Most Popular Gear
Over the last two years, we've released dozens of gear guides. Here are some of the all time favorite products we've highlighted.
Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra
Brooks overhauled its design process on how its constructs sports bras for performance-oriented running and found a way to more optimally blend comfort and support. Made from a mix of moisture-wicking nylon and spandex, the Dare Crossback bra has a streamlined, form-fitting design with built-in cups, smartly placed perforations for breathability and a comfortable support band, but no hooks, zips or uncomfortable or unsightly straps. It provides the same level of comfort, style and performance for a range A/B to and C/D sizes, no matter if you’re running, going to yoga or at the gym.
ASICS Gel-Kayano 26
Weight: 11.1 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 9.2 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm
The Kayano has long been known as one of the best-fitting and most comfortable everyday running shoes for overpronating runners with low to flat arches. It’s a classic stability shoe with firmer medial-side foam to help offset a runner’s feet rolling inward upon hitting the ground, but it also provides plenty of cushioning and long-haul comfort thanks to the Gel cushioning units in the heel and forefoot.
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v5
Weight: 11.3 ounces (men’s size 9); 9.4 oz. (women’s size 7)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (32mm heel, 24mm forefoot)
Whoever says it doesn’t matter what your trail running shoes look like haven’t worn the latest edition of the Fresh Foam Hierro. This shoe is lit, and we’re not just talking about the eye-catching paint-splatter graphics package. With a cushy and stable Fresh Foam X midsole and a grippy, Vibram Megagrip outsole, the reconfigured Hierro can tackle moderate to intense terrain with aplomb thanks to the sturdy but flexible undercarriage and a reinforced upper that helps ensure a locked-down fit. And yes, we love the slick paint job, too.
Ultimate Direction Comfort Belt
Sometimes you need to carry stuff on a trail run — keys, gels, your phone, a gel, etc. — but you don’t want to wear a vest or a cumbersome pack. The Comfort Belt is a low-profile stash bad with four pockets for carrying anything you don’t want to carry in your hands, even a small soft bottle for your hydration needs or a lightweight shell jacket.
Brooks Launch 7
Weight: 9.2 oz. (men), 8.1 oz (women)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm
Who says good running shoes have to cost an arm and a leg? The Launch 7 is a lightweight, energetic everyday training shoe, and one of the very best in the $100 price range. If you’re looking for an affordable, training shoe that’s versatile enough to endure long runs and also quick enough to run faster, shorter workouts, the Launch 7 is the shoe for you.
Once a Runner by John Parker
Amidst the turmoil of Vietnam-Era America, Quinton Cassidy is kicked off his college track team, but obsessively pursues a 4 minute mile nonetheless. Absolute cult classic that no serious runner should live without.
Brian Metzler quite literally wrote the book on running shoes as the author of the very well-reviewed “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture & Cool of Running Shoes.” He is a sports journalist who has tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes and has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles. He was the founding editor of Trail Runner and Adventure Sports magazines, senior editor at Running Times, and Editor-in-Chief of Competitor magazine. He has also written for Outside, Runner’s World, Triathlete, Men’s Health, and Men’s Journal.