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Essential Items


From must-have insoles to grab ‘n’ go nutrition and hydration products to performance headwear and beyond, these go-to essentials are ideal choices for newbie and expert runners alike.

10’Seconds Reflective Shoelaces

Designed and made in the USA, these reflective shoelaces are ideal for those looking for more visibility and awareness in low-light conditions, ranging from pro athletes in training to kids at the early morning bus stop. The laces, which utilize reflective technology in the fibers, are available in high-visibility colorways and are ideal for running, walking or hiking footwear. MSRP $5.95-$7.95.

Caterpy Air Laces

These no-tie shoelaces, which work in just about any shoe, have patented elastic technology that provides adjustable tension between shoe eyelets. The Air laces feature the brand’s No Tie Bump technology, which secures tension in each row of the shoe allowing wearers to create customized tension throughout all eyelets, instead of relying on a single knot or plastic piece. Plus, they offer a stylish vibe. MSRP $11.95.

Amphipod PureRun UltraLight Hydration Sling

For Spring ’22, Amphipod’s design team has developed this wearable hydration innovation for all types of runners on any type of terrain. The product positions its 3D mesh base and soft, custom 600mL reservoir higher on the torso than is standard, providing a lightweight feel  without encumbering body movements. An adjustable waistband and vertically adjustable straps deliver bounce-free stability. Pre-book now for Feb. 15, 2022, shipping. MSRP $130.

CamelBak x Lifestraw Collaboration

Two of the hydration category’s leading brands have teamed up to develop the Eddy+ filtered by Lifestraw collection. It includes several integrated water bottles, reservoirs and stand-alone filters. It features two stages of filtration. First, the Hollow Fiber Filter removes bacteria, parasites, and microplastics. Next, the Ion Exchange Filter reduces lead, taste and odor, chlorine, and other chemicals.  MSRP $45-$70 (various bottle options).

BOCO Gear Technical Camp Hat

For run and trail, this hat is loaded with technical details. The lightweight performance version of the brand’s cotton camp hat features a wicking internal sweatband, sublimated design, and laser-cut side panels. It’s also hand washable. The BOCO Gear team says it also intends to introduce a full range of recycled headwear options in 2022. MSRP $29.95.

Sunday Afternoons  VaporLite Stride Cap

This ultra-lightweight, technical running hat offers UPF 50+ sun protection for peak-summer sun, all in a crushable, packable design. It boasts a contoured 5-panel construction, along with adjustable sizing, a wicking sweatband, a ponytail-friendly design, plus 360-degree reflective details and a “Sunglass Lock” to keep glasses in place. MSRP $34.

Ledlenser NEO1R Headlamp

At just 1.37 ounces, the NEO1R combines minimalism with power. This ultra-compact headlamp packs into a pocket and features excellent lumens-per-ounce ratio and a custom-made light pattern for fast activities. The tilting lamp head, additional red light, and practical Magnetic Charge System make the NEO1R a good choice for any activity requiring minimal weight and great performance. MSRP $59.95.

Pro-Tec Total Body Resistance Bands

Designed for home workouts that help prepare your body for the run, the new Total Body Resistance Bands, made of high quality tubing, can be used for a variety of resistance exercises that provide strength training while maintaining range of motion and flexibility. Includes three (10lb, 25lb and 40lb) resistance tubes with handles, one door anchor and one exercise guide. MSRP $24.95.

OOFOS OOcandoo

Set to launch in April 2022, the OOcandoo brings active recovery to the everyday adventurer. The lightweight shoe delivers the brand’s OOfoam technology and patented footbed in a versatile style that’s ready for any excursion. A one-piece molded OOfoam construction wraps the brand’s proprietary technology around the foot for impact absorption below and delivers a soft pliable upper. An adjustable velcro strap provides an optimal fit. MSRP $99.95.

Tailwind Matcha Endurance Fuel

In addition to a brand refresh, complete with new logo, new packaging and a new website, Tailwind Nutrition is introducing its newest flavor — Matcha. “But rest assured, we’re still the same mountain biking, trail running, dusty, sweaty crew you have always known, and continue to make our products in our hometown of Durango, Colorado,” says Jenny Vierling, co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition.

GU Energy Chews

Packing energy-dense calories in a portable packet, each 90-calorie GU Energy Chew serving contains quick energy from carbohydrates and amino acids to decrease muscle fatigue, and electrolytes to replace what’s lost through sweat. GU is adding smaller mini-Chews to the lineup, available in a double-serve pouch. New Chews will be available in the original four flavors: Watermelon, Orange, Strawberry and Blueberry Pomegranate. MSRP $2.50 (pouch); $30 (12 pack box).

OrthoLite HybridPlus-Recycled

Created in response to increasing demand for more sustainable product solutions and the brand’s expanding commitment to closing the loop on production waste material, HybridPlus insoles elevate total eco-content to 50% via a unique blend of 7% recycled rubber and 43% recycled production waste foam. The insoles will be utilized in Fall 2022 footwear styles from various brands.

Sorbothane Ultra PLUS

The Ultra PLUS insole integrates a custom composite stability system with the impact protection and cushioning of Sorbothane. Expanded Sorbothane forefoot protection, stability, and a deep heel cup for rear-foot stability combine to create the brand’s next-generation insole. MSRP $59.95.

Currex SupportSTP

Designed to support the foot and its natural movement, Currex’s SupportSTP insoles may help reduce pain from plantar fasciitis through their shock absorption and cushioning. The SupportSTP is available in three different arch profiles. All CURREX insoles have a 60-day guarantee. The company will accept returns even if the product has been cut to the customer’s shoe size. MSRP $69.95.

Cadence Low Volume

Catering to the run specialty community and offering exclusive in-store only models, Cadence insole designs combine contoured support with enhanced comfort under the heel and forefoot. The brand’s most popular styles in the run specialty channel are the Original Orange, Low Arch and Low Volume (shown here). Cadence founder John Hinds says he sees an ongoing movement toward more sustainable products and he is promising an exciting new development from Cadence in 2022. Stay tuned! MSRP $49.95.

PowerStep Pulse Thin

The brand’s new insoles for 2022 are focused on relieving and preventing pain through support, alignment, and impact control. Offering semi-rigid arch support and PORON cushioning, insoles in the Thin line will retain a 95 percent compression set, absorbing the pressure and impact. A narrower and thinner design delivers support and cushioning while also fitting in more minimal running shoe options. Launching at The Running Event Nov. 30-Dec. 2, the Pulse Thin will be available more widely in January. MSRP: $49.95.