Much of running’s appeal lies in its simplicity. Yet, it’s also a given that the right gear can up both the fun and safety factors. All things new and shiny with regards to the great outdoors were on display at the August 3-6 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City. Scroll through the gallery to see the gear you’ll be coveting in 2017.
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Safe Reflections Brilliant Reflective
Each package ($10) comes with 30 square inches—the amount necessary to create biomotion or sense of movement—of reflective stickers or iron patches. Updating a favorite running jacket, adding reflective pops to trekking poles or adding reflective safety to a running costume is as easy as peeling and sticking or ironing. The peel-and-stick version is removable, the iron-on version is permanent. Stickers currently come in four colors.
Buff USA UV Arm Sleeves
Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable, these arm sleeves ($25) provide UPF 40+ without the hassle of sunscreen. Silicone dots hold the sleeves in place and they have reflective accents for visibility.
Camelbak Quick Stow
A new soft flask, the Quick Stow is made from a stiffer TPU than most soft flasks, making it easier to hold, fill and maneuver. It holds a half liter of water and comes in traditional, shown on the right, ($20) and insulated ($28) versions. Also be on the lookout for new hydration reservoirs and packs. CamelBak’s Crux reservoirs have a higher flow per sip and improved reservoir designs.
Folk Rebellion Let’s Wander Where the Wifi is Weak long sleeve shirt
Post-run lounging takes a social conscious bent in this Folk Rebellion long sleeve ($58). Jess Davis founded the Brooklyn-based company more than two years ago with the belief that as a society we need to temper technology usage, and believes that “less tech is the next wellness trend.”
Lucy Indigo Collection Run Tights
Lucy Activewear is launching the Indigo Collection, a four-piece collection of denim designs laser printed on technical fabrics. The Run Tights ($128) may look like your favorite skinny jeans, but they have the wicking fabric, wide waistband and reflective pops you want on the run.
Osprey Duro 1.5
Osprey debuted a new line of gender specific running accessories that includes handhelds, belts and packs. Packs like the men’s Duro 1.5 ($90) come with a new (for Osprey) soft-backed reservoir, a whistle, bite valve magnet and lots of pockets.
Early morning and evening runs often make runners a moving target for bloodthirsty mosquitos. Bites are annoying, but the threat of Zika virus makes them scary too. Para Kito is launching a new mosquito repellant band, the only existing prototype is shown above, with athletes in mind ($20). Waterproof with welded tech, the barely-there band is outfitted with refillable mosquito repellant pellets. The DEET-free pellets are made of essential oils and last for about 15 days.
Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set
This pack ($140) is the end result of asking a bunch of trail runners what they want to see in a hydration pack. Lightweight yet durable materials, minimized straps, a streamlined design and easy-access pocket placement provide all you need conveniently and comfortably close at hand.
Timex Ironman GPS
Billed as “the Simplest GPS Watch, Ever,” the latest sport watch ($100) from Timex has intuitive, one-button functionality, a 12-hour battery life (even in full GPS mode) and charges with a micro USV port—meaning no proprietary cords!
The North Face Flight Series Warp Capri
The structure-without-seams component of these capris ($120) is definitely interesting. Even more so is the warp construction, meaning you can cut the length, without needing to hem or worry about them unraveling, for a semi-customizable fit.