Running Gear Guide
Author: Wildfire Team Date Posted:12 June 2018
Whether you are already an experienced runner or are planning to start running on a regular basis, the correct gear can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the sport. This list should help to get you on the right track if you are a beginner or help you complete your kit.
Good fitting, appropriate running shoes will be the most important thing you will need as a runner. A shoe specifically designed for running rather than any other sport will be the best shoe to ensure comfort during your running. Ensuring that the shoe fits your foot and provides stability if required will assist in minimising injuries. Some popular shoe models include:
Altra offer many different designs of running shoes depending on the running surface, distance and preferred level of stability, but all of their shoes are based on their signature zero-drop technology (no difference in height between the heel and the toe) and are tailored to the natural shape of the foot, featuring a wide toebox. Shop Altra
Inov-8 focus on designing lightweight and minimal running shoes so that your foot is closer to the ground, giving you more power, confidence and control over your run. Inov-8 offers a range of carefully selected shoes specific to terrain and circumstance, so whether you’re hiking the trail, pounding the road or ramping it up in the gym, your Inov-8 shoe is providing optimum grip and comfort for your chosen environment. Shop Inov-8
On Running Shoes are designed to promote the discovery of your best running form. The soles are made of of 'Cloud' elements which compress to offer a cushioned landing, and then allow a firm takeoff, maximising energy return and leaving you feeling like you're running on clouds. They specialise in road running shoes, and offer several models from the ultra-light and speedy Cloud X to the super cushioned and stable Cloudflyer, and everything in between. Shop On Running
Vibram Five Fingers have been designed to promote the feeling of running barefoot. The thin and flexible sole allows the foot to move and work naturally. The five toes are separated, mimicking the foot's natural state and allowing your feet to move naturally and instinctively. Shop Vibram
Clothing which is designed specifically for sporting activities is made of technical fabric. This enables you to remain dry and comfortable whether you are running in hot or cold temperatures. Technical fabrics help to move the sweat from your skin to the outer surface of the fabric where it will evaporate and prevent your clothing from feeling heavy and damp.
We also stock a range of compression gear, which promotes circulation and reduce muscle vibrations which can lead to early fatigue. Shop Compression Gear
Our country may be sunburnt, but that doesn't mean you should be! We stock a range of comfortable and colourful hats, visors and headbands for keeping sun, sweat and hair out of your eyes. There are even warm options to help you get out there in winter too! Shop Hats & Headwear
Running after dark or before sunrise? It's important to stay visible to cars, as well as lighting your own way so you don't trip and fall. There are a variety of options, including clip-on, head- or waist-mounted lights and reflective strips for clothing. Also look out for reflective strips that come on your race packs, clothing and shoes, and check how visible these make you, in case more is required.
The most important factor to consider when choosing your running socks is the fabric. The best running socks are made from specialised sport fabrics like Coolmax, or for cooler climates wool, as these fabrics will help to wick away moisture. It is best to avoid cotton running socks as your feet will feel cold during Winter and you may develop blisters in the Summer.
Wildfire stocks a wide range of sport socks, from super thin liners to thick cushioned socks and compression socks, so you're sure to find something that suits you: Shop Running Socks
Need something to suit your Vibram Five Fingers, or like your toes to spread out while you're running? Shop Toesocks.
For added circulation and to reduce muscle vibration which leads to fatigue, try Compression Socks.
A sports watch is a great investment for timing your running and most running watches now also offer advanced training metrics like heart rate, cadence and gait metrics, to help you perfect your running style and improve your fitness. Most current watches also allow you to download the data onto a computer or your phone so you can get the most out of your training. Shop Sports GPS Watches
Prefer something with fewer fancy metrics, and a more holistic approach to fitness? Activity Trackers monitor all day activity, including steps, stairs climbed, all day heart rate and sleep tracking, and offer a different approach to fitness than your standard GPS watches, though they often track basic running statistics as well. Because they're designed for everyday use, they are also available in stylish designs. Shop Activity Trackers
Making sure your nutrition needs are met during your long training sessions and races will not only ensure that you are able to get the most out of your training, but also ensure that you are able to fuel your body to fulfill pre, post and during workout requirements.
We stock a range of gels, chews, bars, powders, and capsules, so try a few and find your favourite before race day! Shop Nutrition
Ensuring that you remain hydrated before, during and after your workouts is one of the most important factors to consider when beginning a training program. Being only two per cent dehydrated will result in a decline in performance so a healthy fluid intake is highly important. Proper hydration limits the chance of developing muscle cramps and similar injuries while also ensuring that you avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. Whether you prefer to carry your water in your hand, around your waist or on your back, Wildfire Sports has a range of hydration products to ensure that you are never short of fluids throughout your training. Shop Hydration
Sometimes you don't need to bring a lot on your run, but between your keys, your phone, gels, etc., sometimes it's not enough to just carry them. We offer a range of sport pockets and phone cases for carrying small items as unobtrusively as possible. Shop Phone Cases Shop Sport Pockets