There’s nothing like a great run: the combination of fresh air, a great workout, some great scenery, and the feel-good feeling of a post-workout stretch is quite addicting. Our team of writers and editors rack up thousands of miles every year, and many of us have been running for more than 20 years. And over the miles, we’ve tested some outstanding shoes, socks, gear, and apparel that have helped make our workouts all the more enjoyable.
We’ve wrapped our favorite, trail-tested gear into our gift guide for runners. Find the perfect gift idea for someone on your list – or some great new shoes and apparel for your own workouts. Need inspiration on a great place to run in the South? Check out our favorite Atlanta running trails, some of our all-time favorite places to score a great workout with a great view.
COMFORT MILE AFTER MILE
adidas Outdoor Terrex Two BOA
This running shoe from adidas Outdoor provides plenty of cushion and comfort for high mileage days out on the trail. The lightweight EVA midsole offers protection from rough trail surfaces, and the breathable mesh upper keeps our feet cool on hot, humid days. A grippy Continental Rubber outsole keeps us firmly planted on the ground, and the BOA closure system offers a snug and secure fit.
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POWER UP, POWER THROUGH, RECOVER
GU Energy Snacks & Drinks
We’ve been longtime fans of GU and their line of energy, hydration, and recovery products. From pre-workout energy chews to post-workout hydration, GU keeps us moving and feeling great. Each product satisfies specific energy and nutrients needs for sustained activity and performance. And the products not only work great, but they taste great, too! Among our favorites are the Carmel Stroopwafels, Watermelon Energy Chews, and Lemon Lime Hydration Drink Tabs.
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WEAR OUTSIDE OFTEN
Atlanta Trails Shirts
We print our shirts in small batches on the softest, comfiest shirts we’ve worn! Our crew designs our Atlanta Trails shirts in-house, and we screen print them locally in Atlanta. These tri-blend shirts are perfect for adventures out on the trail, chilling at home, or curled up in a hammock at the campsite.
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AGILE TRAIL RUNNER
Merrell Agility Peak Flex Trail Running Shoe
The Agility Peak Flex keeps us moving on the trail with a super comfortable, cushiony ride. The shoe’s outsole features heavy duty lugs providing excellent traction over a range of trail conditions and the molded heel keeps us in control on tight turns and steep descents or inclines. Mile after mile the Agility Peak Flex provides a comfortable, stable fit and excellent traction and control.
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TRACK YOUR FITNESS
TomTom Spark 3 Fitness Watch
The Spark 3 lets us track all of our activities, listen to 500 of our favorite songs, and get immediate stats on heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, all on our wrist. The comfortable band fits great and the digital displays are clear and easy to read, even when we’re on the run. And the multi-sport mode lets us select from a range or activities including running, swimming, biking, and freestyle to help keep our route tracking accurate.
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LIGHT AND STABLE
adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Trail Running Shoe
The Terrex Agravic packs stability, comfort, and control into a fully trail-worthy, lightweight running shoe. The outsole features wide, grippy lugs that keep us stable over mixed terrain, wet trails, and rocky conditions. The midsole offers energy-cushioning and plenty of protection from rocky terrain, while the upper remains breathable in the South’s warm summertime temps.
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COMFORTABLE & WICKING
adidas Outdoor Response Long Sleeve Tee
We’ve been thoroughly impressed with this long sleeve during our warm weather runs here in the South. The Climalite fabric wicks moisture away from the body helping keep us dry and cool. The long sleeves offer great sun protection, and reflective strips increase visibility in low light. We also love the thumb loops that keep the sleeves in place when we’re active.
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Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker
The Teca windbreaker from Cotopaxi is ideal for those breezy sunrise hikes to our favorite mountain summits. The Teca is super light weight, and the whole jacket packs down into its interior pocket for easy stashing in a backpack. The durable ripstop nylon, elastic hem and cuffs puts a stop to the wind, and helps retain plenty of heat to keep the chill away. It’s great for chilly hikes and early morning trail runs, too.
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Coolcore Dr. Cool Cooling Towel
The Coolcore Dr. Cool Cooling Towel lets us continue our favorite outdoor activities even when temperatures soar here in the South. The chemical-free cooling technology lets us apply targeted cooling to anywhere we need it. Simply soak the towel in water, wring it out, then snap it. Just like magic the cooling technology instantly cools the towel providing much needed relief to summer’s swelter.
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Merrell Trail Glove 4 Running Shoe
The Trail Glove 4 combines sleek styling, a secure fit, and comfortable cushioning in an all-around fantastic running shoe. These lightweight, barefoot-style shoes provide a super secure, sock-like fit for quick paced runs on pavement or groomed trails like Cochran Shoals. The shoe’s breathable mesh upper keeps our feet cool throughout the summer, and the Vibram outsole provides ample protection against small trail debris.
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Thanks for your support! - the Atlanta Trails crew
Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.
Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.