Entering the world of fell and off-road running means a whole new adventure of terrains, trails and challenges. Whether you’re beginning the venture on to the fells or gearing up for an upcoming event, taking the right kit is your key to success.
Here’s our must-have kit list to help you prepare and feel confident when heading into the hills…
Top choice: Salomon Thundercross, Saucony Peregrine 13, Brooks Cascadia 17 and Altra Lone Peak 7
Starting from the ground up, opting for a sturdy shoe with an aggressive outsole gives you extra traction for the slopes and tricky demands of off-road adventures. If you’re unsure of what pair would suit your needs best, pop into your local Up & Running and our team would be happy to advise!
Top choice: Ronhill Golden hour Tee
Going for a moisture-wicking base layer will keep the sweat at bay as you reach your peaks. Lightweight and breathable tops such as the Ronhill Golden Hour Tee will keep you cool and feeling fresh.
Top choice: Brooks Canopy Jacket
As head up to new heights, the changing can be hard to pack for, so taking a windproof and water-resistant jacket can help shield you against unpredictable conditions. Our pick of the season is the Brooks Canopy Jacket, designed with a packable layer so you can take it on any adventure with ease.
Top choice: Ronhill Twin Shorts, Pressio leggings
Depending on your preference and the weather conditions can determine the best choice for you. Going for a twin short that has a breathable and supportive inner layer with a lightweight and high-wicking outer will give you the comfort you need for a distraction-free run. Take a look at the Twin Short collection from Ronhill.
If you prefer a legging, we suggest opting for a moisture-wicking fabric for quick drying when you need it most, added storage is a bonus for ease when reaching your mid-run necessities. Take a look at the Pressio range for high performance and sustainability.
Top choice: Hilly, Balega and Moggans
Finding the right pair of socks is crucial when it comes to hitting the off-road routes, to keep your feet feeling fresh and blister-free through the terrains. A double-layer style will keep the friction at bay as the going gets tough, crew length also gives added protection against debris and scratches – take a look at our socks range including Hilly, Balega and Moggans for the perfect pair.
Top choice: Ciele, Ronhill, Sealskinz
Going off-road can mean adding a few more items to the kit list, packing a hat, visor, buff and gloves could be necessary depending on the weather conditions. As the temperature drops, reaching for windproof gloves and neck buff keeps the chill away and adds the extra warmth your body may need.
The added extras
Top choices: Shot Bloks, Zero tabs, Ultimate Direction vests
It’s hard to know all the little extras you might need, packing hydration, energy gels and bars will keep you well-equipped to maintain your energy levels, our favourites are the Shot Bloks and Zero tabs. Taking a handheld bottle, hydration vest or belt will help when you need an added boost, the latest collection of Ultimate Direction running vests gives the perfect selection to find the right style and size that suits your fell running needs.
Don’t forget to check your upcoming event or race website for any specific items you may need such as a map, a compass, and a whistle. Each event is different so make sure to check these when packing your kit!
Remember to balance between preparation and not overpacking! As you gain more experience, you will be able to refine your kit list to take the off-road adventure and conquer the fells and trails with confidence.
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