isabelle Capri

Kari Traa Women’s Isabelle Capri

When runs heat up, put the Isabelles on. These four-way stretch tights use big mesh panels on the inner and outer thighs to move moisture away and silicone grippers to hold everything in place. $40

black Saxx Men’s 2N1 Pilot Running Shorts

Saxx Men’s 2N1 Pilot Running Shorts

Beloved underwear brand SAXX gained fame for its hammock-style pouch that supports the boys, and now it’s taken this design into running shorts. Pairing an ultralight shell with this supportive Ballpark Pouch liner, they’re a favorite for the road, trail, and racecourse.

mens runderwear

Women's runderwear


What you wear under your workout wear matters, and Runderwear is a winner for men and women seeking chafe-free comfort from their underthings. The soft fabric and seamless design prevent irritation while performance fabric wicks sweat to keep you dry. $28 men, $23 women

Under Armour HOVR Shoes

Under Armour HOVR Shoes

Step into the 2019 race season with this high-tech shoe embedded with a sensor that tracks your run, cadence, stride length, and more in the MapMyRun™ app—without toting a phone or GPS watch. Built for distance training, this neutral cushioned model balances a plush feel with speedy performance. $120

GU Hoppy Trails Energy Gel pack

GU Hoppy Trails Energy Gel

Bring the brewery to your run—without the boozy buzz—using this energy gel with a hoppy flavor. Contains easily digestible carbohydrates, sodium to aid in hydration, and just 100 calories, making it ideal for race refueling. $36 for box of 24

Balega Blister Resist No Show Sock blue and gray

Balega Blister Resist No Show Socks

Little is worse than a blister during a marathon. Fight them with natural mohair, the not-so-secret ingredient in these blister-fighting socks. This renewable fiber protects against friction blisters, regulates your temperature, resists shrinking, and stretches without losing its shape. $13

Nathan SpeedShot Plus Insulated Flask water bottle

Nathan SpeedShot Plus Insulated Flask

When it comes to racing, every second counts. Skip the water stops and bring this insulated flask along with improved gripless hand strap. Outer pocket stows gels, keys, and credit cards that you may need at the finish line. $32

Munk Pack Protein Cookie packaging

Munk Pack Protein Cookie

Post race, you need more than a banana at the finish line. Refuel on the go with this guilt-free cookie with 18 grams of plant protein. Contains no sugar alcohols, gluten, soy, dairy, or eggs. $23.99 for 12-pack


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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