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Regardless of whether you’re new to trail running and road running, or have been doing it for years, it’s always great to see what other women train in. If you’re new to the sport, seeing what experienced runners don when they hit the trails or road might help you when it comes to making better gear decisions – like wearing a visor to keep your hair out of your eyes!

Here are Salomon Ambassador, Dan Feldmanns’s tried and testing trail and road running go-to’s when it comes to wardrobe.

Gear up for a Trail Run 

Anything under three hours is what I’d consider a short training run, so I pack quite minimally. Here are my go-to’s for a shorter trail run:

Accessories:

S/LAB Sense Ultra 5L hydration pack – a lightweight pack with enough space for all my nutrition and gear requirements.

A Visor – it protects against sunburn and keeps the hair out of my face.

Apparel:

Wind breaker – it can be windy or a bit chilly on the mountain, and a wind breaker is light and small to pack and provides that added warmth and protection from the wind

Running Vest – it’s light and cool and also absorbs sweat well. For shorter/faster runs I prefer sleeveless running tops. 

Agile Shorts – These are lightweight, breathable and quick drying, are are my go to shorts for any run.

Sense Socks – I wear a slightly thicker sock that offers great protection, while still giving you great flexibility in your running shoe.

Shoes:

S/Lab Sense 6 – This particular shoe is a lightweight shoe with a minimalist feel, and are great for shorter days out on the trails. 

Food :

On shorter runs I take 2 x Bars and water. With a good breakfast, I don’t need to fuel too much during a shorter run.

Gear up for a Road Run

Road running is a great way to improve general fitness and speed, especially if you’re a trail runner. Here’s what I wear on my road runs: 

Accessories:

A Visor – protection from the sun and to keeps my hair out of my face 

Apparel:

Agile Tank – light and cool, also absorbs sweat well. Nice and bright to be visible on the road

Agile Shorts

XA socks – no need for a longer sock on a road run, and thinner sock also works well in a road shoe

Shoes:

Sonic RA Pro– a super light comfy shoe, to give that support and extra cushioning for the harder road surface

Food :

A bar in my back pocket or even a gel works well if it’s a longer road run.

Gear up for a Trail Adventure 

There is nothing more exciting than the onset of the weekend when you know you have a whole morning or even better, day, to play out on the trails. For longer trail adventures, I modify my wardrobe slightly. Here’s what I wear:

Accessories:

ADV Skin 12L hydration pack – for a longer day out, this pack provides more space for gear, food and water

Salomon Trucker cap – to cover both my head and face (being out there for a good few hours, you want to protect yourself from the sun as best you can)

Buff – I use as a headband (sweat), or put it around my wrist to wipe my face when sweating or even a runny nose in colder conditions

Apparel:

Lightning Waterproof jacket – Super lightweight and snug fit. Has a waterproof inner lining to keep you warm and dry during cold and wet conditions

Sleeved Agile Tee - exposed shoulders for many hours can leave you with some nasty burn, so for longer days outdoors I prefer a Tee with sleeves. This top is great as it still offers great ventilation and moisture management

Agile Shorts

Longer socks – I prefer a longer sock for longer days outdoors to prevent dirt/mud from getting in between your foot and the sock. With winter basically here, you might want to consider Agile long tights for trail adventures, especially if you’re going to be hiking up bigger mountains and thus slowing down a bit.

Shoes:

S/Lab Ultra 2 – these are softer than the s/lab sense 6’s, with more cushioning and a higher heel to toe drop provide my feet with more support and comfort for a longer day out.

Food :

Being out there for a longer duration, and at a slower pace, I would most likely take more substantial food items which take longer to digest (bananas, nuts, sandwich and dates) and keep my energy levels up for many hours. On a longer day, I would ideally also take along some type of energy drink instead of plain water.

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I prefer a longer sock for longer days outdoors to prevent dirt/mud from getting in between your foot and the sock.”

The above might sound obvious, or like mundane advice to the seasoned trail runners out there, but for those who have never thought of or been told something like this, it can be the advice that saves them from their first blister-filled 10km race!  

Dan Feldmann, one times elite runner and all round outdoor chick, shares her running wardrobe in the hopes of giving you an idea of the type of kit needed for a comfortable run!

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“I wear a visor to not only protect against sunburn, but to keep my hair out of my face too.”

Regardless of whether you’re new to trail running and road running, or have been doing it for years, it’s always great to see what other women train in. If you’re new to the sport, seeing what experienced runners don when they hit the trails or road might help you when it comes to making better gear decisions – like wearing a visor to keep your hair out of your eyes!

Salomon ambassador and top trail runner, Dan Feldmann, share’s her trail running and raod running wardrobe tips, and gives you an idea of her training go-to’s.

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