Trail running and ultrarunning are relatively new in the world of organized sport. Our sports, while still niche, have grown from the fringe into huge communities with countless runners and races around the world. Technology has followed suit, particularly in the past 10 to 15 years, and the sheer volume of gear choices have exploded.

To prevent gear overload and reduce environmental impact, we want you to be conscious, informed, and wise shoppers. We created these buyer’s guides to aid you in a purchase that is not only the best for you, but enduring – one that will last you for years on the trail.

iRunFar’s Buyer’s Guide Methodology

Our buyer’s guide methodology begins with extensive market research in a gear category. We especially look for products from companies that have a proven track record of high-quality and long-lasting gear that performs. What results is a document containing a couple dozen to hundreds of products in a particular category.

After picking out 15 to 25 products that rise to the top of that long list, iRunFar experts extensively test gear in the terrain, weather, and amount of time congruent with what we believe our readers will experience in their own training and races.

In the end, we choose the best performing pieces of gear, and create a buyer’s guide which explains their specifications, reviewers’ experiences, and a wealth of other information to help you make your purchase.

Each iRunFar buyer’s guide is an article in flux. We update the guides as a new piece of gear becomes available that works better than previous options.

Most Popular Buyer's Guides

Best Running Sunglasses of 2022

Here are the iRunFar editorial team's picks for the best running sunglasses.

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

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Best GPS Watches for Running in 2022

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All of iRunFar's Buyer's Guides

Best Running Sunglasses of 2022

Here are the iRunFar editorial team's picks for the best running sunglasses.

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

iRunFar's experts share their best trail running shoe picks from the more than 200...

Best Lightweight Trail Racing Shoes of 2022

A guide to the best shoes for shorter distance trail racing.

Best Men’s Running Tights of 2022

Need a pair of men's running tights? Here's our buyer's guide to the best...

Best Running Belts and Waistpacks of 2022

A guide to the best running belts and waistpacks for road running, trail running,...

Best Winter Running Traction Devices of 2022

The best winter running traction devices of 2022. Get a grip and stay safe...

Best Running Wind Jackets of 2022

Here's our survey of the best wind jackets for running, made by companies like...

Best Running Gloves of 2022

The best running gloves of 2022, including gloves from The North Face, Nike, Black...

Editors’ Picks: Winter Running Gear Guide

Here's the iRunFar editorial team's favorite gear for staying warm, dry, and happy while...

Gift Giving: Camping Gear We Use at the Trailhead

Here's the gear you need for a weekend of car camping at your favorite...

17 Gifts for Women Who Trail Run

17 of the best gifts for the women in your life who love the...

Gifts for Fastpacking and Adventure Running

Don't know what to get your adventure runner? We've got some suggestions.

The Long Game: Gifts for Ultrarunners

We've pulled together some of the best gifts for the ultrarunner in your life....

14 Gifts for the Trail Runner in Your Life

Shopping for your favorite trail runner? Here's the gear they want.

Best GPS Watches for Running in 2022

iRunFar reviews the best GPS watches for running from Coros, Suunto, Garmin, and Wahoo.

Best Women’s Running Shirts of 2022

The iRunFar team shares the best women's running shirts of 2022 from brands like...

Best Women’s Running Shorts of 2022

iRunFar reviewed the best women's running shorts of 2022 from brands like Oiselle, Black...

Best Running Hats of 2022

The iRunFar expert test team reviewed the best running hats of 2022.

Best Running Socks of 2022

The best running socks of 2022.

Best Men’s Running Shorts of 2022

The best men's running shorts for road running, trail running, ultrarunning, and everything in...

Best Trail Running Shoe Brands of 2022

From global sports super brands to hyper niche trail-running specialists, we break down some...
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iRunFar's Gift Guides

Gift Giving: Camping Gear We Use at the Trailhead

Here's the gear you need for a weekend of car camping at your favorite...

17 Gifts for Women Who Trail Run

17 of the best gifts for the women in your life who love the...

Gifts for Fastpacking and Adventure Running

Don't know what to get your adventure runner? We've got some suggestions.

The Long Game: Gifts for Ultrarunners

We've pulled together some of the best gifts for the ultrarunner in your life....

14 Gifts for the Trail Runner in Your Life

Shopping for your favorite trail runner? Here's the gear they want.
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