‘Tis the season to be gifting, and if you have a trail runner in your inner circle, you might be wondering what they still need. Isn’t their gear drawer already overflowing? The short answer is, there is no such thing as too much gear! And if you take the big ticket items like shoes and hydration packs out of the picture (because those should be personally fitted), what to buy for your trail girl or guy?
Here are our top trail gift suggestions of the season.
Socks! This is not the same as giving Uncle Bob a pair of navy socks with his soap-on-a-rope every year. A trail runner’s sock game is a big deal. Blister control, cooling technology, moisture wicking, seamless designs and some that even promise to reduce or illuminate foot odour. A sock is simply not just a sock…
Balega Socks from R135 to R200 a pair. Shop on Takealot or at RUN Store.
Sunscreen is a trail running must, and trail runners go through tons of the stuff. Go for non-sticky formulas that last on a long run, such as Island Tribe (Clicks), Techniblock (Sportsmans Warehouse) or Dermalogica Sport.
Dermalogica Sport SPF 50 R595. Available through Dermalogica stockists.
Waterproof phone covers aren’t just for rain runs. They also protect a phone from moisture damage caused by sweat and allow for stress-free river crossings or mid run dam dips. A Jiffy Bag just doesn’t cut it.
The Sea to Summit TPU Audio Waterproof Case features a 3.5mm TRRS audio connector, giving the same audio signals and controls as your phone's built-in connector. So runners can even play their top trail tunes and take calls while their phones stay safe and dry.
R299 through RUN Store and other leading outdoor stores across South Africa
And whilst we are on the subject of trail runes, running specific earphones are a thing, and flapping wires can actually be avoided.
Geist 36BL Wireless Bluetooth Running Earphones are sweat and splash proof and feature a unique neck-strap as well as 10 hours of audio time.
R499 through Takealot
Running headwear has come a long way since the humble sweatband of the 80s. Trail runners currently tend to favour a combination of Buff® and trucker style caps.
The classic Buff® is also available in a high UV protection variety. A seamless, multifunctional tubular accessory made with Coolmax Extreme for sun protection and moisture wicking.
R285 in sports and outdoor stores across South Africa
If you run trail and don’t own at least one trucker… can you even call yourself a trail runner?
The Raidlight trucker cap will sort anyone’s trail cred out. R275 on www.raidlight.co.za
When it comes to trail fuel and hydration solutions, every trail runner has their preferences. We really love nuun for its clean ingredients.
Packed with electrolytes, light flavour, nuun active hydration is the perfect sports drink.
R130 for a tube of ten tablets on www.nuun.co.za
And with that, it is time for the Wildrunner team to kick back and do some of our own running for a change. We’re closing HQ from 15 December until 8 January. Wishing you all a great festive season, packed with single track, of course. Thanks for a great 2017.