By: Marissa Buyck
Any runner should be equipped with these essentials. Whether you’re an experienced runner or just starting out, it’s crucial to make sure you have the proper gear for when you hit the road or trail. Sometimes it’s the weather you have to look out for, sometimes it’s the low-light hours, we have a list of 5 must-haves that will be able to keep you prepared for (almost) any situation. That way you can spend less time worrying about the conditions, and more time focusing on your run.
5. Hydration Gear
No matter the distance you’re running, staying hydrated is key. The average person needs about 5 oz of water for every 15 minutes of exercise, which adds up to 20 oz for each hour. Even if you’re going out for a quick run, carrying water can help improve your performance and recovery.
For runners that are more minimalist or for shorter runs that require less storage we have our Quickstart 4L and Quickstart 6L. These packs are one size fits most, have minimal pockets, a streamlined design, and allow you to carry water, your phone, keys, card, energy gels - without all the extra stuff.
Or if vests are more your speed, we have our Vapor Air and Airess 7L vests, which have an adaptive sizing system that helps fine tune the fit to your body.
For runners that are running in more desolate areas or for longer runs that require a lot of storage, we have our Trail Mix 7L and 12L packs. These packs will support even the most rugged runs with their collection of off the grid features. From trekking pole loops to extra pockets for storage, this pack is designed to keep you supported throughout your run.
4. Reflective & Visibility Gear
In low light hours, reflective and visibility gear are crucial to keep you seen and safe. While reflectivity and lighting are usually thought to apply to nighttime running only, running in the morning is time that requires just as much reflectivity and lighting to stay safe. At Nathan, we believe you run safe when you have 3 points of light on you – two reflective points, one of your front, one on your back, as well as a light to help you see.
For reflective options, we have reflective vests that range from our more minimal Vibe Reflective Vest to our Streak Reflective Vest, which provides the most reflective coverage.
For lights we have our clip-on strobe lights that allow you to pick and choose where you’d like your points of light to be. We also have our Neutron headlamp that designed to be lightweight and steady - perfect for runners.
3. Sport Laundry Detergent
Good running apparel is an investment. It’s meant to hold up against the weather, wear and tear, as well as all the rough conditions you put yourself through. It needs to last through sweat and mud and rain. Take care of your apparel and you’ll allow it to maximize its functionality and longevity. And taking care of it, starts with washing it properly.
Get rid of those pesky stains and odors, while also preserving the fabric technology and color with our Power Wash Detergent. Your apparel will be working properly for years to come.
2. Running Jacket
There’s nothing worse than heading out a run without the proper weather gear. It could be wind, rain, or a sudden drop in temperature that leaves you feeling uncomfortable during your run. Next time, bring the Stealth Jacket with you and be protected from the elements. The Stealth is our lightest jacket yet. It’s a windbreaker without the annoying ‘swish’ sound and it has all the bells and whistles you want, with none of the extra stuff to weigh you down.
Our jackets have a wind adapted hood, thumbholes, zippered chest pocket for the essentials, and the best feature yet – it packs up into its own pocket, which makes it easy to stuff in your pack or vest when you don’t need it.
1. Running Shorts
Comfortable running shorts are a game changer. There’s nothing that can ruin a run faster than an uncomfortable short that rides up or causes you to chafe. That’s why our running shorts are designed with the runner in mind. Before releasing our shorts, we put them to the test, making sure that distance, heat, sweat, or weather won’t cramp your style. These shorts are moisture wicking, quick drying, and have reflective detail to keep you safe.
For those that prefer a compression liner, we have our Front Runner shorts.
Or, for those that prefer the less is more method, we have our unlined Essential shorts for men and our Essential Shorts for women.