Great Gear Under Fifty Bucks
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In search of basics that are anything but? We’ve got you covered. Get kitted up for spring in style with REI’s affordable lineup of rough-and-tumble trail-running gear, all for under 50 bucks.
On The Trail Run Shorts
These no-nonsense shorts come with all the features you need for varied adventures. Wicking, breathable, four-way-stretch polyester fabric with a durable-water-repellent finish stays dry in a drizzle while wicking sweat and staying cool on toasty days.
A big lumbar pocket can hold mega snacks or a hat, and a quick side stash with a zip can hold keys and gels for quick access. A moisture-wicking liner means these babies are built to go to the distance in comfort.
This attractive tanks features a flowy fit, and the ultralight stretch-polyester fabric is perforated for improved wicking and breathability. Reflective details on the back add visibility for those early morning or evening road runs.
Desert Sun Tech T-Shirt
This is not your average T-shirt. Light and breathable, it wicks sweat and provides UPF 50+ sun protection. Seams are strategically mapped to avoid chaffing and irritation around the armpits and under a hydration vest. The fabric is buttery soft and dries in a flash.
Active Pursuit Shorts
A relaxed and flattering fit lets you stride in style. A 4.5-inch inseam provides adequate coverage, and a moisture-wicking liner keeps you cool and dry. These shorts are light, breathable and offer four-way stretch for great range of motion. The wide, flat waistband won’t pinch or sag and a drop-in stash pocket can hold a key, card or cash.
On The Trail Run Jacket
This shell is super light and packs down into its own pocket (you can wear it as an armband). The front, back and shoulders are ripstop nylon with a durable-water-repellent finish to shed light rain and block wind.
The sides and cuffs are moisture-wicking stretch polyester to keep you comfortable when you work up a sweat, and perforations around the arms enhance ventilation. Thumbholes provide over-the-hand coverage and lock the jacket in place when you’re really moving. Reflective detailing enhances visibility in low light.
On The Trail Vest
This ultralight vest sheds water, blocks wind and wicks sweat. The back is a perforated, moisture-wicking, quick-drying stretch polyester to keep you comfortable when you work up a sweat. A contoured hood sports elastic binding to stay snug when you’re hauling down the trail. It packs down into its own pocket and can be worn as an armband.
$10 for two pairs
At 10 bills for two pairs, these sweat-wicking and friction-resistant socks are a deal, offering padded heels for a cushy feel and a mid-crew rise for a little extra ankle protection. Who doesn’t need a couple of more pairs of socks?
Swiftland Trail Running Cap
This low-profile hat has enough style and tech specs to transition seamlessly from trail to brewpub (corona allowing, someday!). The crushable brim makes it easy to stash in a pack or pocket, and mesh side panels keep your head cool in the heat. UPF 30 protection and a generous brim keep you guarded from the sun and a moisture-wicking sweatband will keep your eyes nice and dry.
On The Trail Gaiters
These lightweight, Lycra gaiters will keep dirt and rocks out of your socks. A front hook locks these gaiters in place to protect your shoes and socks on rugged trail, and help prevent blisters. A simple design makes these easy to slip on and off so that you’re ready for whatever trail conditions you encounter.
Zoë Rom is Assistant Editor at Trail Runner , host of the DNF Podcast and a trail running coach. She enjoys podcasts and pizza.