Apparel

Great Gear Under Fifty Bucks

REI's trail basics won't break the bank and are tough enough to go the distance on your off-road adventures.

In search of basics that are anything but? We’ve got you covered. Get kitted up for spring in style with REI’s affordable lineup of rough-and-tumble trail-running gear, all for under 50 bucks.

On The Trail Run Shorts

$49

These no-nonsense shorts come with all the features you need for varied adventures. Wicking, breathable, four-way-stretch polyester fabric with a durable-water-repellent finish stays dry in a drizzle while wicking sweat and staying cool on toasty days.

A big lumbar pocket can hold mega snacks or a hat, and a quick side stash with a zip can hold keys and gels for quick access. A moisture-wicking liner means these babies are built to go to the distance in comfort.

Swiftland Tank

$34

This attractive tanks features a flowy fit, and the ultralight stretch-polyester fabric is perforated for improved wicking and breathability. Reflective details on the back add visibility for those early morning or evening road runs.

Desert Sun Tech T-Shirt

$35

 

This is not your average T-shirt. Light and breathable, it wicks sweat and  provides UPF 50+ sun protection.  Seams are strategically mapped to avoid chaffing and irritation around the armpits and under a hydration vest. The fabric is buttery soft and dries in a flash.

 Active Pursuit Shorts

$40

A relaxed and flattering fit lets you stride in style. A 4.5-inch inseam provides adequate coverage, and a moisture-wicking liner keeps you cool and dry. These shorts are light, breathable and offer four-way stretch for great range of motion. The wide, flat waistband won’t pinch or sag and a drop-in stash pocket can hold a key, card or cash.

On The Trail Run Jacket

$30

This shell is super light and packs down into its own pocket (you can wear it as an armband). The front, back and shoulders are ripstop nylon with a durable-water-repellent finish to shed light rain and block wind.

The sides and cuffs are moisture-wicking stretch polyester to keep you comfortable when you work up a sweat, and perforations around the arms enhance ventilation. Thumbholes provide over-the-hand coverage and lock the jacket in place when you’re really moving. Reflective detailing enhances visibility in low light.

On The Trail Vest

$34

This ultralight vest sheds water, blocks wind and wicks sweat. The back is a perforated, moisture-wicking, quick-drying stretch polyester to keep you comfortable when you work up a sweat. A contoured hood sports elastic binding to stay snug when you’re hauling down the trail. It packs down into its own pocket and can be worn as an armband.

Multi-Sport Socks

$10 for two pairs

At 10 bills for two pairs, these sweat-wicking and friction-resistant socks are a deal, offering padded heels for a cushy feel and a mid-crew rise for a little extra ankle protection. Who doesn’t need a couple of more pairs of socks?

Swiftland Trail Running Cap

$26

This low-profile hat has enough style and tech specs to transition seamlessly from trail to brewpub (corona allowing, someday!). The crushable brim makes it easy to stash in a pack or pocket, and mesh side panels keep your head cool in the heat. UPF 30 protection and a generous brim keep you guarded from the sun and a moisture-wicking sweatband will keep your eyes nice and dry. 

On The Trail Gaiters

$25

These lightweight, Lycra gaiters will keep dirt and rocks out of your socks. A front hook locks these gaiters in place to protect your shoes and socks on rugged trail, and help prevent blisters. A simple design makes these easy to slip on and off so that you’re ready for whatever trail conditions you encounter.

 

Zoë Rom is Assistant Editor at Trail Runner , host of the DNF Podcast and a trail running coachShe enjoys podcasts and pizza.