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GREAT GEAR by stephen regenold Singletrack


Sanctuary Like to run? Ditch the sidewalk (or, worse, the treadmill) for a dirt path and enjoy plenty of perks offered by trail running.


RUNNERS TIRED OF POUNDING pavement have hit the trails by the millions over the past few years. For Scouts and Scouters who are used to hiking, trail running can quickly speed your pace; you’ll cover more ground and be more comfortable while backpacking if trail running is part of your training. Here’s a look at the gear you need to lace up and head out for a run. All prices are MSRP. ¿


SHOES: THE NORTH FACE GTD TRAIL $90, THENORTHFACE.COM Footwear preferences range widely. For all but the roughest trails, I skew more minimal. (Running on dirt is softer than pavement; you can often skimp on cushioning in the sole.) A shoe like the GTD Trail is light, precise, fast and equipped with the right amount of tread to keep you upright from gravel to mud.


SOCKS:WIGWAM TRAIL TRAX PRO $15, WIGWAM.COM


Go thin and light (and usually ankle-high) with your socks. This Wigwam model is made of a synthetic fabric blended with merino wool. A good sock like this will hug the foot, move moisture away from the skin and prevent blisters as you run.


STEPHEN REGENOLD is an avid trail runner and founder of GearJunkie.com.


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