TRAIL RUNNING GEAR
While none of this gear is required for trail running, this is common gear you will see out on the trails and may help increase your experience on the trails.
This is one of the most common pieces of gear that trail runners use. A good hydration vest allows you to carry water, and any other gear you may need, comfortably and easily accessible. A good hydration vest should bit snug, like a tight-fitting shirt, in order to prevent bouncing or chafing. These vest come in various storage capacities, the most common being 2L, 5L, 8L and 12L. This refers to the amount of storage space, and NOT the amount of water capacity.
Trekking poles are a great way to help you get up those steep hills. Trekking poles help you use more of your upper body strength, in conjunction with your legs, to help you move along the trails quicker. Trekking poles come in a variety of styles and lengths. One of the most popular styles among trail runner is the Z-Fold style pole, because they can extend and fold up very quickly and can be stored easily.
Water filtration systems can help you be fast and light through the hills. They allow you to carry less equipment because you can refill without the worry of spending the next few days in the bathroom. Many companies such as Salomon and Katadyn have created filters for their soft flasks that can also fit into hydration vests or belts.