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Here’s where to find some of the best gear out there that doesn’t make it into reviews
Because we’ve been wearing it all the time this past month
Anything from running to hanging out to livin’ the good life
We get a lot of gear to review here at Believe in the Run. Sometimes we get a whole seasonal collection to review, but more often than not, we get a bunch of items meant for different purposes. Some nutrition here, a couple hats there, tack on some casual pants and maybe some socks.
If you’re like us, you probably don’t want to read a review about just one pair of socks, or a backpack, or whatever. But if we’re using something all the time– if it’s become part of our running life– we want you to know. That’s where this monthly roundup comes in.
Each month, we give you a list of 10-12 items that we really, truly love. Everything on this list is something we keep coming back to again and again. Maybe it’s the fit, maybe it’s the performance, maybe it’s just something we can’t explain. But at the end of the day, we love it, and we hope you do too.
Of course, we’re always looking for new gear to fall in love with, so if you have any recommendations yourself, please leave them in the comments below.
Meaghan’s Pick #1
I’m not usually someone who likes flashy gear of any kind, but the Incylence socks we were sent this month are pretty fun. They have super unique and stylish designs that pair up with pretty much any colorway of running shoes that you’re wearing. My personal favs are the Running Disrupts Pink Cyan. Make sure you save 10% by using code BELIEVE.
Thomas’s Pick #1
I’m sticking with recovery tools this month. The Chirp Wheel hits the back in a targeted way that traditional foam roller can’t. Rolling your back and neck over these foam covered cylinders feel about as good as a foam roller feels on tight legs, which isn’t always pleasant. However, the relief you feel after is noticeable. Who knew my back needed some TLC? I ended up with the Chirp Wheel 3-pack which can handle your back, neck and even your legs.
Robbe’s Pick #1
I’ve always been a fan of the Ciele GOcap and have had multiple variations of it over the years. It’s a great running cap that’s breathable, packable, and looks good on pretty much anyone. But I love a good collab, and when it’s between two of my favorite brands, I knew this was going to be my go-to hat for the foreseeable future. With a 90’s colorway and weird dancing palm trees design, it brings all the summer vibes to the run (and off the run).
Meaghan’s Pick #2
I know I probably include a Tracksmith product in these roundups every month, but it’s for good reason. They make some quality stuff, and Brighton Base Layer tank is no exception. The winter version of this is probably our favorite piece of running apparel ever, so there’s definitely room for a summer version. It fits well, it’s light, and it’s just the perfect summer staple.
Thomas’s Pick #2
The LEVER treadmill system has been my secret weapon for getting back from injuries or just an overworked body. The system lets you reduce up to 45 pounds of your body weight while you run on a treadmill. After four marathons in the last 6 months, my body had enough. My glute wasn’t firing on my left side and my foot was in pain on the right.
I decided to get on the treadmill with the LEVER and eased my way to running comfortably. Now I’m back on the roads.
Robbe’s Pick #2
Patagonia says this is designed for long efforts in the mountains, which kind of seems like the opposite of this pack’s usability. While it does have some nice storage options with two rear compartments, it’s still a very low-profile and slimmed-out vest that feels more like a light t-shirt than a hydration vest. And that’s what I love about it: It’s stripped down to everything you need and nothing that you don’t.
Brandon’s Pick #1
This minimal daypack is perfect for anyone looking for a stylish urban commuter pack. It’s perfect for days when you need to hit the gym, go work at a coffee shop, or even to pack your running gear in. With three main compartments, there’s enough room for your gear and multiple pockets within those. The bag is 17L which means it holds all of the essentials and doesn’t allow for any overpacking…something I fall victim to way too often! If 17L isn’t enough space, Moment does offer a 21L option for some more storage capacity.
Brandon’s Pick #2
This organizer is one of those things that once you have it, you sort of can’t live without it. I think about it the same way when I discovered packing cubes. Before packing cubes I would throw all of my clothes into one suitcase or duffel. Once I got this tech organizer from Moment, the entire flow of my day changed and all of a sudden everything was accessible and at my fingertips. For only $50 and on sale now, this MTW Tech Organizer could end up saving you a lot of time and hassle.
As the founder of Believe in the Run, Thomas’s goal is to help runners pick the shoes and gear that will make their running experience the best that it can be.More from Thomas
Meaghan signed up for her first marathon three weeks before the race, because it was $10 more than the half she planned to run. She learned everything in running the hard way. Now a USATF & UESCA certified run coach, she loves encouraging friends to go for big goals as she continues to chase faster times. She enjoys a hot cup of coffee, a cold martini, and making bagels for friends and family.More from Meaghan
Robbe is the senior editor of Believe in the Run. He loves going on weird routes through Baltimore, finding trash on the ground, and running with the Faster Bastards. At home in the city, but country at heart. Loves his two boys more than anything. Has the weakest ankles in the game.More from Robbe
In addition to his photo and video skills, Brandon is also a producer for The Drop podcast and founder of the Believe Run Club in Baltimore. He is a tried and true product of the running system, competing in cross country and track and field at the Division 1 collegiate level.
All-time favorite shoes: NIKE Alphafly NEXT%, ASICS Novablast 3, Saucony Endorphin Speed 2.More from Brandon