Get the final issue of TRAIL magazine

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Read TRAIL issue 42

Issue 42 (Jan/Feb/Mar 2022) was the final issue of TRAIL magazine. Our content since then is free through this website, our fortnightly emailer, and social media.

TRAIL 42 deepens your knowledge of trail running and the lifestyle and mindset of trail runners. It’s designed for optimal reading on your tablet, smartphone, desktop, and laptop.

Get TRAIL magazine on the following platforms:

Zinio has all issues from the launch edition, and has an optional Kindle-like reading mode which is very cool, so we recommend it for all devices.

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Digital read only

TRAIL is a digital-only magazine. We converted from print/digital to digital-only for environmental reasons.

It’s hard to justify printing magazines that will be read for a relatively short period when considering their role in our global ecosystems disruption and destruction. Print contributes to our planet’s shrinking freshwater supplies; it contributes to deforestation (for paper/pulp plantations and agriculture); the chemicals used to produce paper and inks are toxic and end up in our air and water; massive energy consumption for the giant print presses require the burning of fossil fuels and resulting air pollution; and so does the distribution chain to stock those magazines in stores.

And at the end of all that, sadly too often, some of the paper is not recycled and adds to our landfill insanity.

Business needs to lead by example, and use all available technologies to reduce our impact on our fragile and finite planet.

Thank you for being a part of the change we need to see.

TRAIL magazine issue 42 contents

“I always looked forward to purchasing TRAIL but was sceptical about the digital version. Finally took the plunge and enjoy reading TRAIL in its digital form. Loads of great content and advice! Well done for a great transition to digital.” Michelle W

TRAIL has been digital-only since issue 36 in mid-2020.


You can buy direct single issues from us. Here’s the step-by-step guide to register, sign in, and access your mags on the TRAIL site.

NB: These instructions only work for the TRAIL app on this site.

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Also, if you buy TRAIL here on our site, you’ll login and read the mag through this web app. You will NOT be able to access your magazine through other platforms like Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Magzter, or Zinio.
There’s no connection between purchases on our website and those stores.

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Not so sure about buying at all yet?

View a 57-page free sampler of issue 41.

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Google Play store reviews for the Digital Publications version. Please note there is a second version from Zinio Pro/Audience Media, which has less downloads, and no reviews yet (July 2020).


It is not possible to share in-app purchases with other users. Both the Apple and Android app stores prevent this.

You can however view the app on multiple devices that are signed in with the same user account. So for example, if you have a phone as well as a tablet, you’ll be able to view the app on both the tablet and smartphone, provided you’re signed into both devices with the same user details.

NB: Please read our note below about the App Store and Google Play activating the next issue as the first issue for subscriptions.

Ratings for TRAIL magazine’s own app on the App Store for iOS (developer: Digital Publications).

How do I read TRAIL digitally on Zinio?

  1. Download the TRAIL app on your preferred device.
  2. Register an account using an email you use regularly. You will receive email and push notifications from the app (if enabled) to download new issues from the app vendor in future.
  3. Make secure payment to them.
  4. Go to your Library, and find the issue you’ve bought.
  5. Tap on the issue image to open and read it.

Zinio How To

To purchase and read on Zinio:

  • Go to My Library
  • Tap on the cover of the magazine
  • Tap on Read Issue
  • The magazine will then open and be available to read.

To sign into your account:

  • Go to Account 
  • Tap on Sign In
  • Enter email and password and tap on Sign In

To download separate issues to read offline, please first download the Web Reader.

Still not working? Read the full menu of Zinio help topics.

About the Zinio app

  • To download a magazine to your tablet or smartphone device:
  • Go to Library
  • Tap on the cover of the magazine
  • While the issue is downloading, the magazine will open, allowing you to start reading it as it continues to download.

To stop the downloading:

  • Tap on Downloaded tab
  • Tap on Select
  • Tap on the cover of the magazine
  • Tap on Delete and Confirm
  • Download is only available in the app and never to PDF due to copyright restrictions.

Zinio new issue not showing?

Force sync to see all your entitlements properly loaded on device (iOS/Android).

Go to Account > Sync your Library > Sync Now
This will refresh with our servers and ensure that all magazines are displayed in your account. Please do not close the app during this process.

In case you are using the web browser, please use Google Chrome and clear your web browser’s cache and cookies to resolve this issue.

If the issue persists please let Zinio’s Support Team have these details:

  • Device model
  • OS version
  • App version
  • Issue number/name
  • Exact error message or details of the problem

Still not working? Read this Zinio page for more help.

Digital reader FAQ

I’m having issues downloading my latest issue on App Store, Google Play, or Zinio. What do I do?

As much as we would like to help you with this, we do not administer the delivery or data management of App Store, Google Play, or Zinio subscriptions or single issues. Please email their support desks directly. You will have received a communication email from them at the time of signing up. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy reading TRAIL digitally.

Please send any feedback you have on the reading experience, as well as suggestions on how we could improve our offering to you.

I’m on Android. Where can I get TRAIL?

You can search the Google Play store for TRAIL magazine and download one of the two apps which appear: Digital Publications or Zinio.

If you already use Zinio or Magzter to read digital magazines, open your app and search for TRAIL magazine. Familiarise yourself with our current magazine cover to ensure you don’t accidentally buy an international trail running magazine.

If you can’t see our magazine cover in your search, go into your settings and check that you have selected South Africa as your country.

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TRAIL print issues

Our last print issue was TRAIL 35 (Apr/May/Jun 2020, shown above), which was in stores until 12 June 2020.

Email us to purchase specific print back issues.

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