This Year in Gear

The Top Running Gear of 2018


December 24, 2018 Briefings By

It’s no secret that at Gear Patrol we’re obsessed with running. We spend countless waking hours figuring out what races we’re signing up for next, what running shoes we should be testing and the benefits of different types of training.

This year brought with it sneakers that track every mile of your run without you having to wear a tracker or hold your phone, updates to old favorites and brand new models that we can’t wait to run in. Beyond that, there are fitness trackers, running sunglasses, shorts and lots more on what to wear for every season of the year while racking up the miles. Here are a few of our favorite releases from 2018.

Tracksmith’s No Days Off Collection Is Back with All New Looks for Winter
Tracksmith’s No Days Off Collection Is Back with All New Looks for Winter

Tracksmith's annual No Days Off collection is back with updated classic styles to help runners stay warm and dry all winter long.

Garmin’s New Forerunner 645 Lets You Store Up to 500 Songs
Garmin’s New Forerunner 645 Lets You Store Up to 500 Songs

Hit the road with Garmin's newest running watch, the Forerunner 645 with music. Stream songs, or download up to 500 songs directly onto the watch.

Under Armour’s Newest Shoe Automatically Tracks Your Run
Under Armour’s Newest Shoe Automatically Tracks Your Run

Under Armour updated its running line with the launch of the Sonic and Phantom, both with HOVR cushioning to help you never break the energy return loop.

Amateur and Veteran Runners Will Love Tracksmith’s Newest Collection
Amateur and Veteran Runners Will Love Tracksmith’s Newest Collection

Tracksmith launches its newest Noah collaboration in honor of the Tokyo marathon on February 24. These four new pieces deserve a spot in your kit.

You’ll Be the Only One of Your Friends to Own This Design-Forward Running Gear
You’ll Be the Only One of Your Friends to Own This Design-Forward Running Gear

Over the past few years, running clothing has begun a slow trend away from neon and polyester toward something more thoughtful. At the most creative end of this new spectrum is Satisfy.

We Don’t Need This Beautiful Trail Running Shoe, But We <em>Want</em> It
We Don’t Need This Beautiful Trail Running Shoe, But We Want It

Salomon's S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 is a tech-heavy trail running shoe built to take long miles through rugged terrain.

The New Brooks Neuro 3 Is Looking Like a Cushioning Game Changer
The New Brooks Neuro 3 Is Looking Like a Cushioning Game Changer

Brooks Running launched its newest shoe, the Neuro 3, and it looks a bit like Frankenstein — here's what you need to know.

NikeLab’s Newest Collection Solves Your Warm Weather Running Problems
NikeLab’s Newest Collection Solves Your Warm Weather Running Problems

The latest collection from NikeLab pulls inspiration from international run clubs to perform in all conditions.

Saucony and Dunkin Donuts Team Up for Sweet Boston Marathon Shoe
Saucony and Dunkin Donuts Team Up for Sweet Boston Marathon Shoe

In honor of the Boston Marathon, Saucony's newest sneakers head in a sweet direction.

Hoka One One and Engineered Garments Made a Shoe — And We’re Into It
Hoka One One and Engineered Garments Made a Shoe — And We’re Into It

The newest launch from Hoka One One is seriously fashion forward.

Where to Buy the Newest Nike 4% Running Sneakers
Where to Buy the Newest Nike 4% Running Sneakers

Nike's infamous 4% are back in stock — and in a new color.

Nike Quietly Rolled Out a Revolutionary New Material Tested By The World’s Top Marathoner
Nike Quietly Rolled Out a Revolutionary New Material Tested By The World’s Top Marathoner

The newest Nike sneaker is 11 grams lighter than previous iterations of the Zoom Vaporfly Elite.

A Brand Our Readers Love Just Released a New Sneaker — and It’s Awesome
A Brand Our Readers Love Just Released a New Sneaker — and It’s Awesome

Designed for the urban explorer, these all grey sneakers look fresh and feel good in any environment.

This New Boost Sneaker from Adidas Was Created for City Runners
This New Boost Sneaker from Adidas Was Created for City Runners

Speedy shoes created in a speed factory with data from fast folks.

Finally, High-Performance Running and Cycling Sunglasses For All
Finally, High-Performance Running and Cycling Sunglasses For All

Add a little street cred to your running kit.

New Balance’s Latest Shoe Brings Features Every Runner Will Appreciate
New Balance’s Latest Shoe Brings Features Every Runner Will Appreciate

Version three is currently the one to beat.

Nike’s Newest Running Shoe Brings Its Fastest Technology to the Masses
Nike’s Newest Running Shoe Brings Its Fastest Technology to the Masses

Get ready to fly in one of the lightest and cushioned sneakers we've tested.

District Vision’s New Sunglasses Could Be Its Best Yet
District Vision’s New Sunglasses Could Be Its Best Yet

The Junya frames are the culmination of two years of heavy-duty testing, Japanese top-notch engineering and hand-sculpted lens technology.

Data Shows This Shoe Will Actually Make You Run Faster
Data Shows This Shoe Will Actually Make You Run Faster

The New York Times did a deep dive into Strava data to see if the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% actually help you run 4% faster.

Adidas Released a New Running Shoe That Caters to Night Owls
Adidas Released a New Running Shoe That Caters to Night Owls

An upper with threads of light-reflective yarn woven into the upper is both gorgeous and practical.

Tracksmith’s New Running Sunglasses Combine Performance and Aesthetics
Tracksmith’s New Running Sunglasses Combine Performance and Aesthetics

The Charles sunglasses are the complete running package.

The Elusive Nike 4% Gets an Upgrade, and It’s Even More Comfortable
The Elusive Nike 4% Gets an Upgrade, and It’s Even More Comfortable

The hard-to-get race day shoes get an upgrade.

This Reader-Favorite Sneaker is Now Waterproof
This Reader-Favorite Sneaker is Now Waterproof

On Running wants to eliminate wet feet as a concern for runners. Three of its most popular running shoes are now protected against any weather.

A Brand You May Not Know Just Made a Better Running Sweatshirt
A Brand You May Not Know Just Made a Better Running Sweatshirt

PATH Projects, a direct-to-consumer running brand, just revealed a hoodie designed thoughtfully for cool temperatures and long miles.

The Coolest Brand in Running Just Made a Shoe
The Coolest Brand in Running Just Made a Shoe

Satisfy is the antitheses of the mainstream running brand, but it teamed up with one to make its first shoe.

The Nike Flyknit 4% is Available Right Now — Get it While You Can
The Nike Flyknit 4% is Available Right Now — Get it While You Can

Marathoners reach for this speedy shoe on race day, but it'll help you run everything up to a 26.2.

These New Shorts from Outdoor Voices Are Perfect for Running, the Gym or Around Town
These New Shorts from Outdoor Voices Are Perfect for Running, the Gym or Around Town

Our team would practically live in Outdoor Voices if they could. We can't wait to get our hands on these shorts.

This Year in Gear

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