Equip: Hit The Curb | AspenTimes.com

Mountain mud season is upon us and while it may give us a rush of spring fever, it can be a frustrating time waiting for the trails to dry out. It’s the one time of year I tend to seek out concrete – something we mountain people tend to avoid for most of the year. Whether you’re heading for a leisurely jog, starting to train for the Golden Leaf Half Marathon, or just heading to the Rio Grand Trail for a walk and a podcast, here are some items to keep you going while you wait. as the mud dries.

1. Hoka Carbon X3

Described as hyper-support, hyper-propulsive and hyper-speed, the Carbon X3 is your new running shoe on steroids. Released this week, Hoka has improved upon their previous Carbon shoe technology with an even better fit. A performance knit upper makes this one of the most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever tried. The tongue is integrated into the breathable upper for an almost seamless feel. A carbon fiber sole and aggressive meta rocker make the shoe more responsive and a new foam midsole makes that Hoka comfort even more apparent. And as an environmental bonus, they are vegan. Available in sizes and colors for women and men. $200, www.hoka.com

2. Saucony Summit Jogger

Wonderfully suited for spring, these lightweight joggers are wind and water resistant. Made with recycled polyester, these pants move and stretch easily. Features include zippered hand and thigh pockets, a mid-rise waistband, zippered ankles for easy on and off, and comfortable knit panels on the knees for abrasion protection. The fit is relaxed enough that you can layer shorts underneath when your blood starts pumping. Available in women’s and men’s sizes and at press time they were on sale. $95, saucony.com

3. Royal Robbins Venturelayer 200 Long Sleeve

Base layers can seem like a dime a dozen, but over the years I’ve found that I tend to lean towards specific layers. I like them soft, thin but strong and not too tight around the neck. This coat from Royal Robbins is a new favorite due to its combination of merino wool and Tencel Modal fabric. This gives it the properties of wool to have odor control and warmth, but balance the feel of wool with the soft, flowy feel of modal. For added convenience, it packs into its own pocket in seconds for easy portability. Available in colors and sizes for women and men. $75, royalrobbins.com

4. Title Nine Anti-Run Shorts

Nothing against hard running gear, but I have to admit that I generally hate running specific shorts. I prefer my shorts and underwear to be mutually exclusive. My interest peaked when I saw that Title Nine advertised them as the “sports short for the rest of us”. The 5-inch seam isn’t too long or too short, there’s no cropped lining, and three pockets make it easy to store the essentials. The breathable, stretchy fabric and wide waistband make them comfortable and the UPF 50 feature is a nice added touch. Available in several colors. Sorry guys, but Title Nine is a women’s only business, so men’s sizes are not available. $65, titlenine.com

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