This is page is inspired — stolen? — from dcrainmaker.com.
There’s a lot on this page, I’m quite obsessive when it comes to running. Please please please do not see this list as some form of “If you don’t buy all this shit you’re not serious”. I’m sharing this to inform others about what I like and use, and hopefully help them make meaningful purchases for them.
So, here is a list of gear I currently use:
- New Balance FuelCell Propel – Read the review
My default pair of running shoes, for easy runs.
- Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit – Read the review
I don’t know how many more miles I’ll get with this pair (a little bit over 500 miles as of this writing), but these are my go-to shoes for long runs or faster workouts.
- New Balance FuelCell Rebel – Review coming soon
Not sure where those fit in my rotation, not really good for easy runs, not really good for faster workouts, definitely not for long runs.
- Nike Zoom Fly 3 – Read the review
An alternative to the Flyknit version, only using those for long runs.
- Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 – Review coming soon
A good option for faster days
- Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit – Review coming soon
My fallback for races I don’t care that much about – They seem to be out of stock almost everywhere
- Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% – Review coming soon
For the races I actually train for, like the 2019 NYC Marathon – They also seem to be out of stock
- Nike Zoom Streak LT 4 – Review coming soon
Good for track workouts, they’re very flat so you have no stability issues.
- Nike Free RN 5.0 – Review coming soon
Only for quick runs, less than 30 minutes.
- Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield – Review coming soon For when it rains, it’s definitely not water-proof, but it’s still way better than any other pairs I’ve tried. Also great for snow.
- Path Projects GRAVES PX 7” – Review coming soon
My go-to shorts, I have two pairs and use them all the time, the pockets are awesome, they all have zippers, and the back pocket fits my large-ish phone, with a case, no need for a SPIbelt. They are not 2-in-1, you need to buy a base liner
- Nike Dri-FIT Flex Stride 7” 2-in-1 – Review coming soon
Love the 2-in-1, really comfy and the compression feels great on the thighs. The only issue is that the pockets don’t have zippers, so you need a SPIBelt to throw your phone in.
- New Balance Impact Run 5 Inch Short – Review coming soon
No pockets, you’ll need a SPIBelt, but these are great and really breathable. Enjoyed them a lot when running on an indoor track, where the Nike Dri-FIT felt too warm.
I mostly use the shirts I get from races — mainly NYRR — and don’t care that much about it, they’re ok quality and that’s fine by me. I never run with cotton shirts. NYRR tends to give long sleeve shirts in the winter, so I use those on cooler days.
Absolutely necessary when running in the summer in NYC, I’ve never really had a bad tank top, I like the New Balance ones, but I think they’re all good. Tracksmith seems to have good ones, but they’re expensive!
- Feetures Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks – Read the review
Really thin socks, durable, my default pair, except when it gets really cold.
- Under Armour Men’s Original Series 6-inch Boxerjock Boxer Briefs – Review coming soon
I can’t believe I used to run in cotton underwear for so long. These literally changed my life. They don’t get wet as you sweat and have a decent level of compression.
- Path Projects Tahoe CL Base Liner – Review coming soon
Companion to the shorts described above. Very flexible, really comfortable. Not a ton of compression.
- New Balance - Performance Cushion Low Cut Socks 6 – Review coming soon
Regular socks, good alternative when the Feetures Ultra Light are dirty.
The key to running in cold weather is to avoid cotton at all costs, it gets soaked with sweat, something you want to avoid, and to add layers. I tend to stack shirts, I have a few large ones that I throw above the regular size ones. I can go up to 4 or 5 layers when it gets really cold here in NYC. For the outer layers, I have this hoodie from Asics and a jacket like this one on top.
- Under Armour Men’s HeatGear Armour 2.0 Leggings – Review coming soon
Perfect for cold days, I usually pair it with shorts if it’s not that cold.
- Nike Pro Tights – Review coming soon
Good for cold days, but not terrible cold, given that they stop around the calves and don’t go all the way down. The compression on the thighs is great.
- Under Armour Men’s ColdGear Evo Long Sleeve Compression – Review coming soon
A must have for really cold days
- Nike Therma Essential Men’s 29” Running Pants – Review coming soon
I’ll only run with those on really cold days, when the feels like is below -15°C/5°F. I use them as a second layer above the UA leggings.
- Feetures Merino 10 Cushion No Show Tab Socks – Read the review
Good for cold days, but not terribly cold given that they stop below your ankles.
- Darn Tough Press Boot Light Cushion Sock – Review coming soon
Best winter socks. Super comfy, really warm, always stay dry, and really high, so keep you warm all the way to the calves.
- New Balance Running Gloves - Review coming soon I absolutely love these, I got them at an NYRR race, but they’re really thin, on really cold days, I use them as a base layer for ski gloves like those.
- Garmin Forerunner 945 – Review coming soon
I only really use one running watch, I have an Apple Watch, but I really do not like it as a running watch.
- HRM-Tri – Review coming soon
I don’t use it for all runs, the wrist HR on the 945 is decent, but the strap is so much more accurate, especially for workouts with sharp variations, like intervals.
- Nathan SpeedMax Plus Flask – Review coming soon
A must-have for long runs and/or warm summer days. I use it almost all the time.
- SPIbelt – Review coming soon
Not using this as much as I used to now that I use Path Projects shorts, but still really convenient
- LETSCOM Headphones – Review coming soon
The cheapest headphones I could find on Amazon. I don’t want to run with expensive headphones, mainly because I’m afraid to lose or damage them. I’ve had a few similar pairs already and they work perfectly for me. The quality is only ok, but you get what you pay for.
Not gear per se, but still related to what I bring with me on my runs
- Spring Energy Gels – Read the review
Love these, I often pack one in my Nathan flask, just in case, but I only really use them on runs longer than 90 minutes.
- Gu Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Mix – Review coming soon
Great addition to gels, and same thing, I only throw it in my flask for runs longer than 90 minutes, or if it’s a really really hot day and I’m afraid of dehydration. Contains caffeine.
- Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets – Review coming soon
An alternative to the Roctane gel, if I don’t need the calories or the caffeine.
- UCAN Hydrate Electrolyte – Review coming soon
Alternative to the Nuun tabs, I use them interchangeably.
- Akileïne Sports NOK Anti-chafing Cream – Review coming soon
The best cream to prevent chafing and/or blisters. I tend to use it more in the summer on my feet and between my thighs. It is amazing.
- Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm – Review coming soon
An alternative to the Nok cream, I mainly use it in the crotch area, where I usually get really annoying chafing
- BodyGlide Foot Anti Blister Balm – Review coming soon
Alternative to Nok, for my feet, not really sure how different it is from the regular body glide, but it seems to work!