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Trail running gear... do you really need it?

Dearly beloved runners,

Part of the attraction of trail running to me is its simplicity.

If you have a pair of shorts and a t-shirt you're set! Obviously some footwear would be good too but that's it!

I've turned up at the start line at fell races in the 'grim north' and seen all sorts of attire. From those with the best 'you can't bend it', most shiny, best wicking, most compressed, most breathable, waterproof, lightest, most expensive gear to