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Once you've found a pair of trusty trail running shoes -- the most important piece of equipment in any runner's arsenal -- it's time to choose the rest of your gear. Here is a round-up of sports outfitters' innovations for male trail runners this season, geared towards protection, temperature regulation, ventilation and lightweight construction.
At 140g, the Lite Storm Blocker is the lightest jacket ever produced by The North Face. As the name suggests, the jacket is designed to protect athletes in inclement weather during long runs. The fabric is waterproof and tearproof. (Read: Buy health and fitness products at Google's Great Online Shopping Festival)
The Eider Target Knit Jacket, built with Gore-Tex technology, is among the star products of the Summer 2014 season. Made from three layers of mesh fabric, this running jacket stands out for its elasticity, breathability and lightweight construction.
Price: 199.95 (around $275)
Ultimate running shorts
The lightweight X-Run Ultra Shorts from Gore Running Wear have a long inseam and minimal seams for maximum comfort. Tights line the interior to support muscles and keep them warm.
Like many Icebreaker products, the Blast Jacket is lined with soft and warm Merino wool. But this jacket contains two additional layers to protect against the elements: a windproof polyurethane inner membrane and a waterproof polyester outer shell. There is a dedicated inner pocket for your MP3 player, including an opening towards the exterior for the headphones. (Read: Trendy workout clothes for women this season)
Ventilation and odor control
Patagonia developed the Outpacer T-shirt for athletes looking to stay dry during ultra-long distance runs. The fabric, a unique blend of recycled polyester, recycled nylon and elastane, ensures that sweat is wicked off quickly, all while offering UPF 15 UV protection and anti-odor action.
Warmth and breathability
The Nike Explore jacket has an opening at the back that allows air to flow into the areas most prone to overheating. The waterproof outer layer is lined with a breathable mesh fabric on the inside. The DRI-Fit technology allows sweat to evaporate quickly and easily. (Read: The latest running gear for women)
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