Winter Gear and Shoe Guide issue 19

Winter Kit Tips Johardt van Heerden The North Face TNF TRAIL 19
Two-time SA Long Distance Trail Champ Johardt van Heerden in The North Face’s GTD Running Short 5” and men’s Ampere Wind Trainer in Bomber Blue. photo Sven Musica

Discover the best trail running gear for the season in the TRAIL magazine issue 19 product guide.

Winter means short days and lower temperatures. These trail-specific winter products by First Ascent and The North Face have you covered for a variety of winter’s conditions.

The North Face First Ascent Winter Gear Guide TRAIL 19Winter gear in TRAIL 19

  • The North Face Women’s NSR Wind Jacket R1,179
  • First Ascent Men’s X-Trail Tee R479
  • First Ascent Men’s X-Trail Tech Shorts R599
  • First Ascent Men’s X-Trail Tights R799
  • First Ascent Men’s ARX Jacket R1,999
  • First Ascent Running Beanie R179
  • First Ascent Stealth Pack R949



Trail-specific shoes are essential to keep you running injury free (that includes rolled ankles, blisters, and falls). Look for a shoe that fits not only your foot, but the types of running that you do!

Shoe Guide Hi-Tec Brooks Saucony Salomon The North Face TRAIL 19This means that you need to be aware of whether you have a narrow heel, wide mid-foot, or a high arch. You’ll need a deeper, more aggressive lug for muddy conditions, and a breathable upper for hot weather.

Shoe Guide in TRAIL 19

  • Hi-Tec Women’s Tundra R899
  • Saucony Peregrine 6 R2,000
  • Brooks Cascadia 11 R2,049
  • Brooks PureGrit 4 R2,099
  • The North Face Ultra Endurance R2,149
  • Brooks Mazama R2,199
  • Salomon Sense Pro 2 R2,499
  • Salomon Speedcross Pro R2,499
  • Salomon Wings Pro 2 R2,699

Check out page 84 of TRAIL magazine issue 19 for an anatomy lesson on shoes. When you’re done, you’ll know your toe spring from your medial post!


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