Forest Park: Gear Guide

6 Oregon-Made Trail Running Essentials

From a lightweight headlamp to waterproof socks, here's the local gear to pack for your epic treks.

By Benjamin Tepler May 15, 2017 Published in the June 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Coast FL75R Headlamp

Throwing a dazzling 530 lumens at full brightness, this Portland-based company’s lightweight headlamp will give you stadium lighting for the duration of the Wildwood Trail. Bonus: it’s USB-rechargeable. $105

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Trail Butter

These local, slurpable tubes of deliciousness are essentially GORP in butter form. Ultra-runners will love the Dark Chocolate & Coffee, which packs a whopping 760 calories and 60 milligrams of caffeine in a 4.5-ounce pouch. $17.99 for three

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Caldorado II OutDry Running Shoe

Columbia’s bombproof OutDry technology meets the trail running experts at Montrail in a waterproof shoe that’s tailor-made for soggy, muddy days in Forest Park. $145

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Showers Pass Crosspoint Socks

If your leak-proof sneakers fail you, at least you’ll be wearing these high-vis, breathable waterproof socks from PDX’s premium bicycle outfitters. Available in wool for the off-season. $35

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Mazama Sidestream Hydration Pack

This ingenious, marsupial-like hydration tube from Bend-based Mazama recoils back into its waist pack between sips. $58.99

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Nike Impossibly Light Jacket

You’ll forget you packed this emergency layer, which weighs a measly 3 ounces and tucks away into its own pocket. $90

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