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Bozeman Spring Trail Running

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Spring running-gear roundup. 

The trails are drying out but the weather's still fickle. You've commited to training this spring, so you don't want to wait out Mother Nature; but you also don't want to be slipping and sliding on wet rocks and greasy mud, or shivering at the trailhead because you weren't prepared for cooler temps at higher elevations. What's the solution? Get the right gear. Here are some items to consider to make the most of your spring running.


Pearl Izumi M2 V3 Road Shoe

Pearl Izumi M2 V3 Women's Running Shoe
Speed is the name of the game for the M2 V3 road shoes from Pearl Izumi. Their lightweight construction begs to go fast, but that doesn't mean comfort or cushioning take a backseat. The M2 V3s have plenty of both thanks to 1:1 Energy Foam and cushy rubber where you need it most. While these shoes were designed for running roads, runs around here usually take us on several different surface types; it's not uncommon to run asphalt, gravel, dirt, and even snow, all in one outing. The M2 V3s have the traction to handle all terrain, which here in Montana, is essential. $125; available at Bozeman Running Company and pearlizumi.com. —Pico Alt

Pearl Izumi M2 V3 Road Shoe

CEP Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks
Great elasticity, a snug yet comfy fit, and light padding in all the right places – these are the attributes that make the Light Merino Mid-Cut Sock from CEP Outdoor the best choice for spring runs. I wore these things all day – at work and on a long trail run – and they fit so well that I pretty much forgot they were on my feet, until I slid them off that night. Ditto for a long hike up to Mount Baldy. Although thin, they're surprisingly warm, and nary a blister or hotspot due to the sock's precise fit. The mid-cut means it's long enough to wear inside light hiking boots, making it my new go-to sock for every outing. $25; available at cepcompression.com.  —Mike England

Outdoor Research Playa Sun HoodyOutdoor Research Sun-Protection Hoodies
In Montana, the weather changes constantly and with little notice, especially in spring. That’s why you need a hoody that adapts to the elements for you. The Playa Sun Hoody from Outdoor Research does just that. The snug, yet comfortable fit allows unrestricted movement for any outdoor activity, which helps when running the foothills trail or training for this summer's races. It's lightweight and breathable with a front-adjustable hood and front zipper with internal storm-flap. The polyester/spandex fabric offers 50 UPF of sun protection and sheds water, making it perfect for all-day runs into the high country. Guys, the Ensenada Hoody is the male version and offers all the same great features. $75; available at outdoorresearch.com. —Ashley Cosgriff

Pearl Izumi Flash Run PantPearl Izumi Flash Run Pant
I used to pride myself on always running in shorts, but that was before getting caught in one too many spring downpours, both rain and snow. Now, if I'm going on an extended run, I bring a pair of lightweight pants along. The Flash Pant from Pearl Izumi has all the features I'm looking for and nothing extra. They aren't ultra-tight, but also don't add bulk. While they aren't waterproof, they will protect you from all but the heaviest storms, and they've got two pockets for carrying a gel pack or some spare cash. Openings at the bottom of each leg mean you can slide them on or off over shoes. $90; available at pearlizumi.com. —David Tucker 

Lander Powell iPhone CaseLander Powell Phone Case
Nowadays you can get a phone case on just about any street corner. Unfortunately, they typically need to be replaced by the time you reach the next street corner. This isn’t the case (ha) with the Powell from Lander. Built for the outdoors, the Powell features a beveled edge to protect the screen, a ridged back for added strength, and a textured outer edge for a secure grip. Now you won't have to hestitate to bring your phone on your next training run, or worry you'll drop it and crack the screen. $35; available at lander.com. —Chris McCarthy


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