How To Choose Running Accessories

Looking for best gear may require some effort

Depending on where and when you run, you may want to get the right accessories for you, as no look is ever complete without them.
All keen runners know that the right gear can make or break their run, so it’s really important to take your time and choose accessories that make life easier when it comes to running.
With all the options available, looking for best gear may require some effort, so here is some advice on how to choose running accessories to help you.

When you take up running, the first thing to do is to choose the right clothes. It seems that the easiest thing to do would be to put on a pair of shorts and a cotton T-shirt and just run.
However, appropriate professional clothing can help you feel better while running and get better results.
The right sportswear protects you from different weather conditions, helps your skin breathe and prevents injuries. After you’ve bought your running clothes, it’s time to complete your gear.

Safty first

If you are an early morning or late evening runner, be sure you can both see and be seen with reflective gear. When you go road running, oncoming traffic should be able to see you from 300-400 feet away.

Opt for jackets, tops, and shorts and pants with reflective elements, such as stripes or dots. Ideally, you want large reflective patterns or seams that are impossible to miss. Also, consider buying a small headlamp or LED wrist band.

When you go trail running, you have to be able to see exactly where you’re going so that you don’t trip and end up injured. Again, you could get a small headlamp but if you don’t like running with a light on your forehead, go for a small handheld LED flashlight.

Running water bottles

There is one golden rule when it comes to hydration while you are running.
Drink when you’re thirsty. So if you’re going out for a longer run, you may need to drink mid-run.

Running accessories

When you choose a running water bottle, get the right size for you. They go up to one liter in capacity, but you aren’t likely to need that much unless you’re going to run for hours.
Most handheld bottles carry between 200ml and 500ml. It may not seem much but it’ll let you take a sip every few minutes of your 10k, which is just enough to replace your water loss.
What’s more, choose the right material and shape.

For example, metal bottles keep water cooler for longer and an oval loop shape of bottles makes them easier to hold.

Some bottles also have a special element acting as a hand strap and a holder for such things as keys and cards.

Running backpacks

Regular backpacks won’t cut it if you are planning longer runs. Running backpacks have such helpful features as pockets in handy locations to grab something on the move, a system of ventilation to prevent your back from getting too sweaty or adjustable straps to stop them from bouncing when you run.

Remember to choose the right size for you, so it’s worth trying on a few before you decide which one is the most comfortable for your shape. Don’t buy a big backpack if you’re planning on only using it for long runs where you actually need a drink, some snacks and a waterproof jacket.

Additionally, one of the most important elements in your backpack should be an easily accessible space for water. It could be either a water bladder in the main pocket or small pockets in the straps.

Running headphones

A lot of people entertain themselves while running. They listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks or the radio.
If you want to do it too, you need good-quality headphones that don’t drop of your ears when you speed up. That’s why fit is the key factor when you choose running headphones. Headphones with over-the-ear hooks offer the greatest stability, whereas in-ear buds often have wingtips that you can attach to affix them better inside your lugs.

Also, make sure your headphones are water resistant and can hadle a sweaty running session or heavy rain. If you choose a wireless set, pay attention to battery life.
And if you are a road runner, check how much outside noise you can hear when you wear the headphones, as you don’t want to block out the sound of traffic completely.

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