This year we’ve seen more trail running-inspired sneakers make their way into the mainstream than ever before. Technical performance brands are worn at Fashion Weeks around the world and the word “functionality” is on everybody’s lips.
Most of the time, though, these highly-technical products aren’t being used to their full potential. Lugged soles, BOA-lacing systems, and heat technology are all staples in trail running design and should be put to the test.
Maybe you fell in love with functional performance gear thanks to the way it looks and want to see how it holds up in the great outdoors. Maybe you’re tired of your workout routine and want to swap the gym for a bit of outdoor running. Whatever the reason, gearing up for a trail run isn’t as daunting and difficult as you might think. All you need is a pair of shoes and clothing that will keep you warm during these winter months.
Below, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite New Balance trail running products, ranging from lugged-sole shoes to running tights to lightweight running gloves.
The best New Balance trail running gear:
The kind of terrain you’re running on makes a huge difference to the type of footwear you should be wearing. When you’re trail running, it goes without saying that you need shoes with treaded outsoles for increased grip, as well as a sturdy upper that lends your leg, specifically your ankle, stability as you run. New Balance options like the Fresh Foam Hierro Boa come with a Vibram® MegaGrip outsole, a solid traction system that means you’re suitability equipped for all-terrain running, wet or dry. Other features include breathable uppers for when it gets a little warm, as well as the Boa® Closure System — allowing the user to customize comfort.
When you’re exercising, but particularly when you’re trail running, it’s important to help your body regulate its temperature. That means wearing apparel that keeps you warm during colder months and breathable gear when it’s summer. Products like the running tights above boast New Balance’s Heat technology, fine-tuned to capture and retain warmth while wicking away moisture, ensuring comfort as you run.
Depending on the length of your run and how comfortable you feel outdoors in the winter, you might want to get some accessories to help you stay warm. This could be anything from a fleece hat to gloves, both of which protect your extremities.