My favorite topic! I love talking about gear. I don’t particularly like spending money on gear, but I love how different it can make a run or a race. The right gear can make 7 kinds of hell feel just a little bit more tolerable. That amount could be the difference in finishing, not finishing or being able to Personal Best (PB) / Personal Record (PR).
Shoes: Currently I’m in about my 100th pair of Asics Nimbus. They are the all black the 21’s. They are road shoes, they are plush like a Cadillac and they will go 400 miles before needing to be replaced. For trail shoes I have both the Brooks Cascadia 11 and the Altra Lone Peak Mid. In the past I’ve tried Brooks Pure, Brooks Glycerin, Brooks Launch.
Watch: Currently I use the Garmin 230 (looks like the 230 has been discontinued) with one of two old heart rate straps. In the past I’ve used the Garmin 305 and the Garmin 910xt.
Heart Rate Strap: Garmin HRM Dual, however, I used this one forever and it just kept on ticking!
Clothes: Shirts: I don’t have anything that’s really a ride or die here. I use a lot of race shirts. These always feel too expensive to purchase, so I don’t really have many that are not race shirts. Shorts: I have all different kinds and there really aren’t any that are all that different. However, I will say that the LuLu Lemon shorts I have are pretty cool. They have a boxer brief in them which helps with chafing. They also have 2 regular pockets and one zip pocket which is always helpful. Underwear: I really like Road Runner Sports branded briefs as running specific underwear. I know it seems strange, but then you keep everything separate and where it needs to be. I’ll leave it at that.
Hat: Honey Stinger
Socks: You might wonder if there is really all that much different. Here is one place where I will spend money. I feel there is a true difference here. I really like Feetures, Balega, Wright Sock and Jinji. They are all pretty expensive, but if you just slowly buy them over time you can build a nice collection.
Pack: Currently I have a few packs that are all CamelBak. They are different sizes for different scenarios. Self supported in the woods on an 18mi out and back vs some sort of support on a 10mi loop. I have the H.A.W.G / MULE for the longer stuff and the for the classic 50oz shorter stuff.
Race Vest: Solomon Advanced Skin
Hydration: I really like the CamelBak Podium Ice, Nathan speeddraw handheld or the Salomon collapsable.
Belt: I haven’t used a belt in a while, but I used for a really long time! I used something like this which had 4 10oz bottles and a velcro pocket. I also have something like a Nike Slim WaistPack that will stretch for my phone, but rarely use it.
Headphones: Currently I use Bose SoundSport Wireless. I used YurBuds for a while and before that I used Apple or anything lying around.
Cold weather gear: Gloves: I have 2 or 3 pairs of gloves that I wear. When it’s really cold one of those is a liner called FreezeOut. As for the other 2, one is called Craft thermal gloves and the others would be any cold weather race (like Houston marathon) that gives throw away gloves. Pants: I’ve been using UnderArmor cold gear run tapered. Beanie: Anything really works here, but if it’s really cold you can use FreezeOut as a head baselayer. Buff: I’ve heard the Buff brand works really well. I just use my Trail Racing Over Texas buff and it’s more than perfect!
Baselayer: I really like REI / Patagonia / SmartWool baselayers.
Sunglasses: Currently I’m wearing Native. I used to use 5.11 or Oakley.
Jacket: The only running specific jacket I have is the Patagonia Houdini. Super thin, folds up into the tiniest of items. Not super great for really cold or really wet. More just keeps mist and a little chill out.
Battery pack: Anything that will charge your phone is really all you need. However, since I’m a glutton for punishment I carry a 4200mAh or a 20000mAh pack
Blister control/chafing: Jinji socks, vasoline, bodyglide, chamois butt’r.
Software: Garmin Connect, Strava, RunKeeper, FitBit, Athlinks
Activity Tracker: Currently I use FitBit Charge 2 HR. I had the Charge HR and one other FitBit before that.
Scale: Currently I use the FitBit Aria. It connects with my activity tracker. I can export the info. It tracks body fat % as well as weight and bmi. WARNING: SOAP BOX: body fat % over BMI if you can. Scale accuracy, this is the least accurate, but is used for tracking change over time. I have also done under water weighing, bodpod, dexa, 3 site and 7 site caliper.
Blood pressure monitor: Nokia/Withings wireless blood pressure monitor
Compression: Not sure, I think it’s CEP but I’ll have to take a look.
Prehab: FoamRoller: TriggerPoint 2.0 and Perform Better Roller RollingStick: The Stick Lacrosse ball: TheraBands: Therapy Myofascial Release ball:
Orthotics: Custom by OakBend (for Plantar Fasciitis). If you want to try something out and not spend as much money you can check out SuperFeet.
MedKit (for long runs): Individual First Aid Kit
Headlamp: Petzl and Black Diamond
Gators: REI Gators
Thanks for sharing in this adventure with me!