Field Test: With its vest-like silhouette, stretchy Velcro waist strap, and two fully adjustable sternum straps, the VIA pack looks a tad constricting, but it’s not. Added security translates to less bouncing on the run, and a full mesh back, chest, and shoulder panels keep it breathable. Two 16-ounce Hydropack hydration flasks (included) stash in the front pockets, but the VIA is also hydration bladder-compatible.
Why It’s Timeless: Multiple stash pockets make this pack ideal for full-day epics. montane.co.uk —Lisa Jhung
Field Test: At the trade show, Montane billed the 48-gram Featherlite as the lightest windbreaker in the world. I’m a super-light windbreaker aficionado and I’m pretty sure they aren’t lying. This one packs down small enough (the size of a turkey egg) that I can stash it in a cargo pocket on my hiking shorts—or even into the wee phone pocket on my cycling bibs.
Why It’s Timeless: In the summer months, it’s all I typically need to power through a light mist or sudden chill on trail-to-town descents. montane.co.uk —Marc Peruzzi
Field Test: Zamst offers a range of products for common running injuries—IT Band, Plantar fasciitis, you name it—all built to address the source of the injury, while allowing you to keep running. My problem? Years of volleyball left me with weak ankles. The Filmista offers ultrathin support that fits under the most minimalist running shoes. It’s easier to put on than a bandage, and so comfortable I forget I’m wearing it. The added support means I’m no longer scared to run on trails.
Why It’s Timeless: Because your body isn’t. zamst.us —Kiran Herbert
Available July 1, 2016.
This is hands down the most comfortable sports bra I’ve ever worn, whether practicing yoga or running steep trail. The Dryflex Double Cross design sits firmly on the middle of your back, offering a tailored fit with a lot of support. Crucially, it also looks cute. stoneweardesigns.com —K.H.
The Tab No Show Light Cushion socks are minimal with just the right amount of support, while the Vertex 1/4 Crew Ultra-Light Sock offer more protection when running in wet, off-road conditions. Neither slip or warp after intense use, and both breathe well thanks to the high Merino content. An unconditional lifetime warranty sets Darn Tough apart. darntough.com —K.H.
The combination of a Merino wool inner layer and a polyester outer layer make for a lightweight, moisture wicking short that regulates temperature well. The three men’s versions (boxer or brief liners) vary by length, while the women’s is significantly shorter, with a wide waistband and back zip pocket. All feature 360-degree reflectivity for running in low light. smartwool.com —K.H.
From our Early Summer 2016 issue.