RECOMMENDED SUMMER GEAR LIST

I've used and tested a wide variety of gear over the course of my 40+ year running career. Having worked in the running industry for a very large part of that time I know what works and is high quality gear. 

I only sell quality items at Spafford Health and Adventure, accept sponsorships and endorse products that I have fully tested, and believe to be the best on the market. 

The products below are of some of my favourite items for summer trail running. Some of these items I sell at Spafford Health and Adventure, some are from my sponsors, some are affiliate links, and some I just feel strongly that they are the best available. 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about these items or any other gear questions. 

See you on the trails! 

Derrick Spafford

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La Sportiva Jackal

Why I recommend...

The Jackal offers great rock protection, cushioning and traction making this an awesome shoe for the rugged terrain I run on. I also appreciate the wider fit, for when my feet swell during long runs. 

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La Sportiva Limitless 

Why I recommend...

The Limitless Shirt is lightweight, breathes well and has a half zip to help ventilate further on hot days. It is made of Polygiene, which is anti-bacterial and odour-free for long days on the trail or when you can't wash your shirt for extended time.  

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UltrAspire Momentum

Why I recommend...

Super lightweight, breathable and comfortable hydration vest for hot days. Compatible with up to 2L worth of fluids in soft flasks. Lots of compartments and pocket space for carrying extra gear .

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UltrAspire Synapse

Why I recommend...

An awesome single water bottle belt that fits comfortably and securely on your lower back with no bounce. Includes extra pockets for fuel and phone.

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Endurance Tap Gel

Why I recommend...

I love the simple ingredients of Endurance Tap. Maple syrup, ginger and sea salt in a great tasting blend that sits well in my stomach and provides the energy and electrolytes for long runs.

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Trail Toes Anti Blister

Why I recommend...

Trail Toes Anti-Blister and Anti-Chaffing Cream is the best I've found to prevent blisters and chaffing in the most challenging conditions. Trail Toes does not damage clothing or material. 

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Suunto 9

Why I recommend...

I’m a huge fan of the Suunto 9. Great watch that gives quick and accurate GPS/Baro readings, a long battery life that can be extended with the fused track feature. Invaluable to plot GPS routes to navigate unmarked trails, and find my way back.

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Julbo Aero

Why I recommend...

Julbo Aero are the lightest sunglasses I've worn and ventilate amazingly well on hot days while giving optimum protection. The REACTIV Photochromic lenses change darkness in seconds to adjust to different brightness when going in and out of dark forested trails.

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Silva TR Ultra

Why I recommend...

High powered headlamp that’s super lightweight for running. Unique Diffuse/Spotlight lighting gives optimal vision on technical trails. Comes with rechargeable battery pack, but also gives the convenient option to switch to regular batteries for extended long runs or stage races.

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UltrAspire IO 2.0

Why I recommend...

Great belt for shorter runs when not needing to carry fluids, but want to have the security of cell phone and other small items. No bounce and super comfortable.

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BeFree Filter Bottle

Why I recommend...

Great for runs where you’re near lakes, streams and rivers and can keep the weight of your pack super light by carrying less water. Safely scoop water and drink immediately.

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Tick Remover Tweezers

Why I recommend...

If you run trails, chances are you'll encounter the occasional tick. The key is to remove them asap. I take this tweezer on every long run and leave one in the car just in case .

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La Sportiva Kaptiva

Why I recommend...

The Kaptiva is a versatile lightweight shoe that’s a little closer to the ground than the Jackal. The Kaptiva offers great cushioning and traction in a more responsive shoe for faster paced running.

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La Sportiva Auster 

Why I recommend...

Love the lightweight and breathable Auster short! It has two side pockets and a back zip pocket for storing gels and other items. 

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Silva Strive Light

Why I recommend...

Love this pack for longer runs when carrying a 2L water bladder. The most comfortable pack I've used when carrying additional fluid and need extra storage for more fuel and other necessary supplies.

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Swiftwick Aspire One

Why I recommend...

I don't tend to wear socks in my shoes much in the summer, so when I do, I like a minimal and 

breathable sock that feels like I'm not wearing anything. The Aspire One is light, thin and breathes well, so is perfect. 

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GAIA Navigation App

Why I recommend...

I LOVE the GAIA mapping app.  I can download routes and use the GPS mapping to know where I am, even if there is no cell service. This has helped me numerous times after getting very lost on unmarked trails.

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SOL Emergency Bivvy

Why I recommend...

The safety of an emergency bivvy is something that I take with me on every long run in remote areas as you never know how long you could be out in the wild if something goes wrong.

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