Fall Running Essentials | By Kim Fuller

Last Updated: December 6, 2023By

Nothing sparks inspiration to get outside and run quite as much as the crisp fall season. Bright sunshine, cool breezes and vibrant foliage seem to represent a fresh start and all the more reason to lace up and go. Check out some of our favorite running essentials this fall season and enjoy every mile!

Protekt Eco-Friendly Sun Protection

Keep protection easy to access in your running pack with this mineral sunscreen option. We love the tinted stick, and all the Protekt formulas are reef safe, using non-nanozinc oxide as the only active ingredient.$16-$18  

Gnarly Nutrition’s Hydrate Electrolyte Mix

Just add this drink mix to your water to have clean and all-natural ingredients contribute to you hydration. Gnarly’s Hydrate is available in three flavors with only four grams of sugar per serving (we like the Ruby Red Grapefruit), and each is loaded with electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium) and B vitamins (B6 and B12) to help you feel good while keeping your mileage up. $5 for five single-serving sticks; $29.95 for a 40-serving bag

HOKA Rincon 3

For comfort on your feet, HOKA’s Rincon has a new update this season with an extra-light design. The cushion-to-weight ratio is ideal for this road running shoe, featuring a vented-mesh upper for ultimate breathability. The design enables full ground contact for smooth and stable ride. $115

Under Armour Flow Velociti SE

There’s nothing quite like being in the flow when you’re running, and the UA Flow Velociti SE helps you find it with an all-in-one cushioning system that eliminates a rubber outsole. Feel light and effortless speed on the road or at the track with the responsiveness, energy return and grippy traction of every runner’s dreams. $130

Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer

Cooler fall weather often calls for a little extra layering, especially on chilly morning runs. Tracksmith’s Brighton Base Layer features Merino mesh that is so soft next to skin, providing ultimate breathability, comfort, odor resistance and temperature regulation. Wear this piece on its own in the fall or under a jacket during the coldest months of the year. $88

Tracksmith Session Shorts

Made with a light, four-way stretch Italian knit blend, comfort pairs with performance with the Session Shorts from Tracksmith. The liner is made from Polygiene, making it antimicrobial, and a hidden back pocket is perfect to safely store a credit card or key. With a 2.5-inch inseam for the women’s shorts and a 5-inch inseam for the men’s, the length feels just right when you’re running. $68

SPY+ Bewilder  

These sunglasses are made with lightweight and durable bioplastic (organic plant matter) to keep them environmentally friendly. The Bewilder has a breezy style with a comfortable fit, and 100% UV protection keeps your eyes safe. $70-$100 

Darn Tough Merino Wool Run Socks 

These soft and temperature-regulating socks have truly been redesigned from the bottom up to create a better fitting, more comfortable and durable sock.Weve tested them for running and can confirm these will stay a top-drawer choice with YOGA + Life® staff. $16-$33 

Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest 5.0

Known as the pioneer of running vests, Ultimate Direction went a little more robust with their Mountain Vest and women’s Mountain Vesta. In this 5.0 version, upgraded sliding rail straps make for easy single-handed use. With a capacity of 13.4 liters for storage, head out on a small or big adventure and bring along everything you need in the clamshell main pocket, front stretch mesh pockets and quick-stash shoulder strap pockets. The vest is designed to be cinched down accordingly so it doesn’t move as you’re running. Pack water in the collapsible soft flasks, held by front chest holsters, and the vest is also compatible with a hydration bladder. $164.95

Salomon UltraGlide

Fall trail time is more fun with these rocker-shaped runners from Salomon. The UltraGlide design has more ground filter and protection against rocks, and soft and light fabric throughout create maximum long-distance comfort. Weighing just 260 grams, these trail runners are super light on your feet while giving you ideal support and responsiveness on singletrack. $140

Arc’teryx Norvan SL 2 Shoe

Conquer more technical terrain with this highly breathable, light and packable trail shoe from Arc’teryx. Experience enough stiffness for support and enough flex for freedom, and the Vibram Megagrip outsole gives runners a secure hold on challenging and wet surfaces. $160

DÆHLIE Sportswear Winter Run 2.0 Jacket

Once those temps really dip, keep running with some high-performance pieces from DÆHLIE. The Winter Run 2.0 Jacket is lightweight and has four-way stretch for great movement, with an eco-friendly water repellent finish that is free from fluorocarbons and other hazardous chemicals. Primaloft padding offers extra insulation across the front, paired with laser cut ventilation at the back for extra breathability. $170

DÆHLIE Sportswear Run Pant

Colder fall days call for DÆHLIE’s four-way stretch high-performance running pants. These are a lightweight alternative to tights and are great for running and other outdoor endeavors. An elastic waistband with an internal drawstring and silicone grip ensures these pants stay put, and a taper-cut from the knees down holds them around the ankles. The eco-friendly water repellent finish offers protection on rainy and snow days.

BioLite HeadLamp 200 

As the days get shorter and you’re encountering dim light on your runs, this compact headlamp is easy to have with you as it weighs only 50 grams. BioLite’s 3D Slimfit construction provides a no-slip, no-bounce and weightless feel. This USB rechargeable headlamp is great for runners, as it’s lightweight and has a reflective stripe across the rear of the strap for added visibility. $44.95

ROLL Recovery R8 Plus 

Target your IT-bands, quads, hamstrings, calves, shins, glutes, arms and more with this massage tool that helps to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and break up muscle adhesions for myofascial release. Based in Boulder, CO, ROLL Recovery created this tool with an adjustment dial, so you can increase or decrease the compression massage force with the turn of a dial. $169 

Kane Footwear Revive

After a run or just a long day on your feet, the Revive is easy to pull on and does seem to aid in recovery much more than being barefoot or in slippers, sandals or light sneakers. Featuring a sole with 31 millimeters of cushioning, the Revive supports smaller muscle groups within the foot and softens the impact of each foot plant. Help your muscles heal and you enjoy some of Kane’s new fall colorways, recently released. $70


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