How to choose technical trail running clothes?
Trail running being an active sport, the first criteria for a piece of trail running clothing should be breathability and lightness. The trail runner should remain dry during the entire session thanks to moisture wicking fabrics. If the weather turns bad, a windproof and waterproof trail running jacket finishes well your outfit by keeping you dry, this time from the outside. In summer, the trail running T-shirt and trail running shorts combo is very efficient to feel as comfortable as possible. While in winter, or between seasons, when the temperature drops, you can opt for clothes with long sleeves such as trail running tights, pants or a warmer jacket. For really cold weather, in the same way as for Nordic skiing, you can choose to wear technical underwear as a base layer, providing warmth while wicking away sweat. And for those looking for any possible gains, we recommend compression clothing, for improved recovery after an intense session or to reduce muscle vibrations when running on uneven terrain.
Clothes for women and men, choosing the right outfit
Even though most of our trail running clothes are gender less, you will find items specifically developed for women or men body shapes, for better fit, comfort and performance. Perfect for beginner or expert runners, for training or racing, long-sleeved or short-sleeved, you are sure to find a trail running garment suited to you, no matter the season. There is a wide choice of technical clothing from every brand, in any colour and size, from a simple T-shirt to a breathable sports bra. So, trail runners, make your choice among our online store and do not hesitate to ask for personalised advice to our experts via chat or phone.
What to wear when it rains?
Even if the weather is unfavourable, it is always possible to go out, because as the saying goes: “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Made of technical materials, running clothes are perfectly adapted to running in the rain, wind and cold. A proper windproof and waterproof trail running jacket is very efficient to tackle storms or be prepared for temperature changes thanks to its lightness. It is also breathable, with strategically placed ventilation panels, for example under the arms or on the sides. A must-have to carry with you for runs in the mountains where the weather can change suddenly, especially with important altitude differences. Just like a T-shirt and shorts, a windproof rain jacket is a trail running garment that follows you everywhere!
What are the brands of trail running equipment?
Among trail running brands, you can find the iconic Ascics and Adidas, who possess a great knowledge of running. It is worth mentioning names such as Dynafit, Scott and La Sportiva, who are mountain specialists and offer a complete clothing range with innovative materials for all your sessions in nature. Bjorn Daehlie, a Norwegian brand from the cross-country skiing world uses its expertise in endurance sports for trail running by producing lightweight and breathable clothes. You will find others well-known brands, offering a wide choice of trail running clothing for every season!
Is compression clothing a good idea?
Compression clothes spark debate in the world of trail running and sports in general, even if the performance gain in a race is debatable, they possess real assets. Compression limits muscle vibrations and movements, for running, it is estimated that vibrations are reduced from 15 to 20 % at the level of the calves. For trail runners specifically, it provides non-negligible protection for eccentric movements, allowing to recover better after a session, knowing that descents are genuine leg-breakers. Because naturally, recovery is the main advantage of compression clothing! After a traumatising exercise for the muscles, wearing a trail running compression equipment reduces muscle inflammation and soreness. By fitting tightly around the thighs, it also provides warmth, a good catalyst for recovery. How to use a compression accessory properly? By wearing it 24 h to 48 h after an intense activity to reduce pain and regain your strength faster.