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Outfitted: Hitting the pavement

Road running essentials for mud season in the mountains

Meg Simon
Outfitted

Mountain mud season is upon us and although that can give us a jolt of spring fever, it can be a frustrating time as we wait for the trails to dry up. This is the only time of year I tend to seek out the concrete ­— something we mountain dwellers can tend to avoid most of the year. Whether you’re headed out for a leisurely jog, beginning to train for the Golden Leaf Half Marathon or just heading down the Rio Grand Trail for a stroll and a podcast, here are some items to accompany you while you wait for the mud to dry.

1. Hoka Carbon X3


Described as hyper-supportive, hyper-propulsive and hyper-speed, the Carbon X3 is your new running shoe on steroids. Just released this week, Hoka has amped up their previous Carbon shoe technology with an even better fit. A performance knit upper makes this one of the most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever tried. The tongue is integrated into the breathable upper so that it feels nearly seamless. A carbon fiber sole plate and an aggressive meta-rocker make the shoe extra responsive and a new foam midsole makes that signature Hoka comfort even more apparent. And as an environmental bonus, they’re vegan. Available in women’s and men’s sizes and colors. $200, hoka.com



2. Saucony Summit Jogger


Wonderfully suited for spring, this lightweight jogger is wind- and water-resistant. Made with recycled polyester, these pants move and stretch with ease. Features include zippered hand and thigh pockets, a mid-rise waistband, zippered ankles for easy on and off and comfy knit panels on the knees for abrasion protection. The fit is relaxed enough that you can layer shorts underneath for when your blood gets pumping. Available in women’s and men’s sizes and as of press time they were on sale. $95, saucony.com




3. Royal Robbins Venturelayer 200 Long Sleeve


Base layers can seem like a dime a dozen, but over the years I’ve found that I tend to gravitate toward specific ones. I like them soft, thin-but-sturdy and not too tight around the neck. This layer from Royal Robbins is a new favorite due to its merino wool and Tencel Modal fabric combination. That gives it the wool properties of having odor and thermal control, but balances out the wool feel with the soft, fluid feel of modal. As an added convenience, it tucks into its own pocket in a matter of seconds for easy transport. Available in women’s and men’s colors and sizes. $75, royalrobbins.com

4. Title Nine Anti-Run Shorts


Nothing against hard-core running gear, but I have to admit that I generally hate running-specific shorts. I prefer my shorts and undies to be mutually exclusive. My interest peaked when I saw that Title Nine advertised these as the “sport short for the rest of us”. The 5-inch seam is neither too long or too short, there’s no brief liner and three pockets make stashing essentials easy. The breathable, stretchy fabric and wide waistband make them comfortable and the UPF 50 feature is a nice added touch. Available in several colors. Sorry guys, but Title Nine is a women’s only company so men’s sizes aren’t available. $65, titlenine.com


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