Trail Running is an amazing way to see the Irish outdoors and get fit at the same time. However, before you hit the trails, check out our gear guide to make sure you’re ready to go.
If you enjoy hiking but fancy a bit more speed and adrenaline, then Trail Running is for you. It’s an excellent combination of exploration, exercise and sight seeing. Unfortunately, your usual running shoes aren’t going to be sufficient. You’ll also want a light and sturdy backpack to carry your essentials. We’ve done the hard work for you and collated our favourite trail running gear below to get you kitted out.
1. Trail Running shoes
Trail running shoes are sturdier, have better grip, and are more cushioned than your usual running shoes. They’re built to survive the harder conditions and terrain that you’ll be dealing with out on the trails. Brands like Salomon, Inov-8, and Merrell are the specialists in the area, but recently sporting giants Adidas and Nike have started to turn heads in the market.
2. Trail Running rucksack
There’s only so far you can run with your phone and keys in your shorts pockets. This is even more so when you’re bouncing around up and down hills. A proper running rucksack is a real game changer and will make your treks much more comfortable. One of the key selling points of a trail running back pack is that the majority of them are compatible with hydration bladders, allowing you to stay hydrated as you go. A good rucksack should be lightweight, have 10-15 litres of capacity and fit close to your body to reduce bounce as you run.
3. Trail Map
Before you leave the house make sure you know where you’re going. You don’t want to run miles and not have the energy or knowledge of how to get home. You can’t always guarantee that your phone will have signal or be able to use GPS, so make sure you familiarise yourself with your route and don’t bite off more than you can chew when you’re starting out. We’ve compiled our favourite routes for all difficulty levels here to get you started.