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12 Gifts for the Trail Runner in Your Life

Find the right gift for every trail runner in your life with our editors' favorites from 2021.

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You know what time it is. It’s that post-Halloween awkward period when the real kooks have already started listening to Christmas music and the purists are just starting to think about what to serve with their Thanksgiving dinner. It’s holiday shopping time.

With pandemic-induced shipping delays and supply chain bottlenecks, hopping on the gift-giving train is the name of the game this season. What to get the runner who always answers your gifting queries with “socks, I guess?” We’ve got you covered with a few of our tried-and-trail-tested favorites.


TNF Flight VECTIV Guard Futurelight 


There’s a reason these babies come with that price tag: these shoes are great for getting it done in sloppy terrain. Lightweight but sturdy, they combine TNF’s springy carbon-plate VECTIV technology with a waterproof-breathable Futurelight membrane and integrated gaiter. A rockered midsole creates a sporty toe-off, and the zippered Futurelight upper provides next-level protection so trail runners can rock their snowy, muddy runs. 

Rabbit High Country Long Sleeve


Two words: Performance flannel. This versatile trail top is ready to go from the trailhead to the brewery and back again. Made from 54 percent recycled polyester, this sustainable fashion staple is ready to rock your next run (or zoom meeting, or coffee date, or tree-decorating sesh, the list goes on….)

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On Trail Breaker


With smart zoned ventilation and a sleek design, this top is built for rowdy frolicking in winter weather. Built specifically for trail running with weather-proofing where you need it and breathability where it counts, the Trail Breaker packs a punch of sweat-wicking style. Engineered to keep you dry on tough climbs, it makes the perfect gift for the year-round runner on your list. 


Oiselle Bird Hug Tights


These tights are warm and trail-ready. Reversible and smoother than butter, a micro-peached knit is ready for whatever weather or run is thrown at them. A bright floral pattern will bring a spot of sunshine to dreary winter months. The word “hug” is in the name for a reason, people. 

Rabbit Swish PRO Jacket


This bio-based, lightweight shell is perfect for protection from the elements on any trail run. It’s made from recycled coffee grounds, is water and wind-resistant, and packs down into a pocket. Reflective details give you visibility on the trails and the roads. 

Territory Run Co Long Haul Cap


This technical running trucker is made from ripstop nylon and features a built-in moisture-wicking sweatband and brim. This all-weather cap is built to go the distance. 

Roka Hamilton Sunglasses


Ultralight frames and no-slip construction make these shades perfect for sunny trail runs. Polarized lenses block glare and increase contrast on technical trails. Sweat-resistant interchangeable nose pads ensure a custom fit for every athlete. 

Janji Mercury Track Pants


These soft track pants are ready to hit the trails. With 4-way stretch and lightly peached for warmth, the moisture-wicking properties helps keep you warm and dry in tough winter conditions. For those of us who aren’t fans of leggings, stretchy performance pants are a must!

Tracksmith Inverno Gloves


These buttery soft gloves are built for chilly winter trail runs. Phone-tips let you interact with touch screens and reversed, extra-soft fabric on the thumb and forefinger is specifically engineered for wiping your nose (no joke, it’s genius). 

Salomon Sense Pro Belt


This simple, stretchy unisex belt is utilitarian and breathable just where you want it. Minimalist design fits like a second skin to eliminate chafing and bouncing and can carry all the snacks and water you need for a trail run. Extra bungees can carry poles with ample space for winter gear. 

Stance Crew Socks


These snug-fitting socks are guaranteed to never slide down and all-over cushioning offers an extra secure fit while maximizing comfort. Seamless toe closures mean no blisters and the woven design maximizes arch support to keep you comfortable over any number of miles. Plus, with designs ranging from Harry Potter and Batman to holiday themes like the Grinch, Elf and Christmas Vacation, you’re sure to find something for every runner in your life.

An Outside+ Membership


We know, we know…but what could be a better gift than a subscription to THE authority on off-road running? If you gift a subscription (or, just keep it…we won’t tell!) you’re giving five gorgeous print mags a year and access to our library of training, nutrition, strength content as well as unlimited access to our deep catalog of storytelling.  Memberships are the grease that keeps this old train rolling, and ensures that you’ll have access to Trail Runner online for years to come!

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