Blazing Trail, Outside Buyer's Guide, Spring 2017

Run Women SBG WEBGet up, go long, and get after it

a. Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra- Light socks $16

This sock’s thin merino-nylon fabric does a lot with a little: dries fast, staves off blisters, and makes your foot and shoe feel like one.

b. Altra Provision 3.0 shoes $120

With a stiff shank in
the midsole that keeps your foot from buckling, these meshy 8.5-ounce kicks helped both road and trail runners avoid ankle sprains. They also made us feel stronger on uneven terrain and into double-digit mileage.

c. Outdoor Research Boost jacket $99
Wind and rain protection at the shoulders, chest, and arms combined with breathable panels everywhere else meant this shell didn’t steam up during uphill slogs.

d. The North Face Better Than Naked Long Haul short $60
TNF gifted its shorts with tremendous freedom of movement. Plus, it’s fun. This airy and loose two-piece was perfectly cool and dry on muggy days.

e. SQN Sport Pocket capris $75

Thanks to silky, friction-foiling fabric and a snug fit, these tights close the book on chafing. Svelte thigh pockets allow for quick smartphone draws.

f. Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer tank $44

Made from ultrathin bamboo-blend fabric, this racerback wicks sweat like a synthetic—minus the stink.

g. Dr. Cool Chillband Studio Women’s headband $14

Add a little sweat and
a breeze to this poly-spandex headband, and you get what amounts to a refreshing mid-run ice pack.

h. Brooks Run Happy Sherpa visor $28

With a just-right brim providing ample coverage without being floppy, this visor’s smooth liner mopped away sweat as fast as we produced it.

i. Nike Flex Motion sunglasses $210
These sporty shades are wannabe aviators with a sticky nosepiece and lightweight frame sleek enough for running.

j. Katadyn BeFree 0.6L water filter $40
A filter in the BeFree’s cap renders suspect water safe to drink. When empty, the flask flattens for streamlined storage.