Review: The North Face Run Accessories

As simple and minimalist a sport running can be, most of us in the trail and ultra scene like the extra gadgets and gear we can get. Apart from making life easier on the run, the additional ‘stuff’ can also increase comfort, safety and the ability for road runners to identify that we’re athletes of the trail variety. All of the below items have a RRP of $50.

Flashdry Gloves

A good pair of gloves is a staple in any trail runners kit. These particular ones are well tailored, almost on the small side of fitting, made from stretch-fleece material that’s breathable and moisture-wicking. You can wear them on their own or as a base layer beneath insulated gloves. They’re comfy, look great and are durable.

Run Belt

There’s many an occasion when I hit the trials needing to carry a few minor items, but not so much gear that I have to wear a vest. So a simple waist pack is perfect. This minimalist Run Belt comfortably carries a couple gels, phone, keys and small soft flask – the essentials for a 2 to 3 hour jaunt on the trails. It fits high on your waist, not around your hips, and if tightened adequately settles into a good position after a couple kilometers. The thick band is soft and fits comfortably, with a wide clip for fastening and easy adjustment while on the go.

Runner Mesh Cap

There are three reasons I wear a hat: sun protection, rain protection and because I’m generally too lazy to do my hair. The Runner Mesh Cap was designed in collaboration with The North Face Athlete Team, so has been tried and tested by folks in the know. It’s intuitively designed to fit very comfortably and is made from 100% recycled ocean plastic. The classic-fit suits most heads, and the moisture-wicking FlashDry™ sweatband draws away the perspiration really well. The durable mesh construction means there’s awesome airflow to help keep your head cool, and the secure cord-lock closure makes it quick to tighten or loosen while running. Apart from the functional, it looks cool too!